Date: January 18, 2020
Tip: 11:00 AM
Location: Gallagher-Iba Arena (Stillwater, OK)
The Cowboys have an uphill climb today in their search for a first conference win this season. Baylor comes to Stillwater with the nation’s #2 ranking and a 14-1 record. Here’s what you’ll want to know about today’s game.
OSU leads the all-time series 55-29 and is 26-9 in games played in Stillwater. Baylor has won 7 of the last 8 games in the series but the Cowboys won the last meeting between the two schools, 67-64 on March 6, 2019 in Waco, Texas.
The Record Could Be A Reflection Of The Schedule
The Cowboys are off to an 0-4 start in conference play and are just two games over .500 for the season (9-7). However, it should be noted that OSU’s opponents this year are a combined 182-93 (.662), which is the seventh highest opponent win percentage in the country.
Still Not Time To Panic Yet
The last time Oklahoma State started Big 12 play with an 0-4 record was in 2016-17. That season, the Cowboys turned around an 0-6 conference start to finish 9-9 and earn an at-large bid to the NCAA Tourney.
Defending The Lane Is Key
In its nine wins this season, OSU limited its opponents to 44.8 percent shooting inside the paint. In the seven losses, opponents are averaging 56.6 percent shooting in the paint.
The Guys To Watch
As a freshmen last season, Yor Anei averaged 12.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 4.0 blocks, and shot 61.5 percent against the Bears.
Isaac Likekele was held scoreless in the first meeting (0-2 fg, 5 assists, 8 rebounds), but exploded for 23 points on 10-of-15 shooting, nine rebounds and six assists. Likekele is averaging 11.5 points, 8.5 boards and 5.5 assists on 58.8 percent shooting in two meetings with Baylor.
Baylor is winning games this season by an average score of 73-58. They’re grabbing 39.1 rebounds (77th nationally) and recording 13.9 assists per game (164th nationally).
The Bears are led in scoring by sophomore guard Jared Butler’s 16.9 points per game. Guard Davion Mutchell leads the team in minutes player and is producing 10.1 points per game. The duo paces the Bears with 3.1 assists per game each. Senior forward Freddie Gillespie is pulling down a team-high 9.3 boards per game.
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