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Bears seek to end losing streak against No. 21-ranked Sooners

Jan. 31, 2001

Baylor to play 1st home game in weeks

By KYLE DAVIS

Reporter

The Baylor men's basketball team will try to end a three-game losing streak against No. 21-ranked University of Oklahoma at 7 tonight at the Ferrell Special Events Center.

Oklahoma will be the third straight ranked opponent that the Bears have faced and will only be Baylor's second home game in the last three weeks.

Forward Greg Davis is happy the Bears are back at the Ferrell Center.

'Traveling is always tough and it is very tough in conference play,' he said. It is definitely good to be home.'

The Bears are currently tied with three teams for eighth place in the Big 12 Conference standings with a 2-4 record and are 13-4 overall.

The Sooners are 4-3 in conference play, 15-4 overall, and in sixth place in the Big 12.

Oklahoma is riding a three-game winning streak with wins over Kansas State University, the University of Texas and the University of Nebraska. The Sooners' last loss came at Texas Tech University on Jan. 16.

Sooner guard J.R. Raymond was named Big 12 player of the week averaging 23.0 points per game during the past week. He has hit at least three treys in his last three contests.

Along with Raymond, the Sooners are led by forward Aaron McGhee. He averages better than 14 points per game. Oklahoma's other four starters all average 9.3 points per game or more.

Guard Wendell Greenleaf says the Bears need to play solid defense to beat the Sooner attack.

'We have to play tough defense on the ball and we have to limit them to one shot,' he said.

Baylor is coming off a tough 72-51 loss at then-No. 17-ranked Iowa State University. Forward Terry Black led the Bears with 17 points against the Cyclones while guard DeMarcus Minor had 13 points. They were the only two players wearing green who scored in double figures.

The Bears will need strong performances from Black and Minor, the team's two leading scorers, but also the bench tonight.

Davis says the Bears have to cut down on mistakes as well.

'We must limit our turnovers,' he said. 'We have had way too many lately and that killed us on the road.'

Baylor is 10-1 at home this season and OU has struggled away from Norman, posting just a 1-3 record on the road.