Texas Tech-Baylor Preview

Looking to head into the postseason with some momentum, Baylor won’t be short-handed for its regular-season finale.

The three players ejected from their most recent contest will be available Friday night when the No. 14 Bears face a Texas Tech team trying to avoid finishing winless on the road for the second time in seven seasons.

Baylor’s four-game winning streak ended after blowing a 10-point lead in the final 6:38 of regulation in Monday’s 61-59 overtime loss at Texas. Isaiah Taylor’s tear-drop shot with 4.8 seconds left in the extra session was the winner, but it was overshadowed by an incident earlier in overtime when seven players from both teams were ejected for leaving the bench during a skirmish between Taylor and Bears forward Royce O’Neale.

Baylor starter Johnathan Motley and reserves Ishmail Wainright and John Heard were tossed but not suspended.

"I think (Texas) coach (Rick) Barnes and I are both pleased that the players on the court maintained their cool and the ones on the bench didn’t do anything that would get them suspended," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "This time of year you don’t want to lose anybody."

Currently fourth in the Big 12, the Bears (22-8, 10-7) can finish as high as second and no worse than fifth. Despite Monday’s setback, they remain confident.

"It is frustrating, but we’re still in a good position," said leading scorer Taurean Prince, who had 17 points. "We are still in good position for the NCAA tournament. We also have a game coming up Friday, so we can redeem ourselves and get ready for the Big 12 tournament."

Drew’s players felt they were too complacent and stopped being aggressive while Texas closed regulation on a 16-6 run.

"I thought we did some things down the stretch that we can’t do if we want to advance in the postseason," said Drew, whose team’s 33.3-percent shooting effort matched the second-lowest of the season. "Hopefully we can learn from it now."

Shooting a Big 12-best 40.0 percent from 3-point range in league play, Baylor went 2 of 12 in the first half before going 5 of 7 the rest of the way.

One of the nation’s top reserves, Prince (13.7 points per game) has averaged 18.6 points and gone 15 of 30 from beyond the arc in the last five games. That stretch began by hitting half of his six 3-point attempts and finishing with a season-high 22 points in a 54-49 win at Texas Tech (13-17, 3-14) on Feb. 17.

The Bears have won two straight and 14 of 18 against the Red Raiders, who have dropped eight of nine at Waco and averaged 48.3 points while losing the last three there by a combined 66 points.

Guaranteed to finish last in the conference and mired in a 13-game road skid, Texas Tech last went winless away from home in the Big 12 in 2011-12, but hasn’t lost all its true road games since 2008-09.

The Red Raiders, who snapped a six-game slide with Saturday’s 63-62 win over Oklahoma State, averaged 61.1 points and shot 40.7 percent in nine Big 12 home games but 46.9 points on 31.6-percent shooting in the eight league road contests. Texas Tech average of 48.8 points on the road is the second-lowest among Division I teams, ahead of only Grambling State (47.6).

Devaugntah Williams (10.1 ppg) scored 15 points and hit three of the Red Raiders’ five made 3-pointers on 24 attempts against Baylor, which overcame a 38.3-percent shooting performance in that meeting.

Texas Tech has dropped 27 straight road games against ranked opponents since winning at then-No. 6 Texas A&M on Feb. 13, 2007.