WACO, Texas (KWTX) The shorthanded Baylor Bears nearly pulled off a win over the Big 12's top team Saturday, and it's possible they may have to play another game without two of their normal starters when Oklahoma visits the Ferrell Center Monday.
Makai Mason (toe) and King McClure (knee) sat out Baylor's 70-63 loss to Kansas State, which sits at the top of the conference standings. Bears head coach Scott Drew mentioned that both players might have to sit out Baylor's second game in three days.
"I was thinking about this the other day," Baylor redshirt sophomore forward Mario Kegler said. "I question, 'Why us? Why our team?' We've had to reshape this team like six times this year. Our biggest goal is to just play with joy. Just have fun. Whatever happens, happens."
Senior guard Jake Lindsey has been unavailable all season while he recovers from hip surgery.
Tristan Clark, who was second on the team in scoring behind Mason, is out for the season while he recovers from left knee surgery. The sophomore forward last played in the Bears' 73-70 win over Iowa State Jan. 8.
Even without four of their regular starters, Baylor (15-8, 6-4 Big 12) led Kansas State by seven in the second half before eventually losing back-to-back games for the first time all season.
"We still play to win. We still could've won the game easily," freshman guard Jared Butler said. "I don't think it comes down to whether or not our scheme is up to par. I think it comes down to the willingness to win."
Baylor will host Oklahoma (15-9, 3-8 Big 12) Monday at 8 p.m.