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More History Still to be Made
2:53 P.M., MONDAY, JANUARY 31, 2011
CHRIS YANDLE (EMAIL)
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Baylor single-season scoring record? Check.

Baylor single-game, single-season and career 3-point records? Check. Check. and another Check.

With four major Baylor records down and 10 regular-season games remaining, there's still plenty of history to be made for senior G LaceDarius Dunn. By now, everyone knows the basics: 93 points to become Baylor's all-time leading scorer, 160 to become the Big 12's all-time leading scorer and 27 3FGs to become the Big 12's all-time leader.

Dunn, who is one of only two 2,000-point scorers in Baylor history, is - if my math is correct - one of only six active NCAA Division I players with at least 2,000 career points:

Pts
Player, School
2,280 Charles Jenkins, Hofstra
2,210 Andrew Goudelock, College of Charleston
2,144 Kyle Singler, Duke
2,139 Jimmer Fredette, BYU
2,097 LACEDARIUS DUNN, BAYLOR
2,095 Randy Culpepper, UTEP

Unfortunately, he won't go down as one of the top 25 scorers in NCAA history (2,500 points and higher) statistically, but Dunn's scoring numbers are simply amazing considering he spent the majority of his first two seasons as Baylor's sixth man. Dunn didn't become an every-day starter until Baylor's postseason run in 2009. That's impressive. And if Dunn's nationally-leading 3.8 3FG/game average continues over the final 10 regular-season games, the Monroe, La., native will have a few more historical footnotes in his career bio like:

Big 12's all-time leader in 3FG. Dunn needs 27 3s to move past Texas' A.J. Abrams (389) as the Big 12's all-time leader. He needs 37 more to join an elite group of players in NCAA Division I history; Dunn is 37 triples shy of becoming only the 11th NCAA Division I player with 400 career 3FGs and would join impressive company: J.J. Redick (Duke), David Holston (Chicago State), Keydren Clark (St. Peter's), Chris Lofton (Tennessee), Stephen Curry (Davidson), Curtis Staples (Virginia), Jack Leasure (Coastal Carolina), Keith Veney (Lamar/Marshall), Doug Day (Radford) and Gerry McNamara (Syracuse). It'll be a race to 400 as Hartford's Joe Zeglinski has 362 career 3FGs, one behind Dunn. Redrick is the NCAA's all-time leader with 457 career 3FGs - 94 treys ahead of Dunn.

I've already mentioned that Dunn needs 37 more 3s to reach the 400 mark for his career. He needs one 3 to tie and two to pass Valparaiso's Bryce Drew (yes, head coach Scott Drew's brother) for 22nd on the NCAA Division I career list. Dunn could easily move up the career ladder this week. Here's a look at the players ahead of Dunn on the career list (with fewer than 400 career 3s):

3FG
Player, School
391 Michael Watson, UMKC
389 A.J. Abrams, Texas
379 Robert Vaden, Indiana/UAB
378 Ronnie Schmitz, UMKC
377 Ryan Wittman, Cornell
375 Mark Alberts, Akron
371 Brett Blizzard, UNC Wilmington
371 Kyle Korver, Creighton
369 Jaycee Carroll, Utah State
367 Shan Foster, Vanderbilt
366 Pat Bradley, Arkansas
364 Bryce Drew, Valparaiso
363 LACEDARIUS DUNN, BAYLOR
363 Jeff Fryer, Loyola Marymount
362 Joe Zeglinski, Hartford

Of course, if the 3-point line existed in the days of Vinnie Johnson and Terry Teagle, either one of those guys could be on this career list. But since the 3FG line was not introduced until the 1986-87 season, this list isn't as expansive as it could be. Nevertheless, it's pretty fun charting and documenting Dunn's historic run through the Baylor, Big 12 and NCAA record books.

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Life in the Big 12 is Tough
8:55 P.M., SATURDAY, JANUARY 29, 2011
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"Life in the '12' is tough." That quote is courtesy of LaceDarius Dunn. And he's right. Whether on the road or at home, winning in the Big 12 is tough. Look at the results every night in the Big 12 and it is quite apparent that every team in the league owns some kind of "home-court advantage." Saturday provided solid evidence to support Dunn's quote about 'Life in the 12'; Colorado was up by 14 points at halftime and had completely taken the wind out of Baylor's sails and mostly silenced the Ferrell Center crowd. Judging by that alone, you would have thought Colorado was going to steal one on the road.

However, Dunn provided 17 second-half points (11 of which came at the FT line) to shake off the Buffaloes, 70-66, and continue the Bears' dominance at home this season. The 14-point halftime deficit Baylor overcame is the largest of the Scott Drew era. Prior to Saturday night, the largest halftime deficit overcome in a Baylor win was 10 against Georgetown in the 2009 NIT (Dunn scored 15 of his 20 points in the second half).

We mentioned it last weekend in Manhattan: it's hard to win on the road in the Big 12. Any win in the Big 12 is a good win, plus every home win you can get counts. Baylor, which is 3-1 at home in league play (1-2 on the road), will now play its next two conference games on the road. The Bears will travel to Norman, Okla., to face the Oklahoma Sooners on Tuesday, followed by a trip to College Station for the Battle of the Brazos against Texas A&M. Last season, Baylor posted its first win at Oklahoma in 33 years, but hasn't won at Texas A&M since its epic 116-110 five-overtime win in 2008.

At home or on the road, the Big 12 is a fight. From start to finish. Need proof? Just look back at Baylor's first seven conference games: 12-point road win at Texas Tech, 13-point home win vs. Oklahoma, 15-point road loss at Iowa State (when a 6-foot-11 guy is 7-of-8 3FG, it's not your night), 20-point home loss to Kansas, 19-point home win vs. Oklahoma State, eight-point road loss at Kansas State and a four-point home win vs. Colorado.

At the end of the day, teams are supposed to win at home. It's the road victories that can really make a difference and help build a team's character. 'Life in the 12' is tough and it's only going to get tougher with Baylor's remaining nine games. The Bears close out the first half of their Big 12 schedule Tuesday on ESPN2 at Oklahoma. Just remember, last season's Baylor team started Big 12 play 4-4 before finishing league play 11-5 and ultimately advancing to the Elite Eight.

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Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend
11:31 A.M., FRIDAY, JANUARY 28, 2011
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When the Bears and Buffaloes walk onto the Ferrell Center floor Saturday afternoon, there will be a slight fashionable different for both coaching staffs and it's ok. Coaches across the country will be taking part in Coaches vs. Cancer Suits and Sneakers Awareness Weekend (Jan. 28-30). Basketball coaches nationwide will wear sneakers with their suits to demonstrate their support for the American Cancer Society and its vision of a world with less cancer and more birthdays. Basketball fans are encouraged to also wear sneakers to games that weekend to show their support.

Coaches vs. Cancer is a collaborative initiative of the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) that empowers coaches, their teams and local communities to make a difference in the fight against cancer.

