MBB Watch Guide 12-9: Texas vs Baylor, that's it. Is Texas ready?

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Cancellations:

  • Sam Houston State at No. 7 Houston, Wednesday, December 9
  • Rice at No. 7 Houston, Saturday, December 12
  • Grambling at Incarnate Word, December 12
  • UTRGV at Incarnate Word, December 14

All times are Central Time.

Wednesday, December 9

Abilene Christian at No. 17 Texas Tech at 6 p.m.
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Lamar at UL Monroe at 6 p.m.
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Stephen F. Austin at No. 2 Baylor a 7 p.m.
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If you can’t get excited for this one, I don’t know what to tell you. Baylor are big favorites solely for the fact that the Bears, so far, look like one of two elite teams in the nation but SFA’s ability to force turnovers (33.3 percent, 2nd in the nation) can be cause for concern and an element that could make this interesting to start.

Texas State at No. 13 Texas at 7 p.m.
Longhorn Network
The early signs of Texas are very positive despite this past week's loss to Villanova. The Longhorns look to have the best team they’ve had under Shaka Smart with a valuable blend of experience and athleticism. Texas State has shown promising signs under Terrence Johnson so far as well. The Longhorns will likely win big, but the Bobcats are a solid litmus test for both programs. If Texas wins comfortably, then the Horns are still on track against a solid mid-major, but if the Bobcats are able to make Texas uncomfortable with their aggressive man-to-man, then that’s something Johnson can build off of for the rest of the year.

Thursday, December 10

UTRGV at Texas A&M-CC at 7 p.m.
Islanders Digital Network

Friday, December 11

Hardin Simmons at UT-Arlington at 6 p.m.
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Champion Christian at Houston Baptist at 7 p.m.
Husky Sports Network
Houston Baptist has had a rough start to the season and should earn its first win of the year in this one. Hunter Janacek and Ty Dalton have had a hard time getting going and a game against Champions Christian could be what they need to see the ball go down. HBU’s loss against Rice was the first time the team shot over 40 percent this season.  

Saturday, December 12

Texas A&M-CC at No. 17 Texas Tech at 1 p.m.
TexasTech.com

McMurry at Abilene Christian at 1 p.m.
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TCU vs Texas A&M at 1 p.m.
ESPN+
An interesting matchup since neither team has really played up to par, especially Texas A&M. The Aggies had a closer-than-expected test against Tarleton State and a game where UTRGV hung around as well. TCU, who’s going through more of a rebuild, has had to play every game close except for Houston Baptist. The numbers put this one in TCU’s favor slightly, but I’m unconvinced by either team. I do know that Buzz Williams teams get better as the season progresses so it wouldn’t shock me to see the Horned Frogs take this one.

Our Lady of the Lake at Texas State at 4 p.m.
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UTEP at Arizona at 5 p.m.
Pac-12 Network

Sunday, December 13

Tarleton at No. 5 Kansas at 1 p.m.
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No. 13 Texas at No. 2 Baylor at 2 p.m.
ESPN
This one answers the “is Texas for real?” question very easily. Texas has the athleticism and experience to match Baylor, but does it have the tenacity to win a dog fight? Baylor’s stars have no issue making this a sloppy game. This one’s the one to watch this week for sure. According to Kenpom, this is a Top 5 match-up.

Tuesday, December 15

Texas Southern at Auburn
SEC Network
If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Texas Southern under Johnny Jones is that the Tigers play up to their opponent every single week. Through four games so far, TSU’s turnovers are down, but so is their shooting from beyond. If they want to eventually pull an upset in their non-conference schedule, the Tigers are going to need to connect better from 3-point range (26.3 percent).

SE Louisiana at Texas A&M at 6 p.m.
SEC Network

Arkansas Pine Bluff at North Texas at 7 p.m.

Southern Miss at Lamar at 7 p.m.
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Texas A&M-CC at Texas State at 7 p.m.
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UCF at No. 7 Houston at 8 p.m.
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