With OU firmly entrenched in its Big 12 conference play, SoonersIllustrated.com is going to preview each of the Sooners conference games.
Baylor (14-8, 2-7) at No. 21 Oklahoma (17-6, 6-4)
When: 6 p.m. CST
Last game: The Sooners biggest battle wasn’t just Mother Nature. Despite all the travel issues, OU was able to compete hard before losing in overtime at West Virginia. Baylor couldn’t continue its momentum after a big win last weekend as Kansas whipped the Bears in Waco on Tuesday.
What to watch for: Home sweet home in every sense of the word for the Sooners. After the worst road trip in recent memory that featured so many delays, cancellations and rescheduling of things, OU is just glad to be back in Norman and playing at Lloyd Noble Center.
Senior forward Cameron Clark continues to be an enigma, though. So key for the Sooners during the first third of the season, he has fallen off dramatically in terms of his aggressiveness. Sophomore guard Buddy Hield has picked up the slack, but it’s obvious OU needs both of its scorers to be rolling to have success.
Too early to call it a must-win game, but after dropping back-to-back road games, OU can ill afford a home setback against a team it has already beaten on the road last month. As we always say, there is no bigger grind than the Big 12 conference.
Scouting the Bears: When OU played Baylor the first time, just about everybody thought the Bears would bounce back after a tough loss at Texas Tech. That didn’t happen, and it has been a downward spiral ever since.
Once a sure bet to make the NCAA tournament, Baylor has to do some work after having dropped six of its last seven games. The Bears continue to show flashes of why they were once a top 10 team, but the consistency has not been there.
Baylor has four players averaging more than 10 points, but guard Brady Heslip is the only one whose scoring average has actually increased during conference play. Everybody else has seen their totals take a dip in the last nine games.