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OPEN GAME THREAD: Baylor (Big Monday)

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Baylor Bears (13-5, 3-2) AT Kansas State Wildcats (13-7, 1-4)

Bramlage Coliseum — Manhattan, Kan.
Monday, Jan. 24, 2011 — 8:05 PM CST

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If our backs were against the wall Saturday, then we're now lying flat on our backs, insensate, after being thrown through the wall by the Aggies.

At 1-4 in the Big 12, there no longer is any remaining margin for error if the Cats hope to make it to the Big Dance.

We have to get to 8-8 or 9-7, and that starts by going at least 6-2 at home, which means we have to win tonight.

Despite its misleading record, Baylor is not a particularly good team. And the Bears have absolutely no signature wins and accumulated only their first quality win of the season Saturday against Oklahoma State.

They will be desperate for this one, too, but a loss to them would be a killer for our resume. We gotta win!

You can read my preview of Baylor here. There is no Baylor SBNation blog, so tough luck if you were wanting to discuss the game with the Bible Aggies.

In the meantime, we've got two hours to kill before tip-off, so feel free to discuss the Big East game in the comments.

Predictions:

  • BracketCat: Kansas State 70, Baylor 65
    GAMER: Kansas State 76, Baylor 67
    Pomeroy: Kansas State 69, Baylor 66
    Sagarin: Kansas State 65, Baylor 62

From the K-State Sports Information Department:

Kansas State (13-7, 1-4 Big 12) looks to get back on a winning track tonight, when the Wildcats host the Baylor Bears (13-5, 3-2 Big 12) at Bramlage Coliseum before a nationally televised audience on ESPN's Big Monday broadcast at 8 p.m.

The squad will be playing its second of four contests on Big Monday, which includes a 75-59 setback at No. 15 Missouri on Jan. 17, and upcoming tilts with nationally ranked Kansas (Feb. 14) and Texas (Feb. 28).

Monday's game will be broadcast on ESPN, with Brent Musburger (play-by-play); legendary Army, Indiana and Texas Tech head coach Bob Knight (analyst); and Holly Rowe (sideline reporter) on the call.

It also will be available on the Web at ESPN3.com.

K-State leads the all-time series with Baylor, 12-10, including a 7-4 mark at home.

The two teams have split the last six meetings, including both in Manhattan.

Last season, the Wildcats earned a pair of victories over the Bears, the first being a 76-74 win at Ferrell Center on Jan. 26, 2010, then capped by an 82-75 win in the semifinals of the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship at Sprint Center on March 12, 2010.

The win in Waco was the only one surrendered by Baylor at home a season ago.

The Bears have split their eight meetings at Bramlage Coliseum, dating back to 1988.

Six of the last eight games between the two teams have decided by less than 10 points, including three by two points.

Monday's game will feature two of the Big 12's most prolific scorers in Baylor's LaceDarius Dunn and K-State's Jacob Pullen, who have each posted more than 1,800 points in their respective careers.

Dunn ranks fourth all-time with 2,058 points, while Pullen is tied for 16th with 1,812 points.

Poll

Who will win?

This poll is closed

  • 18%
    Baylor
    (5 votes)
  • 81%
    K-State
    (22 votes)
27 votes total Vote Now