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Drew's Checklist Shrinking with Each Win
1:33 P.M., SUNDAY, FEB. 28, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

Baylor men's stretch drive brings rare win at Oklahoma

At last, Baylor men return from Norman with win over Sooners

Udoh powers Baylor to first win in Norman since 1977

Oh, and Ekpe Udoh established a new Big 12 Conference single-season blocked shots record.

Next time you play Trivial Pursuit, Baylor/ISP Sports Network radio color analyst Pat Nunley may not be your final answer...Nunley, a freshman guard on the next-to-last Baylor team to win in Norman in 1977, is no longer the answer to a 32-year-old trivia question after the 24th-ranked Baylor Bears snapped their 14-game Norman losing streak with a 70-63 win at Oklahoma Saturday afternoon.

Baylor has erased 32 years of frustration with two series-ending victories. The Bears endured 30 consecutive losses to the Sooners. Now, the Bears have won back-to-back games (as well as complete the season sweep) over Oklahoma for the first time since Dec. 1954.

Head coach Scott Drew's checklist continues to shrink with each passing victory:

  • Baylor has now posted road wins against seven Big 12 schools.
  • Baylor has defeated all five Big 12 South opponents in the same season for the first time in the Big 12 era.
  • Baylor snapped a 30-game and 14-game road losing streaks to Oklahoma.
  • And don't forget Baylor ended its 11-game road losing streak in Austin to Texas.

Seriously, when was the last time Baylor could boast two-game winning streaks over both Oklahoma and Texas? In the same season? That would be the 1954-55 season when Baylor swept Oklahoma in two regular season meetings in Dec. 1954 and the Bears later completed the three-game sweep of the Longhorns.

LaceDarius Dunn is still en fuego. Dunn scored 20-plus points for the second time against the Sooners in 2010 and for the 28th time in his career. Dunn (1,571) now sits just 618 points shy of Baylor's all-time leading scorer, Terry Teagle (2,189). For the record, Dunn scored 614 points last season in 39 games; he has 536 in 28 games this season. Dunn is one of the most prolific scorers in all of college basketball. Don't believe us? Maybe you should read what Oklahoma head coach Jeff Capel had to say about Mr. Dunn:

"I think LaceDarius Dunn is one of the best scorers in college basketball. He and (Oklahoma State's) James Anderson are the best two pure scorers in our league. James is a little bit better because he can do it in different ways, but Lace is probably the best shot-maker."

The Bears are now in the driver's seat for one of the top four seeds in the 2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship in Kansas City.

A Second Sooner State Saturday
8:54 A.M., SATURDAY, FEB. 27, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

In January, Baylor ended its 30-game losing streak to Oklahoma, throttling the Sooners 91-60 in Waco and posting its first win over the Sooners in the Big 12 era.

Late last month, the Bears ended an 11-game losing streak in Austin, recording its second straight victory over the Texas Longhorns with an 80-77 OT triumph in the capital city.

Wednesday's 70-66 win over Texas A&M gave the Bears a win over all five Big 12 "South" rivals - a Big 12 era first for Baylor.

Now the Bears will try to do something they haven't done since 1977...win in Norman.

Baylor (21-6, 8-5), ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll for a school record-tying seventh consecutive week, is 1-26 all-time in Big 12 Conference games in Oklahoma and has lost 14 straight contests at OU's Lloyd Noble Center. 1977. Baylor/ISP Sports Network color analyst Pat Nunley was a freshman guard for the Bears at the time, teaming up with future NBA great Vinnie "The Microwave" Johnson.

History does not bode well for Baylor entering Saturday...In its previous 13 trips to Norman in the Big 12 era, Baylor is averaging 58.9 points per game and has lost by an average margin of 23.5 points. But, then again, the Bears have squashed history numerous times this season.

We'll save our pre-game soliloquy...Everything you need to know for Saturday is located here.

Don't forget: Saturday's game will tip at 12:47 p.m. on the Big 12 Network. Check your BaylorBears.com local listings.


February's Final Friday Afternoon Bracketology
1:46 P.M., FRIDAY, FEB. 26, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

A February Final Friday Afternoon Bracketology for your thoughts...

Prior to Wednesday's 70-66 win over rival Texas A&M in the 201st edition of the Battle of the Brazos, the 24th-ranked Baylor Bears had been bouncing all over the Bracketology boards...anywhere from spots 4 through 9.

Well, in today's Friday Afternoon Bracketology, it appears the Bears are a solid choice for the No. 5/6 seed lines:

  • In Rivals.com's Drive for 65 tournament projection, the Bears are the fourth of the No. 5 seeds, joining Michigan State, BYU and Wake Forest. Interestingly enough, Texas A&M is the first of the four No. 6 seeds. Translation = Baylor No. 20 in the tournament field; Texas A&M No. 21.
  • TheHoopsReport.com also feels the Bears are worthy of the No. 5 seed line, putting BU up against No. 12 Ole Miss in the Salt Lake City region.
  • Baylor joins Michigan State, Gonzaga and Butler on the No. 5 seed line in Rush The Court's latest seed update Friday. The No. 6 six line features three Baylor opponents - Texas, Xavier, Texas A&M and Tennessee.
  • ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi has Baylor climbing to a No. 6 seed after its win over Texas A&M in his latest tournament projections...The Bears are paired with No. 11 UAB in Jacksonville. On a side note: UAB, one of Lunardi's 'Last Four In', is led by junior Elijah Millsap, who transferred from Louisiana-Lafayette...We were ULL men's hoops SID for Millsap's sophomore season.
16 Days (and counting) until Selection Sunday

1977 was a Much Simpler Time
10:37 A.M., FRIDAY, FEB. 26, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

Jimmy Carter was President. A gallon of gas cost just 65 cents and a brand new BMW 320i set consumers back only $7,990. The first Apple II computers went on sale and the Trans Alaskan Oil Pipeline opened.

Vinnie Johnson led Baylor in scoring with 23.0 points per game and Baylor/ISP Sports Radio Network color analyst Pat Nunley was a freshman guard at Baylor. And Baylor defeated the Oklahoma Sooners 75-67 in Norman.

The year was 1977.

Dec. 6, 1977: the last time Baylor defeated Oklahoma in Norman - a streak of 14 consecutive losses. A streak that is a bit skewed (just like Baylor's 30-game losing streak to OU which was snapped Jan. 9). You see, before the creation of the Big 12 Conference, Baylor and Oklahoma did not play ever year. Between 1977 and the first year of the Big 12 in 1997, Baylor played Oklahoma only one in Norman (a loss).

Jan. 9, 2010: Baylor ended 30-games-worth of frustration by routing Oklahoma 91-60 in Waco.

So far, 2010 has been the year of ending streaks, snapping a 30-game losing streak to Oklahoma and an 11-game losing streak to Texas in Austin. Is the 14-game losing streak to OU in Norman next?


A Blogable Potpourri of Sorts
3:50 P.M., THURSDAY, FEB. 25, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

Three posts in one day. Either a) we're bored, b) we're busy or c) there's so much going on that we needed to blog three times today. C is your correct answer.

Here are few more Baylor basketball notes to get you through the rest of your day...

RPI
Not only did last night's win punch Baylor's ticket to the "Big Dance", it also bumped the Bears' RPI to 12 in the latest ESPN InsideRPI. Baylor ranks third in the RPI among Big 12 teams (1 Kansas, 6 Kansas State). RealTimeRPI.com's latest rankings mimick that of ESPN's...Baylor is also No. 12 in CBSSports.com's RPI standings.

POWER RANKINGS
Baylor fell four spots to No. 23 and six spots to No. 24 in the latest FOXSports.com and ESPN Power Rankings, respectively, Thursday afternoon.

TOURNEY LOCK
Rivals.com lists Baylor as one of five NCAA Tournament locks from the Big 12 Thursday - BU, Kansas, Kansas State, Texas and Texas A&M.

TOP THREE
Baylor is now third in Jason King's Big 12 Power Rankings on Rivals.com. The Bears trail only Kansas and Kansas State and remain ahead of A&M, Mizzou and Texas.

A CONFERENCE SWEEP...of sorts
With its win Wednesday night, Baylor has now defeated all five Big 12 South schools in the same season for the first time in the conference's 14-year history. The Bears will look for their first Big 12 season series sweeps of Texas and Oklahoma...


Tweety and Lace...The Next JMo and Pat?
12:53 P.M., THURSDAY, FEB. 25, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

By season's end, Louisiana natives Tweety Carter and LaceDarius Dunn will go down as the best 3-point shooting duo in Baylor history. "The Bayou Bombers" have combined for a school-record 531 trifectas over their careers in Waco. Now that they have perfected the long-range jumper, how about a career in broadcasting?

Judging by these photos, Tweety and Lace could be the next John Morris and Pat Nunley. If only we had audible evidence of their play-by-play and color analysis...

AND, BOOM GOES THE DYNAMITE.


Pack Your Bags 'Cause the Bears Are Going Dancin'
11:37 A.M., THURSDAY, FEB. 25, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

New Orleans.

Providence, R.I.

San Jose, Calif.

Oklahoma City.

Buffalo, N.Y.

Jacksonville, Fla.

Milwaukee, Wis.

Spokane, Wash.

Go ahead and pencil in the Baylor Bears for one of those aforementioned cities come March. Baylor notched its 21st win of the season with a 70-66 triumph over No. 22 Texas A&M before a season-high crowd of 10,094 in the Ferrell Center Wednesday night. The win also signifies that Baylor will finish with a conference mark of at least .500 for only the third time in the Big 12 era. That's impressive.

Perhaps more impressive? Baylor now has 14 home wins this season, tying a Ferrell Center record (also win 14 in 1996-97, 2000-01 and 2008-09). Win or lose vs. Texas, Baylor will finish with its fewest losses ever in the Ferrell Center...

With three games left, the Bears are now faced with yet another epic task - winning in Norman, Okla. That's another blog...for Friday. Baylor is currently in a three-way tie for fourth with Texas and Texas A&M. The battle for one of the highly coveted four first-round byes in the Big 12 Championship will, just like it was scripted, be decided (more than likely) on the final day of the regular season.

The 201st edition of the Battle of the Brazos lived up to the hype...Here's our look at the Day After Headlines:

  • John Werner of Waco Tribune-Herald: "Baylor holds court, fends off Aggies". It's almost impossible to stop LaceDarius Dunn when he enters his rarified zone. Dunn scored eight of his game-high 23 points in the final four minutes... The Rest of the Story [www.WacoTrib.com]
  • Chuck Carlton of The Dallas Morning News: "Baylor holds off Texas A&M". As epic as it seemed last year, Baylor wants no part of another four games in four days at the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship. The Rest of the Story [www.DallasNews.com]
  • Justin Baer of The Baylor Lariat: "At home, Bears beat Aggies". Stained by flagrant fouls, jawing off and heated debates with referees, the latest rendition of the Battle of the Brazos lived up to its billing Wednesday night. The Rest of the Story [The Lariat Online]
  • Dwain Price of Fort Worth Star-Telegram: "Solid effort propels Baylor to key Big 12 win". One day after a snow storm plowed through town, the Bears Bears were able to see a ray of sunshine. The Rest of the Story [www.Star-Telegram.com]
  • Brent Zwerneman of Houston Chronicle: "Dunn leads No. 24 Baylor past No. 22 A&M". Baylor's LaceDarius Dunn, ever confident in his shooting, backpedaled as soon as he turned the 3-point attempt loose from the right side of the key. The ball caromed off the back of the rim, and back out to where a surprised Dunn had finally done what coaches have long taught him: follow his shot. The Rest of the Story [www.Chron.com]
  • Michael Teague of The Battalion: "Baylor sneaks by A&M". In a physical game that went down to the wire, Texas A&M's No. 22 men's basketball team was knocked off by No. 24 Baylor Wednesday in Waco. The Rest of the Story [The Battalion Online]
  • Richard Croome of Bryan/College Station Eagle: "Aggies lose to Baylor". Texas A&M has built its Big 12 campaign around comebacks, and on Wednesday it looked like the Aggies were at it again. The Rest of the Story [TheEagle.com]

Grab your dancin' shoes, BaylorNation. The Bears are postseason-bound for the third consecutive season - a program first. Now, the Bears are looking for a first-round in the Big 12 Championship. The script sure does play out for an exciting final week and a half to the regular season...

