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MBB: Baylor (15-8; 6-4) vs OU (15-9; 3-8) Preview & Game Thread

February 10, 2019
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Baylor (15-8; 6-4) hosts Oklahoma (15-9; 3-8) at the Ferrell Center Monday February 11th at 8pm CST. This game is huge for both teams’ NCAA hopes.  The game is televised on ESPN2.

KenPom Rankings

Oklahoma:  40 overall; 80 offensive efficiency; 21 defensive efficiency

Baylor:  33 overall; 29 offensive efficiency; 44 defensive efficiency

Prediction:  Baylor 71 Oklahoma 66


Coaches

Oklahoma:  Lon Kruger (66); 634-404 overall (155-100 at OU); 18 NCAAs; 5 Sweet 16s; 3 Elite 8s; 2 Final Fours

Baylor:  Scott Drew (48); 333-214 overall (313-203 at Baylor); 7 NCAAs; 4 Sweet 16s; 2 Elite 8s


Oklahoma Starters

PG:  Jamal Bieniemy (FR) 6-4 175 lbs; 4 ppg; 2 reb; 3 asst;  36% FG; 41% 3pt; 55% FT

SG:  Christian James (SR) 6-4 210 lbs; 16 ppg; 7 reb; 2 asst; 41% FG; 32% 3pt; 79% FT

SF:   Rashard Odomes (SR); 6-6 215 lbs; 7 ppg; 2 reb; 56% FG; 44% 3pt; 50% FT

PF:  Kristian Doolittle (JR); 6-7 235 lbs; 9 ppg; 7 reb; 50% FG; 74% FT

C:  Brady Manek (SR) 6-9 210 lbs; 12 ppg; 7 reb; 45% FG; 36% 3pt; 70% FT

Oklahoma Bench

G:  Miles Reynolds (SR) 6-2 170 lbs; 8 ppg; 3 reb; 40% FG; 22% 3pt; 75% FT

G:  Aaron Calixte (SR); 5-11 190 lbs; 8 ppg; 2 reb; 3 asst; 39% FG; 35% 3pt; 78% FT

F:  *Jamuni McNeace (SR) 6-10 220 lbs; 5 ppg; 4 reb; 1 blk; 53% FG; 38% FT

F:  Matt Freeman (JR) 6-10 220 lbs; 3 ppg; 2 reb; 34% FG; 34% 3pt; 75% FT


Baylor Starters

PG:  Jared Butler (FR) 6-3 185 lbs; 9 ppg; 3 reb; 3 asst; 38% FG; 32% 3pt; 83% FT

SG:  Devonte Bandoo (JR) 6-3 195 lbs; 7 ppg; 2 reb; 44% FG; 38% 3pt; 96% FT

SF:   Mark Vital (SO) 6-5 230 lbs; 6 ppg; 7 reb; 2 asst; 45% FG; 20% 3pt; 44% FT

PF:  Mario Kegler (SO) 6-7 230 lbs; 9 ppg; 6 reb; 1 blk; 42% FG; 19% 3pt; 61% FT

C:  Freddie Gillespie (JR) 6-9 245 lbs; 5 ppg; 4 reb; 1 blk; 67% FG; 60% FT

Baylor Bench

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

G:  *King McClure (SR) 6-3 215 lbs; 10 ppg; 5 reb; 2 asst; 1 st; 41% FG; 39% 3pt; 69% FT

F:  Matthew Mayer (FR) 6-9 200 lbs; 6 ppg; 4 reb; 34% FG; 31% 3pt; 68% FT

F:  Flo Thamba (FR) 6-10 245 lbs; 2 ppg; 2 reb; 1 blk; 63% FG; 50% FT

*status unknown due to injury

Discussion from...

MBB: Baylor (15-8; 6-4) vs OU (15-9; 3-8) Preview & Game Thread

MrGolfguy
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Just win Bears!
I have only come here seeking knowledge
That they would not teach me of in college
william
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dale steele says: 'go bears!'

