GAME NOTES: The Baylor Bears try to put the brakes on a three-game losing streak on Saturday when they host the Texas Tech Red Raiders in a Big 12 affair at the Ferrell Center.
Baylor may trail the all-time series by a count of 75-50, but it has won the last two meetings against Texas Tech by an average of 31 points. The Bears blew the doors off of Tech back on Jan. 8, topping them, 82-48.
The Bears went on to win four of the next five after that rout, but have lost three in a row since, most recently falling in overtime to nationally-ranked Oklahoma State, 69-67, on Wednesday.
Pierre Jackson scored a game-high 24 points to go along with eight assists for Baylor, but he also committed 11 of the Bears' 16 turnovers. Cory Jefferson had 18 points and 11 rebounds in the loss.
Texas Tech, meanwhile, has also dropped three in a row after a 68-59 loss at the hands of Kansas State on Tuesday. Jordan Tolbert netted 19 points for the Red Raiders, who have now lost seven of their last eight contests.
The Red Raiders are one of just two teams in the conference with a negative scoring margin, as they pour in 66.9 ppg, while allowing a league-high 70.2 ppg. Despite starting just two games, Jaye Crockett is the team's top producer, shooting greater than 52 percent from the field for 12.3 ppg, while also grabbing 7.4 rpg. Dejan Kravic (9.4 ppg) and Tolbert (9.6 ppg) also make more than half of their field-goal attempts, but even with the presence of three stellar shooters, Tech still makes good on only 42.8 percent of its total shots.
On the season, only Kansas boasts a greater scoring margin than the Bears' +11.3 mark, which is mostly thanks to the Big 12's second-ranked scoring offense (75.4 ppg). Jackson is arguably the league's best playmaker, as he ranks first in both scoring (19.3 ppg) and assists (6.0 apg). Taking the pressure off Jackson is one of the nation's best frontcourt duos in Isaiah Austin (14.1 ppg, 9.6 rpg, 1.4 bpg) and Cory Jefferson (12.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg, 2.0 bpg).
Neither of these teams are going to be competing for a conference title. Baylor though, has the best player on the floor in Jackson and should be motivated after its near win over Oklahoma State.