MEN'S BB: OU vs. Baylor Preview

Oklahoma has won 27 straight games against Baylor, it's opponent on Tuesday, but none have been bigger than this one. Both teams are on the NCAA Tournament bubble and completing a season sweep would be huge for the Sooners, who are going for their third straight win.


Teams: Oklahoma (17-8, 5-5) vs. Baylor (17-7, 5-5)

Date: Tuesday, Feb. 19

Tip: 7:05 p.m. CST

Site: Norman, Okla. (Lloyd Noble Center)

Radio: Sooner Radio Network (KOKC 1520-AM in OKC; KTBZ 1430-AM in Tulsa; Sirius 161)

TV: ESPN Plus (KOCB Ch. 34/Cox 11 in OKC; KJRH Ch. 2/Cox 9 in Tulsa; ESPN Full Court)

Series: Oklahoma leads 32-5


A week ago, the Oklahoma men's basketball team's NCAA Tournament hopes seemed all but gone.

The Sooners were mired in a three-game losing streak, including an embarrassing loss at Big XII cellar dweller Colorado.

One week, two games and one David Godbold answered prayer later, there is reason for hope again.

Coming off wins over Iowa State and Texas Tech, the Sooners go for their third straight – and a season sweep – at 7 p.m. Tuesday when Baylor visits Lloyd Noble Center.

Oklahoma (17-8 overall, 5-5 Big 12) and Baylor (17-7, 5-5) are tied for fifth place in the Big 12 race. Most prognosticators figure the two to be neck-and-neck when it comes to earning the Big 12's final NCAA Tournament bid, putting extra emphasis on this showdown.

While Oklahoma, 11-3 at home this season, has won two straight, Baylor enters having lost three in a row and five of its last six. The Bears are 4-3 on the road this season, 2-3 in conference play.

Four Bears average double figures in scoring, three of them guards in the Bears' talented backcourt-heavy offense.

Junior Curtis Jerrells (6-1, 200) leads the team with 14.8 points and adds 3.5 assists a game. He's scoring 16.3 points in Big 12 play.

Freshman guard LaceDarius Thomas comes off the bench to score 13.3 points, but has been the Bears' best player the last three games, averaging 22.7 points. Dunn has made a team-high 56 treys, including 11-of-28 in the last three games, and is shooting a team best .415 from 3-point range and .843 from the foul line.

Junior forward Kevin Rogers throws in 12.0 points and a team-best 8.0 rebounds. Junior guard Henry Dugat chips in with 11.8 points and 4.0 boards. He also adds 1.4 steals.

Yet another guard, senior Aaron Bruce, provides 9.8 points and 2.1 assists.

Oklahoma is 32-5 overall against Baylor and has won 27 straight meetings between the two. The Sooners are 23-0 against Baylor since the Big 12 was formed.

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