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Baylor’s Top Scorer L.J. Cryer to Miss First Weekend of NCAA Tournament

NCAA Basketball: Villanova at Baylor

The Baylor Bears are heading into the NCAA Tournament as a No. 1 seed, but they will be without their top scorer for at least the first weekend.

According to The Field of 68, Cryer is going to miss the first two games of the NCAA Tournament.

Cryer is the team’s leading scorer, averaging 13.5 PPG in 19 games this season. He has not been in the lineup since February 16th due to a foot injury. This puts more pressure on James Akinjo, who was just named a third-team All-American, and is averaging 13.4 points per game. He was also a First-Team All-Big 12 choice by the coaches.

Now there was some good news for the Bears, who found out earlier in the week freshman forward Kendall Brown was cleared to play in the NCAA Tournament.


The Bears are the defending national champions and hoping to extend what is a six-game NCAA Tournament winning streak. This is the seventh time Baylor is appearing in the NCAA Tournament in the last eight tournaments. All-time, the Bears are 20-13 in 13 NCAA Tournament appearances, and most of that success has come under head coach Scott Drew. The Bears have gone 17-8 in the tournament under Drew.

Baylor is set to take on No. 16 seed Norfolk State in the first round on Thursday afternoon. A second-round game for Baylor would be against the winner of the Marquette-North Carolina game on Saturday.

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