By lacing up sneakers with their suits on the event's seventh annual awareness weekend, college and high school basketball coaches across the country will spotlight the fact that while cancer remains a major health concern, everyone can take daily steps to reduce their risk of the disease. For those who do not smoke, weight control, exercise and a healthy diet are the best ways to improve health and reduce cancer risk. In the U.S., overweight and obesity contribute to 14-to-20 percent of all cancer-related deaths.

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There's No Place Like Home Kansas for Dunn
10:54 P.M., SUNDAY, JANUARY 23, 2011
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Kansas is definitely a state divided between two loyalties - Jayhawk Blue and Wildcat Purple. And believe me, there's no denying where you are when you walk off the plane. In the "Little Apple" otherwise known as Manhattan, purple is flung as far as the eye can see. It'll be no different come game time Monday night at Bramlage Coliseum.

Colloquially, it's known as The Octagon of Doom. Bramlage Coliseum seats more than 12,500 and K-State's student section resembles an endless cascade of purple rowdiness across the court from the team benches. It's a purple wall that can collapse upon you with deafening sound at any given minute.

The Octagon of Doom. Kansas State is 269-93 (.743 winning percentage) in the 23-season history of Bramlage Coliseum, including a 10-2 mark this season. Much like the Ferrell Center - or any Big 12 arena for that matter - "The Octagon" provides a considerable homecourt advantage. As cliché as it sounds, it's hard to win on the road in the Big 12. No doubt. Especially when you are playing on the road...against the preseason Big 12 favorite...and that favorite has lost four of its last five...and is 1-4 to start the Big 12. Roughly two-thirds into the regular-season and Kansas State, which was ranked as high as No. 3 in both Top 25 polls, is 13-7 overall and has seven more losses than many people thought they would have at this juncture in the season. K-State was ranked as high as No. 3 for a reason - they are crazy talented and one of the toughest teams in the Big 12.

Nearly two years ago to the day, a nationally ranked Baylor squad (No. 23 in the ESPN coaches' poll) invaded Bramlage and quickly put the game out of reach behind precision 3-point shooting. Most notably, LaceDarius Dunn scored a season-high 33 points, while tying the then-school record for 3-pointers with nine treys in 32 minutes.

All rambling aside, Baylor has road games in three of the next four contests and, here's that cliché again, it's tough to win on the road in the Big 12. That was evident Saturday afternoon in Baylor's 76-57 win over Oklahoma State at the Ferrell Center. Baylor is 11-47 in its last 58 Big 12 road games, but the Bears are 5-5 in their last 10 Big 12 road trips. Baylor has lost its last four games against the Big 12's Kansas schools, including last Monday's 85-65 home loss to the second-ranked Kansas Jayhawks.

This marks the final regular-season trip to Kansas for senior LaceDarius Dunn and, considering his remarkable success in his first three trips, it may not be a good thing. In three career trips to the Sunflower State, Dunn is averaging 27.7 points (30.0 minutes-per-game) and draining 3-pointers at a rate of 6.3 per game. Those are some gaudy numbers for someone who should end the season as the greatest scorer and 3-point shooter in Baylor and Big 12 history. As a freshman in 2008, Dunn scored 23 points and connected on 5 treys in 20 minutes. Off the bench. At Kansas' historic Phog Allen Fieldhouse. Did I mention he was just a freshman?

Even though I've mentioned it once before, a second time won't hurt...He scored a season-high 33 points and tied a school record with nine 3-pointers in an 83-65 road win at Kansas State as a sophomore. Oh, that was off the bench, too.

Then last season, Dunn wowed the Kansas faithful and the national ESPN audience with 27 points - five triples - and some fairly unbelievable shooting in his second career trip to "The Phog".

Monday night, Dunn will look to put on another scoring clinic in his Kansas farewell, while the Bears hope to continue their recent road successes and avoid losing back-to-back Big 12 road games. Dunn is averaging 20.4 points in nine career games against Kansas and Kansas State. Something else to consider: Dunn wasn't the only Bear that had a solid night in Baylor's last trip to Bramlage. Then a freshman, Quincy Acy posted 12 points and 9 rebounds in his second career start.

Life on the road in the Big 12 can be at time tough and Monday won't be any different, but the Bears have a second chance to shine on ESPN's "Big Monday."

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Far From Sophomoric
12:11 P.M., SATURDAY, JANUARY 22, 2011
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As a freshman, he learned from one of the greatest point guards in Baylor basketball history. A.J. Walton was Tweety Carter's apprentice. Where there was Tweety, you could always find A.J. in close proximity. Before every home game, I could always count on two players beating me to the arena - Tweety and A.J. Several hours before a game - home or on the road, Tweety and A.J. would go to the gym very early and put up 100s of extra shots. Where there was Tweety, there was A.J. What A.J. learned from Tweety is beginning to show.

"It was just amazing," Walton told the Waco Tribune-Herald. "Tweety taught me when to push the ball, when to slow it down, when to take it and when to give it up. He taught me who to give the ball to and when to do it. I picked up tons."

After Carter's departure to graduation and the NBA D-League, Walton is the man running the point. Only a sophomore, the Little Rock, Ark., native is averaging 5.31 assists and 2.31 steals through 16 games. His 85 assists are tops among Big 12 sophomores, while his per-game average ranks him second in the league behind only Iowa State's Diante Garrett (6.05). Walton leads the league in steals-per-game (the most among sophomores) and his 37 steals are tied for second-most in the Big 12 (again, behind Garrett). Entering Saturday's Big 12 contest with Oklahoma State, Walton ranks 23rd nationally in steals-per-game (8th among sophomores) and 38th in assists-per-game (10th among sophomores).

So what does it all mean? Statistics don't lie: it means Walton's getting the job done, and, by season's end, he could own some of the best numbers for a sophomore in Baylor history. His 85 assists rank fifth all-time among Baylor sophomores, trailing only Carter (89), Curtis Jerrells (118), John Lucas III (122) and Nelson Haggerty (189).

A.J. is the focal point of John Werner's article in Saturday's Waco Tribune-Herald (subscription required). With Walton at the helm, the Bears are going to be fine. He might be a sophomore athletically and by experience alone, but he has the mentality of an upperclassmen. He takes criticism to heart, going as far as taping negative articles and quotes to the inside of his locker. But, as he told Werner, the thing he hates the most are turnovers:

"Turnovers - I hate them," Walton said in Saturday's Waco Tribune-Herald article. "That's what I get mad about the most. When I look at the stat sheet, I want to know what my assist-to-turnver ratio is. Then I want to know how many shots my teammates took - who took the most and who took the least. That helps because I want to know who I need to get the ball to more. I love getting assists more than scoring."

With plenty of motivation, Walton and Baylor hopes to end their two-game losing streak and start a new home court winning streak with Oklahoma State coming to town. There's plenty of Big 12 basketball to be played and plenty of opportunities for Walton to quiet to the critics and nay-sayers.

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Scott Drew Competing in Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge
4:45 P.M., FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2011
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Baylor head coach Scott Drew is one of four Big 12 coaches participating in The Infiniti Coaches' Charity Challenge, a collaborative campaign with ESPN where 14 coaches will be featured in the custom opener leading into the Game of the Week.

