Notebook: Baylor 106, OSU 65

The Cowboys ran a zone against Baylor for the entirety of the game and the reason in all likelihood is based in OSU's lack of depth, which is totally valid but the results weren't pretty.

A zone required the Cowboy players to run less but they haven't faced a team all season and won't face another (except for the home game against the Bears on Feb. 4) built as well to exploit it. And they're not built to dismantle a zone just because they're a good shooting team, the Bears are designed to beat it because it's the same defense they run and know like the back of their hand.

The amount of time it takes to run out to guard the 3-point line when a play is reversed takes way too long against a team as lethal from deep as Baylor. On Saturday the zone proved disastrous. The Bears tied a school record with 15 3's and shot nearly 52 percent from behind the arc.

Solid Start For Brown

Sophomore guard Markel Brown was the main reason the Cowboys were able to keep the game close in the first half.

The Louisiana native started off red hot, making five of his first six shots and going 2-for-2 from 3 in the early going.

Brown finished the first half with 14 of the Cowboys' 31 points and did it making 5-of-7 shots from the floor.

The Bears keyed on him in the second half, limiting him to one point in the period on 0-of-3 shooting.

Nash And Page Struggle

Baylor did a great job taking the Cowboys out of contention by virtually eliminating the team's top two scorers.

Nash was coming off a career-high 21 points against Oklahoma on Monday but the Bears threw different looks at him all afternoon, forcing the freshman into seven turnovers and just six points on 2-of-12 shooting.

The job they did on Page was even more astounding. OSU's captain finished with 15 points but that is misleading. The majority came after the outcome had already been decided and seven of the points came at the free-throw line.

Page had zero points at halftime and finished just 3-for-11 and 2-of-8 from 3.

Times Have Changed

After Saturday's 106-65 loss, OSU still owns an all-time series advantage of 50-18 over the Bears. The problem for OSU is that seven of those losses have come since 2007 and Baylor has now beaten the Cowboys six-straight times in Waco.

To make matters worse, the past two trips to Baylor have resulted in the Cowboys' most lopsided defeats in the history of the series. The Cowboys lost by 41 on Saturday and by 19 on March 1, 2011. The Cowboys only comparable loss in the 94-year history between the teams came by 18 points when Baylor beat Oklahoma A&M 29-11 in 1922.

Up Next: Iowa State

The Cowboys wrap up their two game road stretch at 8 p.m. on Wednesday when they travel to face Iowa State.

The Cyclones are 12-5 overall and 2-2 in conference play. ISU has lost two straight heading into the matchup, dropping a 76-69 decision to No. 9 Missouri on Jan. 11 and losing 82-73 to No. 10 Kansas on Saturday.

The Cowboys (9-8, 2-2 Big 12) have won their the past two trips to Ames.

The Cyclones are led by 6-foot-8 sophomore forward Royce White, who is averaging 13.1 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. ISU is a balanced team as White is one of four starters averaging double figures.


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