- BUmma
BaylorFan1234321
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We beat OU once this year, I think we can beat them again, but it's going to be hard. Since we don't have Makai Mason or King McLure we are going to have to play hard. We still have a pretty good offense still, we just have to play good defense and not have many defensive breakdowns. Also, Oklahoma doesn't have the best offense ever, which hopefully that factor will play in our favor. If we do lose this it is going to be a very tough loss, but you have to think for a second or two, four of our starters are injured ( Tristan Clark, Jake Lindsay, Makai Mason, and King McLure ) and two of them have season ending injuries being Tristan Clark and Jake Lindsay. Just imagine this, your a freshman who doesn't get much minutes right, your not expecting to be a starter for a season or two, then all the sudden four stars get injured and your chosen to be a starter. All the sudden all the pressure is on you to get the team to March Madness which isn't that far away and possibly even win a game or two. To think that we still haven't hit ten losses and we have fifteen wins with all of these challenges is pretty amazing, just imagine what Scott Drew could draw up in a few years, we could become a basketball powerhouse! All I have to say is good job to all of the freshman who have stepped their game up when it matters, and congratulations. So show what you can do against Oklahoma and win!
Malbec
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Alex Holcombe with the tip.
Big_Pumpin
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Why doesn't Mayer's shot have any rotation?
KOK QB 70
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Mayer is freshman with potential, good size and natural skills/instincts, made lots of threes already, what difference does his shot spin make?
BaylorOkie
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BaylorOkie
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Brendan
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Yes! Get it Makai!
BellCountyBear
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Our passing looks like **** early.
rudylaw
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Just saw WVU news. Wonder what that's about?
Stefano DiMera
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West Virginia just kicked off their 2 best players..haha
Brian Ethridge
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Staff
Playing sloppy early.

Vital makes the first point on a free throw

1-3
rudylaw
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Sloppy on both ends an understatement
BellCountyBear
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Baylor with 3 fouls already. Ou with 1.
possible12
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Re: the toe injury most likely here to stay. Probably can't be injured worse and is deadened for game. Will hurt like heck afterwards, and practices probably limited.
rudylaw
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Six fouls in under 3 minutes. Scintillating.
Brian Ethridge
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Staff
Six fouls in under 3 minutes of play
BellCountyBear
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Omg we are playing like *****
Brian Ethridge
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Staff
7 fouls in 3:25
Brian Ethridge
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Staff
Bandoo 3

4-8

Makai misses a 3

Makai takes a charge

8th foul

Under 16 timeout
Brendan
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Sloppy. Let's get going - come on!
JXL
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I'm listening on the radio, are all these fouls on us legit or are we getting jacked?
Brian Ethridge
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Staff
This game is setting back basketball to peach baskets and broom sticks

Kegler 3

7-10
Brian Ethridge
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JXL said:

I'm listening on the radio, are all these fouls on us legit or are we getting jacked?
Ticky tack
Brian Ethridge
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Staff
Bandoo 3

10-10
Brian Ethridge
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Staff
Goaltend on a block on the fast break after Vital gets hit in the head going for an offensive board after Mason gets bodied on a layup attempt.
BaylorOkie
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Flat flat flat. They'll get going soon.
Brian Ethridge
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Staff
5 three point shots for a lead

18-14
Brian Ethridge
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Defense starting to pick up with the team moving their feet.

Vital got a tight cut
possible12
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BaylorOkie said:

Flat flat flat. They'll get going soon.
This is where home crowd can help.
Brian Ethridge
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Staff
Vital misses more shots at the rim for a guy that is known for attacking the rim.

18-18
Brendan
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I think vital might be better from the FT line than he is from 3 feet or less.
Brendan
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Let's get a run before half!
Stefano DiMera
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Krueger with an excellent adjustment..in Norman we isolated Manek on defense and Kegler had a field day and he benched him second half
Now he has him on offensively challenged Vital.
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