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Game Thread - Baylor Bears at TCU Horned Frogs

Baylor enters the game a 7.5 point underdog

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

Baylor opens Big XII conference play with a difficult game on the road at 3pm CT, broadcast on ESPNU. TCU is unranked, but the Horned Frogs boast an 11-1 record with victories over SMU and USC. Their lone loss game against, oddly, Lipscomb. They rank 25 in Ken Pomeroy’s ranking with a top 40 offense and top 30 defense. Their strengths, unfortunately, seem precisely aligned with Baylor’s weaknesses.

While Baylor fans can hope it’s due to a weaker schedule and a small sample size, the Frogs are holding opponents to 28% from deep so far this year, which is still somehow lower than Baylor’s own conversion rate from three (29%). Meanwhile, on the other side of the ball, TCU rarely allows steals or transition opportunities. That means Baylor will need to be effective in the half court to stand a chance, or else throw TCU totally off their game.

As always, Tristan Clark and Makai Mason will be the great determiners for the Bears. If they can have strong games without their teammates cratering, Baylor has a chance. For a closer look into Baylor’s keys for victory, check out Kendall’s preview.

Baylor has a tough one in store. Let’s cheer them on in the comments!