On a night where Baylor shot under 36% from the field; 22% from 3 point range and had more turnovers than assists, they were able to score 86 points and defeat a rapidly improving Texas team. How did they do it? They attacked the rim over and over again. The result was 45 free throw attempts and 36 points the easy way- without any defenders contesting the shot.
Texas came into the game with Baylor ranked in the top 5 in defensive efficiency but lowly rated on offense. Today, their offense was efficient. Texas point guard Javan Felix played a terrific floor game- 26 points and 9 assists against only one turnover. For the majority of the game, he outplayed Pierre Jackson for Baylor- the preseason Big12 player of the year. But Pierre Jackson owned the overtime- scoring 11 of his 24 points to secure the win for the Bears.
Texas' backcourt of Felix, McClellan and Lewis outscored Baylor's starting backcourt of Jackson, Heslip and Walton 56-32. However, Baylor's frontcourt gave the Bears the big advantage in the game. Austin, Jefferson and Gathers for Baylor scored a combined 48 points and grabbed 28 rebounds. By comparison, Texas' top 3 bigs of Holmes, Ridley and Lammert scored 11 points and hauled in 18 rebounds. This turned out to be a crucial difference for the Bears.
Baylor runs its record to 9-4 on the year. Texas falls to 8-6. Baylor has beaten Texas in men's basketball 7 out of the last 9 games. Getting win #8 is going to be tough. Texas is young and has the looks of a team that is improving each game. And they will have arguably their best player back- Myck Kabongo- when the Bears travel to Austin.
Next up for the Bears a quick turnaround on Tuesday night versus Texas Tech in Lubbock.