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Bring on the PodCats with ODB’s Matt Wilson

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Kansas State and Baylor are tied for first halfway through the conference season, so we had a great time talking with our friend Matt about all the positive things going on in Manhattan and Waco.

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Beating Baylor means slowing down Makai Mason, the jerk who stole the Big 12 Player of the Week award from Dean.
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We’ve had a lot of fun podcasts over the year with Matt Wilson, but we’ve never had one while Kansas State and Baylor are tied for first place. In anything. That finally changed this week, so it was all love on this week’s podcast — except when we spent some time talking about Kansas, of course. We know all the focus for K-State fans is (deservedly) on tonight’s Sunflower Showdown, and Eric Rubottom gives a quick breakdown of what the ‘Cats need to do to win that game. But for this podcast, we’re focused on the matchup between the Big 12’s first place teams Saturday in Waco.

Matt gives his best explanation for how Baylor has defied the odds and actually gotten better since losing their best player, Tristen Clark, to a season-ending knee injury, in large part thanks to a massive improvement in 3-point shooting. The Bears are even defending and rebounding well with a smart five-guard lineup featuring 6-foot-7, 230-pound Mark Vital as the biggest player. Of course, we asked Matt how to slow down Makai Mason, who hit 9-of-12 threes and scored 40 points in the win over TCU on Saturday.

Be sure to follow Matt on Twitter @mattisbear so you can remind him how wrong his prediction was if K-State gets a win in Waco, and don’t forget to check out the coverage from Matt and others at Our Daily Bears.


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