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Brady Heslip expected to play against Kentucky

Yes, Brady Heslip still plays for Baylor. He falls into the category of players it feels like should be out of college by now. Heslip has been recovering from an emergency appendectomy he had about 10 days ago. Jeff Goodman tweeted out about an hour ago that Heslip is expected to play on Saturday at Rupp Arena.

Baylor, like Kentucky, enters Saturday’s match on the heels of a loss. Baylor has already dropped 2 games season, the most recent to the College of Charleston 63-59. Baylor also faltered against Colorado earlier in the season. The Bears have yet to live up to expectations, but a big part of that is likely due to Heslip’s absence.

In both games in which Kentucky has struggled the most this season, Duke and Notre Dame, they have been burned from behind the 3-point line. As many of you might remember from many pre-game posts before last year’s NCAA tournament game against Baylor, Brady Heslip is a major threat from behind the arc. Heslip shot 45.5% from 3-point range last season and led the nation in offensive efficiency. feels as if Baylor is certainly a potential threat to Kentucky’s current home game winning streak, highlighted by an undefeated mark thus far under John Calipari. Whether or not Heslip plays, which looks more and more likely, could be the biggest factor in Baylor’s success on the road tomorrow.

Outside of Heslip, the Bears have only one other proven shooter and that’s Pierre Jackson. They need Jackson to focus more on setting up his teammates rather than generating his own offense. In Baylor’s two losses, Jackson has a combined six assists. In four wins, he’s averaging 8.5 assists.

Without Heslip to stretch the defense against College of Charleston, big man Cory Jefferson scored only six points — he was averaging 16 — and Jackson jacked up 21 shots.

The proof is there that Baylor’s success is tied to Heslip. In 34 wins during his Baylor career, Heslip has averaged 11.2 points and made 46.5 percent of his 3-pointers. In nine losses, Heslip has averaged 7.0 points and shot 34.1 percent from the perimeter. In the last game before his appendectomy, Heslip scored a career-high 29 points and knocked down 8 of 12 threes.

8-12 from behind the arc? Gulp.

Article written by Ally Tucker

I once successfully requested "The Wobble" to be played 6 times at one wedding.

20 Comments for Brady Heslip expected to play against Kentucky

  1. Hawk eye Tim
    6:06 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Spells trouble.

  2. Cathead
    6:07 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Come Saturday it wont matter.

  3. DB11
    6:09 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    He looks like he’s 40

  4. New_School
    6:11 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    why every team we play have great white boys??

    6:21 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    we’ll lose tomorrow…Cal’s worst team since being at UK

  6. Hawk eye Tim
    6:21 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Big trouble…is there any other kind?

  7. mudcreekmark
    6:30 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    People are making a big deal out of Baylor getting beaten by Colorado. They lost by 2 points.Colorado just so happens to be unbeaten and they not only beat Baylor but also beat Murray State by 7. After watching the game last night I’m not confident at all going into this game.We have no experience what so ever. Baylor has guys that have been to 2 Elite Eights.

  8. Cathead
    6:32 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    We win tomorrow. But we have long long way to go for sure…but could be close

  9. dave
    6:36 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    if heslip is left open tomorrow then we may be in trouble. last year he was only able to get off 2 shots & 4 fouls. gotta get tougher.

  10. Rixter
    7:17 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Just one more sign that we’re everybody’s Super Bowl. A guy has a double amputation 5 days before his team plays UK, but he’s back in uniform for the game.

  11. Rixter
    7:18 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    And by the way, Wiltjer will get beat off the dribble regularly by the double amputee.

  12. Al's IndiCats
    7:26 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    10,you damn near made me spit my beer on my laptop.
    They have so much to do and so little time to do it. I hate losing, no matter what. But last night there just wasn’t any effort on any players part. If we lose with effort there’s nothing else you can ask for. But just standing around watching other people work is not acceptable anytime, anywhere!

  13. mike
    7:35 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Is an appendectomy not as serious of a surgery anymore? I had it 10 years ago and I was out for like 2 and a half weeks.

  14. Rixter
    8:51 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Mike, you didn’t have a game against UK 10 days later.

    Remember David Padgett suffered a ‘career-ending’ knee injury 2 weeks before the Kentucky game? Do you remember how many points he scored against us?

  15. Bryant Wright - SBC Pope
    9:05 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    Baylor wins – for it is preordained.

  16. Bryant Wright - SBC Pope
    9:06 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    STRAIGHT – from the heart.

  17. Jackson Purchase
    9:14 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink

    It looked like Joker Phillips was running the kentucky offense last night against notre dame.

    11:49 pm November 30, 2012 Permalink



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  19. bluebiscuit
    8:09 am December 1, 2012 Permalink

    Brady Heslip and Skylar McBee were both in the band Herman’s Hermits in the ’60s. They’ve aged well.

  20. Lee
    8:55 am December 1, 2012 Permalink

    Wow….KSR talks about a player who is white and doesnt trash him for his skin color. I must be still asleep….