Preview: Mizzou at Baylor

Tonight in Waco, the Baylor Bears (1-7) hope to rebound from a tough loss when they face off against the Missouri Tigers (10-10,3-6).

Baylor's young squad is just starting to get used to one another and still trying to figure out how to put complete games together consistently. There's no doubt the talent is there. This Baylor team has played UT close well into the second half, lost only by 2 to A&M on the road, beat Kansas State, and started off with a dominant first half at Nebraska before going cold in the second half.

It's those cold streaks that have fans wondering if Baylor can pull together another win this season. Although fans like what they see when freshman guards Henry Dugat and Curtis Jerrells take over games, they aren't sure whether the rest of the team will follow. Unfortunately, main-stay Aaron Bruce can only do so much trying to overcome a hampering foot and ankle injury each game. Although some players would sit down when not able to go even close to full speed, Bruce keeps on playing and trying to do what he can.

Missouri fans are equally worried about their team – coming off 5 straight losses tends to do that to you. Missouri started off league play with a 3-1 record including wins over perennial powers Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, and Kansas. Unfortunately for Mizzou fans, that was the end of the good news.

From there the team has been falling, and falling fast. This culminated in Saturday's 18 point loss to Texas Tech, in which Coach Quinn Snyder benched leading scorer Thomas Gardner for the 2nd half. All indications suggest this was a temporary benching, and fans expect Gardner to be back scoring points for the Tigers against Baylor.

Both teams desperately need a win – for the Bears to gain confidence, for the Tigers to snap their losing streak. Look for both teams to come out firing, and it's anyone's guess which team will hang on in the 2nd half.

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