Just like our buddy Stephen Howard said last night postgame on ESPNU: Holla at your boy cuz we're outta here (for now).


Push All Bracketology and RPI Aside...Wednesday's Clash Has Big 12 First-Round Bye and NCAA Tournament Implications
11:31 A.M., WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

Waxing philosophic about Bracketology is fun and all, but Bracketology is indeed just that - fun. It gives us something to talk about, but it doesn't mean a thing until we see 'BAYLOR' flash on the TV screen during CBS' Road to the Final Four NCAA Selection Show in three weeks. We said it during the first segment of the State Farm Baylor Hour Monday and we'll say it again: A Baylor win Wednesday over the Aggies and the Bears are dancin'. Write that down. The unofficial demarcation line is an 8-8 mark in Big 12 play. A Baylor win Wednesday over Texas A&M will clinch no worse than a .500 conference mark for the Bears for only the third time in the Big 12 era.

No. 24 Baylor (20-6, 7-5) will need to win twice this week if it wants to set a new school record for consecutive weeks ranked in the AP Top 25. We know this. The Bears host the No. 22/23 Texas A&M Aggies (19-7, 8-4) tonight at 8 p.m. on ESPNU in the 201st installment of the Battle of the Brazos. A&M sits one game ahead of the Bears in the Big 12 standings in one of the highly coveted top four spots. As evident in the Big 12 Championship title game last season, having a top-four seed in the league tournament is crucial...it could possibly signify the difference between Big 12 Tournament champion and Big 12 Tournament runner-up.

Rush The Court echoes our sentiments on tonight's epic battle of ranked teams...RTC also believes that Baylor is a Top 25 team, evident in this week's RTC Top 25.

So, how important is tonight's game with Texas A&M? Very. Ekpe Udoh, Quincy Acy and Josh Lomers will all need to play a huge role for the Bears tonight...But the 'X Factor' could be A&M's Donald Sloan/B.J. Holmes vs. Baylor's Tweety Carter/LaceDarius Dunn.

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PREVIEWING TEXAS A&M
• After stumbling to a 1-2 start in the Big 12, Texas A&M has become one of the league's hottest teams, winning seven of its last nine games as the Aggies sit one full game ahead of Baylor in the Big 12 standings.
• Texas A&M (19-7, 8-4) enters Wednesday ranked in both the AP (No. 22) and ESPN/USA Today Coaches (No. 23)  Top 25 Polls for the second consecutive week.
• Texas A&M is 4-4 in true road games this seaosn, but the Aggies have won their last three away from College Station, including a 60-56 win Feb. 20 at Iowa State behind Khris Middleton's 14 points.
• Donald Sloan continues to lead the Aggies in scoring, averaing 17.9 points through 26 games. Sloan also leads the team in 3-point field goal percentage (35.1) and ranks third in free throw percentage (78.0). Bryan Davis is averaging 10.0 points and 7.9 rebounds per contest.

LAST TIME VS. TEXAS A&M (FEB. 6, 2010)
• Bryan Davis scored 22 points and B.J. Holmes hit three late 3-pointers to lift Texas A&M to a 78-71 victory over No. 20 Baylor.
• The Bears led for most of the game until Texas A&M was able to rally behind the key 3-pointers by Holmes.
• Texas A&M, the Big 12's worst 3-point shooting team, finished 4-of-18 from behind the arc. But Holmes made treys with 5:19 and 4:52 remaining to bring the Aggies within one point each time.
• The Aggies took the lead at 65-64 on a free throw by Davis with 3:21 remaining, and Donald Sloan the went 7-of-8 from the free throw line over the final 3:02. Holmes came through again from long range with 1:31 remaining, when his 3-pointer gave A&M a 72-66 lead.
• Sloan finished with 20 points for the Aggies, who entered the game shooting 64.4 percent from the free-throw line.
• LaceDarius Dunn led the Bears with 23 points. Tweety Carter entered the game averaging 17 points, but was held to 10 on 4-of-13 shooting from the field. Ekpe Udoh scored 19 points, but only five came in the second half.

LAST TIME VS. TEXAS A&M IN WACO (FEB. 14, 2009)
• Curtis Jerrells broke loose for a key layup with 12 seconds to play, then eluded Aggies defenders long enough to dribble out the final seconds in a 72-68 victory that ended the Bears' six-game losing streak.
• Jerrells and Tweety Carter scored 14 points apiece to lead Baylor.
• The win marked the first time that Baylor had defeated the Aggies in Waco since Feb. 7, 2004 (Scott Drew's first season at BU).
• The announced crowd of 10,407 was the fifth-largest all-time at the Ferrell Center.
• The win snapped a six-game losing streak for the Bears, the longest since a six-game streak to start the 2005-06 season

SERIES HISTORY
• Wednesday is the 201st series installment of the Battle of the Brazos between Baylor and Texas A&M.
• Wednesday will mark only the second time in 201 series meetings that both Baylor and Texas A&M are ranked in the Top 25.
• Baylor has now been ranked in the AP Top 25 in four of the last six series meetings -- No. 25 (Jan. 23, 2008), No. 21 (Jan. 14, 2009), No. 20 (Feb. 6, 2010) and No. 24 (Feb. 24, 2010).
• Texas A&M leads the all-time series, 127-73, and has won nine of the last 11 meetings.
• Texas A&M leads the Big 12-era series, 16-12.
• Baylor is 2-4 vs. Texas A&M in Waco under head coach Scott Drew.
• Baylor has scored 80-plus points only twice in 13 games vs. Texas A&M under Drew.
• Baylor has won five of the last six February meetings in Waco.
• Baylor and Texas A&M have split series each of the last two seasons.
• Baylor is 43-50 vs. Texas A&M in Waco and has won six of the last 10, including last season's meeting in the Ferrell Center.
• Drew is 4-9 all-time vs. Texas A&M.

RECORD-SETTING ATTENDANCE
• Entering Wednesday's Battle of the Brazos rivalry game with Texas A&M, the Baylor men's basketball team has drawn 98,649 fans -- an average of 7,046 per game -- through 14 games.
• Scott Drew's program will top the 100,000-mark in home attendance for the fourth straight year Wednesday -- a program first.
• With large crowds (9,000+) expected for Baylor's final two home games, the Bears' total home attendance will finish as second-best in school history behind last year's total 19-game attendance of 134,256.
• Assuming large crowds as noted above, Baylor will average more than 7,000 fans for the third straight year -- the only three 7,000+ averages in Ferrell Center history -- and should eclipse the arena's average attendance record of 7,251 set over 16 games in 2007-08.

A BAYLOR WIN WOULD...
• Split the season series with Texas A&M for the third consecutive year.
• Be its fifth February victory -- the most since winning five during the 1996-97 season.
• Be its 21st of the season, tying the 2007-08 team for the fifth-most wins in school history.
• Be its eighth Big 12 victory -- the second-most in school history (nine in 2007-08).
• Be its fifth win as a Top 25 team in the month of February this season (and sixth all-time).
• Be its 17th in the last 22 games.
• Be its 18th as a ranked team in the Drew era.
• Improve its record to 28-8 in its last 36 games.
• Improve its record in February to 16-37 in the Drew era.

Tonight's ESPNU telecast will feature the vocal stylings of Carter Blackburn (play-by-play) and Stephen Howards (analyst). For those of you planning to attend tonight's game and DO NOT have a ticket, you may want to purchase those very soon...There aren't many tickets remaining.

And if you decide to stay home, be sure to turn down the sound on your TV and turn up your radio dial to 1660 ESPN with The Voice of the Baylor Bears John Morris and color commentator extraordinaire Pat Nunley beginning at 7:30 p.m.


Monday Afternoon Bracketology
1:28 P.M., MONDAY, FEB. 22, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

Baylor's NCAA Tournament projection has run the gamut since the beginning of January. And, as we enter the last full week in February, that notion really hasn't change...at all. This week, we'll start at the top of the spectrum with CBSSports.com's Jerry Palm.

After seeing his latest projection, we like Jerry more and more. For those that may or may not remember, Palm was one of the media members invited to the NCAA Tournament mock selection in Indianapolis a few weeks back. In his latest bracket, Palm has Baylor with its highest Bracketology seeding ever as a No. 4 in San Jose, Calif., against the Golden Flashes of Kent State. Baylor/Kent State would be paired up with No. 5 Wisconsin/No. 12 Utah State.

In the "let's keep it interesting" category...

TheHoopsReport.com lists Baylor as a No. 5 seed against No. 12 Virginia Tech (name ring a bell?) in the Syracuse Region. Not only would the first round see an interesting match-up, but the second round could have the potential of seeing head coach Scott Drew face his alma mater, Butler.

SI.com's Andy Glockner still likes the Bears as one of the region's top six seeds...Glockner has Baylor on the No. 6 seed line against No. 11 Mississippi State in Buffalo. The Baylor/Mississippi State winner would face either No. 3 Pittsburgh or No. 14 Oakland (projected Summit League automatic bid) in the second round.

Baylor's still holding a pair of lucky 7s...

The fellas over at Bracketography.com still like the Bears as No. 7 seed...and they still like them in Providence, R.I....against an Atlantic 10 team. Baylor is matched up with No. 10 Charlotte. The winner? Well that team could possibly face No. 2 Pittsburgh or projected Sun Belt Conference champion North Texas.

Sticking with the seven-seed theme...Rush The Court has the Bears No. 7 against No. 10 Old Dominion in Jacksonville. Even better: RTC still projects Baylor to defeat No. 2 Duke and advance to the Elite Eight to face Purdue for a shot at the Final Four.

The final two Bracketology reports have Baylor dropping to a No. 8 seed:

ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi also has Baylor facing Virginia Tech in the first round in Milwaukee. The winner would more than likely face No. 1 Purdue in the second round.

FOXSports.com/Bracketology 101 projects Baylor as a No. 8 seed in New Orleans against cross-state foe UTEP in the first round. Baylor/UTEP is currently slotted with No. 1 Kentucky/No. 16 Jacksonville.

ROUNDING UP THE RANKINGS...IN SUMMARY FORM

  • No. 14, Sagarin Ratings
  • No. 15, KenPom.com
  • No. 17, RPI
  • No. 17, Real Time RPI
  • No. 24, AP Top 25
  • No. 26, ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25

Bears Face Yet Another Streak From the Sooner State
10:27 P.M., FRIDAY, FEB. 19, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

Last month, Baylor ended its 30-game series losing streak to the Oklahoma Sooners.

Saturday, the Bears are faced with a six-game Gallagher-Iba Arena losing streak and a 2-22 all-time record in Stillwater. That's definitely another streak the Bears would like to put to rest when they take the court at historic GIA.

The two victories? a 68-64 triumph in 1972 and a 74-72 upset of then-No. 13 Oklahoma State in 2003.

Another note of historical significance: Saturday's game at GIA will mark Baylor's first trip to Stillwater ranked in the Top 25.

LaceDarius Dunn, who is on the cusp of becoming Baylor's career-leader in 3-point field goals, is averaging 26.5 points in two games against the Sooner State this season. Dunn scored 28 in Baylor's thumping of Oklahoma and added 25 the following weekend against the Cowboys.

Ekpe Udoh will play his first collegiate game in his home state...against high school teammate and Oklahoma State senior Obi Muonelo. Udoh is averaging 13.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 5.0 blocks in two games vs. the Sooner State.

Tweety Carter is averaging 9.0 assists and has a 6.0 assist-to-turnover ratio in two games vs. Oklahoma and Oklahoma State this season.

Three of Baylor's final five regular season games are on the road...then the Big 12 Championship in Kansas City...then (if all goes well) the NCAA Tournament at a site to be determined. Winning on the road is crucial. The Bears won at Arizona State. They did it at Arkansas. They did it again at South Carolina. Baylor won in OT at "The Drum" in Austin. And Udoh lifted the Bears to a road win at Nebraska last week.

This is the time of the season that makes good teams great.

