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No. 24 MBB Goes For Series Sweep at Oklahoma





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#24/RV Baylor (21-6, 8-5) vs. Oklahoma Sooners (13-14, 4-9)
Feb. 27, 2010 | 12:47 p.m. CST
Norman, Okla. | Lloyd Noble Center (12,000)
TV: Big 12 Network

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GAME CENTER: GAME 28
MEDIA INFORMATION
Date:
Sat., Feb. 27, 2010
Tip-Off:
12:47 p.m. CST
Location:
Norman, Okla.
Arena:
Lloyd Noble Center (12,000)
Television:
Big 12 Network, ESPN Full Court
Talent:
Bob Carpenter (pxp), Stephen Howard (analyst)
TV Listings on Big 12 Network — Time Warner Digital Ch. 165, Grande Ch. 15 [Complete TV Listings]
Radio:
Baylor ISP Sports Network; ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco); FamilyNet/Sirius (Ch. 161)
Talent:
John Morris (pxp), Pat Nunley (analyst)
BU Record When Ranked in AP Poll:
18-10
Series (Overall):
Oklahoma leads 35-6
Series (Big 12 era):
Oklahoma leads 26-1
Series in Norman:
Oklahoma leads 17-2
Scott Drew Record vs. Oklahoma:
1-12
Live Stats:
www.BaylorBears.com
Audio Web Stream:
www.BaylorBears.com
Video Web Stream:
www.ESPN360.com
In-Game Blog:
None

GAME DAY STORY LINES
• Earlier this season, Baylor snapped its 30-game series losing streak to Oklahoma. Saturday, the 24th-ranked Bears will try to snap their 14-game losing streak in Norman — and post their first win at Lloyd Noble Center since Dec. 6, 1977 — when they visit the Oklahoma Sooners on the Big 12 Network.
• With its No. 24 ranking in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 Poll, Baylor tied a school-record with its seventh consecutive week in the AP Poll. Last season, the Bears were ranked for seven consecutive weeks from Dec. 1, 2008-Jan. 12, 2009.
• Oklahoma leads the all-time series 35-6 — Baylor is 1-26 vs. Oklahoma in the Big 12 era. § Baylor snapped its 30-game series losing streak to the Sooners with a 91-60 win Jan. 9 in Waco.
• Baylor hasn’t beaten Oklahoma since Dec. 6, 1977, in Norman (75-67) — a stretch of 14 consecutive losses.
• With Baylor’s win Feb. 16 over Texas Tech, the Bears claimed their third consecutive 20-win season — a program first — and the sixth 20-win campaign in the program’s 104-season history. Scott Drew became the first head coach in BU history with three 20-win seasons.
• Baylor is 18-10 (.643) — 17-9 (.654) in the Drew era — when ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll.
• Since posting a 21-53 record (.284) in Drew’s first three seasons, Baylor is 81-48 (.628) in its last 129 games.
• Baylor is 28-8 (.778) in its last 36 games, dating back to the end of the 2008-09 regular season.
LaceDarius Dunn now owns the single-game, single-season and career 3-point field goal marks at Baylor.
Ekpe Udoh ranks second on the Big 12 single-season list with 115 rejections. Udoh needs just four blocks (1.3 per game in his remaining three regular season contests) to set a new conference record.
• Baylor hasn’t lost back-to-back games or lost by more than seven points this season.
Tweety Carter leads the Big 12 in both assists for all games (6.09) and conference-only games (6.00).
• Through games of Feb. 21, Baylor ranks in the top 20 of six different categories. Baylor is fourth in blocked shots per game, sixth in rebounding margin, ninth in field goal percentage defense, 14th in FG percentage, 17th in scoring margin and 19th in 3FG percentage.
• Through games of Feb. 21, Udoh ranks fifth nationally in blocked shots per game, 15th in rebounds per game and 19th in double doubles. Carter ranks seventh nationally in assists per game, 31st in 3FG percentage and 38th in assist-to-turnover ratio and 29th in 3FGM per game. Dunn ranks seventh nationally in 3FGM per game, 22nd in 3FG percentage and 45th in scoring.

SERIES HISTORY
• Saturday is the 42nd meeting in the series.
• Saturday will be only the second time Baylor is ranked in the Top 25 poll when it plays Oklahoma.
• It is the first time Baylor is ranked in the Top 25 when playing in Norman.
• Oklahoma leads the all-time series 35-6.
• Baylor snapped its 30-game series losing streak to the Sooners with a 91-60 win Jan. 9 in Waco. § Baylor is 1-26 vs. Oklahoma in the Big 12 era.
• Baylor hasn’t beaten Oklahoma since Dec. 6, 1977, in Norman (75-67) — a stretch of 14 consecutive losses.
• Baylor has not swept a season series with Oklahoma since the 1954-55 season.

SOONER STATE SLUMP
• Baylor hasn’t had much success in true road games in the state of Oklahoma in the Big 12 era, compiling a 1-26 (.037) record in the Sooner State. Baylor’s lone Oklahoma road win in the Big 12 era came in a 74-72 victory Feb. 15, 2003, at No. 13/14 Oklahoma State.
• Baylor is 0-13 at Oklahoma in the Big 12 era and 2-17 lifetime in Norman.
• In its previous 13 trips to Norman in the Big 12 era, Baylor is averaging 58.9 points per game and has lost by an average margin of 23.5 points.

UDOH’S SECOND CHANCE
• Edmond, Okla., native Ekpe Udoh will get a second chance to win a collegiate game in his home state Saturday at Oklahoma.
• In his first college game in his state, Udoh had 11 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks in Baylor’s 82-75 loss Feb. 20 at Oklahoma State.

