Still, Baylor has the reputation of a perennial power, while this OSU squad, off to its best start in school history, is regarded as a rising program.
Without Griner in the paint, the focus shifts to a dynamite point guard matchup between Bias and Sims.
The Baylor offense now revolves around Sims, who leads the nation in scoring at 30.4 points per game. But with the Cowgirls' ascension, Bias is earning more and more national praise as a tenacious playmaker (14.3 points, 6.8 assists per game) and pesky defender (2.4 steals per game), getting a Twitter shout out from ESPN analyst Rebecca Lobo earlier this week.
“We both want to play our best games when we play against each other,” Bias said. “I think we both strive for that and we both push each other to the max. So I think when this game comes around, I think we give it a little bit more than usual.”
Littell wouldn't bite, either, when asked if this could be the biggest regular-season game in program history. He instead deferred to the cliché that the next game is always the most important game.
But he recently filmed a promo for the OSU Alumni Association, encouraging fans to attend and create an atmosphere reminiscent of the 2008 Bedlam game. He expects his squad to bring confidence into the game, particularly after the Cowgirls gave Baylor a legitimate scare in their last meeting in the Big 12 Tournament.
And he acknowledges this Baylor showdown does present a “huge opportunity.”
“If you want to compete at the top, you've got to beat the top teams,” Littell said. “And this is one of the top teams. There's no question.”