GAME CENTER: GAME 28
Date: Sat., Feb. 26, 2011
Tip-Off: 8:05 p.m. CST
Location: Waco, Texas
Arena: Ferrell Center (10,284)
Television: ESPNU/ESPNU HD
Talent: Dan McLaughlin (pxp), Sean Farnham (analyst)
Radio: Baylor IMG College Radio Network/ESPN Central Texas;
1660 AM (Waco); 106.9 FM (Killeen); 101.3 FM (Waco); 100.9 FM (Temple); Sirius 122/XM 143
Talent: John Morris (pxp), Pat Nunley (analyst)
Series (Overall): Texas A&M leads 127-75
Series (Big 12 era): Texas A&M leads 16-14
Series (in Waco): Texas A&M leads 50-44
Current Series Streak: Baylor, 2 wins
Last Meeting: Feb. 5, 2011 (BU 76-74, ot)
Scott Drew Record vs. A&M: 6-9
Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com
Audio Web Stream: www.BaylorBears.com
Video Web Stream: www.ESPN3.com
In-Game Blog: www.BaylorBears.com
With three conference games remaining, Baylor (17-10, 6-7) continues its push for an NCAA postseason berth Saturday against No. 21 Texas A&M (22-5, 9-4) at the Ferrell Center.
Baylor hasn't swept the regular-season series with Texas A&M since Scott Drew's first season in 2003-04.
Baylor, which has won 14 home games this season, needs one more to tie the Ferrell Center single-season record set last season.
Baylor is 90-44 over the last four seasons and has never posted four consecutive 20-win seasons or four consecutive postseason appearances in school history.
Texas A&M is Baylor's fifth ranked opponent this season (Baylor 1-3 in first three games).
Baylor has made at least one 3-point field goal in 615 consecutive games.
G LaceDarius Dunn, Baylor's all-time leading scorer with 2,229 career points, needs 28 points to surpass Texas Tech's Andre Emmett (2,256) as the Big 12's career scoring leader.
Dunn ranks second among NCAA Division I active players with 381 career 3FG and is 14th on the NCAA Division I career list. He needs 9 treys to become the Big 12's all-time leader.
Dunn has made a 3FG in a school-record 41 consecutive games -- third-longest streak in Big 12 history.
PG A.J. Walton leads the Big 12 in steals-per-game (2.19) and ranks second in assists-per-game (4.96).
F Perry Jones III leads all Big 12 freshmen in scoring and FG percentage.
C J'mison Morgan has started the last 10 games, moving F Quincy Acy to "sixth man" in that stretch.
Saturday's 203rd edition of the "Battle of the Brazos" series will tip at 8:05 p.m. CST on ESPNU and www.ESPN3.com. Dan McLaughlin (play-by-play) and Sean Farnham (analyst) will serve as the on-air talent for the ESPN broadcast.
BAYLOR/TEXAS A&M SERIES HISTORY
Saturday marks the 203rd meeting of the "Battle of the Brazos" series with Texas A&M, the second-most played series in Baylor basketball history (Texas, 235 meetings).
Texas A&M holds a 127-75 advantage in the all-time series, which dates back to the 1914-15 season. The Aggies also lead the series 50-44 in games played in Waco, but the Bears have won the last two meetings in Waco.
Baylor and Texas A&M have played every season since the 1930-31 campaign.
Baylor is 14-16 vs. Texas A&M in the Big 12 era as both teams have split the regular-season series in each of the last three seasons. Baylor has not swept the regular-season series with the Aggies since 2003-04 - Scott Drew's first season at Baylor.
Drew is 6-9 all-time vs. Texas A&M.
BAYLOR AGAINST THE AP TOP 25
Baylor is 25-139 all-time against AP Top 25 teams, including an 8-45 record in the Scott Drew era.
All eight wins in the Drew era have come in the last four-plus seasons.
Baylor is 10-72 against AP Top 25 teams in the Big 12 era.
SCOUTING TEXAS A&M
Since suffering an overtime loss Feb. 5 to Baylor, No. 21/17 Texas A&M (22-5, 9-4) has won five straight games, including three on the road. Four of the Aggies' last five wins have been by five points or less.
Three starters are averaging 10.0 or more points-per-game for a Texas A&M squad averaging just over 70 points in 27 games (70.1). Khris Middleton leads the Aggies in scoring (14.7), while ranking second on the team in rebounding (5.1). Nathan Walkup is averaging a team-best 5.9 rebounds-per-game.
