Feb. 26, 2009
GAME CENTER: GAME 28
COLORADO BUFFALOES (9-18, 1-12) AT BAYLOR BEARS (16-11, 4-9)
Date: Saturday, Feb. 28, 2009
Tip-Off: 3 p.m. CT
Location: Waco, Texas
Arena: Ferrell Center (10,284)
Television: Big 12 Network (rebranded ESPN Plus) | The CW, KBTX-DT2 locally in Central Texas | Also available on ESPN Full Court [Complete TV Listings]
Radio: Baylor ISP Sports Network | ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco)/Sirius Satellite (Ch. 161) | BaylorBears.com
Talent: John Morris (pxp), Pat Nunley (color)
Live Stats: BaylorBears.com
Web Stream: ESPN360.com and BaylorBears.com (live audio)
BAYLORBEARS.COM DELAYED VIDEO WILL BE AVAILABLE AFTER THE GAME
Miscellaneous Multimedia: Interactive In-Game Blog (BaylorBears.com)
Series: Colorado leads 14-7
Tickets: (254) 710-1000
GAME NIGHT STORY LINES
• Baylor looks to rebound from Tuesday’s road loss at Iowa State as the Bears return to the Ferrell Center Saturday to host the Colorado Buffaloes. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. on the Big 12 Network.
• Baylor is 22-30 vs. Big 12 North schools over the last nine seasons (18-71 vs. Big 12 South schools).
• Kevin Rogers’ streak of 17 straight games in double figures was snapped Tuesday at Iowa State (Rogers held to 6 points).
• Tweety Carter has made at least one 3-point field goal in 15 consecutive games.
• Tweety Carter is averaging 21.3 points in his last three games.
• Baylor is 10-0 when shooting 50 percent or better from the floor this season.
• Baylor is 9-35 under Scott Drew when allowing 80-plus points (1-7 this season).
• Baylor has trailed at halftime in 10 of its 13 Big 12 games this season (1-9 in those games).
• Baylor has made at least one 3-point field goal in 539 straight games.
• Baylor seniors Curtis Jerrells, Henry Dugat and Kevin Rogers have accounted for 49.0 percent of the Bears’ offense since arriving in 2005-06. The trio has scored 3,987 of Baylor’s 8,136 points in 107 games.
• Henry Dugat is averaging 6.8 points over the last 10 games (13.4 points through first 17 games).
• Louisiana natives LaceDarius Dunn and Tweety Carter have combined for 30.4 percent of Baylor’s offense this season.
• Curtis Jerrells is one of six players in Baylor history to amass 1,600 or more points in a career.
• LaceDarius Dunn is 9-for-42 from 3-point range in his last eight games (21.4 percent) — Baylor is 1-7 over that stretch.
• Curtis Jerrells has started 107 career games and, with a start Saturday, will move into a tie for first place on the school’s career starts list with Doug Brandt (108).
• Curtis Jerrells has dished out five or more assists in 15 games this season.
• Colorado leads the all-time series 14-7 and holds a 10-5 advantage in the Big 12 era.
• The teams have split the last six meetings in the series with Colorado suprising Baylor in the first round of the 2008 Big 12 Championship, 91-84 in double overtime in Kansas City.
• Baylor is 4-3 vs. Colorado at home and has won three of the last four meetings in Waco (3-3 at the Ferrell Center).
• Baylor is 2-2 vs. Colorado when scoring 80-plus points.
COLORADO SCOUTING REPORT
• Colorado (9-18, 1-12) visits Waco in search of its first road win of the season and only its second win away from Boulder. The Buffaloes are 0-8 this season on the road and 0-6 in Big 12 play.
• Since a home win over Iowa State on Jan. 27, Colorado has lost eight-straight games, including an overtime home loss to Texas on Feb. 14.
• Colorado is 2-13 in the 2009 calendar year.
• The low-scoring Buffs, which are averaging just 63.3 points in 27 games, are led offensively by Cory Higgins (17.2 pts) and Dwight Thorne II (12.3). Higgins is shooting 48.8 percent (142-of-291) from the floor, while Thorne is shooting slightly better at 49.2 percent (116-of-239).
• Thorne and Nate Tomlinson are Colorado’s biggest 3-point threats this season. Tomlinson is shooting 42.7 percent from beyond the arc, while Thorne is 41.0 percent.
• In their last outing, the Buffaloes fell behind early in the first half to Oklahoma State and managed to score just 24 points in the second half, losing to the Cowboys by 21 points, 76-55. Higgins and Thorne combined for nine points on 3-of-11 shooting, while Levi Knutson led the Buffs with 19 points (Casey Crawford added 14).
LAST TIME VS. COLORADO - MARCH 13, 2008
• Colorado’s Richard Roby scored eight of his 32 points in the second overtime as the Buffaloes put a dent in Baylor’s NCAA Tournament hopes with a surprising 91-84 win in the first round of the Big 12 tournament.
• Colorado jumped out to a big early lead, withstood a furious Baylor rally in the second half, then made just enough shots in both overtimes to become the first 12 seed to beat a 5 seed in the 11-year history of the Big 12 tournament.