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PREVIEWING OKLAHOMA STATE
• Since losing to No. 22 Baylor 83-70 in January, the Oklahoma State Cowboys (18-7, 6-5) have won five of their last eight games, including a 69-64 road win Feb. 17 at Iowa State. Obi Muonelo scored a season-high 31 points, while James Anderson added 20 points to help the Cowboys snap a two-game road losing streak.
• Oklahoma State, which is 12-1 at home this season, is led by Oscar Robertson Trophy finalist James Anderson, who is averaging a Big12-best 22.5 points per game. Obi Muonelo, high school teammate of Baylor's Ekpe Udoh (native of Edmond, Okla.), ranks second on the team with 13.4 points and fourth with 5.4 rebounds.
• Anderson, Muonelo and Keiton Page have combined for 113 of Oklahoma State's 197 3-point field goals this season.
• As a team, Oklahoma State has 44 fewer blocks (65) than Baylor's Ekpe Udoh (109) in 25 games.

SERIES HISTORY
• Saturday is the 65th meeting between Baylor and Oklahoma State.
• Oklahoma State leads the all-time series, 48-16, but Baylor has won four of the last six meetings.
• Oklahoma State leads the Big 12-era series, 22-7.
• Baylor and Oklahoma State have split the season series in each of the previous three seasons.
• Baylor is 2-22 all-time in Stillwater and has lost six straight games at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
• Saturday will mark the second consecutive meeting that Baylor has been ranked in the Top 25.
• Baylor is 2-0 vs. Oklahoma State when ranked in the Top 25.
• Baylor is 0-6 in Stillwater vs. Oklahoma State under head coach Scott Drew.
• Drew is 4-9 all-time vs. Oklahoma State.

A BAYLOR WIN WOULD...
• Be its fifth February victory -- the most since winning five during the 1996-97 season.
• Signify its first-ever season series sweep of Oklahoma State.
• Snap its six-game losing streak at Gallagher-Iba Arena.
• Be its first win at Oklahoma State of the Scott Drew era.
• Extend its winning streak to four games -- the longest since a nine-game streak earlier this season.
• Be its fifth road win -- the second-most under Drew (won six in 2007-08).
• Be its 21st of the season, tying the 2007-08 team for the fifth-most wins in school history.
• Be its eighth Big 12 victory -- the second-most in school history (nine in 2007-08).
• Move its Big 12 record to four games over .500 for the first time since the 2007-08 season (started 4-0).
• Be its sixth win as a Top 25 team in the month of February.
• Be its 17th in the last 21 games.
• Be its 18th as a ranked team in the Drew era.
• Improve its record to 28-7 in its last 35 games.
• Improve its record in February to 16-36 in the Drew era.

WINNING AWAY FROM HOME
• Starting with its epic run at the 2009 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City, Baylor is 14-6 (.700) in its last 20 games away from the Ferrell Center -- 4-3 in true road games and 10-3 in neutral-site games.

Be sure to get another early start to your Saturday. Coverage of the Baylor/Oklahoma State game will begin at 12:30 p.m. CST on the Big 12 Network with Dave Armstrong (pxp) and Bryndon Manzer (analyst). Don't forget - beginning at 12:15 p.m. CST - to turn down the volume on your TV and turn up the radio dial to 1660 ESPN with The Voice of the Baylor Bears John Morris and color commentator Pat Nunley as they call all the action courtside from Gallagher-Iba Arena.


A Fiercer, More Intimidating Ferrell Center
9:45 P.M., FRIDAY, FEB. 19, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

Kansas has "The Phog". Kansas State has the "Octagon of Doom". New Mexico has "The Pit". Florida has the "O-Dome". and Penn has the Palestra, otherwise known as the "Cathedral of College Basketball". Those are just a few of the famous nicknames of college basketball facilities. Why the laundry list of names? Funny you asked...

During tonight's team dinner at Joseppi's in Stillwater, head coach Scott Drew asked a few of us at the table to think about an intimidating nickname for the Ferrell Center. He then cited some of the above names. After tossing around a few nicknames amongst us at the table, we thought that would be a good blog question to pose:

What do you think is a fitting and intimidating nickname for the Ferrell Center?


In Search of Drew Era's Second Signature Win
3:48 P.M., FRIDAY, FEB. 19, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

Three weeks after the signature win of the Scott Drew era at Baylor, a win Saturday in one of college basketball's greatest venues (Gallagher-Iba Arena) would stand as a second signature win for Drew's Bears and a ticket punched to the Big Dance.

Saturday will be Baylor's 25th trip to Stillwater...but the Bears have left Stillwater victorious only twice in their previous 24 visits. The Bears are 0-6 at Oklahoma State under Drew. That's why a Bears triumph would equal another signature win and add another quality win to Baylor's already impressive NCAA Tournament résumé.

No matter the game outcome Saturday in Stillwater, a pair of Baylor individuals could be making history nonetheless inside historic Gallagher-Iba...LaceDarius Dunn needs three 3-point field goals to become Baylor's career leader. We're sure that when current Harlem Globetrotter Aundre 'Hot Shot' Branch set the Baylor record at 267, no one thought it would be broken...Well, Dunn, who leads the Big 12 in triples per game, could very well establish a new mark in the first half.

If Dunn breaks the mark Saturday, he will have done it in six fewer games than Branch and own or share the single-game, single-season and career 3-point marks at Baylor. Not too shabby.

Keep an eye on Dunn's assault of the Baylor records book as he quickly approaches Terry Teagle's career record for points at Baylor (2,189).

Edmond, Okla., native Ekpe Udoh, who will play his first collegiate basketball game in his home state Saturday, is 10 blocks away from becoming the Big 12 single-season blocked shots record holder. Iowa State's Kelvin Cato blocked a Big 12-best 118 shots in the league's inaugural season.

INSIDE THREE KEY NUMBERS

3: LaceDarius Dunn needs three treys to become Baylor's career leader in 3FGM.
10: Ekpe Udoh needs 10 blocks to become Baylor's single-season leader in blocked shots.
13: Add the first two numbers together to get Baylor's RPI entering Saturday.

FRIDAY AFTERNOON BRACKET RACKET
As the season winds down, Bracketology becomes trendy by week's end. In Rivals.com's latest Drive for 65 bracket projection, Baylor is on the verge of a No. 6 seed, coming in at No. 25 (translation: the top No. 7 seed). Interestingly enough, the Bears are listed one seed line below Texas and Texas A&M (both No. 6 seeds).

ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi has Baylor at No. 7 and rising in his latest projections Friday. He has the Bears paired with the Siena Saints in Jacksonville, Fla. Baylor/Siena is set to face No. 2 Duke/No. 15 North Texas in the second round.

Our ubiquitous friends at Rush The Court have the 20-5 Bears on the No. 6 seed line with Tennessee, Texas and Butler. And UTEP, Rhode Island, UAB and Oklahoma State on the No. 11 seed line.

LATEST NCAA STATISTICAL RANKINGS
LaceDarius Dunn
, Tweety Carter and Ekpe Udoh remain in the top 10 in three separate individual categories, according to the latest NCAA national statistical rankings released Friday afternoon. Udoh ranks fifth nationally in blocked shots per game, Carter sixth in assists per game and Dunn eighth in 3-point field goals made per game.

Baylor is ranked in the top 10 nationally of four team categories - 4th in blocked shots per game, 6th in rebound margin, 6th in field goal percentage defense and 9th in field goal percentage.

Want to gauge Baylor's improvement from this time last year? When Baylor entered its 26th game of the season at Oklahoma State (yes, tomorrow is Baylor's 26th game of the season at OSU), the Bears ranked: 54th in blocked shots per game, 197th in rebounding margin, 174th in field goal percentage defense and 45th in field goal percentage.


"On the (Proverbial) Bubble" No More
4:45 P.M., THURSDAY, FEB. 18, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

In 2008, Baylor was the very last team revealed in the field of 65, ending the Bears' 20-year NCAA Tournament drought.

That apparently won't be the case this year. With victory No. 20 Tuesday night over Texas Tech, many college analysts believe Baylor will make its second trip to the "Big Dance" in three years. Thursday's "College Basketball Bubble Watch" on ESPN.com only confirmed that notion, listing Baylor as one of five locks out of the Big 12:

"The reconstruction of Baylor basketball is complete. After struggling in the aftermath of one of the worst scandals in college basketball history, the Bears are headed back to the NCAA Tournament for the second time in three seasons. With a 20-5 record and RPI rating in the top 15, Baylor has done more than enough to deserve an at-large bid. The Bears for the fifth time in six games by beating Texas Tech 88-70 at home Tuesday night."

SURGING IN THE POWER RANKINGS
Baylor remains steady at No. 4 in Jason King's latest Big 12 Power Rankings on Rivals.com, but does list the Bears as a very dangerous team in the NCAA Tournament. King also lists Baylor as his team on the rise in the Big 12: "Few trios in college basketball have been as productive as LaceDarius Dunn, Tweety Carter and Ekpe Udoh."

Following its 18-point win over Texas Tech, Baylor jumped three spots to No. 19 in the latest FOXSports.com Top 25 Power Rankings.

For just the second time this season, Baylor receives votes from all 10 panelists on ESPN.com's College Basketball Power Rankings Chart, moving to No. 18. Seven of the 10 voters listed Baylor as a Top 20 team.


This is Our House...Now, Insert Dunn-related Cliché [Here]
10:40 A.M., WEDNESDAY, FEB. 17, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

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Another page in the annals of Baylor basketball history has been written last night following the Bears' 88-70 rout of Texas Tech...and yesterday's Jeopardy! question has been corrected. Baylor won its 20th game of the season, posting its third consecutive 20-win campaign - a program first. The first 101 seasons of Baylor basketball saw only three 20-win seasons. The last three seasons have seen three.

As Jerry Hill so eloquently opined in his A View From the Hill Tuesday, "three times 20 is something special". In an era of college basketball where success is defined by the number of 20- and 30-win seasons and NCAA Tournament appearances, Baylor appears to be on track for just its sixth NCAA Tournament appearance in school history. Baylor, sitting at 7-4 in the Big 12 standings with five games remaining, is three games above .500 in the league. This is the latest Baylor has ever been three-games above .500 in Big 12 play. On top of that, the Bears have finished at or above .500 in the Big 12 only twice - 1997-98 (8-8) and 2007-08 (9-7).

The season's not over yet, nor have the Bears earned their official NCAA Tournament selection, but ESPN's Andy Katz tweeted last night that the Bears are NCAA-bound.

Another historical milestone for head coach Scott Drew: Three days after winning game No. 100 as BU head coach, Drew moved over the .500 career mark at Baylor for the first time since Dec. 6, 2003, when he was 3-2. With that said, here's a rundown of Wednesday morning's headlines after Baylor's 20th win:

  • John Werner of Waco Tribune-Herald: "Baylor men ride herd over Texas Tech". Ekpe Udoh threw a block part and new Baylor President Ken Starr was on the guest list. After winning the last two games with last-second shots, Udoh nearly recorded a triple-double to lead No. 22 Baylor to an 88-70 blowout of Texas Tech. The Rest of the Story [www.WacoTrib.com]
  • Chuck Carlton of The Dallas Morning News: "Victory over Tech gives Baylor men third straight 20-win season". Not long ago at Baylor, a 20-win basketball season was a rare occurrence worthy of a celebration. Now it's part of a three-year streak. The Rest of the Story [www.DallasNews.com]
  • Justin Baer of The Baylor Lariat: "Baylor Bears roll over Red Raiders". LaceDarius Dunn and the Bears provided president-elect Kenneth Starr a generous welcoming party after throttling past the Red Raiders 88-70. The Rest of the Story [The Lariat Online]
  • Courtney Linehan of Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: "Defensive lapse dooms Red Raiders"...Ekpe Udoh narrowly missed a triple-double Tuesday night, leading Baylor to an 88-70 win. The Rest of the Story [www.LubbockOnline.com]
  • Terrance Harris of AOL FanHouse: "Baylor's Udoh is a Bear in the Paint". Baylor power forward Ekpe Udoh has a simple warning for those who dare drive the basket or attempt to score in the paint against the Bears. The Rest of the Story [www.FanHouse.com]

And that's how it's DUNN.