Fans, alumni and consumers have from Jan. 21 through March 11 to vote for their favorite participating coach in the Challenge. The leading vote-getter at the conclusion of the program will receive a $100,000 donation from Infinity to a charity of the coach's choosing. The remaining coaches will receive $10,000 for their selected charities.

Coach Drew's selected charity is the Scott and Kelly Drew Scholarship Fund:

 It was established in 2010 by Coach Drew in response to The President's Scholarship Initiative, a three-year initiative to raise $100 million in endowed scholarship funds for Baylor students. The initiative was launched by Baylor President Ken Starr to address the rising costs of higher education. In the company of many other Baylor coaches, faculty and staff, alumni and fans, Coach Drew has stepped out in support of the initiative and demonstrated his commitment to Baylor University and her students with this endowed scholarship fund.

To learn more about The President's Scholarship Initiative or to make a gift to the Scott and Kelly Drew Scholarship Fund, please visit www.baylor.edu/extraordinary stories.

To vote for the Scott and Kelly Drew Scholarship Fund, log on to www.espn.com/infiniti. Come back every day to vote again. Be sure to also visit the Infiniti Facebook page to see the latest voting results and to create a picture with an ESPN Game of the Week Coach. And remember, Inspiration is Contagious.

It's a great cause because Scott and Kelly Drew are giving back to Baylor Nation, the University and Central Texas to Baylor's foundation: students. This is one of many stories worth sharing and The President's Scholarship Initiative is the first step toward telling Baylor's future stories.

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Aaron Bruce, Where Art Thou?
10:33 A.M., FRIDAY, JANUARY 21, 2011
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Where in the world is Aaron Bruce? AB has resurfaced with the Adelaide 36ers of Australia's National Basketball League. Bruce is averaging 6.8 points in five games with the 36ers, which are in seventh place through 15 rounds of the 2010-11 iiNet NBL Championship.

Bruce scored just two points in eight minutes in Adelaide's 91-77 loss Thursday to New Zealand. Prior to Thursday's game, the native Australian had posted back-to-back double-figure scoring performances - 14 vs. New Zealand (Jan. 8) and 10 vs. Gold Coast (Jan. 16). Next up for the 36ers are the Perth Wildcats on Sunday. 

Across the pond in Europe...
Bruce's former backcourt mate, Curtis Jerrells, continues to play well for Partizan Belgrade. Jerrells is averaging 9.0 points, 3.2 assists and 1.4 steals in five Euroleague games and 10.0 points, 2.4 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.0 steals in eight Adriatic League games. Partizan Belgrade will face Efec Pilsen (Turkey) in round two of the Euroleague Top 16.

In Spain, Darryl Middleton, who was inducted into the Baylor Athletics Hall of Fame in October, continues his long, successful professional career. Middleton is averaging 9.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in 18 games with Sant Josep Girona of the Spanish LEB Gold League.

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No Preview Necessary
3:19 P.M., MONDAY, JANUARY 17, 2011
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No preview could do tonight's game any justice. For only the third time in program history, Baylor and the Ferrell Center will be the site an ESPN Big Monday showdown with the nationally ranked Kansas Jayhawks. The finale of a Martin Luther King Jr. Day ESPN Big Monday quadruple-header, tonight's game will feature Brent Musburger (play-by-play), Bob Knight (analyst) and Holly Rowe (sideline) courtside at the Ferrell Center.

Tonight is the first of two consecutive ESPN Big Monday appearances for the Bears. Next Monday, the Bears will visit the Sunflower State to take on the Kansas State Wildcats at Bramlege Coliseum. In Baylor's last trip to the "Little Apple," then-sophomore G LaceDarius Dunn lit up the court for 33 points, including nine 3-pointers, as the Bears posted an 83-65 win over K-State.

But, back to tonight's Baylor/Kansas showdown...

With a sell-out crowd expected, the first  1,000  students (with student ID) will receive free Dubl-R Burgers courtesy of Baylor head coach Scott Drew. College students love free food, so get there early for awesome burgers and good seats. If you need another incentive for tonight's game, the first 7500 fans will receive Growl towels courtesy of BBVA Compass Bank.

Nine years, 11 months and five days ago today, Baylor staged one of the greatest upsets in program history, knocking off No. 6 Kansas, 85-77, on ESPN Big Monday in the Ferrell Center. For those of you that might remember, that game was aired on ESPN2 because the ESPYS were on ESPN. Nevertheless, Baylor/Kansas was THE only game on TV that night and the atmosphere was electric. The star of the night was Terry Black, who scored 20 points and wowed the crowd with six of Baylor's 10 dunks. Once the game was over, fans and students alike rushed the Ferrell Center floor. And if tonight's atmosphere is anything like that night almost 10 years ago, then the national ESPN audience will be in for a treat.

Not only is this game getting local, regional and national media exposure, it's also getting tons of NBA exposure. How so? 35 - yes, thirty-five - NBA scouting personnel will be in attendance, representing 21 of the Association's 30 franchises. Out of those 35, 10 are general managers, two are assistant GMs and three are VPs for Player Personnel. Among the teams represented: Atlanta, Boston, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Golden State, Houston, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Milwaukee, Minnesota, New Orleans, New York, Orlando, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, San Antonio, Toronto, Utah and Washington.

Tonight is going to be a PACKED house.

If you can't make it to the Ferrell Center for tonight's game, you have a few ways to follow the action:

  1. ESPN/ESPN HD beginning at 8:30 p.m. CST
  2. Listen to John Morris and Pat Nunley on the Baylor/IMG College Radio Network beginning with the pre-game show at 8 p.m. CST (you can listen online here)
  3. ESPN3.com
  4. GameTracker
  5. Live In-Game Blog
  6. Follow Baylor Athletics or FCP on Twitter as we will have updates all night
It's a great night for college hoops. Sic 'em.

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Bears Can't Overcome "Hilton Magic"
12:26 A.M., SUNDAY, JANUARY 16, 2011
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Need further proof that home-court advantage exists in the Big 12? For the ninth time in series history, Baylor traveled to Ames, Iowa, to face the Iowa State Cyclones...and for the ninth time, the Bears returned to Waco without a win. Iowa State fans call it Hilton Magic; others call it home-court advantage. Either way, it's tough to win on the road in the Big 12. Especially Hilton Coliseum.

Baylor (12-4, 2-1) led by as many as eight midway through the first half Saturday. Then, with one 3 at a time, Iowa State crept closer. And closer. And closer before eventually taking the lead for good. Behind 14 3-pointers, Iowa State outshot the Bears in both halves. In the first half, the Cyclones shot 50 percent (7-14) from 3-point range. In the second half, Iowa State shot better...with a 63.6-percent clip (7-11). When opposing teams are shooting like that from beyond the arc, it's just not your night.

12 of Iowa State's 14 3s came from the combined effort of Jamie Vanderbeken and Scott Christopherson. Vanderbeken scored a game-high 21 points - all from beyond the arc. Christopherson, who entered Saturday ranked second in the Big 12 in 3FG/game behind LaceDarius Dunn, scored 17 with 5 triples.

