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After getting their first Big 12 win against TCU, Baylor basketball looks ahead to Iowa State and K-State.

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Week In Review

Kansas 56 Baylor 55
56
KANSAS
(12-2, 1-0)
1ST 2ND F
18 38 56
22 33 55

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Waco, Texas • Attendance: 7,088

55
BAYLOR
(11-3, 0-2)

5 days later and this game is still frustrating as all heck. Baylor had multiple chances in the final seconds to pick up a quality win against the bell cow of Big 12 basketball and just were unable to close it out as Kansas escaped the Ferrell Center with a 1 point win. The Bears' zone defense stifled the KU offense in the first half, holding the Jayhawks to just 18 points on 28% shooting, but Baylor only hold a 4 point lead at the break. Bill Self made some key halftime adjustments and KU began to knock down shots early the second half. Baylor hung close the entire way thanks to a 25 point performance from Kenny Chery but it's the ending to this game that will unfortunately be remembered. Down by 1 with under 20 seconds to go, Royce O'Neale and Rico Gathers both missed layups that would've given the Bears the lead. With one final opportunity after a missed KU free throw, Chery allowed the clock to run out rather than put up what would have been a fairly decent look from 35 feet. It was a frustrating loss to say the least.

Baylor 66 TCU 59 (OT)
66
BAYLOR
(12-3, 1-2)
1ST 2ND OT F
28 25 13 66
28 25 6 59

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Fort Worth, Texas • Attendance: 5,388

59
TCU
(13-3, 0-3)

Speaking of frustrating, this game! Baylor was able to survive an ugly, foul-ridden game to pick up its first Big 12 win of the season on the road over TCU on Saturday. The Bears shot 29.8% from the field for the game, missed 15 free throws, yet still found a way to avoid a loss to a Horned Frog team that has now dropped 21 consecutive Big 12 contests. Baylor was led by a beastly performance from the manly and handsome Rico Gathers. Rico had 17 points to go with 18 (!) rebounds, including 10 offensive boards to keep possessions alive. Taurean Prince also had a double-double off the bench with 17 points and 10 rebounds. There were a couple points late in the second half when it appeared that TCU was primed to pull away but the Bears were able to make the necessary plays to get the game tied. Kenny Chery hit a clutch mid-range jumper to tie the game at 53 in the final minute. In the overtime, Baylor closed out the game at the foul line by hitting 9 of 13 from the stripe. The Baylor defense held TCU to just one field goal that came in the last 15 seconds when the Bears basically had the game locked up. It wasn't pretty, but a conference road win is a conference road win, and beating TCU is always nice. Perhaps if the officials didn't call so many fouls in this game, this guy wouldn't have had this happen.

Looking Ahead

Iowa State at Baylor
Ferrell Center (Waco, TX)
Jan. 14, 8:00 PM CT
ESPNU

The Bears are back home to start the week as they welcome in Fred Hoiberg's Iowa State Cyclones on Wednesday night. ISU is coming off a big week with wins over Oklahoma State in Ames and at West Virginia on Saturday night. The win in Morgantown was especially impressive to the point that ESPN college basketball guru Andy Katz named the Cyclones his team of the week for their performance. As has been the case with recent Iowa State teams, this group is performing at an elite level offensively. They are averaging just over 80 points per game, rank 2nd in the country in assists per game, and shoot 49% from the field as a team. The Cyclones are led by jack of all trades forward Georges Niang, who averages 15.2 PPG, 5.5 RPG and 3.6 APG. Niang provides matchup problems to just about every team ISU faces so limiting his production will be key. Iowa State goes 8 deep in their rotation and all 8 are capable scorers. The big key for the Baylor defense will be its ability to stay disciplined in defending the 3 point line against a team that likes to shoot a lot of them, especially Naz Long. Baylor will absolutely need to do a better job of finishing around the basket to keep up with the Cyclones on the scoreboard. A long offensive drought will be crippling in this game. It is critical that the Bears begin to establish a home court advantage at the Ferrell Center and it starts Wednesday night. If you're a student on campus, GO TO THE GAME. Wear white. Watch below. I think you know the drill.

