Dunk contest fueling undefeated Baylor


With 13:30 remaining in No. 2 Baylor’s 84-72 home win over Auburn on Saturday, Matthew Mayer — the crew’s standard, floppy-haired reserved — flew into the lane for a tip-dunk that made ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla scream, “Oh, my goodness!”

The Baylor bench erupted too.

For Mayer, nevertheless, the dunk additionally helped him acquire the sting over teammate and All-America candidate Jared Butler — who missed the 3-pointer that led to Mayer’s flush — of their operating competitors to see who can get probably the most dunks this yr.

“They actually weren’t boxing out and I simply went in and received the putback dunk,” stated Mayer, who scored 13 factors, through the postgame teleconference. “Me and [Butler] have a contest on who can get probably the most dunks, and he thinks he’ll get greater than me. I imply, he performs extra minutes than I do, however c’mon. [After that dunk], he is like, ‘OK, you beat me now, you beat me now.’ I used to be like, ‘I am already beating you.’ That was [our] dialog operating up the courtroom.”

For a 16-0 Baylor crew that’s now 41-3 over its previous 44 video games courting again to final season, the celebration additionally showcased the bond that has helped this group enter the ultimate stretch of the 2020-21 season as a critical contender to win the nationwide title.

“It was loopy,” stated Baylor’s Adam Flagler in regards to the frenzy that adopted Mayer’s dunk within the second half of Saturday’s victory. “We had been all tremendous excited for him. He is a big-time expertise, and he confirmed that tonight slightly bit.”

Mayer is also an instance of the depth Baylor possesses. He has performed greater than 20 minutes simply as soon as this season due to the expertise forward of him on the roster — however he has nonetheless left his mark.

“I do know they solely depend as two factors, a dunk, however the momentum from the dunk, the power … it simply permeates all through the crew,” Baylor head coach Scott Drew stated. “It helps you construct on a run. It simply modifications the momentum of a sport.”