Speaking of Dunn...

With his first 3FG in the first at Iowa State, Dunn extend his streak to 30 consecutive games with a trey, setting a new Baylor record. Dunn's streak surpassed the previous mark of 29 held by Tevis Stukes. Additionally, Dunn will conclude his career with a 3FG in all 12 current Big 12 venues; Iowa State's Hilton Coliseum was the only arena in which Dunn had yet to make a 3FG before Saturday night.

Iowa State's 14 3-pointers are the most allowed by Baylor since Oklahoma State drained 14 3s last season in Stillwater. And Baylor's 15-points loss snapped the Bears' streak of 12 consecutive losses by fewer than eight points. It was Baylor's first double-digit loss since falling 73-60 to Missouri in the 2009 Big 12 Championship title game in Kansas City.

While our trip to Ames did not result in victory, it was an unbelievable feeling walking into Hilton Coliseum Saturday night, just five months after flooding devasted Ames. Walking up the stairs to the media room, Iowa State Associate Athletic Communications Director Mike Green showed me where the flood waters rose and ended. Surreal. Parts of the arena are still under construction, but everything else is fully functioning. After taking off from Ames Municipal Airport, we flew over Hilton Coliseum and the Iowa State campus. It's still hard to imagine that all of that was underwater not too long ago...

With that said, the Iowa State game is over. Done with. Once we deplaned in Waco, it was time for Kansas. No time to dwell on the result. Now we are less than 48 hours from the first of two consecutive ESPN Big Monday appearances for Baylor.

It's a marathon, not a sprint.

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An 84-Hour Marathon
12:18 P.M., FRIDAY, JANUARY 14, 2011
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Quincy Acy is nicknamed "The Cookie Monster" because he cleans the glass (team-best 7.9 rebounds-per-game) and dunks a lot (146 career dunks). He lives up to that moniker quite well. During Baylor's 74-61 win Jan. 11 over Oklahoma, there was a Cookie Monster snuggie sighting - clearly she's an Acy fan. That snuggie would come in handy this weekend for Baylor's trek to Iowa, where current conditions are 18°F (feels like 11°F) and it's expected to be snowing by the time the Bears land in Ames this evening. Tomorrow's forecast? It'll be a teeth-chattering 8°F at tip-off.

The trip to Iowa only begins an important (and possibly critical) 84-hour stretch for the Bears. First, it's the flight. Then, the pre-game preparation. Then, game time at Hilton Coliseum. Then, a (hopefully) victorious flight home, followed by rest and practice Sunday. Back to class on Monday...all to hit the floor again Monday night on the biggest college basketball stage - ESPN's "Big Monday" vs. Kansas. Get all that?

I've said it numerous times already and I'll say it again: the Big 12 is a marathon, not a sprint. But in order to win that marathon, you have to keep your eye on the finish line and overcome obstacles along the way. The first obstacle: winning in Ames, something the Bears have never done in eight previous trips. Baylor's 2009 trip to Hilton Coliseum was its best chance at victory to date in the Scott Drew era...The Bears took an early 10-point lead and later fell behind by as many as 20 points, only to lose 71-62 to the Cyclones.

The Big 12's leading scorer, LaceDarius Dunn, has made a 3FG in 11 Big 12 arenas. The only place where Dunn has yet to make a triple? Iowa State's Hilton Coliseum. If Dunn keeps with his current shooting pace, that historical note should end Saturday.

But you can find solace in this; since the 2009 Big 12 Championship, the Bears have ended one streak after the next...Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Texas in Austin, Oklahoma in Norman, NCAA tournament win drought...Who's to stay a few more can't go down this weekend?

Every road win is a good one in the marathon on the Big 12 season.

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High Praises for PJ3 and a 2-0 Start
10:35 A.M., WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 12, 2011
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RECAPPING TUESDAY'S WIN
Box Score | Quotes | Notes | Highlights | Postgame Press Conference

WEDNESDAY MORNING HEADLINES
"Jones-powered Baylor takes OU to rack" - John Werner, Waco Tribune-Herald (subscription req.)
"Perry Jones shows Sooners his true talent" - Chuck Carlton, Dallas Morning News
"Oklahoma shows of hope in loss to Baylor" - Mike Baldwin, The Oklahoman
"Shot at upset falls out of reach against Jones, Bears" - John Shinn, Norman Transcript
"Sooners' second-half surge falls short" - Jordan Marks, The Oklahoma Daily

After 30-plus years of heartache and frustration at the hands of the Sooners, Baylor has now matched its longest series win streak over Oklahoma, winning its third straight series contest as the Bears prevailed, 74-61, Tuesday night in the Ferrell Center. The 13-point win was Baylor's 15th consecutive win at the Ferrell Center, besting the previous mark of 14 consecutive wins...by the Sooners. Yes, prior to Baylor dismantling Oklahoma 91-60 last season in Waco, the Sooners at one time won 14 consecutive games in the Ferrell Center, longer than any Baylor home win streak. Once 0-26 vs. Oklahoma in the Big 12 era, the Bears have won three straight over the Sooners, holding them to 60, 63 and 61 points in those games.

Not to be lost in Baylor's first 2-0 conference start since 2008, freshman F Perry Jones III was "a beast" and senior G LaceDarius Dunn continued his quest for Baylor and Big 12 history. First, Dunn. The Monroe, La., native drained a 3FG in his 29th consecutive game, tying Tevis Stukes' school record. It was Dunn's second career 28-game streak and his second chance to tie the school record against the Sooners. At first when you don't succeed, try a second time. Then, with a layup at the 17:02 mark of the second half, he became the second player in school history and the fifth in Big 12 history to score 2,000 points his career. Dunn's 2,009 career points rank fourth in Big 12 history. Now, Jones III...

I briefly blogged Tuesday night on the freshman sensation that is The Third. Any critics Jones III gained during non-conference place have now quickly vanished following his career-high 25 points against the Sooners. Oklahoma head coach Jeff Capel was very complimentary of PJ3:

"Quite frankly, it was too much Perry Jones. People say he's the possible first pick in the (2011) NBA Draft, and he played like it (tonight). He can pass, shoot and has good post moves. He's a phenomenal young talent."

Capel went on to say this:

"There's no denying his talent. There's a lot he can do out there. He can very a very, very good one if he stays hungry and humble."

With 15 games under their belt, the Bears are 12-3 and one game off last season's 13-2 pace. Dunn is leading the nation in 3FG made/game, draining nearly 4.2 treys per game. Plus the return of a healthy Stargell Love gives Baylor depth in the backcourt and an extra spark off the bench. With a day off Wednesday, the Bears will return to practice Thursday with another streak-breaking goal on the horizon. What streak, you ask? The Bears are 0-8 all-time in Ames. Hilton Coliseum was not a friendly place for the Bears two years ago as Baylor held a 10-point lead, only to loss 71-62 to the Cyclones.

