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Baylor Vs. Missouri: Bears' Rebounding Effort Lacking In Loss To Tigers

Baylor's size along its front line has been a strength the entire season but they failed to utilize that size as an advantage in Saturday's loss to the Missouri Tigers. In the game, the Bears were out rebounded by the Tigers 32-26 and also surrendered an 18-11 edge in second-chance points.

"That's the difference in the ballgame," said senior forward Quincy Acy. "They came out strong on the boards ... and that's what killed us. We've got to do a better job. It was collective, with everybody. We've just got to rebound and keep the ball out of the paint."

Those stats might not raise any eyebrows except for the fact that Missouri is undersized and routinely employs a four-guard lineup around a single big man in Ricardo Ratliffe who tops out at 6-foot-8. Baylor's smallest starter up front is 6-foot-7 Quincy Acy but also runs out 6-foot-9 Quincy Miller and the 6-foot-11 Perry Jones III.

Jones III was non-existent on Saturday finishing with just eight points and four rebounds prompting coach Scott Drew to say that Jones was not 100 percent after suffering an ankle injury in the loss to Kansas.

For more on this game, Baylor fans should stop by Our Daily Bears and Missouri fans go check out Rock M Nation. For more news and analysis on College Basketball be sure to check out SB Nation's College Basketball page.

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