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Oklahoma State (16-9) at Baylor (16-9)



The Sports Network

DATE & TIME: Monday, February 17, 9 p.m. (ET)

FACTS & STATS: Site: Ferrell Center (10,284) -- Waco, Texas. Television: ESPN. Home Record: OSU 10-3,2 Baylor 10-4. Away Record: OSU 2-5, Baylor 2-4. Neutral Record: OSU 4-1, Baylor 4-1. Conference Record: OSU 4-8, Baylor 4-8. Series Record: Oklahoma State leads, 52-21.

GAME NOTES: The Oklahoma State Cowboys will attempt to end a six-game losing streak, when they take on the Baylor Bears in a Big 12 showdown at the Ferrell Center on Monday evening.

Travis Ford's Cowboys are in a downward spiral and without All-American candidate Marcus Smart in the lineup due to his current suspension, Oklahoma State fell for the sixth consecutive time this past weekend in a 77-74 setback to instate rival Oklahoma. At 16-9 overall and a mere 4-8 in conference play, the Cowboys will need to turn things around in a hurry to bolster their NCAA Tournament resume.

Scott Drew's Bears also looked like an NCAA Tournament lock a few weeks ago, but they sport identical records overall (16-9) and in the Big 12 (4-8). However, Baylor has started to turn things around with two straight wins entering this contest, including an 87-73 2OT win over Kansas State on Saturday.

Oklahoma State owns a 52-21 series advantage against Baylor, but it is the Bears seeking the regular-season sweep after posting a 76-70 victory in Stillwater on Feb. 1.

Markel Brown took center stage with Smart out of the lineup and delivered with 26 points, although it wasn't enough against the Sooners. Phil Forte added 16 points, while Le'Bryan Nash recorded a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds. However, OSU was outscored from behind the arc 36-18.

The Cowboys are a potent offensive squad, averaging 81.9 ppg, on .472 shooting, but that is at full strength, including the 17.5 ppg that Smart brings to the table. Brown is a potent second option at 17.0 ppg, with depth coming in the form of Nash (14.8 ppg) and Forte (12.3 ppg).

Baylor is a solid offensive squad in its own right, netting 75.6 ppg on .461 efficiency. The team also enjoys a solid +8.1 rebounding margin. Four of the team's five starters averaging double figures, led by Cory Jefferson's 12.6 ppg. The junior forward is also tops on the team in rebounding at 8.0 rpg. Senior guard Brady Heslip provides balance in the backcourt at 11.7 ppg, powered by his .467 accuracy from long range (79-of-169). Isaiah Austin and Kenny Chery round out the top scoring threats with 10.9 and 10.3 ppg, respectively.

The Bears overcame a 10-point deficit with nine minutes remaining to force overtime and then converted an impressive 10-of-14 from the floor in the two extra sessions to post a 14-point win over Kansas State this past weekend. Jefferson recorded a double-double in the win with 21 points and 11 rebounds, but was one-upped by Chery, who recorded the school's sixth-ever triple-double with 20 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists. Austin poured in 18 points, while Taurean Prince came off the bench to tally 12.

The Cowboys' woes aren't likely to come to an end in Waco, especially without Smart in the lineup again. Baylor should be able to defend its homecourt and continue its turnaround down the stretch.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Baylor 75, Oklahoma State 71

02/17 10:33:14 ET

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