Baylor-Oklahoma St. Preview

Five years ago, Ekpe Udoh and Obi Muonelo led Santa Fe High

School in Edmond, Okla., to a state championship. On Saturday, the

former teammates will face off at Gallagher-Iba Arena, with Udoh

and Baylor trying to sweep the season series from Oklahoma State

for the first time.

Udoh was forced to sit out the Bears’ 84-74 loss in Stillwater

on Feb. 21 due to transfer rules, and as a result is set to play

his first college game in Oklahoma.

The former Michigan player has been a dominant force for the No.

22 Bears (20-5, 7-4 Big 12) during his first season in Waco,

averaging 13.5 points, 10.3 rebounds and a conference-best 4.4

blocks. The 6-foot-10 Udoh just missed his second triple-double of

the season Tuesday, scoring 13 points with 11 boards and nine

blocks in an 88-70 victory over Texas Tech.

“I wanted it bad, but when everybody found out I had nine

blocks, we stopped playing aggressive defense,” said Udoh, who

needs 10 blocks to set the Big 12 record with 119.

Facing Muonelo for the first time since high school, Udoh had 13

points, 11 rebounds and three blocks in an 83-70 win over the

Cowboys on Jan. 16. Muonelo was just as good, scoring a team-high

21 points and hitting five 3-pointers.

Muonelo helped Oklahoma State (18-7, 6-5) avoid what would have

been a devastating loss Wednesday. After the Cowboys let a 20-point

first-half advantage slip away at Iowa State, the 6-5 guard scored

21 straight second-half points for a 69-64 victory.

“I really wanted to win this game,” Muonelo said after finishing

with a season-high 31. “Getting to the (NCAA) tournament has been

on my mind. I just wanted that stress to go away. I knew that, with

this game, it doesn’t mean that we’re in it. But it takes a whole

lot of stress off.”

However, with games against Baylor, No. 15 Texas, top-ranked

Kansas and No. 24 Texas A&M looming, the stress may have just

started for the Cowboys.

Oklahoma State has won six in a row against Baylor at

Gallagher-Iba Arena, but slowing down the Bears’ talented backcourt

of LaceDarius Dunn and Tweety Carter could be difficult.

Dunn, second in the Big 12 with 19.1 points per game – just

behind the Cowboys’ James Anderson at 22.5 – averaged 22.0 points

and shot 41.0 percent from 3-point range in his last five games.

Despite being held scoreless for the opening 14:34 on Tuesday, Dunn

finished with 30 points.

“It was a little chilly in the gym. I was a little stiff, so I

was just trying to get loose,” said Dunn, who needs three 3s to

become the program’s all-time leader with 268.

Carter, who leads the Big 12 with 6.3 assists per game, has

averaged 21.0 points and shot 62.5 percent from 3-point range in

three games in Stillwater. He matched a career high with seven 3s

and scored 30 points in the Feb. 21 meeting.

Anderson had 20 points in each of his last three matchups versus

the Bears.

Baylor has won four of the last six meetings with Oklahoma State

after losing 18 of 19.