After a crazy tournament with plenty of twists and turns, we have finally come to the Final weekend and we get an old-time Southwestern Conference matchup between the Cougars and the Baylor Bears. This has the looks to me of an almost pick’em matchup and should be as the old folks say a real “barnburner”.
Try to find a team that plays with as much heart as Houston, you won’t! They are relentless on the defensive side of the ball, on the offensive side of the ball though they have been inconsistent, and being inconsistent against Baylor would probably end their season.
A big advantage for the Cougars against the Bears could come on the glass as the Coogs dominated Oregon State on the glass. If you remember in Baylor’s win over Arkansas the Razorbacks out-rebounded the Bears. The Cougar’s only real advantage in this game will come on the defensive glass and they MUST dominate the glass to give them a chance to stop what has been a hot Baylor Bears team.
Kelvin Sampson has done a great job of rebuilding the Cougars program which has been relatively dormant since the days of Guy V. Lewis and Phi Slamma Jamma.
Outside of Gonzaga, this Baylor team is the most balanced in the country and they have proven it in this competition.
Baylor’s ability to shoot the three-point shot made it almost impossible for Arkansas to get on a run that could overtake Baylor as it seemed every time the Bears might be starting to get in trouble one of their sharp-shooters would hit a clutch three.
Baylor’s biggest advantage is that they don’t make mistakes which means they won’t beat themselves and maybe the most impressive thing about the Bears is that they always seem to make the extra pass.
I think this is close to a pick’em game, but with that being said I do think Baylor is the better team and in the end, the Cougar’s downfall will be unable to keep up with Baylor the entire game. The Cougars have little lulls in the action and if they have any on Saturday I don’t think they can recover. I like Baylor to pull away for good around the halfway point of the second half to pull out a fairly close game.
Baylor 68 Houston 62
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