GAME PREVIEW: OU Looks To End Losing Streak In Series Against No. 2 Baylor

Wednesday, January 6th 2021, 9:20 am
By: Associated Press

NORMAN, Oklahoma -

Oklahoma is looking to snap a five-game losing streak in the head-to-head series against No. 2 Baylor.

In its last five wins against the Sooners, Baylor has won by an average of 15 points. Oklahoma’s last win in the series came on Jan. 30, 2018, a 98-96 victory. Tip-off happens Wednesday, 8 p.m. at the Ferrell Center, Waco, Texas

STEPPING UP: Baylor’s Jared Butler has averaged 16 points, 5.8 assists and 2.0 steals while Davion Mitchell has put up 12 points, 6.7 assists, and 2.7 steals. For the Sooners, Austin Reaves has averaged 15.5 points, five rebounds, and 5.4 assists while Brady Manek has put up 13.6 points and 4.6 rebounds.

ACCURATE AUSTIN: Reaves has connected on 25.9 percent of the 27 3-pointers he’s attempted and has made 3 of 17 over his last three games. He’s also made 87 percent of his free throws this season.

PERFECT WHEN: Oklahoma is a perfect 6-0 when its defense holds opponents to a field goal percentage of 43.8 percent or less. The Sooners are 0-2 when allowing opponents to shoot any better than that.

STREAK STATS: Baylor has won its last four home games, scoring an average of 95 points while giving up 56.5.

STINGY DEFENSE: Baylor has forced opponents into committing turnovers on 27.5 percent of all possessions this year, the eighth-highest rate among all Division I teams. Over their last five games, the Bears have forced opponents into turnovers on 27.6 percent of all possessions.