Baylor Guard Ishmail Wainright: Big 12 Is Best Conference In Nation

No. 25 Baylor beat No. 13 Iowa State, 100-91, in overtime on Tuesday.

It was Baylor’s second time scoring 100 points this season. The first time came against Savannah State in November.

Tuesday was more impressive.

Baylor scored 19 points in the extra session, as six different Bears finished in double figures in what was a closely contested matchup from start to finish.

“We all love playing in games like that,” Baylor guard Ishmail Wainright told Jody McDonald, who was filling in as host of CBS Sports Radio’s Ferrall on the Bench. “If you’re an athlete, you dream for games like that. Hopefully (the games) don’t go to overtime, but it’s just an energy game. It was just fun. It was just amazing having everybody playing together and scoring the ball and helping each other out.”

Johnathan Motley led Baylor with 27 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks. Terry Maston scored 15 points, and Taurean Prince, Al Freeman and Lester Medford all scored 14.

Wainright had 10 points and six assists

The Bears got walloped 102-74 at Kansas on Jan. 2 before winning their next five games. Since then, they’ve gone 4-4 against some stellar Big 12 competition.

“The Big 12 is the best conference in the country,” Wainright said. “It goes that way. If you don’t come out to play, the other team might have an advantage and kick your butt. If you come out and take care of business, it’s going to be a good game. Again, the Big 12 is a great conference. You win some, you lose some, you go on winning streaks. But then if you don’t come out and execute what your coach (wants you to do), you can lose.”

Baylor (19-7, 8-5) plays four ranked opponents in its final five games, including three in the top 10. The Bears play at No. 24 Texas (17-9, 8-5) on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET before returning home for a rematch with the No. 2 Jayhawks (22-4, 10-3) on Feb. 23.

Baylor closes the season at No. 3 Oklahoma (20-4, 8-4) on March 1 and against No. 10 West Virginia (20-6, 9-4) on March 5.

“We got to finish the season with the top teams in the country,” Wainright said. “Most of those teams, the last couple teams that we play, everyone’s in the Top 25. That is (basically what) the (NCAA) Tournament (will be like). Hopefully we come out and execute what coach draws up. Let’s go on this run.”

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