Now it's time to dwell on the gravitas of last night, individually speaking, in TEXAS TECH LEFTOVERS:

  • Ekpe Udoh passed David Harrison (Colorado) for second place on the Big 12 single-season blocks list with 109.
  • With nine blocks, Udoh extended his Baylor single-season record to 109.
  • With 109 career Blocks, Udoh moved past Joey Fatta (101) and Willie Sublett (106) into third place on the Baylor career blocks list.
  • Udoh now has 12 double-doubles this season.
  • Udoh has nine or more blocks in three games this season.
  • LaceDarius Dunn passed Aundre Branch's 1992-93 season for sixth-most 3FGM is a single season with 82.
  • Dunn became secord player in school history to reach 1,500-point career mark as a junior.
  • Dunn tied David Wesley and Curtis Jerrells for eighth place with 26 career 20-point games at Baylor.
  • Dunn recorded his fourth career 30-point game, tying for the fifth-most in Baylor history.
  • Dunn scored at least 17 points for the fifth straight game. It was Dunn's 11th 20-point game this season.
  • With 64 career wins, Dunn is now tied with Curtis Jerrells, Kevin Rogers and Henry Dugat for third-most at Baylor.
  • Tweety Carter has made a 3-point field goal in 20 consecutive games - the fourth-longest streak in school history.
  • Carter set a new career high with 11 assists and recorded the third double-double (12 points, 11 assists) of his career.
  • Carter played in the 120th game of his career, passing former teammate Curtis Jerrells for most in Baylor history.
  • Josh Lomers is now tied with Kevin Rogers and Matt Sayman for Baylor's third-most games played (118).
  • Lomers moved past Mamadou Diene (2005-09) for eighth on Baylor's career list with 56 Big 12 games played.
  • Udoh has recorded at least one block in 29 consecutive games, including the last four contests of the 2007-08 season at Michigan.
  • Udoh has 2+ blocks in 23 games this season and three or more blocks in 44 career games.
  • Udoh recorded at least five blocks in a game for the 11th time this season.
Feeling nostalgic? Watch a replay of last night's 88-70 rout of Texas Tech on ESPN360.com.

RIVALS.COM ASSISTANT COACH OF THE WEEK: MARK MOREFIELD
Baylor assistant coach Mark Morefield was featured as Jason King's Assistant Coach of the Week in the Rivals.com writer's King of the Court column Wednesday.

20 wins. 109 blocked shots. 25 days until Selection Sunday.


History 101: Drew's Bears Go For Third Straight 20-Win Season
10:56 A.M., TUESDAY, FEB. 16, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

(Jeopardy! music)

Answer: This was the last time Baylor won 20 games in three consecutive seasons.
Question: What is never?

Of course, that's the question now...that could change tonight with a Baylor victory. Before the Scott Drew era began in 2003, Baylor had three 20-win seasons in the program's first 97 years of competition. In seven seasons under Drew, Baylor could see its third consecutive 20-win campaign relatively soon.

Fellow Louisianian and KWTX sportscaster Adam Winkler made several good points in his latest blog on KWTX.com yesterday afternoon...as well as dropping a FCP reference.

But, our history lesson doesn't stop there...As Winkler pointed out, a Baylor win tonight would push Drew over the .500 mark at Baylor for the first time since Dec. 6, 2003, when the Bears were 3-2. That was 196 games ago.

Well...Baylor will get its first chance for win #20 tonight when the Bears host the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the Ferrell Center. Texas Tech, which spent a few weeks in the Top 25 earlier this season, is undersized but very athletic. That leads us to our 'KEYS OF THE GAME':

  1. Fear the Udoh. The reigning Big 12 Rookie of the Week has become Baylor's version of 'Big Shot' Robert Horry. Remember, Ekpe Udoh said it was 'Kobe Time' in the postgame press conference Saturday after the Missouri win.
  2. Keeping Up with the Free Throws. Baylor leads the Big 12 in free throw percentage in conference games. LaceDarius Dunn is shooting 90 percent from the FT line in 10 Big 12 games and currently stands as Baylor's career leader with an 83.5 free throw percentage. The Bears have shot 80 percent or higher in three straight games.
  3. Homecourt Advantage. Baylor is 12-1 at home this season and is averaging 81.1 points per game, while allowing under 60. LaceDarius Dunn and Tweety Carter are averaging a combined 36.7 points at home, while Ekpe Udoh is averaging a double-double (14.8 points, 10.4 rebounds, 4.8 blocks).
  4. Limiting Our Turnovers, Forcing Theirs. Baylor has a +2.2 turnover margin in 13 home games and will need to continue forcing opponent turnovers, while limiting its own. In nine home games, Tweety Carter has a 3.76 assist-to-turnover ratio.
  5. If They're in the Arena, They're in Range. LaceDarius Dunn and Tweety Carter have become one of the most prolific 3-point duos in the nation, combining for 510 career 3-pointers. Dunn is six treys shy of tying Aundre Branch's school record with 267 career triples. Both Dunn and Carter currently rank on the Big 12's career top 10 list.

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PREVIEWING TEXAS TECH
• Texas Tech, who started the season at 9-0, enters the Ferrell Center Tuesday with a 16-8 record and in an eighth-place tie in the Big 12 Conference standings.
• Tech, which has lost six of its last seven road games, snapped its six-game road losing streak with a 72-71 win Feb. 9 at Oklahoma.
• Mike Singletary, one of three Red Raiders averaging double figures, leads Texas Tech with 15.5 points and 6.7 rebounds in 24 games. John Roberson ranks second to Singletary with 15.4 points per game and also ranks second to Baylor's Tweety Carter with 5.46 assists per game. Singletary's younger brother, Robert, signed NLI to play football at Baylor earlier this month.

SERIES HISTORY
• Tuesday is the 119th meeting between Baylor and Texas Tech.
• Texas Tech leads the all-time series, 74-44, but Baylor has won three of the last four and five of the last seven meetings.
• Texas Tech leads the Big 12-era series, 17-10.
• Baylor leads the series in Waco, 29-25, and has won four straight over the Red Raiders in the Ferrell Center.
• Tuesday will mark the second consecutive season that Baylor is ranked when Texas Tech visits the Ferrell Center.
• Baylor is 4-2 in Waco vs. Texas Tech under head coach Scott Drew.
• Drew is 5-7 all-time vs. Texas Tech.

A BAYLOR WIN WOULD...
• Extend its February home win streak to five games.
• Be its fourth February victory -- the most since winning four during the 2002-03 season.
• Be its fifth straight home win over Texas Tech.
• Be Scott Drew's 101st victory at Baylor, pushing him over the .500 mark for the first time since Dec. 6, 2003 (3-2).
• Be its 20th of the season, marking the third consecutive 20-win season and sixth in school history.
• Be its seventh Big 12 victory -- the second-most in school history (nine in 2007-08).
• Be its 13th home win of the season
• Be its fifth win as a Top 25 team in the month of February.
• Be its 16th in the last 20 games.
• Be its 17th as a ranked team in the Drew era.
• Improve its record to 27-7 in its last 34 games.
• Improve its record in February to 15-36 in the Drew era.

BIG 12 STUDENT-ATHLETE SPOTLIGHT: BAYLOR'S A.J. WALTON
Baylor freshman point guard A.J. Walton is featured on Big12Sports.com as today's Baylor Student-Athlete Spotlight. Read more on A.J. in an excellent feature written by Baylor Athletic Media Relations student assistant Sean Doerre.

UDOH MOVING UP IN RIVALS.COM POWER RANKINGS
Baylor's Ekpe Udoh moved up to No. 9 on Rivals.com's Center Power Rankings Tuesday. Tweety Carter (No. 14) and LaceDarius Dunn (No. 17) are holding steady on the point guard and shooting guard power rankings, respectively.

TV PROGRAMMING REMINDER: TONIGHT'S GAME - A FOX SPORTS SOUTHWEST PRODUCTION - WILL BE TELEVISED ON FOX SPORTS PLUS (TIME WARNER DIGITAL CHANNEL 15, GRANDE CHANNEL 20). Check your local listings for more details.

Be sure to turn down the sound on your TV and turn up the volume on your radio dial to 1660 ESPN with The Voice of the Baylor Bears, John Morris, and one of the greatest FT shooters in Baylor history, color commentator Pat Nunley. Pre-game show starts at 6:30 p.m. and the game will tip at 7:05 p.m.

See you in the Ferrell Center!


Dos Tres Signs with D-League's Rio Grande Valley
4:50 P.M., MONDAY, FEB. 15, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)


Kevin Rogers blocks Indiana's Tyler Hansbrough during a Orlando Pro Summer League game.
(Credit: Fernando Medina/NBAE/Getty Images)

Baylor 1,000-point, 700-rebound club member Kevin Rogers is playing professional basketball stateside. The Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League announced that they acquired Rogers and waived power forward/center Julian Sensley due to injury.

Dos Tres played three games in the Greek A-1 League for Panionios ON Telecoms Anthens, where he averaged 6.0 points and 3.3 rebounds. He also played for the Boston Celtics in the 2009 Orlando Pro Summer League, averaging 8.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks in five games.

Rogers joins former teammate and fellow Baylor alum Curtis Jerrells in the D-League. Jerrells, an all-star in his first season, is the starting point guard for the Austin Toros.


No Case of the Mondays Here: Monday Afternoon Bracketology
4:33 P.M., MONDAY, FEB. 15, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

It's been a pretty good Monday today here at FCP. And in case you don't know to which we are referring, then try this on for size:

Add in Monday Afternoon Bracketology and it's an all-around good day. Last week, Baylor's Bracketology outlook was coming up lucky No. 7s. In the latest Bracketological forecasts, the Bears are nearly a No. 6 seed (almost) across the board.

We'll start with the non-conformist of the group, CBSSports.com's Jerry Palm.

We like Jerry. Why? Because he picked Baylor as a No. 5 seed against No. 12 Marquette in San Jose. Palm presents an intriguing second-round match-up with either No. 4 New Mexico or No. 13 Murray State.

In keeping with the Silicon Valley theme, the fellas over at Bracketology 101 (paired with FOXSports.com) also have the Bears as a No. 6 seed...in San Jose...against the Utah State Aggies. The potential second-round match-up would make a good one if the Bears were to face No. 3 Georgetown, who Baylor beat in the NIT first round last season.

As we continue with more West Coast flare, SI.com's Andy Glockner has the Bears as a No. 6 seed...in San Jose...against No. 11 Marquette. The winner would get either No. 3 New Mexico or No. 14 Weber State.

And while San Jose appears to be a popular NCAA Tournament destination for the Bears by the previous three Bracketologists, these next four all project Baylor to go to beautiful...Providence, R.I. No love for Jacksonville this week!

Bracketography.com has Baylor as a No. 6 seed paired with the Dayton Flyers of the Atlantic 10 at the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence. Two familiar teams pop up as potential second-round foes - No. 3 Georgetown and No. 14 Murray State.

You can pretty much tell that Rush The Court, while its bracket may not be correctly labeled with sites, has Baylor going to Providence (not San Jose) to face...No. 11 Virginia Tech. Remember last season's second-round NIT match-up? That would make for a good NCAA Tournament game in 2010.

TheHoopsReport.com also loves Baylor as a No. 6 seed in Providence...against No. 11 Louisville from the BIG EAST. The winner would potentially face No. 3 Vanderbilt or No. 14 Charleston Southern.

Last, but certainly not least...

ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi had Baylor as a No. 8 seed last Monday against No. 9 Rhode Island, which is located not to far from Providence. This week, Lunardi has the Bears at No. 6 vs. the No. 11 Big Red of Cornell. (pause) ...in Providence. In what appears to be a popular trend, Baylor would possibly face No. 3 Georgetown in the second round.

Here's Monday Afternoon Bracketology in summary format:

  1. Palm: No. 5 in San Jose
  2. Bracketology 101/FOXSports.com: No. 6 in San Jose
  3. Glockner: No. 6 in San Jose
  4. Bracketography.com: No. 6 in Providence
  5. Rush The Court: No. 6 in Providence
  6. TheHoopsReport.com: No. 6 in Providence
  7. Lunardi: No. 6 in Providence

It appears Baylor is bound for either beautiful San Francisco Bay-like weather or the frozen tundra of Rhode Island this week.

