TV Schedule: Saturday, Feb. 20, 2:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
Arena: Frank Erwin Center, Austin, TX
That being said, No. 25 Baylor vs. No. 24 Texas might be the best game of the day.
The Bears have lost three of their last five games, but all the losses have come against teams currently considered in the 2016 NCAA tournament or right on the bubble. The Big 12 is the best conference in college basketball, so it is no surprise that this team has dropped a few games. The concerning part, however, is that several of these losses came at home.
The Longhorns, on the other hand, have been dominating at home in conference play. Texas has yet to lose a Big 12 game at home under Shaka Smart and will get two of the three teams in front of them in the Big 12 standings in Austin before this season ends. Everyone knew this roster had talent coming into the season; the question was whether or not they could bring it all together – which they have.
Texas already got the best of Baylor on the road this season, so they should be full of confidence that they can handle the Bears’ talented duo of Rico Gathers and Taurean Prince, who combined for 38 points in their earlier upset loss. The Bears are a good team with clear Final Four potential, but I do not believe they can defeat the Longhorns at home.
Prediction: Texas 69, Baylor 65