With OU firmly entrenched in its Big 12 conference play, SoonersIllustrated.com is going to preview each of the Sooners conference games.
No. 25 Oklahoma (13-4, 2-2) at No. 12 Baylor (13-3, 1-2)
When: 1 p.m. CST
Last game: Both squads are looking to bounce back from tough losses. OU dropped its first road game of the season with a 72-66 defeat at Kansas State after leading 62-56 with five minutes left. Baylor couldn’t overcome a slow start in a road loss to Texas Tech 82-72 on Wednesday night
What to watch for: Starts at point guard and freshman Jordan Woodard. With no injury or any physical reason or foul trouble for why he didn’t play down the stretch, Woodard sat on the bench for the final six minutes against the Wildcats. Has he recovered mentally? Or is Je’lon Hornbeak going to get even more minutes?
The other major issue from Tuesday was the play of OU’s best player, senior forward Cameron Clark. Coming in averaging more than 18 points per game, Clark scored a season-low two points and never ever got into a rhythm. OU cannot afford another down outing by Clark.
The good was sophomore Ryan Spangler continuing to produce. It wasn’t just rebounds against Kansas State but points, too. Spangler scored 21 points and grabbed 14 rebounds to try to offset the horrible perimeter shooting OU had, especially in the second half.
Scouting the Bears: No clear-cut leader for Scott Drew’s team as Baylor has four players averaging more than 10 points. Leading the way is senior forward Cory Jefferson at 13.2 points per game and 8.4 rebounds.
Rebounding has been kind to the Bears, who lead the conference with a +10 rebounding margin per game. Helping that is the 5.5 boards per game from sophomore center Isaiah Austin, a high school teammate of Hornbeak.
Elsewhere, Brady Heslip continues to be a threat from 3-point territory, making nearly 47 percent of his 3-point attempts. And junior point guard Kenny Chery is averaging 11.6 points and a solid 5.1 assists per game.