Early meteorological forecasts projected highs in Ames hovering around 10° F and lows teetering anywhere from -5° F to -10° F. As of this morning, Saturday in Ames is looking a little warmer with a high of 17° F and a low of -2° F.

At home or on the road, every win in the Big 12 is a good one. Baylor is off to only its third 2-0 conference start in the Big 12 era. It's a marathon, not a sprint.

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The Man, The Myth, The Third
11:42 P.M., TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2011
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Tuesday night's Big 12 home opener didn't have all the pre-game pomp and circumstance as last season's Big 12 opener vs. Oklahoma. But it was a close second...to the Third - Perry Jones III. PJ3 put on his best showcase to date as a college player, pouring in a career-high 25 points and grabbing seven boards to lead Baylor to a 74-61 win over the Sooners at the Ferrell Center. Jones III has scored in double figures in 12 of his first 15 collegiate games, including back-to-back 20-point efforts to open Big 12 play.

Since scoring 0  points with 1 rebound Jan. 2 vs. Texas Southern, Jones III has scored 62 points (20.7 points-per-game average) in his last three games. By comparison, PJ3 had scored only 60 points in the previous six games (10.0 points-per-game. That's a B-I-I-I-G positive for the Bears...

Although we're only two games in the Big 12 season and, remember, conference play is a marathon (not a sprint), Jones III is averaging 22.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals in 35.5 minutes of play. On top of that, PJ3 is shooting 81.8 percent from the floor (18-of-22) and 75.0 percent at the FT line (9-of-12). What did Jones III do in non-conference play? He averaged 11.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and shot 52.3 percent from the floor and 51.4 percent at the FT line.

And I still think this is just the tip of the iceberg for III.

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1/11/11
12:37 P.M., TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 2011
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A picture is worth a thousand words. Do you think that adage's author had one of Quincy Acy's highlight-reel dunks in mind? That dunk was one of the many highlights from the last time Oklahoma visited the Ferrell Center. Not only did Baylor put an end to its 30-game series losing streak at the hands of the Sooners...they destroyed it with a 91-60 win in the Big 12 opener on Jan. 9, 2010. The 31-point win was Baylor's first over the Sooners in almost 33 years and its first win in the series in Waco in 55 years.

Baylor, however, did not lead the entire game as you might suspect just by judging the final score. Oklahoma lead by as many as nine points, 20-11, in the opening minutes as now-departed Sooners Tony Crocker and Tiny Gallon combined for 17 points. But the momentum swing came with an eight-minute delay caused by a power failure that cut all but the emergency lights in the Ferrell Center. The delay cooled off the Sooners' hot start and allowed Baylor to storm back with a 30-6 run to take a 41-26 lead at the half.

Of course, who could forget LaceDarius Dunn scoring 23 of his game-high 28 points in the second half, including six treys. And Tweety Carter, who scored 18 points and dished out 10 assists for his second career double-double. Or Ekpe Udoh, who chipped in 14 points, eight rebounds and seven blocks in 36 minutes.

Fast forward to Jan. 11, 2011...

With an 11-3 record, Baylor is hoping to extend its series win streak to three games, which would match the Bears' longest win streak against the Sooners since...Dec. 31, 1953-Dec. 14, 1954. Another streak that could be extended tonight is Dunn's 3-point streak. The Monroe, La., native is on the precipice of tying Tevis Stukes' school record for consecutive games with a 3FG (29). Tuesday marks the second time Dunn will try to tie Stukes' mark and the second time potential game No. 29 comes against the Oklahoma Sooners in Waco.

As a sophomore, Dunn owned a 28-game streak entering the Bears tilt with No. 2 Oklahoma at the Ferrell Center. Dunn scored 11 points and was 0-for-6 from 3FG in 31 minutes before following out with 76 seconds remaining in the game.

Another Dunn historical marker...

Dunn is seven points away of becoming the second 2,000-point scorer in Baylor history and the fifth in Big 12 history. By the end of tonight, Dunn should rank fourth in Big 12 history in scoring. 

Game two of Baylor's second season will tip tonight at 8:05 p.m. live on FS Plus (Cable: Time Warner 15, Grande 134; Satellite: DirecTV 678, Dish 448). You also listen to all the action on the Baylor/IMG College Sports Network with John Morris and Pat Nunley beginning at 7:30 p.m. Remember Season Ticket holders, your tickets say "Jan. 12" but the Baylor/Oklahoma game is TONIGHT. So be there to fill the Ferrell Center!

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It's Only January
11:16 A.M., MONDAY, JANUARY 10, 2011
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Snapshot of the Baylor Elite Eight mosaic posters to be given away Tuesday night

For the fourth consecutive year, Baylor won its Big 12 Conference opener. And, for the first time since 1998, the Bears won their Big 12 opener...on the road. Thanks to a key 20-2 run late in the second half and 20 points each from LaceDarius Dunn and Perry Jones III, Baylor left Lubbock with a 71-59 win Saturday over Texas Tech.

That performance capped off a historic week for Dunn. In case you missed it, Dunn scored a career-high 43 points and knocked down a school-record 10 3-pointers in Baylor's 89-72 win over Morgan State on Jan. 4. These two wins pushed Baylor's overall record to 11-3 - two wins off Baylor's 13-1 pace of a year ago.

Less than 10 months after Baylor's Elite Eight run ended at Reliant Stadium, the bracketology landscape has changed...and it may not be a bad thing, either. With conference play underway across the country, the state of the "Field of 68" will become fluid. Constantly. Sometimes multiple times in a day.

Bracketology. If you followed FCP at any point over the last 2+ seasons, you know that I like blogging about bracketology. I think it's interesting to follow everyone's predictions through the ebbs and flows that make up the college basketball season. With that being said, guess who's noticeably absent from the majority of this week's brackets...BAYLOR. Remember: it's only January and it's not a bad thing that the Bears are not being mentioned as part of the 68-team field. Here's Monday's rundown...

ESPN.com's Joe Lunardi: No. 10 seed (West Region vs. No. 7 UCF)
Bracketology 101
: No. 11 seed (West Region vs. No. 6 Illinois)
CBSSports.com's Jerry Palm: not seeded
SI.com's Andy Glockner: not seeded; "Last Four Out"
Washington Post's Eric Prisbell: not seeded
RealTimeRPI.com: not seeded

Baylor's only one game into its Big 12 slate and conference season is a marathon, not a sprint to the finish line. There's still plenty of time for the Bears to add wins to their tournament résumé. Baylor (11-3) has 16 regular-season games remaining and all 15 remaining Big 12 games are on the TV. Every game in the Big 12 prepares you for the next, and so on, and so on...Every win in the Big 12 is a good win, especially a road win in the league. It's only January and there's plenty of time.

Attention Baylor basketball season-ticket holders:
Please be aware that the Baylor/Oklahoma men's basketball game will be played Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. The game was originally slated to be played on January 12th; however, the season ticket sheets were printed prior to the date change and thus have the incorrect date on the ticket. Oh and fans can get a cool mosaic poster of Baylor's Elite Eight banner just like the picture above.

