LaceDarius Dunn and Baylor hit the road to take on in-state rival Texas Tech. Neither team has lived up to expectations so far. Baylor has lost all three tough games on their schedule and hasn’t even played a true road game. Despite optimistic preseason projections Texas Tech has been absolutely horrific, going 8-7 and a smooth 0-5 on neutral sites or away. The good news is this game is in Lubbock where the Red Raiders are 8-2. The bad news is Baylor is a much, much better team in pretty much every way.
The key for Texas Tech is to take Baylor out of their offense. Scott Drew’s squad has shown almost no real offensive flow this year, instead relying on Dunn, Perry Jones III, or Quincy Acy to create his own shots. If Texas Tech can pressure A.J. Walton, and Mike Singletary is effective against the long arms and athleticism of Baylor’s front line, the Red Raiders should have a chance (especially with the game being at home).
That said this is a must win game for Baylor, as they need to gain some confidence. Discounting their neutral site win over a very bad San Diego team, they have yet to win outside of Waco. The Bears desperately need to win these road games for confidence and their at-large bid. I still think they’re a lock for the Big Dance, but a couple more bad losses makes things much more difficult.