After a loss in Lawrence against No. 3 Kansas, the Oklahoma Sooners host the No. 1 Baylor Bears in an attempt to solidify their NCAA Tournament resumé. It’s the first time a No. 1 team has come to Norman in 23 years, and OU will look to claim a home win over a No. 1 team for the first time since Kelvin Sampson’s Sooners defeated Kansas in 1995.
Oklahoma (16-9, 6-6) vs. No. 1 Baylor (23-1, 12-0): 8 P.M. CT at Lloyd Noble Center (Norman, OK)
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 -3.0 (as of 2 PM CT)
- The Bears have held the No. 1 ranking in the AP poll for five consecutive weeks, and ESPN’s Joe Lunardi currently projects them as the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.
- The 23-1 start is Baylor’s best in school history.
- BU beat Oklahoma 61-57 in Waco on Jan. 20, as Oklahoma had a shot to take the lead in the closing seconds. Austin Reaves’ three-point attempt was off the mark, but the eventual four-point margin was the smallest for Baylor in Big 12 play this season.
- History on the line: Baylor’s 22 game win-streak is currently tied with the 1996-97 Kansas Jayhawks for the longest win-streak in Big 12 History. A win Tuesday night in Norman would give the Bears sole possession of this record.
- Kristian Doolittle: Oklahoma’s senior forward has been on an absolute tear for the last three games, scoring over 20 points in each. Doolittle’s ability to get to the rim and score against Baylor’s relatively undersized lineup could help open up perimeter shots for Brady Manek and Austin Reaves. Doolittle was held to just 8 points on 4/14 shooting during the Sooners’ trip to Waco in January.
- NCAA Tournament implications: Joe Lunardi currently projects Oklahoma as a No. 9 seed, while CBS’ Jerry Palm still has the Sooners slotted as a No. 8 seed. OU is already in a good position to make the NCAA Tournament after the quality WVU win, but a win over top-ranked Baylor would be a massive boost to OU’s resumé and would all but make the Sooners a lock.
Baylor 72, Oklahoma 63