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Baylor-New Orleans: Preview and Prediction

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NCAA Basketball: Oregon at Baylor Ray Carlin-USA TODAY Sports

Baylor takes on New Orleans at 5:00 tomorrow in the Ferrell Center.

Here are three keys to the game:

1) Defensive rebounding- New Orleans ranks just 310th in offensive efficiency. It’s not surprising with a number that low that they struggle in about every category. But the Privateers are 100th in offensive rebounding. The Bears need to come in focused and control the boards.

2) Offensive rebounding- Maybe I could have made these one category. I didn’t. New Orleans is 348th in defensive rebounding. Pittsburgh grabbed an offensive rebound on 58% of their misses—an almost impossible number.

3) Start hitting some threes- This isn’t essential to beat New Orleans, but Big 12 play starts next Saturday. With how bad Baylor has been hitting threes, this would be a nice day to start making shots.


Baylor is substantially better than New Orleans. KenPom gives the Bears a 94% chance to win. Those odds seem, if anything, low. Baylor should dominate this one. I have the Baylor winning 80-58.