Quick Facts about Texas Southern
Location: Houston, TX
Head Coach: Mike Davis (Overall Record: 36-29 in 3rd Season)
2013-14 Record: 19-15 (12-6 conference)
2014-15 Record: 1-5 (0-5 away)
Last Game: 71-59 win over Lamar
Last NCAA Tournament Appearance: 2014 (First Four)
December 1, 2014 in Waco, TX (8:00 PM CT, Channel: ESPNU)
The Bears return home to the Ferrell Center tonight to take on the Texas Southern Tigers, fresh off their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 11 years.
Baylor looks to bounce back from its first loss of the season after it fell to Illinois in the championship game of the Las Vegas Continental Tire Classic, where an injury to starting point guard Kenny Chery left little room for error.
Offensively for the Bears, the guard play has to get better. The inexperienced backcourt of Lester Medford and Al Freeman must step up in the place of Chery, who is the undisputed leader of this Baylor offense, and the Tigers provide a perfect environment for the two to gain more experience in a lower-tier game.
That said, Texas Southern is not a team to overlook. Chris Thomas, a junior forward, is the most complete player for the Tigers, averaging 16.5 ppg and 6.2 rpg. However, he will be in a battle for boards with Rico Gathers, who outsizes him in every way possible. Thomas does have a nice tendency to finish around the rim, though, but his shooting needs work, as he averages only 27% from behind the arc.
Defensively, expect the Bears to play loose around the three-point line, as the Tigers have not averaged better than 17% from long-range the past three games. Also, expect the Bears to put up a good number of points, as Texas Southern has allowed more than 70 points in every game this season.
Players to Watch:
TSU: Chris Thomas
Baylor: Lester Medford
Final Prediction: TSU - 56 Baylor – 75
Next Game: Baylor @ Vanderbilt (December 4, 2014) (Big 12-SEC Challenge)