Baylor Hosts the Longhorns

If the last few seasons have taught us anything, it's that there is no love lost when the Bears and Longhorns cross paths. Saturday's matchup between #6 Baylor (18-2, 5-2) and Texas (13-7, 3-4) will be another showdown on I-35.

After suffering a two game losing streak, the sixth-ranked Baylor Bears rebounded with a victory over the Oklahoma Sooners on Tuesday night. If the Bears hope to stay alive in the race for the Big 12 championship, they must continue to rack up victories against the unranked opponents from the conference.

The Texas Longhorns may be having a down season, however, head coach Rick Barnes is no stranger to winning in Waco. The Longhorns have won 12 of their last 13 trips to the Ferrell Center - the lone loss coming in 2010.

Texas is led by junior guard J'Covan Brown who averages 19.1 points per game. The only other Longhorn to average double-figures scoring is Sheldon McClellan with 11.5 points per game. Senior forward Clint Chapman leads the team in rebounding with 5.8 boards per game. Freshman point guard Myck Kabongo leads Texas in assists with 5.5 per game.

After being hampered with an ankle injury in Baylor's two previous games, Perry Jones III resurged with 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead Baylor in a win against Oklahoma on Tuesday. Jones leads the Bears in scoring with 14.2 points per game and in rebounding with 7.5 boards per game. Senior forward Quincy Acy averages 12.7 points per game and 6.8 rebounds per game. Point guard Pierre Jackson averages 12.8 points per game and leads the team in assists with 6 per game. Quincy Miller (12.5) and Brady Heslip (10) also average in double-figures scoring for the Bears.

Saturday's game between the Bears and Longhorns will tip at 12:05 p.m. CST and will be televised nationally on CBS.



PREGAME NOTES

• This is the most played series for both schools.

• Texas leads the all-time series 157-79 and 64-46 for games played in Waco.

• Baylor is 10-1 at home this season.

• Texas is 1-6 away from home this season.

• Baylor is 8-2 versus the top 100 of the RPI this season.

• Texas is 2-6 versus the top 100 of the RPI this season.

• This games marks the first national CBS regular-season home broadcast in program history.

• Saturday's game is the second advanced sellout in program history - the first came seven days ago against the Missouri Tigers.



RPI statistics are provided by RealTimeRPI.com


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