Newly re-instated Perry Jones III leads the Bears in a tough road date against a strong Big Ten team.
Now that Perry Jones III has returned from a five-game suspension, the No. 8 Baylor Bears are at full strength for their toughest test so far this season, a road date Sunday against the 6-0 Northwestern Wildcats.
Even with star freshman Quincy Miller held out for precautionary reasons due to a mild ankle sprain, Baylor romped in Jones' first game back against Prairie View A&M on Tuesday, winning by 46 points with Jones putting up 27 points on 10-14 shooting.
Jones, an incredibly versatile 6'11 235 forward, would have been a top-3 pick in last year's NBA Draft.
Northwestern, meanwhile, has gotten off to an incredibly hot start of their own, with convincing home victories over high-major opponents LSU, Seton Hall and Georgia Tech at home.
Returning the vast majority of last season's 20-14 team, this may be the strongest Wildcats squad in coach Bill Carmody's 12-year tenure there.
They are led by two star upperclassmen: 6'9 215 senior forward John Shurna, averaging 21.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 assists, and 6'5 210 junior guard Drew Crawford, averaging 18.2 points and 5.7 rebounds a game.
Both Shurna and Crawford are excellent three-point shooters, which should be a big challenge for Baylor Scott Drew's 2-3 zone.
The game will be televised on the Big Ten Network at 3:00 PM Sunday and will be broadcast regionally on ESPN Central Texas Radio.