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MBB: Baylor (15-7; 6-3) vs KSU (17-5; 7-2) Preview & Game Thread

February 7, 2019
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Baylor (15-7; 6-3) hosts Kansas State (17-5; 7-2) Saturday February 9th at the Ferrell Center at 5pm CST.  The game is televised on ESPN2.  

KenPom Rankings

KSU:  36 overall; 167 offensive efficiency; 5 defensive efficiency

Baylor:  28 overall; 26 offensive efficiency; 41 defensive efficiency

Prediction:  Baylor 63 Kansas State 58


Coaches

KSU:  Bruce Weber (62); 454-240;  12 NCAAs; 4 Sweet 16s; 2 Elite 8s; 1 Final 4; 1 NC game

Baylor:  Scott Drew (48); 333-213 overall (313-202 at Baylor); 7 NCAAs; 4 Sweet 16s; 2 Elite 8s


KSU Starters

PG:  Kamau Stokes (SR) 6-0 170 lbs; 10 ppg; 4 asst; 36% FG; 34% 3pt; 72% FT

SG:  Barry Brown (SR); 6-3 195 lbs; 16 ppg; 4 reb; 3 asst; 2 steals; 44% FG; 31% 3pt; 71% FT

SF:  Xavier Sneed (FR) 6-5 220 lbs; 10 ppg; 6 reb; 2 asst; 39% FG; 34% 3pt; 62% FT

PF:  Dean Wade (SR); 6-8 230 lbs; 14 ppg; 7 reb; 3 assts; 52% FG; 47% 3pt; 78% FT

C:  Makol Mawien (JR) 6-9 250 lbs; 6 ppg; 4 reb; 51% FG; 67% FT

KSU Bench

G:  Cartier Diarra (SO); 6-4 180 lbs; 6 ppg; 3 reb; 39% FG; 32% 3pt; 70% FT

G:  Mike McGuirl (SO) 6-2 195 lbs; 3 ppg; 2 reb; 35% FG; 27% 3pt; 50% FT


Baylor Starters

PG:  Makai Mason (SR) 6-1 180 lbs; 16 ppg; 2 reb; 3 asst; 46% FG; 39% 3pt; 81% FT

SG:  Jared Butler (FR) 6-3 185 lbs; 8 ppg; 3 reb; 3 asst; 38% FG; 32% 3pt; 83% FT

SF:  King McClure (SR) 6-3 215 lbs; 10 ppg; 5 reb; 2 asst; 41% FG; 39% 3pt; 69% FT

PF:  Mario Kegler (SO) 6-7 230 lbs; 9 ppg; 6 reb; 1 blk; 42% FG; 18% 3pt; 61% FT

C:  Mark Vital (SO) 6-5 230 lbs; 6 ppg; 7 reb; 2 asst; 44% FG; 22% 3pt; 43% FT

Baylor Bench

G:  Devonte Bandoo (JR) 6-3 195 lbs; 7 ppg; 2 reb; 44% FG; 40% 3pt; 95% FT

F:  Matthew Mayer (FR) 6-9 200 lbs; 6 ppg; 2 reb; 34% FG; 31% 3pt; 66% FT

F:   Flo Thamba (FR) 6-10 240 lbs; 2 ppg; 3 reb; 1 blk; 63% FG; 50% FT

F:  Freddie Gillespie (JR) 6-9 240 lbs; 4 ppg; 4 reb; 1 blk; 63% FG; 69% FT

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MBB: Baylor (15-7; 6-3) vs KSU (17-5; 7-2) Preview & Game Thread

DanaDane
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What happened to the other JUCO guard from Florida who was gonna light it up this year? Is he injured too? I haven't seen him on the floor at all today.
Wichitabear
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We just loss
CaliByWayOfKS
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We've played a good game down 2 starters, but we are shooting some of the worst 3's I've seen... like beyond NBA range.

3 missed shots, 2 fouls, a missed 1 and 1, and 1 turnover in the last 3 min has been crushing.
Johnny Bear
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EGOTbear said:

get okeke off the floor
I get it we're riddled with injuries, but why did he get that many minutes in this game? Has Allen fallen off the map that bad, or is he hurt also?
KajunKarlsdad
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That probably sealed it.
Johnny Bear
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We're toast. Just so frustrating having those key injuries for the biggest game of our season to date.
rudylaw
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Great effort. Was really hoping Makai would have a relatively healthy conference season but that was foolish to believe. What could've been...
KajunKarlsdad
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I'm guessing Mason will miss the OU game too since he's in a boot?
DanaDane
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Looks like we gave a great effort but are gonna cough up this one. Helluva game by Gillespie though. I can't get over how much he's improved since the first of the season.
bularry
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We look bad again
Yeek
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Johnny Bear said:

We're toast. Just so frustrating having those key injuries for the biggest game of our season to date.


Nah this isn't the biggest game of our season to date according to some.
Yeek
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Johnny Bear said:

EGOTbear said:

get okeke off the floor
I get it we're riddled with injuries, but why did he get that many minutes in this game? Has Allen fallen off the map that bad, or is he hurt also?


Wondering the same thing, was Allen unavailable? He's in to end the game though.
HoustonBear15
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That was a huge flop.
rudylaw
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Johnny Bear said:

EGOTbear said:

get okeke off the floor
I get it we're riddled with injuries, but why did he get that many minutes in this game? Has Allen fallen off the map that bad, or is he hurt also?


Allen seems like a pretty good transfer candidate. If he's not getting minutes tonight and he's healthy... yeesh.
CHP Bear
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Yeek said:

Johnny Bear said:

We're toast. Just so frustrating having those key injuries for the biggest game of our season to date.


