We should have a thriller Tuesday night with a great matchup in college hoops.
The Baylor Bears will be making the in-state trip as they face off with the Texas Longhorns. Baylor is rolling at 16-0 and sitting at number 2 in the country. The Longhorns are coming off a close loss to Oklahoma but are still sitting in the number 6 spot at 11-3.
This will be Baylor’s toughest matchup so far this season. Sitting at 16-0, Baylor has had impressive wins over Illinois, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, and Kansas. Although they have had games against Gonzaga and Texas already canceled, their resume is strong. Their offense has been the key to their success this season. Averaging 87.2 points a game, the Bears are ranked 5th in points per game in all Division 1. Jared Butler leads the team averaging 16.8 points per game. Baylor has 4 different players that all average at least 10 points or more. That allows Baylor to have another option if one player is having a rough shooting night. Baylor has had a perfect season so far and is looking to continue it on this trip.
Texas is coming off a rough couple of weeks with only one game since January 17th due to Covid. In their one game since then, they lost 80-79 at home to Oklahoma. Along with missing games due to Covid, coach Shaka Smart was unable to be in attendance for the loss against Oklahoma last week. On Tuesday night, they will be back at full strength. Texas has had an impressive season so far with quality wins over Kansas and West Virginia.
The Longhorns have a very solid team. The backcourt is led by Andrew Jones and Courtney Ramey who are having fantastic seasons. Kai Jones and Greg Brown have been tough for many teams to match up with down low. Even though Texas has been looking good on offense, they are going to need their defense to win this game. Texas has only given up 80 or more points once this season while Baylor’s fast-paced offense is averaging 87.2 points.
The Longhorns are going to have a difficult time keeping up with Baylor on Tuesday night. Texas has only played one game in three weeks and has missed practice time due to Covid. We could see this hurt the Longhorns throughout the game. Baylor has many guards that push the floor and create a very face-paced tempo. One bright spot for the Longhorns is Kai Jones and Greg Brown. Both forwards for Texas could create a mismatch for rebounding that Baylor has not seen yet. I expect a fast-paced, high scoring game with a close finish. Will Texas be able to pull out the upset on their home court? Let us know.