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Men+s basketball team hopes to end streak

Jan. 28, 1997

Men's basketball team

hopes to end streak

By Michelle Ward

Lariat Sports Editor

The Baylor men's basketball team hopes to put the brakes on a five game losing streak this evening, as they host conference rivals the University of Texas Longhorns.

The 23rd ranked Longhorns enter the contest with a 5-1 mark in conference play.

'They are a very difficult team to prepare for and to play,' Harry Miller, Baylor men's head coach, said of the Longhorns.

In part, the reason Texas provides such a challenge is its fast tempo offense, the run and shoot. The leader of this powerful offense is senior guard Reggie Freeman, who averages 23.9 points per game with 7.9 rebounds.

The Bronx, N.Y., native is the only member of the Big 12 Conference to be ranked in the top ten nationally for scoring, rebounds, assists and steals.

Although the Bears will continue to primarily use the man-to-man defense, Baylor plans to modify the defense in hopes to contain Freeman, Miller said.

On the offensive side, the Bears must put the ball into the hands of Brian Skinner, a Temple junior. Skinner, who leads the team in points and rebounds per game, must be a dominant factor in the paint for Baylor to be victorious against the Longhorns.

For Coach Tom Penders and the Texas squad, they plan to stay with the same strategy that has been working all season. The plan includes a run-and- shoot offense combined with a defense known for causing turnovers.

'We force turnovers and take advantage of them,' Penders said.

Although both teams have their strategies planned, there is a question of exactly which players will be executing those plans.

The Bears have three starters listed as questionable for tonight's contest. Guard Patrick Hunter, a Texarkana, Ark, junior, will most likely not start for the Bears. Hunter suffered a severely sprained ankle recently.

Skinner and forward Jamie Kendrick who are suffering from knee and back problems respectively are also listed as questionable.

The Longhorns will probably not have the services of forward Ira Clark. Doctors believe Clark has a stress fracture.

Along with the opportunity to view two Big 12 teams, fans will also be able to take part in the Nations Bank Dash for Cash.

A duo of lucky fans will be randomly chosen to participate in the dash at halftime.

The halftime show will also include the finals of the all-university three point contest. The winner will pick up a check for $200.

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at the Ferrell Special Events Center.

Matt Lester/The Baylor LariatForward Amånda Mooney, a Waco junior, goes up for the jump shot in Saturday's game. The Lady Bears gained the victory over the Oklahoma State University Cowgirls 85-72 at the Ferrell Center. The Lady Bears will travel to Austin on Wednesday to take on the 12th ranked Lady Longhorns.

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