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The Shootaround: A Rivalry Renewed

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Baylor looks to extend their winning streak against the Aggies

Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Week In Review

#16 Baylor 75 Northwestern State 62
62
NORTHWESTERN STATE
(1-7, 0-0)
1ST 2ND F
38 24 62
39 36 75

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Waco, Texas • Attendance: 4,627

75
BAYLOR
(7-1, 0-0)

Rico Gathers made Baylor basketball history, becoming the first Bear since 1966 to record a 30 point, 20 rebound game as the Bears were able to overcome a sluggish start to pull away from Northwestern State in the 2nd half and get the win. In fact, Rico actually outrebounded the entire Demons roster 21-18. The win caps off a 6-0 homestand for the Bears and increased Baylor’s non-conference home winning streak to 31 games. Taurean Prince also had a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds and Al Freeman added 15 points to pace the Bears offensively. Northwestern State came out of the gates fast and grabbed as much as a 6 point lead in the 1st half as Baylor struggled with outside shooting for most of the night, hitting just 1-13 from 3 point land. A Gathers putback gave the Bears a 1 point halftime lead 39-38. Baylor came out strong in the 2nd half and although they never really blew away the Demons as expected, they kept the opponent at arm’s length and got defensive stops when needed. Northwestern State’s leading scorer Zeek Woodley had a nice night but the Bears held the rest of the Demons in check. It was nice to see Baylor be able to play well and get a fairly comfortable win on a night when they really didn’t shoot the ball well.

Looking Ahead

Hardin-Simmons v. #16 Baylor
Abrams Gym (Fort Hood, TX)
Dec. 16, 7:00 PM CT
FSSW

This is Scott Drew’s annual random game against a non-Division I team and it’s noteworthy not for the opposition but for where the game is being played. Baylor will take on Division III Hardin-Simmons at the gym on base at Fort Hood. Baylor basketball has developed a neat relationship with Fort Hood in recent years and I know Coach Drew is pretty pumped about getting to play an actual game there. This game is not available to the general public as tickets were only made available to soldiers and their families but the game will be televised on Fox Sports SW. It should be a unique atmosphere for our players and a great chance to give back to those who serve our country. I’d expect that Drew will give everybody on the roster a chance to play a little bit as I would not anticipate this being much of a game for very long.

#16 Baylor @ #24 Texas A&M
Reed Arena (College Station, TX)
Dec. 19, 8:00 PM CT
ESPNU

And then there’s this game. The Battle of the Brazos is renewed on the hardwood for the 207th time as the Bears travel to College Station to take on the #24 Aggies, Baylor's third and final ranked opponent in this non-conference slate. This is a return game from the one played in Waco a year ago when Baylor curbstomped A&M 77-63 in a game that was much more lopsided than the score would indicate. This game was notable as Baylor held the Aggies without a single offensive rebound and just simply dominated the game in the paint. On the whole, Baylor has won six consecutive games against A&M dating back to when the Aggies were still a part of the Big 12. But this is appears to be a much stronger A&M team than the one that the Bears saw a year ago. The Aggies are 8-2 on the season with wins over Gonzaga, Texas and Kansas State with their only losses coming away from home to Syracuse and Arizona State. A&M is led by seniors Danuel House, Jalen Jones, Alex Caruso and Anthony Collins that mesh with a talented crop of freshmen that Billy Kennedy has brought in this season. House is the Aggies’ most consistent scorer but I think the key to this game will be shutting down the hot and cold play of Jones, who had 25 in their win over K-State on Saturday. I’m interested to see how well Baylor handles the road atmosphere as well, as the Bears seemed to be really out of sorts for much of the game when they lost up at Oregon a month ago. This will be Baylor’s first road game since and I would expect that the senior leaders will step up and play more to their potential than they did that night. I’m also curious to see what contributions Baylor can get from Al Freeman, who was quiet in the game against Vanderbilt last weekend. With the step up in competition in a hostile environment, can he continue his hot start in 2015-16? I would expect that this will be a highly entertaining game that could very well come right down to the last play as this game has done so many times over the years.

BASKETBALL PODCAST!1!!

PSA: Peter, Matt and yours truly will be recording a hoops heavy podcast tonight so be on the lookout for that later this week. And for those of you who buy into the whole basketball podcast curse nonsense, we're recording before Hardin-Simmons so I think we'll be fine.

Big 12 Update

Standings

STANDINGS CONFERENCE OVERALL
Big 12 W-L GB PCT W-L PCT STRK
#5 Iowa State 0-0 -- 0.000 9-0 1.000 W9
#3 Oklahoma 0-0 -- 0.000 7-0 1.000 W7
#2 Kansas 0-0 -- 0.000 8-1 0.889 W7
#16 Baylor 0-0 -- 0.000 7-1 0.875 W6
#20 West Virginia 0-0 -- 0.000 8-1 0.889 W1
Texas Tech 0-0 -- 0.000 6-1 0.857 W5
Kansas State 0-0 -- 0.000 7-2 0.778 L1
Oklahoma State 0-0 -- 0.000 6-3 0.667 W1
Texas 0-0 -- 0.000 6-3 0.667 W4
TCU 0-0 -- 0.000 5-4 0.556 W1

Notable Results

#7 Oklahoma 78 #9 Villanova 55
#10 Virginia 70 #14 West Virginia 54
Washington 92 TCU 67
#4 Iowa State 83 Iowa 82
#7 Oklahoma 96 Oral Roberts 73
Texas 84 #3 North Carolina 82
Texas A&M 78 Kansas State 68
#2 Kansas 82 Oregon State 67
Oklahoma State 62 Minnesota 60

