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NORMAN, Okla. -- Sooners Illustrated breaks down the matchup between OU and Baylor at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Norman.

Overview:

The Sooners (11-9 overall, 3-3 Big 12) get a chance to avenge their 74-61 loss earlier in the season to the Bears (14-6, 4-3 Big 12) when the two squads meet for the second and final time in the regular season this year. OU is on a three-game winning streak and riding all kinds of momentum into another game at home, where it is 10-1 so far in 2010-11. BU, on the other hand, is not so hot, going only 2-3 since defeating the Sooners back on Jan. 11.

Sooner Notes:

--The Sooners have a 35-8 series advantage, but Baylor has taken the last three dating back to last year.

--OU is 63-13 under head coach Jeff Capel and looking to improve that mark against a team that's only 3-17 all-time at Lloyd Noble Center.

--Guard Steven Pledger, who exploded for 38 points in last weekend's victory over Iowa State, has managed double digits in nine of OU's 11 wins, and his point total against ISU was the most in Big 12 Conference play this season.

--OU's top four scorers have shot 50 percent or better from the field in each of the three games during the current winning streak. Guards Cameron Clark, Cade Davis, Pledger and forward Andrew Fitzgerald are shooting 51.9, 51.5, 51.3 and 50 percent, respectively in that stretch.

--The Sooners have been outrebounded in every conference game so far.

Looking at the Bears:

--They started with a 7-0 record and No. 9 ranking but have since gone only 7-6 en route to falling out of the Top 25.

--Baylor is a very good shooting team, hitting 48.8 percent from the field to rank third in the conference. They are 43.8 percent from long range, which is tops in the Big 12.

--The Bears are also a solid defensive team, allowing only 67 points per game, which ranks fourth in the conference.

--Guard LaceDarius Dunn leads the troops with a Big-12 leading 21.1 points per game, along with 4.5 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.6 steals.

--Head coach Scott Drew is 123-109 and now in his eighth season at BU.

Projected Starters:

OU:

F Andrew Fitzgerald (6-8, 231, So., 13.7 ppg, 5.3 rpg)

G Steven Pledger (6-4, 212, So, 12.6 ppg. 2.4 rpg)

G Carl Blair (6-2, 209, So., 6.9 ppg, 4.4 apg)

G Cameron Clark (6-6, 189, Fr., 9.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg)

G Cade Davis (6-5, 209, Sr., 13.0 ppg, 5.2 rpg)

BU:

F Perry Jones (6-11, 235, Fr., 13.9 ppg, 7.0 rpg)

F Anthony Jones (6-10, 190, Jr., 8.4 ppg. 5.5 rpg)

C J'Mison Morgan (6-11, 265, Jr., 4.2 ppg, 2.4 rpg)

G A.J. Walton (6-1, 185, So., 8.8 ppg, 5.2 apg)

G LaceDarius Dunn (6-4, 200, Sr., 21.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg)

Sooners Illustrated's Take:

Last month's meeting was a lot closer than the 13-point spread at the end of the game. It was competitive throughout, as OU was within single digits for most of the night and just couldn't quite get over the hump. This time, they'll do so. After doubting the Sooners less than two weeks ago and saying the CU win might be their last in a while, SI believes the team has come a long way in a short amount of time and thus has a chance to win this one.

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