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Note to Season Ticket Holders for Oklahoma Game
5:33 P.M., FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 2011
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Attention Baylor basketball season-ticket holders:
Please be aware that the Baylor/Oklahoma men's basketball game will be played  Tuesday, Jan. 11 at 8 p.m. The game was originally slated to be played on January 12th; however, the season ticket sheets were printed prior to the date change and thus have the incorrect date on the ticket.

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Now, the Real Season Begins
11:52 A.M., FRIDAY, JANUARY 7, 2011
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Perry Jones III makes his Big 12 debut Saturday at Texas Tech.

The non-conference schedule? The trip to Hawai`i? That was the preseason. After spending eight weeks in the Top 25 to start the season, Baylor concluded non-conference play - unranked - with an 89-72 home win over two-time defending MEAC champion Morgan State. Saturday kicks off the nine-week grueling schedule that is the real season - Big 12 Conference play.

Entering Saturday's Big 12 opener in Lubbock...

  • Baylor will be playing its first true road game since March 2, 2010, at Texas Tech
  • Baylor is 6-8 all-time in Big 12 openers;
  • Baylor is 3-4 in Big 12 openers under eighth-year head coach Scott Drew;
  • Baylor is opening Big 12 play on the road for the first time since 2007 (at Oklahoma State);
  • Baylor has not won a Big 12 opener on the road since 1998 at Texas;
  • Baylor is 25-23 in its last three seasons in Big 12 play (12-52 in the first four seasons under Drew).

Last year, the Bears were picked 10th in the Big 12 preseason poll and ended the season tied for second in the standings with a school-record 11 Big 12 victories. This season, Baylor was picked fourth in the preseason poll - its second-highest pick in the Big 12 era (t3rd in 2008-09).

Putting all of that aside, the Baylor/Texas Tech series has been a Baylor-dominated one in recent seasons. Baylor has won seven of the last nine series meetings, including two of the last three in Lubbock.

BAYLOR/TEXAS TECH SERIES HISTORY

  • Saturday is the 121st series meeting -- the seventh-most played series in Baylor history.
  • Texas Tech leads the all-time series, 74-46, but BU has won five of the last six meetings (and seven of the last nine).
  • Texas Tech leads the Big 12-era series, 17-12 (BU is 4-11 in Lubbock in the Big 12 era).
  • Baylor is 14-42 all-time in Lubbock and 2-5 under head coach Scott Drew.
  • Drew is 7-7 all-time vs. Texas Tech.

Some of the latest series meetings have had historical value for the Bears. In 2008, a freshman named LaceDarius Dunn scored a then-career-high and a United Spirit Arena-record (which still stands today) 38 points to lift Baylor to an 86-73 win at Texas Tech - a performance that arguably helped push Baylor into the NCAA Tournament field for the first time in 20 years. In 2009, five Bears scored in double figures, led by Dunn's 20 points, as Baylor posted just its second top-25 win in Big 12 play. Then, there was 2010...

Meeting for the first of two times in a 14-day span, Dunn scored 30 points and Ekpe Udoh fell one block shy of his second triple-double (13 points, 11 rebounds, nine blocks) to lead Baylor to its 20th win. In Lubbock, strong performances from Tweety Carter, Quincy Acy and Udoh were all the Bears needed en route to their school-record 10th Big 12 victory.

Back to Dunn for a minute...As you've read above, Dunn has had tremendous success against the Red Raiders, averaging 20.7 points in six games - his third-highest scoring average against Big 12 teams. Dunn, who holds the United Spirit Arena scoring record with 38 in 2008, is on the cusp of entering the top 10 in several career Big 12 conference-only categories. Dunn has 778 points in 48 career Big 12 games and trails Texas Tech's Martin Zeno (934) by 156 points for 10th place on the Big 12 career list.

Not only should Dunn set the Big 12 for career 3-pointers, but he should also reach the Big 12's conference-only mark, as well. Dunn needs 47 triples to become the career record-holder in that category, too. Also on the career list? Former teammates Tweety Carter (8th, 137) and Aaron Bruce (9th, 133).

Here's a look at Dunn vs. the Big 12. Each stat line includes Big 12 Championship games, but his Big 12 career stats are regular-season only:

BIG 12 OPPONENT
G 3FM
3FA PCT
PTS PPG
Colorado 4 8 22 .364 53 13.3
Iowa State 3 4 16 .250 33 11.0
Kansas 4 18 33 .545 87 21.8
Kansas State 4 15 31 .484 84 21.0
Missouri 4 10 33 .303 57 14.3
Nebraska 4 9
25 .360
65 16.3
Oklahoma 6 18
46 .391
93 15.5
Oklahoma State
6 17
50 .340
99 16.5
Texas 8 17
42 .405
135 16.9
Texas A&M
6 10
30 .333
82 13.7
TEXAS TECH
6 19
41 .463
124 20.7
BIG 12 CAREER  48 126 318 .396 778 16.2

SATURDAY MEDIA INFORMATION
Saturday's Big 12 opener against Texas Tech will be televised live nationally on ESPNU and ESPNU HD. Live video will also be available at ESPN3.com (check your local provider for more info). Of course, you can always listen to the vocal stylings of John Morris and Pat Nunley on the Baylor IMG College Radio Network - 1660 ESPN (KRZI) in Waco, 101.3 FM (Waco), 100.9 FM (Temple) and 106.9 FM (Killeen, Fort Hood, Kempner, Copperas Cove). The game will also be available on Sirius 126 (Texas Tech radio feed).

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It's College GameDay Season
11:57 A.M., THURSDAY, JANUARY 6, 2011
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Not only does this weekend mark the start of conference play across the country - including the Big 12 - but it also signifies a new TV season on ESPN...the season of College GameDay Driven by State Farm. ESPN's eight-week GameDay tour begins Saturday in Knoxville, Tenn., for a MBB/WBB doubleheader between Vanderbilt and Tennessee.

Baylor, the city of Waco and Baylor Nation will be on display in  53 days when the Ferrell Center hosts College GameDay. Baylor is one of only eight universities selected to host CGD this year.

In the meantime, be sure to visit www.ESPN.com/gameday and sign up for weekly College GameDay emails to get the latest on new videos and blogs from the crew, what's in store for that weekend's show and to vote on top GameDay signs and more.

College GameDay's studio crew is anchored by Rece Davis, Hubert Davis, Digger Phelps, Bob Knight and Jay Bilas. We'll know more about the talent for Baylor's March 5th game vs. Texas once the season draws closer, but if previous years are any indication, Dan Shulman (pxp), Dick Vitale (color) and Erin Andrews (sideline reporter) will be making their Waco debuts in March.

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Wait...There's More
11:25 A.M., WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 5, 2011
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If you are like me, there's a good chance you never had the opportunity to witness Vinnie "The Microwave" Johnson lighting up scoreboards during his two-year college career at Baylor. I think LaceDarius Dunn's career-high 43-point performance Tuesday night provides us with a pretty good idea of what Johnson was like heating up. Late last night, we chronicled and diagrammed Dunn's 3-point clinic. However, his 43 points weren't the most scored by a player in Texas: Lamar's Mike James scored 52 points and hit 11 3s...off the bench (Dunn's previous career-high 38 points were all off the bench).

