The #2 Baylor Bears will be on the road to collide with the Oklahoma State Cowboys in a Big 12 battle Saturday afternoon from the Gallaher-Iba Arena. The Bears are coming off a 68-65 home win against Iowa State, and the Cowboys were dealt a 76-64 home defeat by Texas in their previous action. Each team logged one win in last year’s season series.
#2 Baylor's Defense Leads to 13-Game Winning Streak
The #2 Baylor Bears are one of the hottest teams in the entire country. They enter this one riding a remarkable 13-game winning streak led by their stifling defense that no one has been able to solve. The Bears are off to a perfect 4-0 start to Big 12 play as well. They covered the 8.5 point spread in a 68-55 home win over Iowa State on Wednesday night.
Jared Butler is clicking right now, collecting a total of 41 points in his last two games. The sophomore guard will attempt many three’s per game with success. Butler owns an average of 16.9 PPG and has connected on 40% of his three-pointers. Macio Teague only managed two points in Wednesday’s win. Overall, the junior guard is regularly contributing significant points and is currently averaging 13.8 PPG and 5 RPG. Davison Mitchell has shot over 50% in two out of his last three clashes. The sophomore guard has lifted his season average to 10.1 PPG on 45.2% shooting.
The Bears are steadily climbing the AP Top 25 as they now find themselves at #2 and could move into the #1 spot depending on Gonzaga's performance this weekend. Baylor is 2-0 on the road and they are scoring an average of 73.3 points, placing them 131st in DI. They are limiting opponents to 57.9 points, good for sixth in the country.
Oklahoma State's Slump Continues
The Oklahoma State Cowboys are still searching for their first Big 12 victory of the season. They have lost four consecutive games due to their inability to generate points. The Cowboys' issues continued in a 76-64 home loss to Texas on Wednesday in a matchup that Oklahoma State favored by four points.
Lindy Waters III is struggling and has shot below 34% in each of his last three games. The senior guard is having an inconsistent season and is only averaging 11.8 points on 39% shooting. Isaac Likekele has only reached double-digits in points in one out of his last six games. The sophomore guard has come through with many notable performances and is averaging 11.1 points on a 50.5% efficiency from the field. Cameron McGriff is also having issues with his shot. The senior forward rarely posts a mark above 40% from the field and holds an average of 9.6 PPG and 5.7 RPG.
The Cowboys are ranked 75th overall in Ken Pomeroy’s college basketball ratings and are 5-4 on their home court. Oklahoma State is averaging 66.2 points, placing them down at 302nd in DI. Their defense has been a positive and they are holding opponents to 63.1 points, positioning them 57th overall.
The Baylor Bears are:
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 Saturday games.
- 10-4-1 ATS in their last 15 games as a road favorite.
The top supporting trends found on donbest.com are: The Oklahoma State Cowboys are:
- 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games.
- 1-5 ATS in their last 6 home games against a team with a winning road record.