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No. 25 Men's Hoops Hosts UMass Minutemen





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#25/RV Baylor (14-3) vs. UMass (7-11)
Jan. 23, 2010 | 3 p.m. CST
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
TV: ESPNU

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GAME CENTER: GAME 18
MEDIA INFORMATION
Date:
Sat., Jan. 23, 2010
Tip-Off: 3 p.m. CST
Location: Waco, Texas
Arena: Ferrell Center (10,284)
Television: ESPNU
Talent: Clay Matvick (pxp), Stephen Howard (analyst)
Radio: Baylor ISP Sports Network; ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco)/Sirius (Ch. 161)
Talent: John Morris (pxp), Pat Nunley (analyst)
Series: First Meeting
Drew Era following Loss: 34-57 (.374)
Drew Era in January: 19-33 (.365)
Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com
Audio Web Stream: www.BaylorBears.com
Video Web Stream: None
In-Game Blog: www.BaylorBears.com

GAME DAY STORY LINES
• After starting Big 12 play 2-2, the 25th-ranked Baylor Bears (14-3) take a break from conference play to host the Atlantic 10's UMass Minutemen (7-11) Saturday in the Ferrell Center.
• Saturday is the first series meeting between Baylor and UMass.
• When UMass and Baylor meet Saturday, it will be a matchup of the previous two NIT runners-up. Under the guidance of current Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford, UMass advanced to the 2008 NIT championship game, where it lost to Ohio State, 92-85. Last season, Baylor lost to Penn State, 69-63, in the 2009 NIT championship at Madison Square Garden.
• Baylor is 11-7 (.611) -- 10-6 (.625) in the Scott Drew era -- when ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll.
• Opponents have failed to block a Baylor shot in seven games this season, including four straight contests. The current streak is the longest by a Baylor opponent in the Big 12 era.
• Over the last four seasons under Drew, Baylor is 46-8 (.852) in non-conference games.
• Since a 67-64 loss Nov. 30, 2007, to Washington State, Baylor has won 21 of its last 22 non-conference home games.
LaceDarius Dunn has scored 20-plus points in four consecutive games and currently ranks second in the Big 12 with 19.5 points per game. Dunn leads all scorers in conference-only scoring with a 25.8 point-per-game average.
• Dunn, who currently ranks eighth all-time at Baylor with 1,367 career points, is zeroing in on elite status in school history. Dunn sits 133 points shy of the 1,500-point plateau and would become just the seventh player in school history to reach the mark.
• The Bears have won 10 straight games at the Ferrell Center, dating back to their NIT win over Georgetown in March 2009. Tied for the longest home win streak in Ferrell Center history, the 10-game home win streak has happened five times
• Since posting a 21-53 record (.284) in Drew's first three seasons, Baylor is 74-45 (.622) in its last 119 games.
• Baylor is 21-5 in its last 26 games, dating back to the end of the 2008-09 regular season.
• Baylor has held its opponents to under 40 rebounds in all 17 games this season.
• Baylor has outrebounded all 17 opponents this season, including nine by double figures.
• Baylor has made at least one 3-point field goal in 568 consecutive games -- the second-longest active streak in the Big 12 (Texas).
• Baylor has allowed 70-plus points in each of its three losses this season. All three losses have been by a combined 16 points.

SERIES HISTORY
• Saturday is the first series meeting.

BAYLOR AGAINST THE ATLANTIC 10
• Baylor is 4-10 all-time against current Atlantic 10 Conference member institutions.
• In November, the Bears defeated Xavier, 69-64, at the Old Spice Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

THE BAYLOR-UMASS CONNECTION
• When UMass and Baylor meet Saturday in the Ferrell Center, it will be the matchup of the previous two NIT runners-up. Under the guidance of current Oklahoma State head coach Travis Ford, UMass advanced to the 2008 NIT championship game, where it lost to Ohio State, 92-85. Last season, Baylor lost to Penn State, 69-63, in the 2009 NIT championship at Madison Square Garden.
• Current Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw served as the UMass AD for one year before departing for Waco in 2003.
• Baylor Director of Basketball Operations Tim Maloney spent three seasons on Ford's staff at UMass, including the 2007-08 season as associate head coach.

ANOTHER MILESTONE ON THE HORIZON
• Entering Saturday's game with UMass, Baylor is one win shy of posting its fourth consecutive season with 15 or more wins.
• It would be just the second time in program history that the Bears have posted 15-plus wins in four consecutive seasons -- 1967-68: 15, 1968-69: 18, 1969-70: 15, 1970-71: 18.
• Baylor has won 74 games over the last three-plus seasons and needs one victory to set the school record for most wins during a four-year stretch. From 1945-49, Baylor won 74 games and made two NCAA Tournament appearances.