Not bad for a Monday.


Mizzou Review: 'Who Dat?' Udoh, Dat's Who
2:13 P.M., SUNDAY, FEB. 14, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

Yes, we are Saints fans. And yes, head coach Scott Drew did drop a 'Who Dat?' in his postgame interview on the Big 12 Network after Saturday's 64-62 win over Missouri. And, in cased you missed it, Ekpe Udoh knocked home his third game-winning shot of the season - and second in as many games. Udoh's tip-in also gave Coach Drew his 100th victory as Baylor head coach.

Coach Drew's 100th school win came in his 200th game as Baylor head coach. A very impressive feat considering Baylor started 21-53 in its first 74 games under Drew. First it was Oklahoma. Then Texas. Iowa State. Nebraska. Now Mizzou. Baylor was 0-7 against those teams in 2009, but, during its Big 12 Revenge Tour, BU is 5-0 in such games.

Not only did Udoh get his third game-winning shot of the season, The Nightmare also broke Brian Skinner's single-season blocked shots mark at Baylor. Udoh now has 100 blocked shots this season and needs 19 more to establish a new single-season Big 12 Conference record.

Baylor, which should jump into the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll and move up in the AP Top 25 Poll Monday, now stands at 19-5 overall - four games ahead of last season's pace (15-9). With the Bears one win shy of posting their third consecutive 20-win season, here's "Mizzou Review" as told through Sunday's headlines:

  • Mike DeArmond of The Kansas City Star: "Late follow shot allows Baylor to escape". Long will the memories of the final 6.2 seconds of Saturday's game against Missouri linger in the mind of Baylor's Ekpe Udoh. The Rest of the Story [www.KansasCity.com]
  • John Werner of Waco Tribune-Herald: "Udoh tip-in gives Baylor men victory over Missouri". Scott Drew's 100th win at Baylor is going to be branded into his memory forever. The 9,347 fans who were screaming to the rafters at the Ferrell Center will never forget the unbelievable finish either. The Rest of the Story [www.WacoTrib.com]
  • Wendell Barnhouse of www.Big12Sports.com: "Big Tipper". To the victor go the chuckles. As he sat down to face the media, Baylor guard LaceDarius Dunn had an opening comment: 'Yeah, I missed the free throw because I wanted my man Ekpe to be the hero again'. The Rest of the Story [www.Big12Sports.com]
  • Justin Baer of The Baylor Lariat: "Udoh carries Baylor to victory with game-winning shot". Ekpe Udoh's putback shot with 1.3 seconds remaining on the clock accentuated a frantic final minute of play and captured a 64-62 win for No. 24 Baylor. The Rest of the Story [The Lariat Online]
  • Steve Walentik of Columbia Daily Tribune: "With late tip-in, Bears foil upset bid by Missouri". It was only when the Missouri basketball team had to have a rebound in the waning seconds that its recurring problem surfaced against, spoiling the Tigers' chance at upsetting No. 24 Baylor. The Rest of the Story [www.ColumbiaTribune.com]
After these last two nail-biting victories, we're worn out.

More Bracket Racket: Friday Afternoon Bracketology
4:41 P.M., FRIDAY, FEB. 12, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

For those who participated in the NCAA's Media Mock Tournament Bracket, we salute you.

If you received our tweets throughout the day Thursday, you understand. For those of you not in the loop, members of the NCAA Selection Committee faciliated the Division Men's Basketball Mock Selection Thursday and Friday in Indianapolis. Selected media members participated in the entire process the selection committee goes through in order to set the tournament field of 65. Neat, huh? Still clear as mud? Read the NCAA's Mock Bracket Blog.

The Mock Media Bracket selection process concluded Friday with the seeding of the 'Field of 65'. In the majority of our previous Bracketology reports, most indicators point to the Bears playing in Jacksonville, home of former Baylor assistant coach and current North Florida head man Matthew Driscoll. Well, the Media Mock panel agrees...as they have Baylor as No. 7 seed in Jacksonville against No. 10 Tulsa (Conference USA). The winner is paired with the No. 2 Duke/No. 15 Oral Roberts winner. Click here to view the Media Mock Bracket in its entirety. As it stands today, nine Baylor opponents would make the Field of 65.

Rivals.com issued its latest Drive for 65 tournament bracket projections Friday afternoon. And, like the Media Mock Bracketologists in Indianapolis, they have the Bears facing the Tulsa Golden Hurricane. But with Baylor on the No. 6 seed line.

We are beginning to sense a trend...

TheHoopsReport.com has Baylor as a No. 7 seed against No. 10 California in the Salt Lake City Region. According to THR, the Bears could see a rematch with 2008 NCAA Tournament opponent and No. 2 seed Purdue in the second round.

And everything continues to come up with lucky sevens with ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi, who has Baylor climbing to a No. 7 seed against Atlantic 10 power Dayton in balmy Buffalo, N.Y. The Baylor/Dayton winner would cleerly (yes, it's mispelled for a reason) face either the West Virginia Mountaineers (No. 2) or the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers. (No. 15).

On a lighter note with Lunardi...A 15-year-old aspiring bracketologist submitted his own 65-team NCAA Tournament bracket, which was then featured in Lunardi's blog Thursday afternoon. He picked Baylor as a No. 5 seed...We like this kid!

HOW DO YOU SPELL EFFICIENT? B-A-Y-L-O-R. THAT'S HOW.
What does Baylor have in common with Duke, Kansas, Villanova, Notre Dame, California, West Virginia, Marquette, Ohio State and Vanderbilt? Well, they rank in the top 10 in offensive efficiency, according to analytical and statistical guru Ken Pom. Baylor's adjusted offensive effenciency ranks ninth in the NCAA at 116.4.

THIRD, FOURTH, SIXTH
That's Baylor's national ranking in field goal percentage defense, blocked shots per game and rebound margin in the latest NCAA Statistical Rankings released Friday. Ekpe Udoh ranks fifth nationally in blocked shots per game, LaceDarius Dunn eighth in 3FGM per game and Tweety Carter 11th in assists.

We're headed to the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge tonight at American Airlines Center in Dallas. Look for us on TV...Tips off at 8 p.m. on TNT.

Less than 30 days until Selection Sunday.


Dunnions! Acy Sends Bears Home Victorious
3:59 P.M., THURSDAY, FEB. 11, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

We are avid fans of Bill Raftery...as evident by our clever title.

Baylor basketball must be made for TV...The 24th-ranked Bears put their 17-5 record on the line against the Nebraska Cornhuskers in Lincoln Wednesday night. The Bears needed a go-ahead basket from Ekpe Udoh with 25 seconds left and two critical defensive plays from Quincy Acy to seal a 55-53 road win at the Devaney Center on ESPN2. It was Baylor's seventh game decided by five points or less this season. And it was Ekpe's second game-winning shot of the season. Remember Hartford?

We've received e-mails and a variety of text messages, proclaiming Wednesday's result as an ugly victory. Newsflash: A win's a win. A road win is awesome and there is no such thing as an ugly victory. Have you ever seen a pretty victory? No personification necessary.

Armed with an 18-5 record, the Bears have already surpassed last season's regular-season wins total (17-13) and matched their Big 12 wins mark from 2009 (five). A 20-win season and .500-mark or better in league play will erase any memory of last season's regular season. Write that down. Like we mentioned earlier, road wins are crucial especially in the Big 12. Wednesday was just Baylor's eighth victory in its last 53 Big 12 games - that stat only makes home games like Saturday that much more critical.

Aside from the end result, here are more noteworthy notables:

NEBRASKA LEFTOVERS

  • Baylor snapped a four-game road losing streak in the month of February.
  • Baylor also snapped a four-game Big 12 North road losing streak.
  • Wednesday's victory was head coach Scott Drew's 99th win at Baylor, moving him into sole possession of fifth place on the school's career wins list.
  • Baylor is now 15-9 (14-8 in Drew era) when ranked in either the Associated Press or ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 Polls.
  • Baylor is 8-45 in its last 53 Big 12 road games, including a 7-14 mark over the previous two-plus seasons.
  • Baylor is 9-12 all-time vs. Nebraska, including a 8-9 mark in the Big 12-era series.
  • Drew is 4-4 all-time vs. Nebraska (3-4 in the regular season).
  • Baylor is 25-7 in its last 32 games, dating back to its historic postseason run at the end of the 2008-09 season.
  • Baylor has won five Big 12 games, matching last season's Big 12 wins total (finished 5-11).
  • Baylor has made at least one 3-point field goal in 574 consecutive games - the second-longest active streak in the Big 12 behind Texas.
  • Baylor scored a season-low 23 first-half points (previous low was 24 at Arizona State).
  • Baylor trailed at the half for the sixth time this season (Baylor is 4-2 this season and 22-81 in the Drew era when trailing at the half).
  • Ekpe Udoh moved into fifth place on the Big 12 single-season blocks list with 97 rejections.
  • Udoh is now two blocks shy of establishing a new Baylor single-season blocks record.
  • LaceDarius Dunn moved into eighth place on the Big 12 career 3FGM list with 258 treys.
  • After going 5-of-5 from the FT line, Dunn is now the current career FT leader at 83.5 percent.
  • Tweety Carter moved into 11th place on Baylor's career scoring list with 1,266 points, passing Doug Brandt (1,263).
  • Carter has made a 3-point field goal in 18 consecutive games - the seventh-longest streak in school history.
  • With his first assist at Nebraska, Carter eclipsed 400 career assists, becoming the fourth player in school history to reach that plateau.
  • With his first assist, Carter became the second player in school history to amass 1,000 points, 200 3FGM, 400 assists and 100 steals in career, joining former teammate Curtis Jerrells (1820 pts/217 3FGM/487 ast/159 stl).
  • Carter is tied with Kevin Rogers (2005-09) and Matt Sayman (2000-04) for second on Baylor's career list with 118 games played. He trails record-holder and former teammate Curtis Jerrells (2005-09) by one (119).
  • Lomers is tied with Jamie Kendrick (1997-2000) for sixth on Baylor's career list with 116 games played.
  • Carter is now the Baylor career leader with 23 Big 12 victories.
  • Udoh has recorded at least one block in 27 consecutive games, including the last four contests of the 2007-08 season at Michigan.
  • Udoh has 2+ blocks in 21 games this season and three or more blocks in 42 career games.
  • Udoh has seven games with 6+ blocks this season.
  • Udoh has 18 multi-assist games this season.

POWER RANKINGS GALORE
Baylor fell three spots from No. 19 to 22 in the latest FOXSports.com Top 25 Power Rankings Thursday. Last week's ranking is its highest in the FOXSports.com Power Poll; Baylor is currently two slots ahead of its lowest ranking (24)...The Bears are in a three-way tie for 26th in the latest ESPN.com Top 25 Power Rankings with Pittsburgh and Illinois...Following its tough road loss at Texas A&M last Saturday, Baylor dropped one spot to No. 4 in Jason King's Rivals.com Big 12 Power Rankings. The Aggies leap-frogged the Bears to No. 3, while Baylor is still ahead of Texas (No. 5), Missouri (No. 6) and Texas Tech (No. 7).

LATE WEEK BRACKET RACKET
The ubiquitousness that is Rush The Court posted its 'Midweek Seed Update' Thursday. The Bears are listed as a No. 7 seed along with UNLV, Richmond and Georgia Tech. Texas A&M is one line above Baylor at No. 6 and Saturday's opponent Mizzou is one line below at No. 8 (along with Xavier)...Oh, and, Baylor was one of the first teams selected in the NCAA Tournament Mock Bracket Thursday.


Jerrells One of Six NBA D-League All-Star Replacements
4:43 P.M., WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

Former Baylor standout and Austin Toros point guard Curtis Jerrells was named one of six replacements named for the NBA D-League All-Star Game in Dallas. Jerrells, who ranks eighth in the D-League with 20.8 points per game, joins Austin teammates Alonzo Gee and Dwayne Jones in the 'Big D'.