AP Top 25

AP Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD PTS
1 Michigan State (64) 11-0 1,621
2 Kansas (1) 8-1 1,499
3 Oklahoma 7-0 1,409
4 Kentucky 9-1 1,385
5 Iowa State 9-0 1,370
6 Maryland 9-1 1,353
7 Duke 8-1 1,271
8 Virginia 8-1 1,132
9 Purdue 11-0 1,082
10 Xavier 10-0 1,062
11 North Carolina 7-2 1,023
12 Villanova 8-1 865
13 Arizona 9-1 860
14 Providence 10-1 724
15 Miami (FL) 8-1 622
16 Baylor 7-1 605
17 Butler 8-1 562
18 SMU 7-0 560
19 Louisville 7-1 534
20 West Virginia 8-1 466
21 George Washington 9-1 256
22 UCLA 7-3 213
23 Cincinnati 8-2 197
24 Texas A&M 8-2 152
25 Connecticut 6-3 47
Others receiving votes: Gonzaga 44, South Carolina 42, Oregon 37, Colorado 21, Vanderbilt 18, Wichita St 17, Arkansas-Little Rock 14, Dayton 14, Pittsburgh 12, Georgetown 8, Utah 7, Texas 4, Notre Dame 4, Syracuse 3, Northwestern 3, Iowa 3, Marquette 1, Army 1, Houston 1, Florida 1
Dropped from rankings: Gonzaga 20, Vanderbilt 21, Oregon 24, Utah 25

Ken Pom

This shows all Baylor opponents for the 2015-16 season

Strength of Schedule NCSOS
Rank Team Conf W-L Pyth AdjO AdjD AdjT Luck Pyth OppO OppD Pyth
2 Oklahoma B12 7-0 0.942 113.8 14 89.3 3 73.7 38 0.010 155 0.483 211 102.6 158 103.2 255 0.483 211
6 Kansas B12 8-1 0.928 114.4 10 91.6 13 74.8 22 -0.009 186 0.547 139 104.0 87 102.4 209 0.547 147
15 Vanderbilt SEC 6-3 0.890 112.2 25 93.6 19 68.4 259 -0.149 337 0.616 65 104.6 66 100.4 89 0.616 69
16 West Virginia B12 8-1 0.889 109.3 43 91.2 9 74.2 29 0.004 165 0.406 282 100.3 280 103.7 278 0.406 285
17 Baylor B12 7-1 0.888 112.9 19 94.3 22 67.5 298 -0.001 176 0.353 317 98.8 320 104.2 300 0.353 316
18 Iowa St. B12 9-0 0.886 112.8 21 94.3 23 74.6 25 0.048 92 0.458 234 100.8 260 102.3 203 0.458 236
28 Oregon P12 7-2 0.842 109.8 36 94.9 30 71.5 106 -0.015 199 0.534 153 100.5 271 99.3 50 0.534 159
34 Texas A&M SEC 8-2 0.823 108.7 51 95.1 33 70.9 130 0.016 148 0.493 197 101.7 211 101.9 182 0.493 198
43 Texas B12 6-3 0.793 110.3 32 98.2 80 67.5 295 0.000 172 0.570 106 103.9 90 101.4 142 0.570 114
76 Texas Tech B12 6-1 0.707 103.7 131 96.1 45 70.3 158 0.091 54 0.477 220 103.3 123 104.1 298 0.477 220
78 Kansas St. B12 7-2 0.705 104.0 125 96.4 51 69.4 214 0.026 125 0.441 257 102.1 190 104.2 301 0.441 261
86 Georgia SEC 4-3 0.689 102.5 157 95.7 36 68.2 268 -0.066 275 0.502 187 102.9 146 102.8 230 0.502 189
103 Oklahoma St. B12 6-3 0.651 103.7 133 98.2 83 68.6 253 -0.035 232 0.376 303 99.6 305 104.1 297 0.376 306
116 Stephen F. Austin Slnd 6-3 0.620 104.7 113 100.3 131 70.7 140 0.109 44 0.561 119 103.9 93 101.7 166 0.561 126
119 TCU B12 5-4 0.617 100.3 203 96.3 49 72.0 83 -0.079 291 0.395 299 99.7 301 103.5 270 0.395 302
165 New Mexico St. WAC 5-4 0.505 100.2 207 100.0 123 67.4 305 -0.115 320 0.286 342 97.2 341 105.3 327 0.286 340
204 Jackson St. SWAC 4-6 0.418 98.0 259 100.9 144 70.2 164 -0.169 342 0.654 46 103.7 103 98.1 19 0.654 51
238 Arkansas St. SB 3-6 0.352 99.6 221 105.0 257 75.6 14 -0.096 306 0.600 80 102.5 161 98.9 34 0.600 87
244 Northwestern St. Slnd 1-7 0.346 104.6 115 110.6 333 73.1 55 -0.003 179 0.812 4 109.0 6 96.0 4 0.812 4
258 Texas Southern SWAC 1-8 0.314 100.7 198 107.7 308 69.2 227 -0.038 236 0.673 34 106.8 19 100.4 84 0.673 36
337 Savannah St. MEAC 4-5 0.144 88.3 348 103.1 205 69.1 232 0.119 38 0.482 213 102.1 189 102.7 222 0.482 213
343 Prairie View A&M SWAC 0-8 0.112 89.7 345 107.4 305 71.5 105 -0.026 213 0.770 11 107.1 14 96.4 7 0.770 13