Prior to the Morgan State game, Dunn was 7-of-his-last-32 from 3-point range (10 total 3FG in previous four games).

More Dunn Notes:

  • Set or tied Ferrell Center records for points (43), FGM (13), 3FG (10), 3FA (18) 
  • 43 points are tied for the most by a senior in Big 12 history with Texas' Reggie Freeman (43 vs. Fresno State, 1996)
  • 43 points are also tied for the third-most in Big 12 history with three players - Freeman, Missouri's Clarence Gilbert (2001) and Texas Tech's Mike Singletary (2009)
  • 43 points are tied for the second-most in school history with Vinnie Johnson (43 vs. San Francisco, 1978); Ironically, Johnson holds the school record with 50 points set in 1979 vs. TCU
  • 43 points are tied for third-most in Division I this season and second-most in regulation game
  • Tied Big 12 record for most points scored in a half (29), tying Oklahoma's Tony Crocker (29 in 1st half vs. Centenary, 2009)
  • Tied Big 12 record for most 3FG made in a half (7), tying four others
  • Only the sixth 40-point game in school history
  • Sixth career game with 7+ 3FGM

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Another Dunn-believable Performance
11:04 P.M., TUESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2011
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Career-high 43 points.

29 second-half points.

School-record 10 3-pointers.

LaceDarius Dunn, touted as one of the nation's most prolific scorers, lived up to that billing Tuesday to the tune of a career-high 43 points, including 29 in the second half, as he continued to put his mark on both the Baylor and Big 12 record books. For starters, Dunn had 14 points at the break; Morgan State had 40.

Dunn scored 43 points...in 37 minutes, scoring at rate of approximately 1.2 points per minute. A scoring machine.

In the second half...

Dunn scored 29 points (9-of-13 FG), matching his previous season high for a game. Morgan State? The Bears from Baltimore scored 32 points on 13-of-23 shooting. Dunn made 7 3FG in the second half...Morgan State made 6 3FG in the game

With the career night, Dunn is the first Baylor player to score 40+ points in a game since Carlos Briggs dropped 41 on Rice on Feb. 27, 1985. His 43-point game is also tied for the third-highest scoring game in Big 12 history. He moved into a tie with Aundre Branch and Vinnie Johnson for second place on Baylor's all-time list with 40 career 20-point games.

Not to be out-Dunn, but Dunn hit a school-record 10 3-pointers, besting the previous mark of nine which he shared with David Hamilton (Feb. 14, 1995, vs. TCU). If you remember, Dunn dropped 33 points and hit nine treys at Kansas State back in 2009. His 10 3s are tied for the second-most in Big 12 history - two shy of the league record.

Dunn passed Missouri's Clarence Gilbert (332) and Kansas' Jeff Boschee (338) for second place in Big 12 history with 341 career 3-pointers. He needs 49 more to become the all-time leader (Texas' A.J. Abrams, 389). Dunn has also made a 3FG in 27 consecutive games and is two games shy of tying the Baylor record currently held by Tevis Stukes (29).

With his 43-point outburst, Dunn moved past Texas' A.J. Abrams (1,969) for sixth-most in Big 12 history. Here's a look at the LATEST BIG 12 CAREER SCORING CHART:

Rank Player
Points
PB*
1. Andre Emmett, Texas Tech (2001-04)
2,256
283
2. Jarrius Jackson, Texas Tech (2003-07)
2,221
248
3. Nick Collison, Kansas (1999-2003)
2,097
124
4. Richard Roby, Colorado (2004-08)
2,001
28
5. Bernard King, Texas A&M (1999-2003)
1,990
17
6. LACEDARIUS DUNN, BAYLOR (2007-PRESENT)
1,973
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But before Dunn can become the Big 12's career scoring leader, he must first attain the Baylor career scoring record, which is currently held by Terry Teagle (2,189). He now needs 217 points to become Baylor's new scoring leader. If Dunn keeps with his career pace of 23.4 points-per-game, he will surpass Teagle 10 games from now.

Dunn, who holds the Baylor career record for 3FG and entered Tuesday's game second in the nation with 3.6 3FG/game, could become the first player in Big 12 history with 400+ career 3FG. Here's a look at the LATEST BIG 12 CAREER 3FG CHART: 

Rank
Player
3FG
3B*
1. A.J. Abrams, Texas (2005-09)
389
48
2. LACEDARIUS DUNN, BAYLOR (2007-PRESENT)  341
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3. Jeff Boschee, Kansas (1998-2002)
338
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4. Clarence Gilbert, Missouri (1998-2002)
332
--
5. Josh Carter, Texas A&M (2005-09)
299
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*PB = Points Back; *3B = 3FG Back

Tuesday night's performance was - indeed -  Dunn-believable. With a 10-3 record, Baylor will now travel to Lubbock to face the Texas Tech Red Raiders in the Big 12 opener Saturday. It will be Dunn's last game at United Spirit Arena. Remember his first? He scored a then-career-high (and USA-record) 38 points to give Baylor win #21, which ultimately helped the Bears earn their first NCAA Tournament berth in 20 years.

Now, the real season begins...

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A Different Vantage Point
1:48 P.M., TUESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2011
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Call it what you want. I see things from a different vantage point. Not to sound like a cliché, but these are the times when good teams become great. For the first time in 363 days, Baylor will play a game as an unranked team -  in both polls - when it hosts Morgan State in a "Battle of the Bears"...so to speak. Morgan State is the first team to face an unranked Baylor team since, well, Morgan State on Jan. 6, 2010.

And, if you recall, that game worked out pretty well for the good guys as future NBA lottery pick Ekpe Udoh tallied the fifth triple-double in school history. Could tonight's Morgan State game also be a turning point for the Baylor Bears? Absolutely. Through 12 games, Baylor is 9-3, two wins off its pace in each of the last three seasons, but you can't use that as a gauge for the rest of the season.

Last season, Baylor held 10 of its first 12 opponents under 70 points. Fast forward...Baylor, which has held 11 of its 12 opponents under 70 points this season, ranks 11th in the nation - and third in the Big 12 - in scoring defense (allowing 57.2 points per game).

While Texas Southern did not start the way some had hoped, it ended with a Baylor victory and it kick-started a  very, very important stretch for the Bears. Baylor will end non-conference play tonight against two-time defending Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion Morgan State and soon opens Big 12 play: Saturday at Texas Tech, Jan. 11 vs. Oklahoma and Jan. 15 at Iowa State. This stretch is of great importance as the first of Baylor's two ESPN Big Monday games (Jan. 17 vs. Kansas) is just 13 days away.

