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Waco, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - A pair of Big 12 Conference teams hoping to stay in contention get together on Saturday, as No. 19 Texas tangles with No. 20 Baylor at the Ferrell Center. Since beating TCU on Jan. 19, Texas has lost two in a row, falling to a pair of nationally-ranked rivals in Kansas (75-62) and Iowa State (89-86). As a result, the Longhorns are 14-6 on the season, but just 3-4 in conference. They are hoping to get back in the win column today, and climb a game over .500 in true road games as they enter this fray at 3-3 in such affairs. Baylor is coming off a loss of its own, as it dropped a 64-53 decision at Oklahoma State this past Tuesday. The Bears currently sit at 15-5 overall and 3-4 in the Big 12 as well. They hope a little home cooking will do the trick, as they are 11-1 in Waco this season, having won their last four at the Ferrell Center. Texas owns a commanding 160-83 lead in the all-time series with Baylor, but the Bears put an end to a three-game losing streak to the Horns with an 86-69 triumph in last years Big 12 Tournament. Javan Felix poured in 20 points and dished out eight assists, while Isaiah Taylor and Jonathan Holmes scored 17 points apiece, Taylor also handing out eight helpers while Holmes notched a double-double by grabbing 10 rebounds, and Myles Turner tacked on 16 points, but even those outstanding efforts werent enough to propel the Longhorns to victory as they dropped a tight decision at Iowa State earlier in the week. A 25-10 deficit in points at the foul line hurt UTs cause, as did the fact that the Cyclones drained 54.7 percent of their field goal attempts. Taylor heads a list of four players currently averaging double figures for Texas in the scoring column, as he nets 13.1 ppg to go with 3.7 apg, Holmes and Turner account for 11.9 ppg apiece, while also serving as the teams top rebounders with a combined 13.5 rpg. As a collective unit, the Horns put up 70.4 ppg while allowing just 58.9 ppg, and they are one of the top rebounding clubs in the nation, laying claim to a +11.4 differential heading into the weekend. Poor shooting proved to be the culprit in Baylors recent loss to Oklahoma State, as the team made good on only 34.5 percent of its field goal attempts, finishing with a meager total of 19 made baskets. Lester Medford knocked down three 3-pointers on his way to a team-high 13 points, while Taurean Prince chipped in with 12 and Rico Gathers produced a double-double with 11 points and as many rebounds. The Cowboys nailed nine treys in the game, and shot 44.4 percent from the field overall. Prince is one of three double-digit scorers for Baylor at the moment, as he nets 12.2 ppg thanks to his near-40 percent shooting effort from beyond the arc. Kenny Chery adds 11.0 ppg to the mix, while Gathers is one of a handful of players nationally averaging a double-double with his 10.7 points and 11.9 caroms per contest. As a team, the Bears are generating 68.4 ppg while yielding only 58.2 ppg, and like Texas, they too dominate the glass as evidenced by their massive +10.3 rebounding margin. Saul Niguez Jersey . Mark Teahen scored the go-ahead run in the home seventh on an error by Scott Sizemore, who had knotted the game with a solo homer in the previous half- inning. Paul Konerko then hit an RBI single which proved to be the winning run. Luciano Vietto Jersey . - Defensive end-linebacker Mike Neal apparently is returning to the Packers. http://www.socceratleticomadridonline.u ... sey/.James scored 29 points, including 16 in the first quarter, and the Cleveland Cavaliers broke a four-game losing streak with a 106-74 win over the Orlando Magic on Monday night. Jesus Gamez Jersey .C. -- Unable to get much lift off his sore right ankle, Bobcats centre Al Jefferson figured it was time to make an adjustment. Atletico Madrid Jerseys . "Im not even that added up," the 39-year-old Australian replied. And to the Hall of Famers surprise, when all the math was done Sunday in the JTBC Founders Cup, she was the one posing for pictures with the big trophy.Erik Lamela endured a difficult start to life in the Premier League, but he has become a talismanic figure in Tottenhams transformation under Mauricio Pochettino. After his starring role in Sundays 3-0 win over Manchester United, we examine his improvement… It was in the middle of September that Mauricio Pochettino laid down the gauntlet to Erik Lamela. The club-record £25m signing had struggled to live up to his billing in his first two years in the Premier League, and time was running out for him to prove himself in north London.I think this is a key season for him, said Pochettino. After two seasons at Tottenham, now is the moment for him. Not to put pressure, but its true. Its a key moment for him to develop and to move on his game. Its important. Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino hailed a perfect performance by his players in their 3-0 win against Manchester United Two days later Lamela scored only his seventh goal in 68 appearances for Spurs in a Europa League tie with Qarabag, and hasnt looked back since. A player who once drifted absently through games has become a snarling embodiment of Tottenhams fighting spirit under Pochettino - and his talent is shining through, too. Lamelas goal record Erik Lamela has scored 10 goals in all competitions this season - twice as many as in the whole of the 2014/15 campaign. His blend of tough-tackling and technical quality has made him a crucial figure for Spurs, and those attributes were more apparent than ever in his man-of-the-match display against Manchester United on Super Sunday. The Lamela of old might have hidden away after his glaring miss from Christian Eriksens cross in the first half, but instead he came back stronger. Erik Lamela celebrates after scoring Tottenhams third goal In the frantic six-minute spell in which Tottenham destroyed United in the second half, Lamela was a key figure in every goal. For the opener, his persistence won possession to launch the move that ended with Dele Alli converting Eriksens smart delivery. And after producing the free kick for Toby Alderweirelds headed second, his crisp finish from Danny Roses cross made it three.Lamelas all-action approach typified Tottenhams breathless intensity, and he set up further scoring chances for Harry Kane and Kyle Walker as the hosts continued to pour forward in the closing stages. His impact has not been lost on Spurs supporters, and when he was replaced by Nacer Chadli in the 87th minute, the standing ovation that followed was no surprise.The statistics highlighted his outstanding all-round contribution. Lamela made more tackles (nine) and won more duels (12) than anyone else at White Hart Lane, and he ranked top for shots on goal with three. At the time of his withdrawal, the Arrgentine had also ran further (11.dddddddddddd29km) and made more sprints (64) than any other player. Tottenham kept their faint hopes of winning the league alive after they hammered Manchester United 3-0 at White Hart Lane The numbers will make pleasing reading for Pochettino when he reflects on the game at Tottenhams Enfield training ground this week, and the head coach deserves immense credit for overseeing such a dramatic improvement from his countryman. Breaking the hoodoo This was Tottenhams first win over Manchester United at White Hart Lane since May 2001, ending a run of 14 home games without a win against the Red Devils. Hes been very patient with him and obviously the Argentinian link has helped Erik, former Tottenham captain Ledley King told Sky Sports. Weve seen a big improvement from him this season, and its not just his goals, its his assists and work-rate. He looks stronger, and the managers got a big part to play in that.Lamela was not the first player to struggle with the adaption from Serie A to Premier League when he arrived from Roma in 2013, but after minimal improvement in his first two seasons, it must have been tempting for both parties to cut their losses. For Pochettino and Lamela, however, persistence has paid off. Poch praises perfect Spurs Mauricio Pochettino praised Tottenhams perfect performance at White Hart Lane. Hes got the pace of the Premier League now, added King. When he first came he probably thought hed get more time on the ball but he quickly had to realise that you dont get it in the Premier League. His game has quickened up and hes got stronger as a player. Weve seen a big improvement from him this season, and its not just his goals, its his assists and work-rate. He looks stronger, and the managers got a big part to play in that. Ledley King on Erik Lamela King was not alone in praising Tottenhams No 11, with Graeme Souness highlighting his role in the first goal as evidence of his improvement. Hes a tough-tackling wide player now, he said. You see it for the first goal. Its a never-say-die attitude. Hes on the ground still trying to win the ball back for his team.That never-say-die attitude might not be enough to overhaul Leicester in the final five games of the Premier League season, but for transformed Tottenham and the talismanic Lamela, the future looks very bright. Also See: Poch praises perfect Spurs Spurs keep title chase alive Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys Jerseys From China Wholesale NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap Jerseys ' ' '

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