Feb 1, 2014; Stillwater, OK, USA; Baylor Bears guardGary Franklin
(4) dribbles up court against Oklahoma State Cowboys guardPhil Forte
, III (13) in the first half at Gallagher-Iba Arena. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports
5. Baylor Bears (14-7, 2-6 Big 12)
The Bears finally came back to life with an enormous victory over Oklahoma State in Stillwater. With starting point guard Kenny Chery out with a foot injury, replacement Gary Franklin hit three threes in the final four minutes of the game to ice their first true road win of the season. Brady Heslip added six more treys to finish with a season-high 20 points to end his team’s five-game losing streak. A win over Kansas at the Ferrell Center this week would certainly put the Bears on the right side of the tournament bubble. Another win over Oklahoma in Norman wouldn’t hurt, either. Both games are tough challenges, but Baylor definitely has the talent to match up with these teams. A couple of losses, though, and Scott Drew’s bunch might as well start preparing to defend that NIT title come March.
Honorable Mention: UTEP Miners (16-6, 6-1 C-USA) and Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks (20-2, 9-0 Southland)