Since its monster upset over Kansas, Oklahoma State might officially be off the bubble and in the tournament. Before the Cowboys look too far ahead, however, they will have to face the winners of three straight in Baylor.
#21 Oklahoma State at #16 Baylor
When/where: Monday 2/9, Ferrell Center, Waco
TV: 7 pm ET on ESPNU
Records: Oklahoma State 16-7, 6-5 Big 12; at Baylor 18-5, 6-4
Two of Baylor’s last three wins came against ranked opponents: then-#15 West Virginia and #19 Texas. Oklahoma State’s weakness plays into Baylor’s strength in rebounding. Look for a mismatch on the inside which could make for a long night for the Cowboys. Despite the big win over Kansas, this will be a tough out for Oklahoma State on the road. I like the Bears of Baylor in this one.
Florida State vs. #4 Duke
When/where: Monday 2/9, Tucker Center, Tallahassee
TV: 7 p.m. ET on ESPN
Records: Duke 20-3, 7-3 ACC; Florida State 13-11, 5-6
Florida State has won three of its last four games after starting conference play with a 2-5 record. This is the first and only regular season matchup between Duke and FSU this year. Both teams are coming off noted conference wins: FSU beat Virginia Tech on the road in Blacksburg and Duke destroyed #10 Notre Dame by 30 points. Duke freshman Jahlil Okafor is the ACC’s second best scorer, and his 66-percent shooting average is tops in the conference. The Seminoles and Blue Devils play this contest on short turnarounds after each played Saturday. All signs point to a Duke win, but the Seminoles have pulled the upset over the Blue Devils in recent past.