Big 12 Tourney Round I Hoops Preview

Sooners Illustrated breaks down the Big 12 Tournament first round matchup for the Sooners in Kansas City, Mo.

Overview:

This will be the third meeting between the two schools this season and the proverbial rubber match, as each squad has taken one game this year on their home court. The Bears won the first meeting 74-61 in Waco, Texas, while OU bounced back and won the second contest 73-66, erasing a seven-point deficit early in the second half. OU (13-17, 5-11 Big 12) finally snapped an eight-game losing streak last weekend in Bedlam against Oklahoma State, while Baylor (18-12, 7-9) is coming off a 60-54 loss to Texas.

Sooner Notes:

--OU leads the all-time series 36-8 and has won 31 of the last 34, although Baylor has taken three of the last four.

--The Sooners are 3-2 at the Sprint Center, with a victory in the 2008 Big 12 Tournament and pair of wins in the 2009 NCAA Tourney but a loss in the 2008 and 2010 Big 12 Tourney.

--They are second in Big 12 Conference Tournament wins with 19 and titles at three. Kansas is the only program with more of each, winning 28 and seven tournament games and titles, respectively.

--Guard Cade Davis leads the team in scoring and has finished with at least 13 points in each of the last six outings, averaging 19.5 points and 5.7 boards during that period.

--Guards Steven Pledger and Cameron Clark paved the way for OU's success in their victories, managing 16.8 and 15.0 points, respectively.

Looking at the Bears:

--They tied with Nebraska for seventh in the conference, but earned the tiebreaker because of their head-to-head victory.

--The Bears were once No. 9 in the country, but have since struggled to an 11-12 record after being 7-0.

--They are a very good shooting team, ranking second in the Big 12 with their 45.9 percent.

--And they're in the upper half defensively, giving up just 68.2 points per contest, which puts them at fifth.

--Guard Lacedarius Dunn leads the way with a Big 12-high 19.8 points per game.

Projected Starters:

OU:

F Andrew Fitzgerald (6-8, 231, So., 12.9 ppg, 5.2 rpg)

G Steven Pledger (6-4, 212, So., 11.0 ppg. 2.1 rpg)

G Carl Blair (6-2, 209, So., 7.3 ppg, 4.4 apg)

G Cameron Clark (6-6, 189, Fr., 9.5 ppg, 4.5 rpg)

G Cade Davis (6-5, 209, Sr., 13.8 ppg, 5.1 rpg)

BU:

F Quincy Acy (6-7, 225, Jr.,12.1 ppg, 7.4 rpg)

F Anthony Jones (6-10, 190, Jr., 8.3 ppg. 5.3 rpg)

C J'Mison Morgan (6-11, 265, Jr., 3.0 ppg, 2.4 rpg)

G A.J. Walton (6-1, 185, So., 7.9 ppg, 4.8 apg)

G LaceDarius Dunn (6-4, 200, Sr., 19.8 ppg, 3.7 rpg)

Sooners Illustrated's Take:

They defeated the Bears once, but they won't do it again, although this game could be competitive until late in the contest because forward Perry Jones III is suspended. But OU just doesn't have the horses to make a Big 12 Tournament run this year and likely even win one game. However, if someone can get hot and complement Davis, they'll have a chance.

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