Losing Streak

What a difference a week can make. Seven days ago, the #3 Baylor Bears were 17-0 and having one of their most dominant performances ever. Today, the Bears are 17-2 with their second-straight loss coming at the hands of #3 Missouri (18-1, 5-1), 89-88.

Coming into the week, the Baylor Bears were tied for first place in the Big 12 Conference. With the Kansas Jayhawks and Missouri Tigers on the schedule, Baylor had the opportunity to take control of their own destiny and position themselves as the frontrunner for the conference's championship crown. Instead, the Bears went 0-2 against their toughest competition and have greatly jeopardized their chances at a Big 12 championship.

Saturday's 89-88 loss to Missouri also showed critical flaws in Baylor's game that could come back to haunt them in March. The Bears were out-rebounded by a much smaller team, gave up nearly 20 turnovers and amassed 25 personal fouls. For the second straight game, Baylor's defense looked much less than stellar against stout competition.

The first half was very much back and forth with Missouri holding a six point lead at the break. Baylor would hold its final lead at 47-46. Missouri went on to lead by as much as 12 points in the second half before Baylor had a very late rally. A buzzer-beating 3-pointer cut the final margin of defeat to an agonizing one point for the Bears.

The Bears shot over fifty-percent from the floor and forty-percent from 3-point range, but also had 19 turnovers - several of which led to transition baskets for Missouri. Baylor's leading scorer for the season, Perry Jones III, was held to just 8 points. Quincy Miller led all scorers with 29 points. Pierre Jackson, in his first ever start as a Bear, totaled 20 points and tallied 15 assists. Quincy Acy scored 18 points and led Baylor with 9 rebounds.

The Tigers also shot over fifty-percent and had 18 turnovers of their own, however, Baylor scored far less points in transition off of those turnovers. Missouri lived on the offensive glass and out-rebounded the Bears 27-24, overall. Ricardo Ratliffe led the Tigers with 27 points and 8 rebounds. Phil Pressey had 18 points, 7 assists, and 6 steals. Marcus Denmon scored 15 points.

Baylor's next game will be on Tuesday night when they travel to Norman, OK to play the Oklahoma Sooners.



POSTGAME NOTES

• Missouri now holds a 14-10 advantage in the all-time series between the two schools.

• Baylor is 10-1 at home this season.

• Missouri is 3-1 on the road this season.

• Baylor is 7-2 versus the top 100 of the RPI this season.

• Missouri is 7-1 versus the top 100 of the RPI this season.

• The game's attendance of 10,617 is the second-largest in Ferrell Center history.



RPI statistics are provided by RealTimeRPI.com


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