Baylor at Kansas State
Bramlage Coliseum (Manhattan, KS)
Jan. 17, 2:00 PM CT
ESPNU

Baylor will take to the road for the third weekend in a row, this time to Manhattan to deal with Kansas State in the "Octagon of Doom". The Wildcats had been in freefall mode heading into last week highlighted by an ugly non-conference loss to Texas Southern. K-State was able to right the ship with a close win at home over TCU but then pulled off an absolute shocker by going into Norman and beating Oklahoma in OT on Saturday. It's become very apparent that K-State goes as sophomore guard Marcus Foster goes. Foster was actually benched by coach Bruce Weber in their conference opener against Oklahoma State but he responded well with 2 big games last week and hit the game winning 3 pointer to beat OU. Thomas Gipson provides some added beef down low but if those two guys are unable to provide offense, the Wildcats have had trouble finding other scorers. Foster was a major factor in the two games against Baylor last year so if the Bears can keep him from heating up, they should be in good shape defensively.

Big 12 Update

Standings

STANDINGS CONFERENCE OVERALL
Big 12 W-L GB PCT W-L PCT STRK
Kansas 2-0 -- 1.000 13-2 .867 W4
Iowa State 2-0 -- 1.000 12-2 .857 W2
West Virginia 2-1 .5 .667 14-2 .875 L1
Oklahoma St 2-1 .5 .667 12-3 .800 W1
Oklahoma 2-1 .5 .667 11-4 .733 L1
Kansas St 2-1 .5 .667 9-7 .563 W2
Baylor 1-2 1.5 .333 12-3 .800 W1
Texas 1-2 1.5 .333 12-4 .750 L2
TCU 0-3 2.5 .000 13-3 .813 L3
Texas Tech 0-3 2.5 .000 10-6 .625 L3

KenPom

Strength of Schedule NCSOS
Rank Team Conf W-L Pyth AdjO AdjD AdjT Luck Pyth OppO OppD Pyth
11 Oklahoma B12 11-4 0.9237 106.8 58 86 5 69.2 36 -0.107 329 0.6359 27 104.1 17 99.1 84 0.5892 83
13 West Virginia B12 14-2 0.9029 110.3 28 90.9 23 69.7 26 -0.033 251 0.5308 143 100.8 181 99.8 117 0.4623 242
16 Kansas B12 13-2 0.9001 113 15 93.3 45 66.2 146 0.2 3 0.7486 3 104.2 14 94.8 2 0.7483 9
18 Baylor B12 12-3 0.894 111.6 20 92.7 40 62 319 0.007 162 0.6048 41 101.8 106 98.1 36 0.4991 188
19 Iowa St. B12 12-2 0.8935 112.7 17 93.7 53 70 21 0.034 120 0.5345 138 101.5 124 100.3 153 0.4526 258
22 Oklahoma St. B12 12-3 0.8837 108.3 38 90.8 21 65.6 174 0.013 151 0.5688 82 100.3 222 97.9 31 0.4928 199
28 Texas B12 12-4 0.8559 106.2 69 90.9 24 64.3 243 0.005 168 0.5805 69 100.6 198 97.8 24 0.5021 184
56 TCU B12 13-3 0.7702 103 125 92.7 39 64.3 242 -0.038 256 0.2686 351 96.7 346 105.5 350 0.1705 351
91 Kansas St. B12 9-7 0.6957 103.9 102 96.7 89 62.8 303 -0.01 204 0.577 73 101 161 98.3 48 0.4756 227
164 Texas Tech B12 10-6 0.4978 96.9 251 97 93 65.8 159 0.019 141 0.3754 331 98.3 318 102.7 314 0.2575 347

AP Top 25

RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Kentucky (63) 15-0 1,623
2 Virginia (2) 15-0 1,561
3 Gonzaga 16-1 1,446
4 Duke 14-1 1,432
5 Villanova 15-1 1,358
6 Louisville 14-2 1,264
7 Wisconsin 15-2 1,200
8 Utah 13-2 1,185
9 Kansas 13-2 1,100
10 Arizona 14-2 1,037
11 Iowa State 12-2 922
12 Notre Dame 15-2 903
13 Wichita St 14-2 832
14 Maryland 15-2 801
15 North Carolina 12-4 719
16 West Virginia 14-2 627
17 Virginia Commonwealth 13-3 578
18 Oklahoma 11-4 485
19 Arkansas 13-2 431
20 Texas 12-4 345
21 Seton Hall 13-3 298
22 Baylor 12-3 278
23 Northern Iowa 14-2 212
24 Oklahoma St 12-3 132
25 Wyoming 15-2 71