Kansas State-Baylor basketball preview

02/14/2014 1:13 PM

02/14/2014 7:03 PM

P No. Kansas State Ht. Yr. PPG
F 42 Thomas Gipson 6-7 Jr. 11.6
F 25 Wesley Iwundu 6-7 Fr. 7.0
G 1 Shane Southwell 6-7 Sr. 8.1
G 2 Marcus Foster 6-2 Fr. 15.0
G 55 Will Spradling 6-2 Sr. 8.1
P No. Baylor Ht. Yr. PPG
F 21 Isaiah Austin 7-1 So. 10.5
F 34 Cory Jefferson 6-9 Sr. 12.4
G 00 Royce O’Neale 6-6 Jr. 5.7
G 5 Brady Heslip 6-2 Sr. 11.3
G 4 Gary Franklin 6-2 Sr. 6.7


6 p.m. Saturday at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas



• ABOUT KANSAS STATE (17-7, 7-4 Big 12) :

The Wildcats are coming off a pair of impressive victories over Texas and Kansas. Could they experience a hangover from that high on Saturday? Moving past back-to-back home victories against ranked opponents may be challenging, but the Wildcats seem motivated to continue their winning streak. They have been a poor road team, losing four straight since beating TCU in mid-January. A victory away from home would further boost their NCAA Tournament resume. … Shane Southwell may need to play well for K-State to beat Baylor. He has averaged barely three points in K-State’s last four games.

• ABOUT BAYLOR (15-9, 3-8 Big 12):

The Bears have been one of the most disappointing teams in the Big 12 this season. They were expected to compete for a conference championship. Instead, they are heading for a bottom-four seed in the conference tournament. Their only Big 12 victories have come against bottom-feeder TCU and reeling Oklahoma State. Baylor does have talent, though. Isaiah Austin and Cory Jefferson are two of the best forwards in the league, and the Bears won several quality games early, including a neutral-court victory over Kentucky.

• BOTTOM LINE: Kansas State is the better team. But the Wildcats have not been good on the road and the Bears have a strong frontcourt. K-State will need to bring one of its best efforts to win in Waco.

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