Preview: Baylor vs. Tech

The Ferrell Center in Waco, TX has become a very unfriendly place for visitors over the course of this season, and the Baylor Bears look to continue the trend at 7:00 CST Wednesday night against Texas Tech.

Coming off their 3rd home victory in their last 4 home games, Baylor would love to send its seniors out with one last victory in front of the Ferrell Center crowd. Seniors Tommy Swanson and Kevis Shipman will be suiting up for the last time at home at Baylor.

Baylor is coming off a resounding home victory over Iowa State, in which five Baylor players scored in double figures. As the season has progressed, Baylor players have gained confidence in one another and the things Coach Scott Drew is coaching them to do.

Texas Tech comes into Waco on a two game losing streak including an 11 point loss at Oklahoma State on Saturday. Tech's second leading scorer on the season, Martin Zeno, has been slowed by a sore ankle and was held scoreless in the game.

The first time these two teams matched up was Baylor's first game of the season, and Tech went away with a 79-61 victory. Tech was led by Zeno and Jarius Jackson, who is averaging 20 points on the season. The Bears had trouble all game long on finding someone to guard in their zone defense and allowed Tech to shoot over 50%.

In Baylor's last 4 home games, they've held opponents to sub-45% shooting including holding Iowa State to 37%. But the real story last game was the return of sophomore guard Aaron Bruce, who had 16 points, 9 assists, and 6 rebounds. Much to Baylor fans delight, Bruce looked more healthy than he had in weeks, although it might just be he is getting used to playing with his injuries. Nonetheless, a more effective Bruce spells trouble for opposing teams.

That's not what the Red Raiders need to hear, as they are a paltry 2-11 on the road this year. Their best chance for post-season play is probably an NIT birth, but they'll want to make that an easy decision for the selection committee by closing out the season with a few more wins. The Bears won't lay down for Tech though, especially at home.

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