Matthew Mayer – the team’s popular, limp-haired caveat – hit the trail at 1:30 p.m. against Baylor’s 84-72 home win over Auburn on Saturday for a tip that made ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla scream, “Mine Quality!”
The Baylor Bank also broke out.
For Mayer, however, the dunk also helped him get a head start on his teammate and All America candidate Jared Butler, who missed the 3-pointer that led to Mayer’s flush, to find out who will get the most dunks can year.
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“They really didn’t box and I just went in and got the putback dunk,” said Mayer, who scored 13 points during the post-game conference call. “Me and [Butler] I have a contest about who can get the most dunks and he thinks he’ll get more than me. I mean he plays more minutes than me, but come on. [After that dunk]He says, “OK, you hit me now, you hit me now.” I said, “I’m going to hit you.” That was [our] Conversation runs up the courtyard. “
For a 16-0 Baylor team, who have played 41-3 in the last 44 games since last season, the celebration also showed the solidarity that helped that group move into the final round of the 2020 season as serious contenders 21 to enter win the national title.
“It was insane,” said Baylor’s Adam Flagler of the frenzy that followed Mayer in the second half of Saturday’s win. “We were all super excited for him. He’s a great talent and he showed that a little tonight.”
Mayer is also an example of the depth Baylor possesses. He’s only played more than 20 minutes once this season because he has a talent on the squad – but he’s still left his mark.
“I know they only count as two points, a dunk, but the momentum of the dunk, the energy … it just permeates the entire team,” said Baylor head coach Scott Drew. “It helps you build on a run. It just changes the dynamics of a game.”