KANSAS STATE-BAYLOR PREVIEW: Bears return home to battle Wildcats in Saturday showdown

by dentonramsey

KANSAS STATE-BAYLOR PREVIEW: Bears return home to battle Wildcats in Saturday showdown

By Denton Ramsey, NCAA Sportswriter/Big 12 Fans Baylor Correspondent


WACO, Texas – In about 24 hours, the Baylor Bears (17-8 overall, 5-6 Big 12) will be fighting for their postseason life when they face the Kansas State Wildcats (18-7, 8-3) on Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Ferrell Center.

After dropping four straight conference contests, the Bears hope to end that skid on Saturday evening in Waco when they battle the Wildcats – a team coming off a surprising loss at Nebraska and currently sitting in third place in the highly competitive Big 12.

Saturday’s showdown between Baylor and Kansas State is slated to tip off at 7 p.m. CST, with the game scheduled to be broadcast live on FSN Southwest for local Texas viewers.

“We have been in a couple of close games this year; I am very proud of the effort of our team,” Baylor Head Coach Scott Drew said following Tuesday’s tough one-point OT loss to Oklahoma on the road. “We have had two heartbreakers and a lot of teams could fold from here on out.

“I think we are going to get on a roll; I am really proud of our team. I think we are going to bond from this and I think we are going to grow from this.”

For Baylor Bear fans, this weekend’s match-up on the Ferrell Center hardwood could make or break their NCAA postseason dreams.

With the Bears currently tied with the Texas Tech Red Raiders for sixth place, Saturday’s game against the Wildcats is a must-win if Baylor expects to make a push for a March Madness tournament seed.

The good news for the BU basketball team is that they are returning home, where they hold a 10-3 mark, and Kansas State has lost three straight road games.

Check back tomorrow for post game quotes, notes, stats and more from Saturday night’s Big 12 match-up between the Bears and Wildcats…



Denton Ramsey may be reached via email at denton.ramsey@gmail.com