Basketball looks to bounce back

By Daniel Hill

Staff Writer

After a last second overtime loss to No. 22 Oklahoma State on Wednesday night, the Baylor Bears have now lost three consecutive games. This marks the longest losing streak of the season.

The Bears have an opportunity to get back on track against Texas Tech at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Ferrell Center.

Texas Tech is 9-11 overall this year and is 2-7 in conference play. The Red Raiders are in ninth place in the Big 12 and Baylor is in the middle of the pack in conference with a 5-4 record.

On Wednesday, Oklahoma State scored with 0.2 seconds left in overtime to win 69-67 over the Bears.

After this last-second loss, the Bears are sure to come out on Saturday seeking to break a three-game losing streak.

Oklahoma State burned the Bears by generating 19 points off of turnovers. Baylor senior point guard Pierre Jackson had an uncharacteristically high 11 turnovers in the game despite only averaging 3.7 turnovers per game.

The Red Raiders are led in scoring by 6-foot-7 junior forward Jaye Crockett, who averages 12.3 points per game and with 7.4 rebounds per game. Watching Crockett and junior forward Cory Jefferson tangle inside the paint will be a matchup to keep an eye on in Saturday’s contest.

Texas Tech’s best three-point shooter is freshman guard Dusty Hannahs. He averages 6.1 points per game and shoots 37 percent from the three-point line. To put that into context, Baylor’s best three-point shooter, junior guard Brady Heslip, also shoots 37 percent from beyond the arc.

Baylor needs to earn a win over Texas Tech to put the three-game losing streak in the past. A win would also establish Baylor as a Big 12 contender as it are only two games behind Kansas and Kansas State for first place in the conference. Including the game against Texas Tech, the Bears have nine conference games left.