Baylor vs. Oklahoma State: Full Game Preview
|Baylor||P Jackson 19.1||I Austin 9.5||P Jackson 6.0|
|Oklahoma State||M Brown 15.5||P Jurick 7.2||M Smart 4.6|
On Wednesday, No. 22 Oklahoma State hosts Baylor at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Tip-off is at 7:00 EST and it can be seen on ESPN. The Cowboys fell to the Bears 64-54 on January 21st and are 3-6 against them over the last four years.
Both teams share 4th place in the Big 12.
In an 85-80 triumph over Kansas on February 2nd, Markel Brown put up 28 points for the Cowboys. His 15.5 points per game is the highest mark on the team. For the Bears, Pierre Jackson finished with 23 points and 6 assists in the 79-71 loss to Iowa State on February 2nd. With 19.1 points per game and 6.0 assists per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. A key area of strength for Baylor is turnover percentage at 18.1, which ranks 1st in their conference (and 63rd nationally).
- Obviously, AP Voters agree that Oklahoma State is superior to Baylor (Latest AP Poll: #22 vs Not Ranked).
- Oklahoma State has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 20 years (66.67% to 51.61%).
- The Oklahoma State basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Baylor (92% vs 38%).
- Even computers respect Oklahoma State more. We have a better RPI this season than Baylor (RPI: #29 vs #46).
- Michael Cobbins is ranked 9th in the Big 12 in blocks.
- We make our fans proud. Oklahoma State has a better record at home than Baylor this season (11-1 vs 9-3).
- Oklahoma State is a better free-throw-shooting team (75.1% vs 67.7%) than Baylor this season.
- Markel Brown is ranked 5th in the Big 12 in points and 10th in the Big 12 in three-pointers.
- Oklahoma State has more Final Four appearances over the last 10 years than Baylor (1 vs 0).
- It must sting. Oklahoma State has blown out Baylor by 20 points or more on 5 occasions since 1996.
- Philip Jurick is ranked 7th in the Big 12 in rebounds and 8th in the Big 12 in blocks.