The Baylor Bears have had a steady stream of success against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. In their three previous matchups, the Bears have held the Red Raiders under 48 points. Texas Tech entered Wednesday night’s matchup with a 34-game losing streak against top-25 opponents. Something was different on Wednesday night as the Red Raiders were able to knock off the Bears 82-72 in front of 9,516 screaming fans in the United Spirit Arena.
All five of the Red Raiders’ starters scored in double-figures. Texas Tech shot 57.1 percent from the field and had their best game of the season. The Red Raiders definitely played above their potential, but Baylor should not escape criticism because of a well-played game by Texas Tech. This is the second time that Baylor has come out of the gate flat in the Big 12. Shades of last week’s blowout loss against Iowa State began to pop up in the first half.
The Bears found themselves facing an insurmountable deficit that they could not dig themselves out of. Baylor only mustered 29 rebounds despite having one of the most talented frontcourts in the conference. Texas Tech’s frontcourt is no slouch by any means, but being out-muscled by an inferior opponent is a huge gut check.
All of Baylor’s frontcourt players were in foul trouble, which forced head coach Scott Drew to use a smaller lineup. Baylor has had relative success with a small lineup this season, but struggled mightily from outside.
Baylor should be able to regain their mojo against Oklahoma on Saturday, but it will be the Monday night matchup on the road against Kansas that will determine whether or not Baylor can rise to the occasion in conference play.
Jack Dooley is a Big 12 Basketball writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter @JackDooleyOCS.