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3 keys to a Bears win

Baylor Bears team logo   Feb. 10, 2012 1:02 p.m. - by Kim Gorum
 
No. 1 — Limit penetration.Missouri scored 46 points in the paint in the teams' first meeting, many of them with dribble penetration. Big 12 assists leader Phil Pressey (6.0 apg) is adept at drawing defenders and dishing, and the Tigers' great spacing gives their four-guard lineup lots of angles to attack the lane. “Everyone can score and make plays, so they all have to be guarded,” coach Scott Drew said.No. 2 — Bigs come up big.The Bears' superior size is no advantage if Fs Perry Jones III and Quincy Miller don't play big at both ends. BU must control the boards and score inside to free their outside shooters, but Jones and Miller were no-shows (a combined eight points, five boards) against Kansas. “Great players usually bounce back,” Drew said. “And we feel we have bounce-back kind of guys.”No. 3 — Make the 3.Missouri is the more efficient offensive team, but the Bears could neutralize that edge by shooting a high percentage against the league's worst 3-point defense. That means freeing up G Brady Heslip, who has made only three of his last 16 from the arc, with few open looks. “I just need to do more,” he said. “Set better screens, move better without the ball and work on finding new ways to get my shot.”
 
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