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Baylor vs. Washington State Diamond Head Classic Preview

If you're looking for a really good preview of Baylor's upcoming second round game in the Diamond Head Classic, try going to the enemy. CougCenter's preview is likely the best you'll find anywhere. They are extremely good at their basketball breakdowns, and you'll also get a glimpse of what the other team's fans think of the match-up.

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Go and read in full, but here are a couple excerpts from Craig Powers:

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One thing that WSU's guards can definitely take advantage of is Dunn's high TO rate.  Hopefully Marcus Capers and crew can continue their trend of shutting down the opposing team's best scorer, doing so may lead to some easy transition buckets.

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This game should be a defensive struggle the same way that WSU's K-State match-up was.  WSU's best chance to pull out a victory is to force Baylor into a lot of turnovers and convert those into some easy baskets, because it is going to be tough to score in the halfcourt. Coug fans should be excited to see what Klay Thompson and company can do against the Bears, because if they are able to compete in this game they can play with almost anyone.

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It will definitely be tough task for the Cougs to get going on offense in this one.  Baylor is 7th in the nation in defensive rebounding percentage, so second chances will come at a premium.  Don't expect Marcus Capers to have a stellar offensive day, as he builds much of his effectiveness off of taking advantage of his own team's misses.

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Kenpom.com has the final score coming down to a fairly tight 66-63, but with the Bears winning a not-so-tight 66% of the time.

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Game starts in about 18 minutes, so read fast.

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