Kansas State-Baylor basketball preview

03/07/2014 6:06 PM

03/07/2014 6:06 PM

• WHEN/ WHERE:

12:30 p.m. Saturday at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kan.

• TV/RADI O:

KMCI (Ch. 38); WHB (810 AM)

• ABOUT BAYLOR (20-10, 8-9 Big 12) :

The Bears appeared to be out of the NCAA Tournament mix at this time last month, but they have won six of seven. Most bracket projections have them making the field of 68, but they can lock up a bid with another win or two. Cory Jefferson has been Baylor’s best player, averaging 13.3 points and 8.3 rebounds. Backup point guard Kenny Chery has also been productive since returning from an injury. The Bears trailed the Wildcats most of the way in their first meeting, but won in double overtime. Baylor is hoping to earn the No. 6 seed and a bye to the Big 12 tournament quarterfinals.

• ABOUT KANSAS STATE (20-10, 10-7 Big 12):

The Wildcats have been dominant at home this season. If they beat Baylor on Saturday, they will go undefeated at home in Big 12 play for the first time. They will have to play well to down Baylor, though. The Bears defeated K-State in Waco last month and have a big frontcourt, which can cause problems for the Wildcats’ small lineup. K-State has won three of five but lost its last game at Oklahoma State. K-State may benefit from from time off. It hasn’t played since Monday. Will Spradling, Shane Southwell, Omari Lawrence and Ryan Schultz will be playing in their final home game. With a win, K-State would claim at least the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament. A win combined with losses by Oklahoma and Texas would earn it the No. 2 seed.

• BOTTOM LINE:

Baylor has won six of seven, but Kansas State has been nearly unbeatable at home, winning 15 straight. Bramlage Coliseum gives K-State the edge.

P No. Baylor Ht. Yr. PPG
F 34 Cory Jefferson 6-9 Sr. 13.3
F 00 Royce O’Neale 6-6 Jr. 6.9
C 21 Isaiah Austin 7-1 So. 10.7
G 5 Brady Heslip 6-2 Sr. 11.6
G 4 Gary Franklin 6-2 Sr. 5.8
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
F 11 Nino Williams 6-5 Jr. 6.2
G 2 Marcus Foster 6-2 Fr. 14.9
G 55 Will Spradling 6-2 Sr. 8.2

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