Jerrells, Dakota's Romel Beck, Bakersfield's Brian Butch, Los Angeles' Joe Crawford, Reno's Desmon Farmer and Los Angeles' Diamon Simpson. The six players were selected to replace Maine's Alexis Ajinca (injured), Idaho's Anthony Tolliver (GATORADE Call-Up, Golden State), Utah's Dontell Jefferson (injured), Rio Grande Valley's Antonio Anderson (injured), Idaho's Sundiata  Gaines (GATORADE Call-Up, Utah) and Rio Grande Valley's Joey Dorsey (recalled to the Houston Rockets).

CJ will participate in the NBA D-League Haier Shooting Stars competition Friday. The fourth annual NBA D-League All-Star Game will take place Saturday, Feb. 13, on Center Court at NBA All-Star Jam Session presented by adidas and will be televised live on NBA TV at 2 p.m. CST.


The Frozen Tundra...of Nebraska and Onions
8:48 A.M., WEDNESDAY, FEB. 10, 2010
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As hard as it is for us to look back at Baylor's 16-game Big 12 season last year, the Bears are now one win away from tying its Big 12 win total from 2009. The 24th-ranked Baylor Bears (17-5, 4-4) continue their Big 12 Revenge Tour Wednesday when they face the Nebraska Cornhuskers (13-10, 1-7) on ESPN2 in Lincoln, Neb. The Bears have already defeated three teams they did not beat in the 2009 regular season - Oklahoma, Texas and Iowa State. Last season - on Senior Day - Nebraska put any hopes of Baylor making the postseason on ice, knocking off the Bears 66-62 in the Ferrell Center (that is, of course, before Baylor's epic postseason run, which began with a win over Nebraska).

Why the frozen tundra? Because it's currently ZERO degrees Fahrenheit...that's roughly -18 degrees Celsius. Yes, it's that cold in snow-covered Nebraska. And the onions? Well that can only be explained by ESPN's Bill Raftery, who will serve as color analyst to Ron Franklin tonight on ESPN2. If you don't understand the Raftery-Onions connection, google it...it's pretty funny.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING ABOUT THE BEARS THIS MORNING

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PREVIEWING NEBRASKA
• After starting the season 12-3 and 10-0 at home, Nebraska has lost seven of its last eight games and enter Wednesday's game in last place in the league standings.
• Nebraska will face its third straight Top 25 team when Baylor visits the Devaney Center -- the Huskers lost their first two meetings against the Top 25 (Kansas State, Kansas). § Ryan Anderson, the only Nebraska player averaging more than 10 points per game, leads the Huskers in scoring and rebounding with 10.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per contest. In his last outing (Nebraska's 75-64 loss at Kansas), Anderson became the 25th player in program history to reach the 1,000-point career plateau. He also became just the eighth player in the Big 12 era and the third Husker ever to score 1,000 points, grab 500 rebounds and make 150 3-pointers in a career. § Redshirt freshman Brian Jorge Diaz ranks second on the team in scoring (9.0) and rebounding (4.3), while leading the Huskers with 1.4 blocks per game.
• Junior Lance Jeter is averaging a team-best 3.9 assists per game.
• Senior Sek Henry is 11-of-26 (42.3 percent) from 3-point range in his last 10 games after shooting 3-of-17 (17.6 percent) from downtown in the previous eight games.
• Diaz, Anderson and Myles Holley have combined for four double-digit rebounding games. Baylor's Ekpe Udoh has 11 double-digit rebounding games alone this season.

SERIES HISTORY
• Wednesday is the 21st meeting between Baylor and Nebraska.
• Nebraska leads the all-time series, 12-8, but Baylor has won three of the last four meetings.
• Nebraska leads the Big 12-era series, 9-7.
• Baylor is 1-7 all-time in Lincoln after snapping its seven-game losing streak in its last trip to Nebraska -- a 72-70 win in 2008.
• Baylor is 1-2 in Lincoln under head coach Scott Drew.
• Baylor has scored 70-plus points only four times in 20 series meetings against Nebraska, including twice in the last eight games.
• Baylor has won the regular season meeting in two of the last three seasons.
• Drew is 3-4 all-time vs. Nebraska.

A ROAD WIN IN THE BIG 12 IS HARD TO FIND
• Baylor is 7-45 (.135) in its last 52 Big 12 road games, including a 6-14 mark over the previous two-plus seasons (1-3 this season).
• Baylor's 80-77 overtime win Jan. 30 at then-No. 6 Texas snapped an eight-game Big 12 road losing streak.
• Under Scott Drew, Baylor has posted road wins against six different Big 12 schools, including Nebraska.

BAYLOR MORE SUCCESSFUL AGAINST BIG 12 NORTH
• Since the 2000-01 season, Baylor has had much more success against Big 12 North schools than those in the South. Baylor is 24-34 (.414) the last nine seasons vs. Northern schools in the regular season and just 20-73 (.215) against the South.
• Baylor is 15-25 (.375) in 40 regular season games against the Big 12 North in the Scott Drew era. In the seven previous Big 12 seasons prior to Drew's arrival, the Bears were 15-28 (.349) against Northern schools.
• The Bears are 3-1 against Big 12 South schools and 1-3 against Big 12 North schools this season.
• Baylor hasn't won consecutive games against Big 12 North schools since winning three straight during the 2007-08 season (Feb. 23 vs. Kansas State, Feb. 27 at Colorado and March 1 vs. Missouri).

BLOCKING HIS WAY TO BIG 12 HISTORY
• Ekpe Udoh ranks seventh on the Big 12 single-season list with 91 rejections. Udoh needs just 28 blocks (2.8 per game in his remaining eight regular season contests) to set a new conference record. Iowa State's Kelvin Cato is the current Big 12 single-season leader with 118 blocks during the 1996-97 season.
• Udoh needs just nine blocks to become just the third player in Big 12 history to reach the 100-rejection plateau (Cato, Colorado's David Harrison).

HE HAS MORE BLOCKS THAN N'YOU
• Ekpe Udoh enters Wednesday's game at Nebraska with a Big 12-leading 91 blocked shots -- 21 more blocks than the entire Nebraska team (70) in 23 games.

PARTING SHOTS BEFORE WE GO
Former Baylor men's hoops standout Henry Dugat scored 23 points last night in Toros Nuevo Laredo's 93-76 win over Soles De Mexicali in game three of the LNBP Quarterfinals. Toros needs just one more win to close out the series and advance to the semifinals. Dugat is averaging 16.6 points, 2.6 assists and 1.1 steals in 10 games with Toros.

Be sure to catch tonight's game at Nebraska beginning at 8:05 p.m. CST on ESPN2 with Ron Franklin and Bill Raftery...Or you can turn down the sound on your TV and tune into 1660 ESPN with The Voice of the Baylor Bears John Morris and color commentator Pat Nunley at 7:30 p.m.


Monday Afternoon Bracketology
1:58 P.M., MONDAY, FEB. 8, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

After a tough setback Saturday in the 200th meeting of The Battle of the Brazos and Saint-sational Super Bowl Sunday night, we have the second edition of February's Monday Afternoon Bracketology ready to go...and really, not much has changed from last Monday's Bracketologies.

For the most part, Baylor is viewed - this week, anyways - as a very popular No. 7 seed...

Andy Glockner from SI.com has Baylor as a No.7 seed against the No. 10 Charlotte 49ers in Milwaukee, Wis. A Baylor win would see the Bears possibly face No. 2 Purdue in a rematch of the 2008 NCAA Tournament in D.C.

FOXSports.com, which has joined forces with Bracketology 101, has the Bears as a No. 7 seed in Providence, R.I., against the 10th-seeded Richmond Spiders. This pairing could be an interesting one as the Bears would have an opportunity to face No. 2 Georgetown in a rematch of the 2009 NIT first round.

Baylor is also a No. 7 seed in the latest bracketological predictions by TheHoopsReport.com. The Bears are faced with No. 10 Dayton with another possible postseason rematch - against No. 2 Purdue from the 2008 NCAA Tournament.

Our ubiquitous friends over at Rush The Court have Baylor as...wait for it...a No. 7 seed against No. 10 Clemson in Jacksonville, Fla. RTC predicts Baylor to defeat Clemson and later beat No. 2 West Virginia en route to a Sweet 16 appearance against Wisconsin.

The highest Bracketology seed for the Bears came from CBSSports.com's Jerry Palm, who has Baylor as a No. 5 seed vs. No. 12 California in Spokane, Wash. Close behind is Bracketography.com, which has Baylor at No. 6 against surprise Top 25 team Cornell in New Orleans...

And, finally from ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi.

With an ever-so-slight drop in his bracket standings, Baylor is now a No. 8 seed in East Region against No. 9 Rhode Island in Milwaukee, Wis. The winner would presumably get No. 1 Kentucky in the second round. An interesting note on Lunardi's Last Four In, First Four Out and Next Four Out...Oklahoma State would be one of his 'Last Four In', while five of the first eight teams out hail from the BIG EAST.

Here's Monday Afternoon Bracketology in summary format:

  1. Glockner: 7 seed vs. Charlotte (Atlantic 10)
  2. FOXSports.com: 7 seed vs. Richmond (Atlantic 10)
  3. TheHoopsReport.com: 7 seed vs. Dayton (Atlantic 10)
  4. Rush The Court: No. 7 seed vs. Clemson (ACC)
  5. Palm: No. 5 seed vs. California (Pac-10)
  6. Bracketography.com: No. 6 seed vs. Cornell (Ivy)
  7. Lunardi: No. 8 vs. No. 9 Rhode Island (Atlantic 10)

It appears Baylor is bound for a team representing a certain league that starts with the letter 'A' and ends with 'tlantic 10'. But that's the fun in Monday Bracketology...

34 days until Selection Sunday.


Previewing the 200th Edition of The Battle of the Brazos
1:24 P.M., SATURDAY, FEB. 6, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

Arguably one of the greatest rivalries in college basketball commences this afternoon in College Station when No. 20 Baylor meets Texas A&M for the 200th edition of The Battle of the Brazos. By now, everyone knows the history between the two schools so we won't delve into it again. So we will leave you with only a few notes entering today's game. If you aren't among the nearly-soldout crowd at Reed Arena, be sure to tune into the Big 12 Network (Check your local listings) at 3:01 p.m. or turn on your radio to 1660 ESPN at 2:30 p.m. with The Voice of the Baylor Bears John Morris and color commentator Pat Nunley.

Before we forget, Perry Jones was not the only Baylor signee among the list of McDonald's High School All-American hopefuls announced earlier this month...Fellow signee Bakari Turner is also among the nominees. Special thanks to Steve H. for pointing out our oversight...

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SERIES HISTORY
• Saturday is the 200th series installment of the Battle of the Brazos between Baylor and Texas A&M.
• Saturday will mark the third consecutive season that Baylor visits Texas A&M ranked in the Top 25.
• Baylor's current No. 20 AP ranking is its highest when facing Texas A&M.
• Texas A&M leads the all-time series, 126-73, and has won eight of the last 10 meetings.
• Texas A&M leads the Big 12-era series, 15-12.
• Baylor is 2-5 in College Station in the month of February in the Big 12 era.
• Baylor is 2-4 in College Station under head coach Scott Drew.
• Baylor has scored 80-plus points only twice in 12 games vs. Texas A&M under Drew.
• Baylor and Texas A&M have split series each of the last two seasons.
• Drew is 4-8 all-time vs. Texas A&M.

A ROAD WIN IN THE BIG 12 IS HARD TO FIND
• Baylor is 7-44 (.137) in its last 51 Big 12 road games, including a 6-13 mark over the previous two-plus seasons (1-7 last season).

• Baylor's 80-77 overtime win Jan. 30 at then-No. 6 Texas snapped an eight-game Big 12 road losing streak.
• Under Scott Drew, Baylor has posted road wins against six different Big 12 schools, including Texas A&M (two).