CHECKING IN: DUNN'S QUEST FOR BAYLOR, BIG 12 HISTORY
Unlike the previous three seasons, the No. 1 scorer in the Big 12 resides in Waco, LaceDarius Dunn (21.2 points per game ranks 18th nationally through Jan. 2). On top of that, Dunn ranks second in the nation with 3.6 3FGM per game. Dunn, who ranks second in school history with 1,930 career points, needs 270 points to surpass Terry Teagle (2,189) as Baylor's all-time leading scorer. He also needs 327 points to surpass Texas Tech's Andre Emmett (2,256) as the Big 12's career scoring leader.

At his current rate, Dunn should own the Baylor career scoring record as well as the Big 12 career scoring and 3FG marks by the time Baylor hosts Texas for College GameDay Driven by State Farm on March 5.

STILL ONE OF THE NATION'S TALLEST TEAMS
If you've listened to one of Baylor's televised games this year, then there's a good chance you've heard broadcasters mention Baylor is one of the nation's tallest teams. Last season, according to CBS, Baylor was the second-tallest team in Division I. This year, according to Ken Pomeroy, Baylor is the sixth-tallest team in America (average height is calculated as minutes-weighted height in inches):

Team Average Height  (in)
Effective Height
Illinois 79.1
+5.7 
Florida State 78.5
+2.5
North Carolina 78.5
+4.7
Kentucky 78.5
+1.5
Syracuse 78.4
+2.4
BAYLOR 78.4
+3.2
Vanderbilt 78.3
+3.1
Wake Forest 78.3
+3.4
Texas Southern 78.2
+0.9
UC Davis 78.1
+3.2

In keeping with Ken Pomeroy's analysis, Baylor is 25th in his college basketball ratings scale of 345 Division I teams...fourth among Big 12 teams - Kansas (3), Missouri (16) and Texas (20). Baylor is five spots ahead of Texas A&M, which is rated 30th by Pomeroy, eight spots ahead of Kansas State, 33rd.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT...FIRST BRACKETOLOGY OF 2011
With the start of conference play approaching, bracketologists far and wide have unveiled their first projections in 2011 for the Field of 68. ESPN's Joe Lunardi has Baylor as the No. 9 seed in the West Region, facing No. 8 Temple in Washington, D.C. Also in the West Region are No. 1 Syracuse, No. 2 Kentucky, No. 3 Notre Dame, No. 4 BYU, No. 5 Michigan State, No. 6 Kansas State, No. 7 Minnesota, No. 10 Saint Mary's No. 11 Old Dominion/USC, No. 12 Wichita State, No. 13 Portland, No. 14 Kent State, No. 15 Lipscomb and No. 16 Hampton.

SI.com's Andy Glockner has Baylor one spot lower - at No. 10 - in the Southwest Region, which feeds into San Antonio. Baylor's projected opponent? Butler...yes, Butler. The team Baylor could have faced at last month's Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. The Baylor/Butler winner would presumably face No. 2 Georgetown in the second round.

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Baylor's Top 10 of 2010
9:44 P.M., SATURDAY, JANUARY 1, 2011
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As the calendar flips to 2011, it's time to really appreciate just how historic - and exciting - the year 2010 was for the Baylor basketball team. While there were so many big games, events and plays over the last 365 days, here's my best attempt of pegging the top 10 plays/events for the Baylor Bears in 2010...

10. BAYLOR ADVANCES TO FIRST SWEET 16 IN PROGRAM HISTORY (March 20)

 
Senior C Josh Lomers tied career highs with 14 points and eight rebounds to lift No. 3 Baylor to a 76-68 win over Old Dominion, punching the Bears' ticket to the Sweet 16 in Houston.

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9. BAYLOR UPSETS NO. 6 TEXAS IN OT...IN AUSTIN (Jan. 30) 

 Tweety Carter scored a game-high 27 points, while Ekpe Udoh provided key points in the extra period in Baylor's 80-77 OT upset win over No. 6 Texas in Austin. The win snapped Baylor's 11-game losing streak to the Longhorns in Austin.

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8. BAYLOR POSTS RECORD 10TH BIG 12 VICTORY (March 2)

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7. SCHOOL-RECORD 26TH WIN COMES IN FIRST NCAA TOURNEY WIN SINCE 1950 (March 18)

Ekpe Udoh: 20 points, 13 rebounds, five assists, two assists and two blocks. After trailing early in the game, the Bears turned it on in the second half, holding off Sam Houston State, 68-59, and earning its first NCAA Tournament win since 1950.

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6. BAYLOR ENDS TWO OKLAHOMA STREAKS

 

Streak No. 1 (Jan. 9): LaceDarius Dunn scored 23 of his 28 points in the second half as Baylor ended its 30-game losing streak against Oklahoma by blowing out the Sooners, 91-60.

Streak No. 2 (Feb. 27): In his second collegiate game in his home state of Oklahoma, Ekpe Udoh had 20 points with seven blocked shots as No. 24 Baylor beat Oklahoma, 70-63, giving the Bears their first win over the Sooners in Norman since December 1977.

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5. BACK-TO-BACK UDOH GAME-WINNERS

Game-Winner No. 1 (Feb. 10): Ekpe Udoh hit the go-ahead basket - and eventual game-winner - with 25 seconds left to help No. 24 Baylor pull out a 55-53 victory over Nebraska in Lincoln.

Game-Winner No. 2 (Feb. 13): Udoh tipped in a missed shot with 1.3 seconds left to give No. 24 Baylor a 64-62 victory over Missouri in the Ferrell Center.

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4. QUINCY ACY'S SOLO DUNK CONTEST, BAYLOR SECURES FIRST-ROUND BYE (March 6) 

 You've seen it by now...Quincy Acy scored a career-high 24 points and showcased his dunk repertoire with 10 highlight-reel dunks that all ended up on ESPN's SportsCenter. Acy's 24 points plus a game-high 30 from LaceDarius Dunn helped Baylor secure a first-round bye in the 2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship.

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3. BAYLOR FINISHES 2009-10 RANKED NO. 10, CLIMB AS HIGH AS NO. 9 IN 2010-11
After coming within minutes of the Final Four, Baylor finished the 2009-10 regular season ranked No. 10 in the final ESPN/USA TODAY Top 25 coaches poll. The Bears climbed as high as No. 9 in both the AP and coaches polls in the early part of the 2010-11 season. 

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2. EKPE UDOH BECOMES FIRST NBA LOTTERY PICK IN SCHOOL HISTORY (June 24) 

Baylor head coach Scott Drew, former assistant Matthew Driscoll and I were all in attendance at The Theatre at Madison Square Garden to watch Ekpe shake David Stern's hand...Baylor All-American Ekpe Udoh became the first lottery pick in program history when he was selected No. 6 overall by the Golden State Warriors in the 2010 NBA Draft.

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1. HOUSTON, THE BEARS HAVE LANDED (March 26-28)


Playing in its first Sweet 16 in program history, Baylor put on a show for the Houston crowd, knocking off the Cinderella-minded Saint Mary's Gaels, 72-49, to advance to the Elite Eight against Duke. Against the eventual national champion Duke Blue Devils, the Bears were literally just minutes away from its first Final Four trip in 60 years, but Baylor would ultimately fall to the Blue Devils, 78-71.

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