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Gameday Thread: #5 Baylor (16-2; 4-2) at OU (12-6; 2-4)

January 22, 2022
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#5 Baylor (16-2; 4-2) travels to Norman to take on Oklahoma (12-6; 2-4) on January 22nd at 2pm CST. The game will be televised on ESPN+

KenPom Prediction:  Baylor 72 Oklahoma 68

Torvik Prediction:  Baylor 71 Oklahoma 68

Evan Miyakawa Prediction:  Baylor 69 Oklahoma 68


Coaches

Oklahoma:    Porter Moser (53) 305-227; 2 NCAAs; 2 Sweet 16s; 1 Final 4

Baylor:  Scott Drew (51); 408-226 overall (387-215 at Baylor); 9 NCAAs; 5 Sweet 16s; 3 Elite 8s; FF; 1 National Championship

Head to Head:  1-0 Scott Drew


Oklahoma Starters

Guard:  Jordan Goldwire (SR) 6-3 195 lbs; 10 ppg; 4 asst; 2 steals; 48% FG; 30% 3pt; 85% FT

Guard:  Umoja Gibson (SR) 6-1 170 lbs; 12 ppg; 2 reb; 2 asst; 40% FG; 38% 3pt; 93% FT

Guard:  Elijah Harkless (SR) 6-3 195 lbs; 10 ppg; 5 reb; 2 asst; 41% FG; 33% 3pt; 60% FT

Forward:  Jalen Hill (JR) 6-6 220 lbs; 10 ppg; 6 reb; 65% FG; 30% 3pt; 78% FT

Forward:  Tanner Groves (SR) 6-10 235 lbs; 13 ppg; 6 reb; 55% FG; 35% 3pt; 74% FT

Oklahoma Bench

Forward:  Jacob Groves (JR) 6-9 210 lbs; 4 ppg; 2 reb; 46% FG; 20% 3pt; 50% FT

Guard:  CJ Noland (FR) 6-2 230 lbs; 5 ppg; 2 reb; 61% FG; 48% 3pt; 80% FT

*Forward:  Ethan Chargois (SR) 6-9 230 lbs; 5 ppg; 3 reb; 65% FG; 42% 3pt; 62% FT

Guard:  Bijan Cortes (FR) 6-3 194 lbs; 2 ppg; 2 reb; 2 asst; 63% FG; 67% 3pt; 100% FT


Baylor Starters

*Guard:  James Akinjo (SR) 6-1 190 lbs; 13 ppg; 3 reb; 6 asst; 2 st; 43% FG; 36% 3pt; 78% FT

Guard:  Adam Flagler (JR) 6-3 180 lbs; 12 ppg; 2 reb; 4 asst; 43% FG; 38% 3pt; 78% FT

Forward:  Matt Mayer (SR) 6-9 230 lbs; 10 ppg; 5 reb; 2 st; 40% FG; 34% 3pt; 60% FT

Forward:  Kendall Brown (FR) 6-8 205 lbs; 10 ppg; 4 reb; 2 asst; 66% FG; 36% 3pt; 70% FT

Forward:  Flo Thamba (SR) 6-10 250 lbs; 5 ppg; 5 reb; 1 blk; 61%; 61% FT

Baylor Bench

Forward:  Jon Tchatchoua (JR) 6-8 250 lbs; 8 ppg; 8 reb; 65% FG; 40% 3pt; 73% FT

Guard:  LJ Cryer (SO) 6-1 190 lbs; 14 ppg; 2 reb; 2 asst; 49% FG; 47% 3pt; 72% FT

*Forward:  Jeremy Sochan (FR) 6-9 230 lbs; 9 ppg; 7 reb; 2 asst; 50% FG; 36% 3pt; 55% FT

Guard:  Dale Bonner (JR) 6-2 170 lbs; 2 ppg; 1 asst; 24% FG; 15% 3pt; 56% FT

*injuries, status uncertain 

Discussion from...

Gameday Thread: #5 Baylor (16-2; 4-2) at OU (12-6; 2-4)

12,504 Views | 261 Replies | Last: 3 mo ago by CorsicanaBear
MrGolfguy
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Just win Bears!
Well, I ain't no greenhorn!!
william
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lomers with the tip.

- KKM

go bears!
Alf
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william said:

lomers with the tip.

- KKM

go bears!

