NCAA Basketball: Baylor Bears vs Oklahoma State Cowboys- Possible Lineups and Predictions

Published 01/23/2021, 8:31 AM EST
Dec 21, 2020; Waco, Texas, USA; Baylor Bears head coach Scott Drew greets his players on the court after Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions called a timeout during the first half at Ferrell Center. Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports


NCAA Basketball action will continue in a very exciting match-up. #2 ranked Baylor Bears are set to face the exciting Oklahoma State Cowboys. While Baylor is one of the best teams in the nations, the most exciting prospect in this year’s college batch is with OSU. That comes in projected number one overall pick, Cade Cunningham.

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Baylor are currently 13-0 and are their last win was over the top-10 ranked Kansas Jayhawks. While they haven’t faced the number one ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs, they have taken down a fair share of top ranked teams.

The OSU Cowboys are playing after 10 days. Though they are coming off a win against the Jayhawks, theirs was an improbable underdog win. They are currently 9-3 and are definitely on the bubble of making it in the AP Top 25 Poll.

While the Cowboys do have Cade Cunningham, it will be interesting to see if he can rise enough to overcome the Bears and give them their first loss of the season.

NCAA Basketball: Is a Cowboys win possible?

Dec 21, 2020; Waco, Texas, USA; Baylor Bears guard Jared Butler (12) and forward Zach Loveday (32) slap hands after a made basket against the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions during the second half at Ferrell Center. Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

The Bears easily outmatch the Cowboys in this game. However, basketball isn’t always determined on paper. The Cowboys were underdogs their last game against the Kansas Jayhawks. However, Baylor have been the favorites for every game they have played and also come out with the win.

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The Cowboys will have to hope their streaky yet exciting offense can outfox one of the best defensive teams in the entire country. They do not have the defensive tools in individual match-ups to hold the Bears off either.

The Bears will start the game with Jared Butler, Davion Mitchell, MaCio Teague, Mark Vital, and Flo Thamba. The Cowboys will take the floor with Cade Cunningham, Avery Anderson III, Isaac Likekele, Bryce Williams, and Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe.

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We believe that the Bears will be able to hold Cunningham and the rest of the Cowboys at bay. They are way too loaded, and this game does look like a bit of a mismatch. But anything can happen in NCAA basketball!

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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