PPG61.4

BAYLOR (22-3, 9-3 Big 12)
INDIVIDUAL:       TEAM: PTS Jonathan Motley 16.9 FG% 48% REB Jonathan Motley 9.7 3PM% 36% AST Manu Lecomte 4.2 FT% 72% BLK Jo Lual-Acuil 2.7 PPG 73.8 STL Ishmail Wainright 1.8 OPP.

PPG65.8

TEXAS TECH (16-9, 4-8 Big 12)
INDIVIDUAL:       TEAM: PTS Keenan Evans 14.9 FG% 48% REB Zach Smith 7.9 3PM% 38% AST Devon Thomas 3.1 FT% 73% BLK Zach Smith 1.6 PPG 75.1 STL Devon Thomas 1.2 OPP.

Jonathan Motley (Baylor)

Jonathan Motley is having an All-American type season. He is averaging 20.5 points over the last four games and has been a key to the Bears getting back on track. Motley dropped 25 points and nine rebounds on Tech in their first meeting and will look to replicate that on the road.

Zach Smith (Texas Tech)

Zach Smith is averaging 13 points and eight rebounds, while shooting 54 percent from the field this season. He has been one of the most consistent players, and is averaging 13 points, 10 rebounds over his last four games. Smith recorded a 21 point, 10 rebound performance in a 1-point loss to Kansas.

Baylor appears back on track after victories over Oklahoma State and TCU and remains just one game back of Kansas in the Big 12 standings. The Bears desperately need to notch another win before heading home to host Kansas.

Texas Tech, on the other hand, has gone 1-5 in their past six conference games after beginning Big 12 play 3-3. In their last two games, Tech lost by 1-point to both TCU and Kansas.

The Red Raiders lost by just four points on the road in Waco in their last matchup with the Bears. Tech had a chance to tie or win the game in the final 10 seconds, but a huge block by Ish Wainright sealed the victory for Baylor. In the past two seasons, the Bears have defeated Tech on the road in the final possession.

Jonathan Motley has been the key the Bears success so far this season. If the Bears can win on the road, they will have a chance to tie Kansas in the Big 12 standings when the Jayhawks travel to Waco on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Texas Tech still has a chance to right the ship, but it all begins with a huge home win against Baylor. The Red Raiders have five games remaining following the matchup with Baylor. It’s not too crazy to think they could make the NCAA Tournament if they manage to go 4-2 over the final six games.

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