Three different Aggies have racked up 80 or more assists this season -- Dash Harris (88), B.J. Holmes (86) and Middleton (81).
As a team, Texas A&M has only 44 blocked shots. Baylor's Quincy Acy has blocked 39 shots this season.
Baylor will take its final road trip of the regular season when the Bears travel to Stillwater, Okla., to face Oklahoma State. Tuesday's game is scheduled for 6 p.m. CST on ESPN2; Jon Sciambi (play-by-play) and Doug Gottlieb (analyst) will serve as the on-air talent.
ONE WEEK UNTIL COLLEGE GAMEDAY COMES TO WACO
Baylor and Waco will be the epicenter of the college basketball landscape when ESPN's College GameDay Driven by State Farm broadcasts live Saturday, March 5, from the Ferrell Center. Later that night, the Bears will host long-time rival Texas for the regular-season finale, which will also serve as "Senior Night" for Baylor's all-time leading scorer LaceDarius Dunn.
College GameDay Driven by State Farm will feature host Rece Davis with analysts Jay Bilas, Digger Phelps, Hubert Davis, Bob Knight and sideline reporter Erin Andrews. Admission for the morning ESPN College GameDay broadcast is free. Seating will be general admission and doors will open at 7 a.m. The live national broadcast airs from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on ESPNU and continues from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. on ESPN.
Rudy's "Country Stores" and Bar-B-Q will provide free breakfast tacos to the first 1,500 fans; the first 2,500 fans in attendance will receive a free t-shirt. One lucky Baylor student in attendance will have the opportunity to shoot a half-court shot to win $18,000 courtesy of State Farm. For everyone who attends the broadcast, State Farm will donate $1 to The Bear Pit with a potential contribution of more than $10,000.
Fans will be allowed to bring banners, signs and flags to the College GameDay broadcast, but all items will be screened prior to entering the Ferrell Center. A poster pit will be available for students and fans to make signs for the morning broadcast. Tailgating spots will be available in the parking lot next to Baylor Ballpark.
ESPN Central Texas will be broadcasting live from the Ferrell Center on Friday, March 4 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. for "You Make The Call" and will have special live morning show Saturday, March 5 from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.
HOLDING COURT AT HOME
Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 55-12 at the Ferrell Center (20-10 in Big 12 home games), including a 29-3 home mark in the last two seasons (11-3 in Big 12 home games).
Baylor set a facility record for home wins (15) and fewest home losses (1) during the 2009-10 season.
This season, Baylor is 14-2 at home and 4-2 against the Big 12.
Baylor is 8-3 over the last two seasons against its three in-state Big 12 opponents -- Texas (3-1), Texas A&M (2-1), Texas Tech (3-1).
Prior to its recent in-state success, the Bears were a combined 10-27 against Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech in Scott Drew's first six seasons at Baylor.
A BIG 12 GRAND
LaceDarius Dunn reached yet another Baylor and Big 12 milestone Feb. 19 vs. Texas Tech, becoming only the fifth player in conference history to score 1,000 or more career points in league games. Dunn's 1,017 career points in Big 12 play rank fifth in league history and first in school history.
Dunn is also the first player in Baylor history to amass 1,000 or more career points in league play. The Monroe, La., native broke the Baylor Big 12 scoring mark previously held by Curtis Jerrells (973).
DUNN CLOSING IN ON BIG 12 SCORING RECORD
LaceDarius Dunn, who ranks second on the Big 12 career scoring list with 2,229 career points, needs 28 points to surpass Texas Tech's Andre Emmett (2,256) as the Big 12's career scoring leader.
With 12 points Feb. 25 at Missouri, Dunn passed Texas Tech's Jarrius Jackson (2,221) for second place on the Big 12 scoring list.
LOOKING FOR MORE THREE-POINT RECORDS
LaceDarius Dunn has made a Baylor-record 381 career 3FG and is the only player in program history to make 300+ 3FG. After draining a school-record 10 treys Jan. 4 vs. Morgan State, Dunn moved into second place on the Big 12's career list, passing Missouri's Clarence Gilbert (332) and Kansas' Jeff Boschee (338).
Dunn needs 9 treys to surpass Texas' A.J. Abrams (389) as the Big 12 career leader.