BAYLOR AS A NATIONALLY RANKED TEAM
• Baylor is 11-7 (.611) -- 10-6 (.625) 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 2-4 (.333) on the road when nationally ranked in either poll.
• Baylor is 9-3 (.750) at home when nationally ranked in either poll.

A BAYLOR WIN WOULD...
• Be its 11th consecutive home win, establishing a Ferrell Center record.
• Be its 11th in the last 13 games.
• Be its 12th as a nationally ranked team in the Scott Drew era.
• Improve its record to 22-5 in its last 27 games.
• Improve its record in January to 20-33 in the Drew era.
• Be Baylor's 13th win in its last 21 January games.

UP NEXT
• Baylor will look to increase its Big 12 home win streak to three games Tue., Jan. 26, when the Bears face the No. 10/9 Kansas State Wildcats in the Ferrell Center at 7 p.m. CST on FOX Sports Southwest. Greg Lucas (pxp) and Jim Haller (analyst) will serve as the talent.
• The Bears won last season's meeting in Manhattan, 83-65, behind a season-high 33 points by LaceDarius Dunn.

NO BLOCKS FOR YOU
• Opponents have failed to block a Baylor shot in seven games this season, including four straight contests. The current streak is the longest by a Baylor opponent in the Big 12 era.
• Baylor opponents have not recorded a block in 18 games during the Scott Drew era.

OPPONENTS STRUGGLING AGAINST BAYLOR
• Opponents are averaging 63.5 points per game against the Bears, down 4.3 points per game (67.8 points per game in 2008-09) from this time last season.
• Baylor is also holding opponents to 36.5 percent from the floor (41.0 percent last season), 62.9 percent from the free throw line (66.1 percent last season) and 31.5 rebounds per game (35.5 boards last season).

PROGRAM TURNAROUND
• Baylor's 45 wins in the last two seasons (21 in 2007-08, 24 in 2008-09) under head coach Scott Drew are more than the Bears' combined win total in his first four seasons (36). The 45 wins are the largest two-season win total in program history, surpassing Baylor's combined 41 wins in 1986-87 (18) and 1987-88 (23).
• Since posting a 21-53 record (.284) in Drew's first three seasons, Baylor is 74-45 (.622) in its last 119 games.

ON THIS DAY IN BAYLOR BASKETBALL HISTORY (JAN. 23)
• Two years ago to the day Saturday was one of the greatest games in Baylor basketball history as Curtis Jerrells scored a career-high 36 points, including 11 in the fifth overtime, to lead No. 25 Baylor to a 116-110 win over No. 18 Texas A&M in College Station.
• Three free throws by Jerrells gave Baylor a 106-103 lead in the fifth overtime. Dominique Kirk got A&M within a point with a layup on the next possession.
• Jerrells pushed the lead back to 3 with his steal and layup with about a minute left. Aaron Bruce added a pair of free throws before a layup by Bryan Davis made it 110-107 with less than 30 seconds remaining.
• Jerrells added four more free throws and LaceDarius Dunn chipped in a pair to ensure the win.
• Davis, who led A&M with a career-high 30 points, made a layup with nine seconds left in the fourth overtime to knot it at 99 all and send it to the fifth extra period.
• Dunn scored five points in the first half of quadruple overtime to give Baylor a 97-94 lead with about three minutes to go. Davis made two free throws to get A&M within one before a layup by Tweety Carter made it 99-96 with about a minute left.
• Jerrells scored six points in the last 1:01 of triple overtime, including the tying layup with 10 seconds left to leave it at 90-all and force the fourth overtime.
• Kevin Rogers' layup with 1:31 remaining cut A&M's lead to 87-84 and he fouled out less than 30 seconds later, the fourth Bear to foul out. In all five Baylor players fouled out. Rogers finished with 19 points and 18 rebounds.

LUCKY NUMBER 13
• A Baylor win Saturday over the UMass Minutemen would be its 13th non-conference win this season and conclude out-of-conference play with a 13-1 record.
• Baylor's 13 non-conference wins would be the most since winning 14 during the 1945-46 season.

DREW'S NON-CONFERENCE SUCCESS
• Over the last four seasons under head coach Scott Drew, Baylor is 46-8 (.852) in non-conference games.
• Baylor is 43-10 in the Drew era in non-conference home games.
• Since a 67-64 loss Nov. 30, 2007, to Washington State, Baylor has won 21 of its last 22 non-conference home games.