21-GAME LITMUS TEST
• Baylor's 84-63 win Feb. 3 over Iowa State was its 17th victory through the first 21 games of the season.
• The win marked the fourth time in the program's 104-year history -- and second in the last three seasons -- that Baylor has won at least 17 of its first 21 games. The Bears started the 1948 and 2008 seasons with identical 17-4 records, while the 1946 team started 19-2. All three teams won at least 20 games and advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

BAYLOR AS A NATIONALLY RANKED TEAM
• Baylor is 14-8 (.636) -- 13-7 (.650) in the Scott Drew era -- when ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and 9-4 (.692) when ranked in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll.
• Baylor is 8-3 (.727) all-time -- all 11 games have been in the last two seasons -- when ranked simultaneously in both polls.
• Baylor is 4-2 (.667) when ranked in the top 20 of the AP Top 25 Poll.
• Baylor is 11-4 (.733) at home when nationally ranked in either poll.
• Baylor's No. 20 ranking in this week's AP Top 25 Poll is its highest since being ranked No. 19 for the week of Dec. 29, 2008.

A BAYLOR WIN WOULD...
• Snap a three-game road losing streak in the month of February.
• Mark back-to-back wins over Texas A&M for the first time since Feb. 7, 2004, and Feb. 25, 2004 -- Scott Drew's first season.
• Be Drew's 99th victory at Baylor, moving him into sole possession of fifth place on school's career wins list.
• Be its second straight Big 12 road win -- its first two-game Big 12 road win streak since 2008.
• Be its third-straight Big 12 win as a ranked team in the AP Top 25 -- the longest such streak in program history.
• Be its fourth road win of the season.
• Be its first in College Station since Jan. 23, 2008, when the Bears won 116-110 in five overtimes.
• Be its third win as a Top 25 team in the month of February.
• Improve its record to 5-2 when ranked in the top 20 of the AP Top 25 Poll.
• Be its 14th in the last 17 games.
• Be its 15th as a ranked team in the Drew era.
• Be Drew's fifth vs. Texas A&M
• Improve its record to 25-6 in its last 31 games.
• Improve its record in February to 13-35 in the Drew era.

IN MIDST OF MOST SUCCESSFUL STRETCH IN DREW ERA
• Baylor is 24-6 (.800) in its last 30 games, dating back to the end of the 2008-09 regular season.
• It is the second-best run in school history behind only the 1945-46 team that finished 25-5 under former head coach Bill Henderson.

RECORDS WATCH
• Baylor has established a new single-season blocks record with 156 rejections (previous mark was 148 set in 1992-93).
• Ekpe Udoh (89) needs 10 blocks to establish a new single-season blocks record (current mark is 98 by Brian Skinner).
• Udoh is the current Baylor single-season and career leader in blocked shots per game (4.24).
• LaceDarius Dunn (253) needs 15 more 3FGM to become Baylor's career leader in 3-point field goals made (current mark is 267 held by current Harlem Globetrotter Aundre Branch).
• With Baylor's next Big 12 win, Tweety Carter (22) will become the school's career leader in Big 12 wins. He is currently tied with former teammates Curtis Jerrells, Kevin Rogers and Henry Dugat.
• Carter needs to play in four more games to become the school's career leader in games played. Curtis Jerrells is the current career leader with 119 games played.

STREAKS ARE MADE TO BE SET (AND BROKEN)
• Baylor has been ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll for four consecutive weeks -- the second-longest streak in program history.
• BU established a Ferrell Center record this season with 11 consecutive home wins. The win streak was snapped Jan. 26 vs. Kansas State.
• Baylor snapped its 30-game losing streak to Oklahoma with a 91-60 rout Jan. 9 in Waco.
• Baylor hasn't lost when holding an opponent to 60 points or fewer in 26 consecutive games.
• Baylor has won 18 of its last 19 games when scoring 80 or more points. The Bears' last loss when scoring 80-plus occurred Jan. 2, 2009, in an 85-84 last-second loss to South Carolina in Waco.
• Less than a year after snapping its 24-game series losing streak to Texas, Baylor snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Longhorns in Austin with an 80-77 OT win Jan. 30.
• Baylor has won 15 or more games in four consecutive seasons for just the second time in school history.
• LaceDarius Dunn scored 20 or more points in four consecutive games (Jan. 9-20, 2010).
• Tweety Carter scored 20 or more points in three consecutive games two different times (Nov. 29-Dec. 15, 2009; Jan. 23, 2010-present).
• Carter has made a 3-point field goal in 16 consecutive games.
• Ekpe Udoh is the only Bear who has recorded at least one assist in all 21 games this season.
• Udoh has recorded at least one block in 25 consecutive games, including the last four contests of the 2007-08 season at Michigan.


Wrapping Up the Week That Was
2:14 P.M., FRIDAY, FEB. 5, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

We have a few more tidbits from across the nation to wrap up the week...Don't forget to look for our Baylor/Texas A&M preview tomorrow.

STEPHEN HOWARD'S SURPRISE TEAM IN THE BIG 12? BAYLOR
In today's Covering The Baseline blog on Big12Sports.com, Big 12 Network color analyst and former DePaul star Stephen Howard gave a midseason report of the league. And he cited the Baylor Bears as his surprise team of the Big 12 so far.

PERRY JONES AMONG MCDONALD'S ALL-AMERICAN TEAM NOMINEES
Earlier this week, the nominees for the 2010 McDonald's High School All-American team were announced and Baylor signee Perry Jones was one of the nominees from the state of Texas. The final All-American team, comprised of graduating seniors, will be selected from a pool of nominees from throughout the country. The 33rd McDonald's All-American high School Boys Basketball Game will be played March 31 at the ValueCity Arena in Columbus, Ohio.

LATEST NCAA STATISTICAL RANKINGS RELEASED
The 20th-ranked Baylor Bears enter Saturday's game at Texas A&M ranked in the top 10 nationally in field goal percentage defense (4th), blocked shots per game (5th) and rebounding margin (6th). Baylor also ranks in the top 20 in scoring margin (12th), field goal percentage (12th) and 3-point field goal percentage (18th). Last season, Baylor entered the 199th Battle of the Brazos 163rd nationally in FG percentage defense and 188th in rebounding margin. Also of note:

  • Ekpe Udoh ranks fifth nationally in blocked shots per game and 11th in rebounding.
  • Tweety Carter, the Big 12 leader in assists, ranks sixth nationally in dimes.
  • LaceDarius Dunn, the Big 12 leader in 3FGM per game, also ranks sixth nationally in treys.

SPEAKING OF THE BAYLOR-A&M RIVALRY...
Mike Jones
of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram discussed the Baylor-Texas A&M rivalry in his column this morning. After we read it, we were even more excited for Saturday's 200th Battle of the Brazos...Even CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish is looking forward to Saturday, listing Baylor-A&M as one of his interesting matchups of the weekend...We still like SI.com's Seth Davis despite him picking Texas A&M to win Saturday.


Jerrells to Compete in Inaugural Shooting Stars Competition
3:22 P.M., THURSDAY, FEB. 4, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

Baylor alumnus and Austin Toros points guard Curtis Jerrells will be one of 12 NBA D-League stars to compete in the Haier Shooting Stars competition during the NBA D-League's All-Star Weekend next week in Dallas. The inaugural Haier Shooting Stars will consist of four three-man teams competing in a two-round time shooting event. First-time NBA D-League Dream Factory Friday Night presented by Haier participants Jerrells, Romel Beck (Dakota), Brian Butch (Bakersfield), Pat Carroll (Iowa), Desmon Farmer (Reno) and Diamon Simpson (Los Angeles) will join NBA D-League All-Stars Reggie Williams (Sioux Falls), Trey Gilder (Maine), Carlos Powell (Albuquerque), Mustafa Shakur (Tulsa), Mike Harris (Rio Grande Valley) and Dontell Jefferson (Utah) in the competition).

The Haier Shooting Stars contest features six numbered shooting locations of increased difficulty, with each team attempting to make all shots in numeric order in the fastest time. Each team will select a specific player rotation to follow throughout the competition. Each shot must be made before the next player begins shooting in succession. Teams have up to two minutes to complete the entire shooting course and the team that completes all six shots in the least amount of time is declared the winner. In the event of a tie, a shoot-off will be used to determine the winner.


Getting to The Point: These Bears Are For Real
1:51 P.M., THURSDAY, FEB. 4, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

Baylor avenged last season's loss in Ames in resounding fashion, cruising past the Iowa State Cylones 84-63 last night in the Ferrell Center. LaceDarius Dunn returned to form with a game-high 21 points - his 24th career 20-point game - and adding four treys...Dunn now has 253 career triples and is only 15 shy of becoming Baylor's new career leader. FOX Sports Southwest's Greg Lucas and Jim Haller broke down the Bears' 84-63 win over the Cyclones last night courtside.

What do legendary Baylor head coach Bill Henderson and current head coach Scott Drew have in common? The 2010 version of the Bears have also won 17 of its first 21 games to start the season, marking only the fourth such occurrence in school history. Baylor also did it in 1946, 1948 and 2008 - all three teams won 20+ games and went to the NCAA Tournament. Here's more on the Iowa State win with our IOWA STATE LEFTOVERS:

  • The Bears' win Wednesday was its first as a Top 25 team in the month of February since a 63-58 victory Feb. 15, 1969, over Texas. Plus, the Bears are now 24-6 (.800) in their last 30 games after finishing the 2008-09 regular season with a 17-13 mark.
  • Wednesday was Baylor's 12th straight win vs. an unranked opponent.
  • Dunn scored 20+ points for the fifth time in the last eight games.
  • Baylor's win marked consecutive victories for the first time since Jan. 9 when it beat Oklahoma to cap a nine-game win streak.
  • Ekpe Udoh had 19 points and 10 boards, his first double-double in his last nine games.
  • Scott Drew is now tied for former coach Gene Iba for fifth on Baylor's career wins list with 98.

ESPN.COM POWER RANKINGS
Judging by the media aftermath of Baylor's 80-77 overtime upset win in Austin last Saturday, the Bears have now been taken seriously...at least by the panel of ESPN.com Power Rankings voters. For the first time all season, the Bears are ranked in the Top 25 Power Rankings by all 10 panelists, including Dick Vitale, who kept BU unranked in his most recent AP Poll.

Baylor jumped eight spots from No. 30 to No. 22 this week, garnering 51 votes - 16 more than No. 23 Northern Iowa and four shy of Drew's alma mater, No. 21 Butler. Here's our ESPN.com Power Rankings roll call:

Jay Bilas, ESPN analyst, No. 20
Pat Forde
, ESPN.com senior writer, No. 21
Fran Fraschilla
, ESPN analyst, No. 21
Doug Gottlieb
, ESPN analyst, No. 18
Andy Katz
, ESPN.com senior writer, No. 19

Joe Lunardi, ESPN.com bracketologist, No. 23
Dana O'Neil
, ESPN.com writer, No. 22
Mark Schlabach
, ESPN.com writer, No. 19
Dick Vitale
, ESPN analyst, No. 24
Jay Williams
, ESPN analyst, No. 22

MORE POWER RANKINGS
In keeping with our Power Rankings Thursday Theme...FOXSports.com published its latest Top 25 Power Rankings earlier today with the Bears jumping five spots from No. 24 to No. 19.

Rivals.com writer and Baylor alum Jason King has the Bears No. 3 in his latest Big 12 Power Rankings, ahead of Texas.

One final thought for the road...Baylor is the fourth-highest rated team in the Big 12 in the latest Collegiate Basketball News RPI (RPIRatings.com) and Sagarin Ratings. Baylor is No. 24 in RPI and No. 13 in Sagarin, while the Big 12 is second nationally in both.

These Bears are for real.


Nine NBA Scouts Expected to Attend Tonight's Game
4:25 P.M., WEDNESDAY, FEB. 3, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

With the 20th-ranked Baylor Bears (16-4, 3-3) rolling and the Iowa State Cyclones coming to Central Texas, nine NBA scouts, representing eight NBA teams, are expected to be in attendance for tonight's game in the Ferrell Center.

Included in the list of NBA scouts is San Antonio Spurs Vice President and Assistant General Manager Dennis Lindsey. Lindsey was a starter for the Bears teams that advanced to the 1988 NCAA Tournament and 1990 NIT. He earned his bachelor's degree in education from Baylor in 1992.

