After dropping two straight games, the Bears look to rebound on the road against Texas Tech. Baylor currently sits in sixth place in the Big 12, but, thankfully, are only two games out of second place and have a generous round of games on slate this week to help make up the difference.
|No. 20 Baylor (18-7, 6-6) vs. Texas Tech (12-14, 2-11)|
|Date||Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015| 6:00 p.m. CT|
|Radio||ESPN Central Texas|
|Online Audio||Listen Online|
Keys to the Game
1. Don’t Get Caught Sleeping There is always the opportunity for a good team like Baylor to overlook the (always) floundering Red Raiders. The Bears have to keep their focus over the next two days and take the remainder of this conference season one game at a time. That said, after dropping back-to-back contests, I fully expect the players and coaches to be hungry for a win and, potentially, make a statement against a lesser opponent.
2. Close the Passing Lanes Coming into this game, the leading assist man for Tech averages 1.7 apg. That player also averages 1.8 turnovers per game and, across the entire roster, only three players for Tech are averaging more assists than turnovers (albeit only by decimal points). As such, the zone defense designed to force turnovers must make sure that they close the passing lanes and capitalize on what seems to be the inevitable turnover by the Raiders.
3. Take Advantage of the Height Similarities After having to deal with the length of Kansas, the Bears matchup nicely with Tech in terms of sheer physical traits. Rico Gathers has been playing out of his mind recently and has also been playing much bigger than he is; look for him to capitalize on a smaller than normal (Big 12) opponent and rack up yet another double-double. Jonathan Motley, meanwhile, can use this opportunity to gain some valuable experience playing against a power five opponent and continue to work on real-time post offense and defense.
What Happened Last Time?
After losing to the Red Raiders on the road early in conference season last year, the Bears stifled Tech’s offense in a late season rematch. Brady Heslip dropped 14 points on Tech on the way to a 59-49 home victory and start of a six-game winning streak that eventually culminated in a Big 12 Tournament Championship Game appearance.
Baylor wins 72-55
The Bears will rebound against an unimpressive Tech squad that has failed to top 60 points in 10 of its last 11 games.