Speaking of Lomers, saw him at the OSU game.
Smashmouth
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He would be hard to miss....big fella
ImABearToo
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Say it ain't so, another ESPN+ game? Sic em Bears anyway.
“Life is short, eat desert first!”
vanillabryce
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Get Groves out on the perimeter and make him guard the pick n roll and pick n pop. Wear him out. Texas only allowed him 1 shot the whole game.

Recognize they want to go back door, and don't let Gibson get open looks.

Bears win by 8 on the road. Flagler and MM seal it with free throws down the stretch
IowaBear
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Noland and Chargois are both out for OU that hurts their depth as both were key bench guys just under 5 points a game each. Should help a bit. Expecting another grind if both Akinjo and Sochan are out. Definitely a winnable game. Key is to make them a jump shooting team. They're not a great shooting team at all. What they are great at is getting to the rim. Take that away force then to beat us from the perimeter. Offensively we really need a 4th scorer to step up today looking at you Brown. Perhaps even JTT. Can't expect 45 combined from Matt and LJ again today. The bonus points from Thamba and Bonner will be very important today
Crawfoso1973
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Vanilla and Iowa, great analysis from you both.
Johnny Bear
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Hopefully Drew and staff learned some lessons from the game against them in Waco during which too much of the game looked like lay up drills for OU when they were on offense. If we can at least limit that and have a decent or better day shooting, we should be in good shape.
vanillabryce
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Thx, looking forward to a great road win today!
ImABearToo
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With a thin bench have to avoid early foul trouble. Hope no Higgins sightings, dudes an oU homer. Like to see some minutes for guys outside our normal 8 rotation but that means Turner and Lovejoy and both don't appear ready to play at B12 level yet.
“Life is short, eat desert first!”
historian
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ImABearToo said:

Say it ain't so, another ESPN+ game? Sic em Bears anyway.
Very few MBB games for the rest of the season are on ESPN+. Most are on ESPN or ESPN2 with a couple possibly on ESPNU. Not too bad for the best of conference play.
Louise Romano
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1) Focus on limiting TO's.
2) Focus on playing swarming D by forcing everything to the baseline.
3) Change D up often. A zone should be good vs OU cuz they are not a good shooting team.
4) Play Thamba and JTT simultaneously to clog the paint up.
5) Play O with aggressiveness as OU will likely press without Akinjo so key is to break it quickly and get to the bucket. Thamba and JTT really have to step up their game today and stay out of foul trouble.
ImABearToo
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Downloaded ESPN app…locked and loaded.
“Life is short, eat desert first!”
Gobearsone
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Looks like Akinjo starting.
Johnny Bear
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0-4 From three so far.
historian
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3 in a row, 2 by Mayer
historian
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KENDALL BROWN!!
DanaDane
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That's what I like to see -- KB with an aggressive move to the basket and the chance for the and 1.
Johnny Bear
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historian said:

KENDALL BROWN!!

We need to get him going on the offensive end. Hopefully today's the day that starts happening.
Louise Romano
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I don't know what is wrong with Mayer's shot, but its not right. He appears to hurry it on the 3 ball. His rhythm seems to be off. He has to make an uncontested shot from anywhere on the floor at least 50% of the time or he is always going to have a difficult time.
DanaDane
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Yeah baby! Cryer with the 3 and the Bears up 10-0!



Johnny Bear
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Cryer finally hits a 3. Up 10-0. Early on at least, looking a lot more like us on the defensive end.
historian
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10-0 BAYLOR!!!!!
IowaBear
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Fantastic defense to start! Keep the petal down fellas
DanaDane
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Akinjo, Bonner and Cryer on the floor at the same time is an interesting line up.
historian
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Great defense to start but it broke down a little in that possession.
OldDominionBear
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Feels like another one of our recent games where we jump out to a big lead and then **** goes downhill from there.
IowaBear
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1 for 7 from deep. Attack the rim boys they have no zero rim protection
historian
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Brown should have made that
DanaDane
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Bears 1-9 from 3.

No optimal.
historian
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How many unanswered points now?

7-0
Johnny Bear
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What's Mayer now, 0 for 5 from 3(?). All open looks, too.
OldDominionBear
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Let's hope they have his back right and it doesn't flare up. We need him hitting shots in order to win which he hasn't done yet.
OldDominionBear
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TTU part deux
 
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