PREVIEWING UMASS
• UMass, the 2008 NIT runner-up, enters the Ferrell Center having lost four straight games and six of its last seven.
• The Minutemen, under second-year head coach and former letterwinner Derek Kellogg, will be seeking their first win over a ranked opponent since defeating then-No. 25 Kansas, 61-60, in Kansas City, last season. The game, which was considered a Kansas home game, is not included in KU's 53-game home winning streak (at Allen Fieldhouse).
• Two of the top scorers in the Atlantic 10 Conference, senior Ricky Harris and junior Anthony Gurley, play for the Minutemen. Harris ranks fifth in the A-10 with a 17.3 point-per-game average, while Gurley is 12th with a 15.4 average. Harris currently stands seventh all-time in UMass history with 1,641 career points and is closing in on current UTEP head coach Tony Barbee (1,643) for sixth place.
• Harris has scored in double figures in 28 consecutive games and in 78 of his last 83 games dating back to his sophomore season.
• UMass is 0-6 in true road games this season and has not won on the road since March 7, 2009, at Rhode Island (72-71).

LaceDarius Dunn, SCORING MACHINE
LaceDarius Dunn has scored 20-plus points in four consecutive games and currently ranks second in the Big 12 with 19.5 points per game. Dunn leads all scorers in conference-only scoring with a 25.8 point-per-game average.
• Dunn is the first Baylor player to post four consecutive 20-point games since fellow 1,000-point club member and current Austin Toros point guard Curtis Jerrells did it in four straight games during the 2006-07 season -- Feb. 24, 2007, at Texas A&M (27 points); Feb. 27, 2007, at Texas Tech (20 points); March 3, 2007, vs. Oklahoma State (21 points); and March 8, 2007, vs. Missouri (31 points). Jerrells narrowly missed a fifth consecutive 20-point game -- he scored 19 points in a 74-69 Baylor loss to Texas in the Big 12 Championship semifinal in Oklahoma City, Okla.
• If Dunn reaches the 20-point mark vs. UMass, he will become the first Baylor player to reel off five consecutive 20-point games since Brian Skinner during the 1997-98 season. That year, Skinner posted seven straight 20-point games -- Jan. 3, 1998, at Texas (24), Jan. 7, 1998, vs. Texas A&M (25); Jan. 10, 1998, vs. Kansas State (20); Jan. 13, 1998, at Texas Tech (25); Jan. 17, 1998, vs Oklahoma State (24); Jan. 21, 1998, at Colorado (21); and Jan. 24, 1998, vs. Oklahoma (20).
• Dunn is the second Bear this season to reel off three straight 20-point games. Tweety Carter posted three consecutive 27-point games vs. Xavier (Nov. 29), at Arizona State (Dec. 3) and at Jackson State (Dec. 15).

THE FASTEST TO 1,500
LaceDarius Dunn, who currently ranks eighth all-time at Baylor with 1,367 career points, is zeroing in on elite status in school history. Dunn sits 133 points shy of the 1,500-point plateau and would become just the seventh player in school history to reach the mark.

FERRELL CENTER WIN STREAK INTACT
• The 2009-10 marks Baylor's 22nd season at the 10,284-seat Ferrell Center. The Bears have posted a .613 win percentage, accumulating 203 victories at home.
• The Bears have won 10 straight games at the Ferrell Center, dating back to their NIT win over Georgetown in March 2009.
• Tied for the longest home win streak in Ferrell Center history, the 10-game home win streak has happened five times -- March 18, 2009-present; March 3, 2001-Jan. 5, 2002 (snapped Jan. 8, 2002); Nov. 22, 2000-Jan. 6, 2001 (snapped Jan. 17, 2001); Feb. 28, 1996-Jan. 8, 1997 (snapped Jan. 11, 1998); Feb. 27, 1993-Jan. 12, 1994 (snapped Jan. 19, 1994).

BAYLOR IN MIDST OF MOST SUCCESSFUL STRETCH IN DREW ERA
• Baylor is 21-5 (.808) in its last 26 games, dating back to the end of the 2008-09 regular season.
• It is the second-best run in school history behind only the 21-2 start of the 1945-46 season under former head coach Bill Henderson.

HOLDING OPPONENTS OFF THE GLASS
• Baylor has held its opponents to under 40 rebounds in all 17 games this season.
• Baylor has outrebounded all 17 opponents this season, including nine by double figures.
• Last season, the Bears outrebounded their opponents in only 16 of their 39 games.


 

 

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