Nah this isn't the biggest game of our season to date according to some.
This game and Texas were breakout games. KSt today is a home game. Losing home games are killers. Right now Big 12 is ripe for us and 3 to 4 others. Got to win home games if we are going to be in the hunt.
BaylorOkie
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Great effort. This team didn't settle for excuses. This same game will beat OU on Monday.
Yeek
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CHP Bear said:

Yeek said:

Johnny Bear said:

We're toast. Just so frustrating having those key injuries for the biggest game of our season to date.


Nah this isn't the biggest game of our season to date according to some.
This game and Texas were breakout games. KSt today is a home game. Losing home games are killers. Right now Big 12 is ripe for us and 3 to 4 others. Got to win home games if we are going to be in the hunt.


Exactly, we can't drop home games in this conference. No one sees who played and who didn't in March when looking at records. It's just unfortunate that 10 and 3 were out.
Johnny Bear
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I know OU has been slumping lately and we did what we did to them in Norman, but assuming Mason and King aren't available Monday night, that game becomes more uncertain as well.
KajunKarlsdad
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Need 3 or 4 more wins to lock in an NCAA berth, very do-able if we get Mason back soon. Hopefully King's knee is minor too.
bear2be2
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CHP Bear said:

Yeek said:

Johnny Bear said:

We're toast. Just so frustrating having those key injuries for the biggest game of our season to date.


Nah this isn't the biggest game of our season to date according to some.
This game and Texas were breakout games. KSt today is a home game. Losing home games are killers. Right now Big 12 is ripe for us and 3 to 4 others. Got to win home games if we are going to be in the hunt.
This was true when we had a semi-healthy roster. We're just trying to keep our head above water at this point.

I'm thrilled we played as well as we did against the best and most talented team in the Big 12 this year.
bear2be2
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Johnny Bear said:

EGOTbear said:

get okeke off the floor
I get it we're riddled with injuries, but why did he get that many minutes in this game? Has Allen fallen off the map that bad, or is he hurt also?
Because with Mason and McClure out, we don't have enough ball-handlers. Neither Bandoo nor Allen are point guards, leaving us without a scholarship player to spell Butler when he's out. Thus Okeke gets those minutes.
BUVA
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KajunKarlsdad said:

I'm guessing Mason will miss the OU game too since he's in a boot?


CSD just said he has bruised foot.
Csw86
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First time poster, first time viewer. Felt the need to vent about the crowd (lack thereof) in the lower section. I noticed with about 5-6 minutes left as we're fighting to hold the lead at home, the ENTIRE lower section was seated. How can we ever expect to win at home, or have a home court advantage with that attitude? Has this been discussed before? Watch any other conference arena and they are ROCKING! So frustrating to see
CHP Bear
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bear2be2 said:

CHP Bear said:

Yeek said:

Johnny Bear said:

We're toast. Just so frustrating having those key injuries for the biggest game of our season to date.


Nah this isn't the biggest game of our season to date according to some.
This game and Texas were breakout games. KSt today is a home game. Losing home games are killers. Right now Big 12 is ripe for us and 3 to 4 others. Got to win home games if we are going to be in the hunt.
This was true when we had a semi-healthy roster. We're just trying to keep our head above water at this point.

I'm thrilled we played as well as we did against the best and most talented team in the Big 12 this year.
Good points. KSt is a good team. We played them close with the players available for the game. No doubt in my mind we'll be in the NCAA Tourney. This year I'm of the belief we could win the Big 12 Tourney. But if we're to win the Big 12 Conf we must win the home games.
bear2be2
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CHP Bear said:

bear2be2 said:

CHP Bear said:

Yeek said:

Johnny Bear said:

We're toast. Just so frustrating having those key injuries for the biggest game of our season to date.


Nah this isn't the biggest game of our season to date according to some.
This game and Texas were breakout games. KSt today is a home game. Losing home games are killers. Right now Big 12 is ripe for us and 3 to 4 others. Got to win home games if we are going to be in the hunt.
This was true when we had a semi-healthy roster. We're just trying to keep our head above water at this point.

I'm thrilled we played as well as we did against the best and most talented team in the Big 12 this year.
Good points. KSt is a good team. We played them close with the players available for the game. No doubt in my mind we'll be in the NCAA Tourney. This year I'm of the belief we could win the Big 12 Tourney. But if we're to win the Big 12 Conf we must win the home games.
I just don't have any illusions that we're going to win the Big 12 regular season title. Even with Mason and McClure healthy, I thought was a long shot.

I'm still hopeful we'll make the NCAA tournament, but this week's injuries have me a little concerned. I know this team will give all it has and fight, but I can't see it winning on the road at Kansas State, Kansas, Iowa State or Tech, which will force us to win every remaining home game to get to 10 wins in conference. Fortunately, all of those games are winnable, but that's a lot of pressure for a team that may or may not be missing its top two players for all of those games.
MrGolfguy
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Good effort by the under-manned Bears tonight, but 3 missing starters is hard to overcome; at least against a very good team like possible league champ KSU.
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geewago
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Csw86 said:

First time poster, first time viewer. Felt the need to vent about the crowd (lack thereof) in the lower section. I noticed with about 5-6 minutes left as we're fighting to hold the lead at home, the ENTIRE lower section was seated. How can we ever expect to win at home, or have a home court advantage with that attitude? Has this been discussed before? Watch any other conference arena and they are ROCKING! So frustrating to see
I'd hazard a guess that it's been discussed around 200 times if you go all the way back to the old Baylorfans.com.
BellCountyBear
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kstate starters > Baylor's bench
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