January 16, 2007

Hardwood Analysis: Baylor at K-State

Kansas State let its Big 12 Conference home opener slip away when it fell to Texas Tech at Bramlage Coliseum last week, but the Wildcats rebounded by stealing a road win at Missouri. K-State will look to improve to 2-2 in conference play when Baylor visits Manhattan on Wednesday, but the Bears have enough scorers to give the Wildcats fits and push for their own 2-2 start in league play.

Hardwood Analysis: Baylor (11-5, 1-2) vs. Kansas State (11-6, 1-2)
Wednesday, Jan. 17
Bramlage Coliseum, Manhattan, Kan.

The dish: The Bears aren't generally considered one of the more talented teams in the conference, but BU can actually lay claim to one of the deepest and most dangerous group of guards in the entire league. It all starts with Aaron Bruce, the Bears' leader who averages 11.3 points and 4.1 assists per game. Bruce is joined in the starting lineup by 6-foot sophomore Henry Dugat (11.5 ppg) and 6-foot-1 sophomore Curtis Jerrells (12.3 ppg), but K-State must also be concerned with the Bears' bench. Freshman point guard Tweety Carter is smallish at just 5-foot-10 but averages just less than 10 points a contest. All four of those players are extremely dangerous from behind the 3-point line, particularly Dugat, who shoots nearly 42 percent from long range. K-State got a solid effort out of Clent Stewart in the win over Missouri, as Stewart poured in 19 points, and he'll need to play well again on Wednesday against the Bears. Blake Young may see some minutes with Stewart against Baylor's undersized group of guards, but also look for Akeem Wright to try and harass Baylor with his length and possibly find himself matched up with Bruce. The Bears' depth wins out here.

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