Oklahoma State vs. Baylor
Tip: 8:00 PM (Central)
Location: Gallagher Iba Arena (Stillwater, OK)
From One Streak To Another
Powered by a career-high 23 points from Isaac Likekele, Oklahoma State boosted their win streak in Morgantown, West Virginia to three in a row with Saturday’s 85-77 win over the Mountaineers.
Now, the Pokes would like to halt another streak. The Baylor Bears have won each of the last six meetings with OSU as they head into tonight’s Big Monday match-up.
Bear Down In The Paint
If you’re going to come at Baylor in the paint then you’d better be ready for war. The Bears are averaging a Big 12 best 5.6 blocked shots per game and are second in the conference with a +7.1 rebounding margin.
Getting It Done On Defense
Defense has been the catalyst to Oklahoma State’s two-game winning streak. The Pokes lead the conference in defending the three-point line. In last week’s win over Texas the Longhorns shot just 2-of-22 from long-range (9%) and even in losses to Iowa State and Oklahoma, both opponents were held to season-lows in 3-point shooting.
In general conference opponents are shooting just 38.3% from the floor which ranks OSU second in the Big 12.
Oklahoma State holds a 26-8 advantage over Baylor in Stillwater and the Cowboys are 54-28 all-time against the Bears.
Scouting The Bears
Baylor, (9-6, 1-2) is led in scoring by senior guard Makai Mason who is averaging 14.8 points per game. Sophomore forward Tristan Clark is right on his heels with an average of 14.6 points and also leads the team in blocked shots with 2.4 swats per game.
Sophomore guard Mario Kegler leads the team in rebounds with 6.4 boards per game.
On the season Baylor is scoring an average of 71.2 points per game and holding their opponents to 63.5 points per game, which ranks them 24th nationally in points allowed.
The Cowboys, (8-8, 2-2) are led in scoring by Cameron McGriff’s 13.3 points per game. He’s followed by Lindy Waters (11.6 PPG) and Thomas Dziagwa (10.7 PPG) to round out OSU’s leading scorers.
McGriff is also pacing OSU in rebounding with an average of 8.1 boards per game.
Oklahoma State is scoring an average of 70.5 points per game and holding opponents to an average of 69.4 points per game.