• Marcus Hall had 25 points despite missing potential game-winners at the end of regulation and the first overtime. Roby also had 12 rebounds and Dwight Thorne scored 12 of his 14 points in the first half for Colorado, which will face fourth-seeded Oklahoma in the second round on Friday.
• Curtis Jerrells and LaceDarius Dunn each had 20 points, while Henry Dugat had 19 for Baylor.
• Colorado shot 72 percent in the first half and led by as many as 15 in the second, only to let the Bears back in it.
• Baylor held the Buffaloes without a field goal for nearly six minutes and went on a 14-1 run, capped by Henry Dugat's two free throws that tied it at 61-61 with just under 3 minutes left in regulation.
• Baylor had a chance at the lead with 1:15 left, but Kevin Rogers missed two free throws. Colorado botched its final possession of regulation, waiting too long to get the play started, then settling for a desperation turnaround 3-point attempt by Hall at the buzzer.
• The first overtime came down to another final possession for Colorado after Dunn tied it at 74-all on a rebound slam with 15 seconds left. Hall had the ball again and got off a better shot, but his runner caromed high off the glass with 2 seconds left.
• Colorado tried to run away with it at the start of the second overtime, scoring the first seven points, but Jerrells followed with a three-point play. Baylor got within 83-81, but Rogers missed two more free throws and Hall scored on a runner with 25 seconds left.
LAST TIME OUT - IOWA STATE 71, BAYLOR 62
• Baylor was unable to withstand Iowa State’s run to open the second half as the Bears lost for the eighth time in nine games after a 71-62 loss at Hilton Coliseum.
• Tweety Carter had 20 points for Baylor, his second-straight game with 20-plus points.
• Craig Brackins led the Cyclones with 19 points and 12 rebounds.
• The Bears, who opened the game with a 15-5 run, shot 4-of-27 from 3-point range and fell to 0-8 in Ames.
• Baylor's 10-point lead, 15-5, at the 11:57 mark of the first half marked the third game that the Bears have led by 10 or more points on the road in Big 12 play this season (Kansas State on Jan. 21 and Texas Tech on Feb. 7).
• Senior Mamadou Diene started at center - his first start since Jan. 14 at Texas A&M.
• Henry Dugat snapped his streak of nine consecutive missed field goals (went 0-for-9 at Oklahoma State on Feb. 21) with a jumper in the lane at the 15:50 mark of the first half.
• Curtis Jerrells dished out a team-high six assists - his 15th five-plus assist game this season.
• LaceDarius Dunn finished 0-for-6 from 3-point range.
UP NEXT - TEXAS (MARCH 2)
• After Saturday’s home tilt with the Colorado Buffaloes, Baylor heads south on I-35 to Austin where the Bears will face long-time rival Texas in an important Big 12 clash on ESPN’s Big Monday. Tip-off is set for 8 p.m. CT on ESPN. Ron Franklin (pxp), Fran Fraschilla (color) and Holly Rowe (sideline reporter) will serve as the talent for the ESPN production.
• Baylor closes the 2008-09 regular season Saturday, March 7, against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at the Ferrell Centers. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. on the Big 12 Network. Saturday will also serve as Senior Day — Baylor will honor its four seniors (Curtis Jerrells, Henry Dugat, Mamadou Diene and Kevin Rogers) prior to the game.
THE 2008-09 BIG 12 NETWORK TELEVISION PACKAGE
• This season for the first time, regionally syndicated games are televised on the Big 12 Network as part of the conference’s agreement with ESPN Regional Television.
• The games, previously branded as ESPN Plus, are broadcast throughout the conference’s geographic footprint. Many of the Big 12 Network games are available as part of ESPN Full Court, the pay subscription college basketball outer-market service. In addition, numerous games are available 72 hours after completion via the newly-designed Big 12 web site at Big12Sports.com.
STATIONS CARRYING THE COLORADO GAME INCLUDE:
TEXAS MARKETS: Abilene/Sweetwater - KIDZ-LP; Amarillo - KCPN; Beaumont/Port Arthur - KBTV; Dallas/Fort Worth - KTXA; Houston - KNWS; Lubbock - KJTV; Odessa/Midland - KOSA-DT2; San Antonio/Austin - KCWX-DT1; Sherman - KXII-DT2; Tyler/Longview/Lufkin - KFXK; Waco/Temple/Bryan - The CW (Time Warner Channel 165/Grande Channel 15) and KBTX-DT2
OUT-OF-STATE MARKETS: Baltimore, Md. - MASN; Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa - KFXA-DT; Columbia/Jefferson, Mo. - KQFX; Denver, Colo. - ALTITUDE; Des Moines, Iowa - WOI; Ft. Smith/Fayetteville/Springfield, Ark. - KFTA-DT1; Joplin/Pittsburg, Kan. - KFJX-DT; Kansas City, Mo. - KMCI; LaCrosse/Eau Claire, Wis. - KQEC-CA; Lincoln, Neb. - KLKN; Little Rock/Pine Bluff, Ark. - KASN-DT1; Omaha, Neb. - KXVO; Peoria/Bloomington, Ill. - WAOE-DT; Providence/New Britain, R.I. - COX-NE (tape delayed); Sioux City, Iowa - KPTH-DT2; St. Louis, Mo. - WRBU; Tampa/St. Petersburg, Fla. - Brighthouse; Toledo, Ohio - WTVG-DT2; Topeka, Kan. - KSNT; Tulsa, Okla. - KJRH; Wichita/Hutchinson, Kan. - KMTW; ESPN Full Court and ESPN360.com
DOUBLE TROUBLE, NO MORE
• Senior forward Kevin Rogers saw his career-best consecutive games streak scoring in double figures end at 17 after being held to just six points at Iowa State on Feb. 24.
