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Game 30: #14 Baylor Bears vs Texas Longhorns

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This game carries a surprising amount of heft. For Baylor, a road win could justify a 3 seed in the NCAA. For Texas, a loss might burst their bubble hopes.

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No. 19 Baylor (22-7, 10-6) at Texas (17-12, 6-10)
March 2, 2015 | 6:00 p.m. CT
Austin, Texas | Frank Erwin Center (16,734)

TV: ESPNU
and WatchESPN
Radio: ESPN Central Texas
National Radio: Sirius 84 / XM 84 / TuneIn App

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Short turnarounds mean short game thread previews. They also mean that once again there is no Q&A. I feel like a part of me is slipping into the nether with each missed interview.

Three keys

1.) Keep Isaiah Taylor out of the paint: Against Kansas, Rick Barnes' only plan at the end of the game seemed to be Taylor driving madly toward the basket and hoping to get fouled or create space for a drop off pass. If Kenny Chery, Lester Medford, and Al Freeman can stay in front of Taylor, Texas should have a tough time getting offense.

2.) Hold Texas off the boards: Rico Gathers and Johnathan Motley will have their hands full on the glass tonight. If Gathers can bump the Texas bigs away from the paint, that should go a ways toward limiting second chance points for the Longhorns.

3.) Draw fouls inside: If UT's bigs get in foul trouble, that will help free up space around the rim for cutters to score.

Stats

Prediction

Baylor is getting about 3 points in Austin, and I think they'll do more than cover. Texas will struggle to score against the zone, and I see no reason for Baylor's shooting to slow down aside from chance. Baylor 72 -- Texas 68.