Oklahoma (15-9, 3-8 Big 12) at Baulor (15-8, 6-4 Big 12): 8 p.m. CT at Ferrell Center (Waco, Texas)
Commentary: Mark Neely and Chris Spatola
Live Stream: WatchESPN
Radio: Sooner Radio Network (107.7 FM ‘The Franchise’ in Oklahoma City; KTBZ 1430 AM in Tulsa; Tune In Radio App) with Toby Rowland and Kevin Henry announcing
Line: Baylor -4.5 (as of 4:30 p.m. CT)
- After starting 6-2 in Big 12 play, Baylor has dropped consecutive games to Texas and Kansas State. The Bears currently sit at No. 34 in both the NCAA’s NET Rankings and KenPom’s ratings.
- According to Jon Rothstein, senior guards Makai Mason and King McClure are game-time decisions for tonight. Mason leads the team in scoring (16.1 PPG) and assists (3 APG), while McClure is third on the team in scoring (9.9 PPG).
Baylor's Makai Mason (foot) and King McClure (knee) will be a game-time decision for tonight's game against Oklahoma, per Scott Drew. Both did not play in Saturday's loss to Kansas State.— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) February 11, 2019
- The Sooners are 8-8 against the Bears during the Lon Kruger era but have not picked up a win in Waco since 2016. OU holds a 45-16 overall advantage in the series and has a 19-8 edge in Waco.
- No McNeace - For the second consecutive game, center Jamuni McNeace will be out of the lineup for the Sooners due to a sore foot. Since suffering an ankle injury back in December, McNeace simply hasn’t been himself, and Oklahoma has essentially been without one of the nation’s better rim protectors as a result. I don’t want to speculate too much on OU’s handling of his health situation, but this has all been a very tough pill to swallow.
- Inept offense - Oklahoma’s 54-point effort — albeit against a very good defensive basketball team — was unfortunately nothing new for anyone who has watched this group in recent weeks. Developing any sort of rhythm is a rarity, and the entire situation is exacerbated by the fact that Christian James simply can’t get things going for himself. To James’ credit, the effort has been there for him the entire time. It’s just unfortunate that his career is ending this way.
- Bubble watch (yep, roll those eyes) - This much has been established — the OU we’ve all been watching for the past several weeks is simply not an NCAA Tournament-caliber team. However, for what it’s worth, CBS bracketologist Jerry Palm still has this team inside this field as an 11-seed. The fact that this shell of a basketball team can be 3-8 in Big 12 play and still be considered “on the bubble” is astounding, and I suppose it speaks to how much respect there is for OU’s schedule.
“We have reached the point of desperation for Oklahoma. The Sooners just got through what should have been a relative sweet spot in the schedule in terms of being able to pick up quality wins. They had three of four at home, all against teams that would help them build their resume. OU lost all four. Now the Sooners begin a stretch of three road games out of four and it’s almost “must-win” time.” — Jerry Palm, CBS Sports