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Baylor basketball travels to play Oklahoma State in Stillwater

Baylor travels to Oklahoma State in search of a sixth Big 12 win on Wednesday. Here's what to expect from the matchup.

No. 13 Baylor will travel to Stillwater, Okla., on Wednesday night to play against the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Baylor is looking to rebound from a subpar week against Kansas State and Oklahoma and find the magic that made them a top-15 team. Oklahoma State is looking for a hard-fought Big 12 win to get back on track in conference play. 


No. 17/18 Baylor (15-4, 5-2) vs. Oklahoma State (10-9, 2-5)


Jan. 27, 2016 | 8:00 p.m. CT


Stillwater, Okla. | Gallagher-Iba Arena (13,611)




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  • Wednesday is the 78th series meeting. Baylor is 23-54 all-time vs. OSU, including a 5-26 mark in Stillwater.
  • Baylor is 11-9 against OSU since 2007 after going 11-45 against the Cowboys from 1918-2006.
  • In Big 12 play, Baylor leads the league in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.3), assists (17.6), rebounding defense (27.7), rebounding margin (+8.6) and offensive rebound percentage (.396). 
  • Oklahoma State star guard Phil Forte tore the UCL in his elbow and his been out since the third game of the season. 


1. Baylor needs to move the ball effectively. The Bears lead the nation in assists per game and the Big 12 in assist-to-turnover ratio, but have not looked like the same team over their past three games. The Bears have turnover over the ball 49 times over the past three games, compared to only 48 assists. For comparison’s sake, the Bears have a 1.77 assist-to-turnover ratio in all other games. Point guard Lester Medford, a rising star on Baylor’s roster, has contributed 13 of those turnovers. Baylor needs to get back to basics and move the ball more effectively against Oklahoma State. The Cowboys are a relatively stingy defense, which should be a nice test.

2. Baylor has to find a way to contain Jawun Evans. The freshman leads Oklahoma State with 12.8 points and 4.9 assists per game and has consistently been a difference-maker since the Cowboys lost Phil Forte for the season. Baylor did a good job containing Evans’ scoring prowess the last time out, holding him to eight points on nine shots. However, Evans was able to pick apart the Baylor defense for nine assists and only one turnover in Waco. Baylor’s defense needs to be more disruptive against him in front of the Cowboys’ home crowd.

3. Baylor needs to dominate the rebounding battle against Oklahoma State. The Bears lead the Big 12 in rebounding margin at a plus-10.3. Oklahoma State is all the way down at No. 8 in the Big 12 at a plus-0.1. Rico Gathers dominated Oklahoma State in the last matchup to the tune of 17 rebounds. In fact, Baylor obliterated Oklahoma State on the boards 44-18. Only one Oklahoma State player (Anthony Allen) had more than two rebounds. Oklahoma State is a solid defensive team, but cannot withstand Baylor if the Bears get nine more shots. It will be important for the Bears to once again assert their dominance, this time in Stillwater. 


Baylor’s 17-point victory was impressive enough in Waco, but the final score did not tell the story of the game. Baylor let the lead get cut all the way down to five with under 10 minutes remaining in the game. Luckily, Terry Maston and Al Freeman combined for a 9-0 run to eventually turn the game into a laugher. Rico Gathers led the way with 17 points and 17 rebounds, while Al Freeman added 21 points on only eight shot attempts. Jeffrey Carroll led Oklahoma State with 15 points.


Shehan Jeyarajah, - Baylor wins 71-61

Oklahoma State played better than expected in Waco, and is a better team in Stillwater. The Cowboys have pressed through the storm of losing Phil Forte and developed into a solid team. However, Baylor will be hungry after playing its worst basketball last week against Kansas State and Oklahoma. Rico Gathers will have another monster game, Baylor will win the boards and the Bears will escape Gallagher-Iba with a nice Big 12 road win. 

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