• During the 17-game stretch, Rogers ranked third on the team with 13.8 points and grabbed a team-high 8.0 rebounds.
• Rogers’ streak was the second-longest on the team behind Curtis Jerrells’ 20-game streak from Nov. 15, 2008-Jan. 27, 2009.
BEARS MORE SUCCESSFUL VS. BIG 12 NORTH
• Over the last nine seasons, Baylor has had much more success against Big 12 North schools than those in the South. Baylor is 22-30 (.423) the last nine seasons vs. Northern schools and just 18-71 (.202) vs. teams in the South.
• The Bears are 1-3 vs. the Big 12 North this season.
CARTER ON OFFENSIVE TEAR LAST THREE GAMES
• Over the last three games, junior guard Tweety Carter has exploded offensively, averaging 21.3 points, including a 30-point effort at Oklahoma State on Feb. 21 and a 20-point showing at Iowa State on Feb. 24.
• Carter is averaging 36.7 minutes, while shooting 52.4 percent from the floor (22-of-42) and 44.4 percent from 3-point range (12-of-27).
• Carter has hit four of more 3-point field goals in seven games this season — second on the team behind LaceDarius Dunn (nine times).
TRACKING ANOTHER 3-POINT STREAK
• Junior Tweety Carter has made at least one 3-point field goal in 15 consecutive games and is one game away from breaking into the Top 10 for the longest streak in Baylor history.
• Carter has made a 3-point field goal in 22 of his 24 games this season, failing to connect from downtown vs. Providence (0-2) on Nov. 27 and vs. Portland State (0-4) on Dec. 29.
ROGERS COULD JOIN ANOTHER ELITE CLASS
• Senior Kevin Rogers has grabbed a team-high 204 rebounds in 27 games (an average of 7.6 boards) and is on pace to become only the sixth player in Baylor history to lead the team for three consecutive seasons — Jerry Mallett (1954-56), Darrell Hardy (1964-66), Terry Teagle (1979-81), Darryl Middleton (1985-87) and Brian Skinner (1995-97).
• Henry Dugat scored in double figures in 15 of Baylor’s first 17 games of the season, including a pair of 20-point outings.
• In the last 10 games, Dugat is averaging 6.8 points (13.4 points through first 17 games).
• Dugat has missed his last 15 3-point field goal attempts and has not made a triple since the 3:23 mark of the first half vs. Kansas on Feb. 2.
• Dugat is shooting 19.5 percent (8-of-41) from 3-point range in 13 Big 12 games.
• On Feb. 21 at Oklahoma State, Dugat was held scoreless for the first time since Nov. 19, 2007, vs. Winthrop.
• It was the fourth time in Dugat’s career that he was held scoreless.
CONSECUTIVE GAMES STREAK WITH A 3-POINTER CONTINUES
• Baylor has made at least one 3-point field goal in 539 straight games — the 2nd longest active streak in the Big 12 (Texas). Baylor has connected from 3-point range at least once in every game since going 0-for-8 in a home win vs. Texas Tech on Feb. 21, 1990.
BEARS BASKETBALL ON THE AIR
• Bear basketball is aired live via the Baylor-ISP SportsNetwork on flagship station 1660AM ESPN Radio (KRZI) in Waco and worldwide on Sirius Satellite Radio channel 161. All games are broadcast by the "Voice of the Bears" John Morris, a veteran broadcaster in his 14th season, and former BU basketball standout Pat Nunley, in his 27th season as analyst.
INSIDE BAYLOR SPORTS TV SHOW
• Inside Baylor Sports, the award winning weekly TV show that covers all aspects of Baylor athletics, returns for its 10th season in 2008-09.
• Senior Producer Robert Shiekh and Producer Lawrence Gilligan provide viewers an inside look at Baylor athletics with thorough highlights, in-depth interviews and imaginative features on all 18 sports presented in a fast-paced, entertaining style. Co-hosts John Morris and Lori Fogleman guide viewers through the best coverage of Baylor athletics on television.
• Inside Baylor Sports airs Sundays, Aug. 24, 2008 through June 7, 2009, at 10:30 p.m. CT on KCEN-TV in Central Texas. The program also airs weekly throughout the region on FS Southwest at 1 p.m. each Wednesday and is archived on the web at BaylorTV.com. Inside Baylor Sports also may been seen nationally on CBS College Sports Television.