Lindsey joined the Spurs front office in June 2007 after spending the previous 11 seasons with the Houston Rockets in the basketball operations/player personnel area.


To Boldly Go Where Only Three Teams Have Gone Before
10:57 A.M., WEDNESDAY, FEB. 3, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

We've been knowingly referred to as Yandlepedia by a pantheon of media sorts, including The Voice of the Baylor Bears, John Morris, and color-commentating guru, Pat Nunley. Well, here's another historical note of Yandlepedic proportions:

A Baylor win Wednesday over Iowa State would give the Bears 17 wins through their first 21 games of the season, marking only the fourth such occurrence - and the second in three seasons - in the program's 104-year history. Baylor advanced to the NCAA Tournament in each of those three seasons.

2007: Baylor posted its 17th win Feb. 6, 2007, against Texas Tech in its 21st game of the season.
1948:
Baylor posted its 17th win Feb. 12, 1948, against Texas in...its 21st game of the season.
1946: Baylor was 19-2 through its first 21 games.

Whichever way you choose to measure the success and revitalization of the Baylor Basketball program, consider this: Prior to head coach Scott Drew's arrival in 2003, Baylor had only nine 17-win seasons in the program's first 97 years. BU is on the cusp of its third straight season with at least 17 wins. Lest we forget, a 20-win season would make Drew the only coach in program history with three-straight 20-win campaigns.

Last season, Baylor entered Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa, with a 16-10 record and a 4-8 mark in Big 12 play. That night, the Bears opened the game with a 15-5 run, shot 4-of-27 from 3-point range and fell behind by 13 in the opening moments of the second half. Iowa State eventually handed the Bears their eight loss in the last nine games. Tonight, Baylor again has 16 wins and is aiming for its fourth Big 12 victory, all while defending its No. 20 national ranking.

On top of that, Baylor is ranked in the Top 25 during the month of February for only the second time in school history...The Bears were ranked during the week of Feb. 11, 1969, and they notched their first win as a nationally ranked team that week - 63-58 over Texas (Feb. 15, 1969). Here are few more nationally ranked Baylor tidbits:

• Baylor is 13-8 (.619) -- 12-7 (.632) in the Scott Drew era -- when ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and 8-4 (.667) when ranked in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll.
• Baylor is 7-3 (.700) all-time -- all 10 games have been in the last two seasons -- when ranked simultaneously in both polls.
• Baylor is 10-4 (.714) at home when nationally ranked in either poll.
• Baylor is 3-2 (.600) when ranked in the top 20 of the AP Top 25 Poll.
• Baylor's No. 20 ranking in this week's AP Top 25 Poll is its highest since being ranked No. 19 for the week of Dec. 29, 2008.

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PREVIEWING IOWA STATE
• Iowa State (13-8, 2-4) will face its fifth ranked opponent of the season when the Cyclones face Baylor Wednesday. Iowa State is 1-6 lifetime in Waco and has lost four straight in the Ferrell Center. The Cyclones' lone win at Baylor was in 2000 when they clinched the 2000 Big 12 regular season title.
• After ending its 16-game Big 12 road losing streak Jan. 16 at Nebraska, Iowa State has lost its last two Big 12 road games.
• Seven of Iowa State's last nine games were decided by seven points or less (4-3 in those contests).
• ISU has lost 17 straight games to ranked opponents. ISU's last win vs. a ranked team was Feb. 5, 2006, a 96-79 win over No. 25 Colorado. § Iowa State leads the Big 12 with 6.7 blocked shots in conference games only, just ahead of second-place Baylor (6.3).
• LaRon Dendy and Justin Hamilton are both averaging 2.2 blocks per game in conference action, tied for fifth in the Big 12.
• Preseason Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Marquis Gilstrap is averaging 15.0 points and 11.8 rebounds in league play. Gilstrap is averaging 14.5 points and a team-best 9.4 rebounds this season for the Cyclones.
• Gilstrap has been in impressive in the opening of his Big 12 career, recording four straight double-doubles. He became just the second player in Big 12 history to debut with four straight double-doubles, joining former Texas National Player of the Year Kevin Durant.
• Craig Brackins, a preseason first-team All-Big 12 and second-team All-American by ESPN, leads Iowa State with 16.4 points per game and ranks second behind Gilstrap in rebounding (8.0).

SERIES HISTORY
• Wednesday is the 19th series meeting between Baylor and Iowa State.
• Wednesday will be the first series meeting with Baylor ranked in the Top 25.
• Iowa State leads the all-time series, 11-7, and has won four of the last six meetings.
• Iowa State leads the Big 12-era series, 10-6.
• Baylor has won six of the seven series meetings in Waco, including four straight.
• Head coach Scott Drew is 3-4 all-time vs. Iowa State.

BAYLOR MORE SUCCESSFUL AGAINST BIG 12 NORTH
• Baylor is 14-25 (.359) in 39 regular season games against the Big 12 North in the Scott Drew era. In the seven previous Big 12 seasons prior to Drew's arrival, the Bears were 15-28 (.349) against Northern schools.
The Bears are 3-0 against Big 12 South schools and 0-3 against Big 12 North schools this season.

A BAYLOR WIN WOULD...
• Be its first against a Big 12 North school this season.
• Be its fifth straight win over Iowa State in Waco.
• Be its 11th home win of the season.
• Be its fourth Big 12 win of the season.
• Be its first win as a Top 25 team in the month of February since Feb. 15, 1969, vs. Texas (63-58) in Waco.
• Be its first win as a Top 20 team since Dec. 31, 2008, vs. Jackson State (113-78) in Waco.
• Improve its record to 4-2 when ranked in the top 20 of the AP Top 25 Poll.
• Be its 13th in the last 16 games.
• Be its 14th as a ranked team in the Scott Drew era.
• Be Drew's fourth vs. Iowa State.
• Improve its record to 24-6 in its last 30 games.
• Improve its record in February to 12-35 in the Drew era.
• Be Baylor's third straight February home win.

BAYLOR'S "OTHER" PLAYERS...IN A ZONE
Rivals.com's Jason King praised the Baylor quartet of Quincy Acy, Josh Lomers, Anthony Jones and A.J. Walton for their play in the Bears' 80-77 OT victory at No. 6 Texas.

EX-WOLVERINE EKPE UDOH A DOMINATING PRESENCE FOR BAYLOR
Dallas-based Associated Press writer Stephen Hawkins wrote an excellent piece on opposing teams' 'Nightmare', Baylor's Ekpe Udoh.

ONE OF NATION'S MOST UNDERRATED POINT GUARDS GETTING DUE ATTENTION
Senior point guard Tweety Carter is finally enjoying the spotlight as Baylor's on-the-court leader. Waco Tribune-Herald's John Werner talks about Carter's versatility, which has directly translated to Baylor's Top 20 ranking.


Jerrells, Toros Aiming For Number Seven
4:33 P.M., TUESDAY, FEB. 2, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

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Former Baylor standout Curtis Jerrells and the Austin Toros are currently on a six-game win streak and are looking for number seven against the Reno Bighorns tonight. CJ is averaging 21.0 points, 4.5 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game for the 15-9 Toros, but was not elected to the NBA D-League All-Star Game Tuesday.

However, there are three players selected to the West Conference All-Star Team currently in the NBA - Rio Grande Valley's Joey Dorsey (Houston), Idaho's Sundiata Gaines (Utah) and Idaho's Anthony Tolliver (Golden State). So there is a possibility that CJ could fill one of these spots. Replacements and starters will be announced prior to the Feb. 13th All-Star Game.


We Saw Our Shadow - And At least Six More Weeks of Hoops
11:52 A.M., TUESDAY, FEB. 2, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

Weather forecaster Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning, which means six more weeks of winter. We saw our shadow this morning, which means at least six more weeks of college hoops. And as ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi said today via Twitter, six more weeks of Bracketology!

So we begin Groundhog Day with two more bracketological brackets. In the latest Bracket Watch, SI.com's Andy Glockner has Mississippi State, North Carolina, Maryland and UConn on the outside looking in. And has the Baylor Bears as a No. 6 seed in Jacksonville, Fla., against No. 11 Siena. According to Glockner's most recent projections, the Big 12 would have seven bids - the most of any league - and nine Baylor opponents making the field...

FOXSports.com unveiled its first 2010 NCAA Tournament bracket prediction Tuesday, teaming up with two bracketologists of Bracketology 101. And, like Glockner, FOXSports.com's bracket model has Baylor at No. 6 against the No. 11 Saints of Siena...this time in Spokane, Wash. (we overlooked the wrong Baylor logo...we're working on that).

BAYLOR RISING
Tulsa World sports writer Bill Haisten has the Bears as his team on the rise in his Big 12 Insider this week. Haisten has Baylor at No. 3 in this power rankings, behind Kansas (1) and Kansas State (2).

RIVALS.COM POWER RANKINGS
Following his 27-point performance in Baylor's 80-77 OT win at Texas, Tweety Carter moved up to No. 14 in Rivals.com's Point Guard Power Rankings. Ekpe Udoh and LaceDarius Dunn both fell this week in the power rankings, falling to No. 11 (center) and No. 19 (shooting guard), respectively.


Monday Afternoon Bracketology
1:44 P.M., MONDAY, FEB. 1, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

This week, we're going to switch a few things up...

...and begin with the lowest-seeded Bracketologist's bracket first.

With that being said, we'll start of ESPN Bracketologist Joe Lunardi's weekly Bracketology, where he has Baylor as a No. 7 seed against No. 10 Richmond in the East Region. The Bears/Spiders matchup is paired with No. 2 Michigan State and No. 15 Arkansas State.

We have a tie with Baylor as a No. 6 seed...Bracketography.com has the Bears in New Orleans (West Region) as a No. 6 seed against the Dayton Flyers at No. 11. Winner? Gets No. 3 Wisconsin or, here they are again, the No. 14 RedWolves of Arkansas State.

Staying at No. 6, but moving back to the East Region is TheHoopsReport.com. Baylor is slated at No. 6 with No. 11 UConn. There are some intriguing matchups in this region of the bracket like No. 8 UAB/No. 9 Texas A&M, No. 5 Gonzaga/No. 12 North Carolina, No. 7 Rhode Island/No. 10 Ole Miss and No. 3 Duke/No. 14 Coastal Carolina.

CBSSports.com's Jerry Palm, in his weekly Projecting the Field, projects Baylor as a No. 5 seed - the highest of the season thus far - in the West Region against No. 12 California...in Spokane, Wash. In this latest mock bracket, the Baylor/Cal winner would face either No. 4 Gonzaga or No. 13 Siena.

And finally...

The fellas over at Rush The Court, the ubiquitous college basketblog, have given the Baylor Bears their highest bracketology seed of the season as a No. 4 seed in Syracuse. The better part? RTC has the Bears advancing to the Elite Eight.

MUST BE A DAVIS THING
Recently ESPN analyst Hubert Davis has been giving Baylor major love, calling the Bears the "most dangerous team not in the top 10" and tabbing Ekpe Udoh the nation's "best-kept secret". Well, another Davis continues to crush on the Bears. SI.com college basketball writer Seth Davis reminded readers Monday why he's had - and we quote him - "such a man-crush all-season on Baylor". Davis voted Baylor No. 16 in his AP Top 25 ballot this week.

RPI AND NATIONAL RANKINGS
RPI:
Baylor jumped five spots from No. 31 to No. 26 in latest NCAA men's basketball RPI standings. The Bears rank fourth among Big 12 schools...and the Big 12 has eight teams in the Top 45 - the most of any league in the nation.

National Rankings: With its 80-77 OT upset win at No. 6 Texas Saturday, Baylor moved up to No. 20 in the latest AP Top 25 Poll. It is Baylor's highest ranking since reaching No. 19 in Dec. 2008. And after being absent from the ESPN/USA Today Top 25 Coaches Poll for two weeks, the Bears returned to the ESPN ticker at No. 24 this week. CBSSports.com fans are in agreement with the AP, voting Baylor No. 20 in their weekly People's Poll Monday.

In the matter of five weeks, we've run the gamut of 12 seeds to now a No. 4 seed in the latest Bracketology talk.

41 days until Selection Sunday.

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