UDOH PROVING TO BE A ‘NIGHTMARE’ VS. HOME STATE
• In three games against Big 12 teams from Oklahoma, junior forward and Edmond, Okla., native Ekpe Udoh is averaging 12.7 points, 11.7 rebounds and 4.3 blocked shots.
• In Baylor’s first game Jan. 9 vs. Oklahoma, Udoh scored 14 points, grabbed eight rebounds and blocked seven shots in the 91-60 win.

BAYLOR REMAINS IN AP TOP 25 FOR SCHOOL-RECORD SEVEN STRAIGHT WEEKS
• With its No. 24 ranking in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 Poll, Baylor tied a school-record with its seventh consecutive week in the AP Poll. Last season, the Bears were ranked for seven consecutive weeks from Dec. 1, 2008-Jan. 12, 2009.
• Baylor has been ranked all four weeks in the month of February. Prior to the 2009-10 season, Baylor was ranked for just one week in February (week of Feb. 11, 1969).
• Under head coach Scott Drew, Baylor has been ranked for 16 weeks in the AP Top 25 Poll. Prior to Drew’s arrival, the Bears were ranked for only five weeks total in the AP Top 25 Poll.

WINNING AWAY FROM HOME
• Starting with its epic run at the 2009 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City, Baylor is 14-7 (.667) in its last 21 games away from the Ferrell Center — 4-4 in true road games and 10-3 in neutral-site games.

A ROAD WIN IN THE BIG 12 IS HARD TO FIND
• Baylor is 8-46 (.148) in its last 54 Big 12 road games, including a 7-15 mark over the previous two-plus seasons (1-3 this season).
• Baylor’s 80-77 overtime win Jan. 30 at then-No. 6 Texas snapped an eight-game Big 12 road losing streak.
• Under Scott Drew, Baylor has posted road wins against six different Big 12 schools, but never at Oklahoma.

RECORD-SETTING ATTENDANCE
• A season-high 10,094 fans — and 10th-largest crowd in Ferrell Center history — attended the 201st edition of the Battle of the Brazos which saw the Baylor Bears defeat the Texas A&M Aggies, 70-66, Feb. 24.
• Scott Drew’s program topped the 100,000-mark in home attendance for the fourth consecutive year — a program first.
• With a large crowd (9,000+) expected for Baylor’s final home game March 6 vs. Texas, the Bears’ total home attendance will finish as second-best in school history behind last year’s total 19-game attendance of 134,256.
• Assuming a large crowd as noted above, Baylor will average more than 7,000 fans for the third straight year — the only three 7,000+ averages in Ferrell Center history — and should eclipse the arena’s average attendance record of 7,251 set over 16 games in 2007-08.

THE CENTURY MARK
• Baylor’s 64-62 last-second win Feb. 13 over Missouri was Scott Drew’s 100th victory as Baylor head coach. He became the fifth coach in school history to amass 100 or more career wins at Baylor, joining Bill Henderson (201), Ralph Wolf (151), Bill Meneffee (149) and Jim Haller (104).
• Drew (102) currently stands fifth all-time at Baylor in coaching victories, two shy of Haller (104) for fourth place.
• Drew enters Saturday with a 102-101 mark as Baylor’s head coach and is one of only three BU coaches with a .500 winning percentage or higher.

A BAYLOR WIN WOULD...
• Give the Bears their first season series sweep of Oklahoma in the Big 12 era and first since the 1954-55 campaign.
• Be its first win in Norman since Dec. 6, 1977, snapping a 14-game losing streak in the Lloyd Noble Center.
• Mark consecutive wins over Oklahoma for the first time since winning three straight between Dec. 31, 1953-Dec. 14, 1954.
• Put the Bears 16 games over .500 for the first time since 1947-48 (24-8).
• Improve its record to 2-26 in the state of Oklahoma in the Big 12 era.
• Be its sixth February victory — the most since winning six during the 1987-88 season.
• Increase its three-year school-record total to 67 wins.
• Be its 22nd of the season, the fifth-most wins in school history.
• Be its ninth Big 12 victory — tied for the most conference wins in the Big 12 era with the 2007-08 season.
• Be its sixth win as a Top 25 team in the month of February this season (and seventh all-time).
• Be its 18th in the last 23 games.
• Be Scott Drew’s 103rd as BU head coach.
• Mark the second-most wins in the Drew era.
• Be its 19th as a ranked team in the Drew era.
• Improve its record to 15-7 in its last 22 games away from home.
• Improve its record to 29-8 in its last 37 games.
• Improve its record in February to 17-37 in the Drew era.

20 WINS=POSTSEASON
• Baylor’s 88-70 win Feb. 16 over Texas Tech clinched its sixth 20-win season — and third consecutive under head coach Scott Drew — in program history.
• In each of Baylor’s previous five 20-win seasons, the Bears have advanced to the postseason, including four trips to the NCAA Tournament and last season’s NIT runner-up appearance.
• If Baylor were to earn a bid to the NCAA Tournament, it would be its sixth appearance in the “Big Dance” in program history — and 10th postseason appearance overall — and a program-record third consecutive postseason appearance.
Scott Drew would be the first coach in Baylor history to amass three consecutive 20-win seasons and three consecutive postseason appearances.

DUNN’S A SCORING AND REBOUNDING MACHINE
• Junior guard LaceDarius Dunn is on the verge of reaching an exclusive Baylor milestone that features three prolific scorers — Terry Teagle, Brian Skinner and Darryl Middleton.
• Dunn is 56 rebounds shy of becoming just the fourth player in Baylor history to record 1,500 points and 500 rebounds in a career.
• Dunn’s former teammate Curtis Jerrells finished 14 rebounds shy of 500 career boards last season.

BAYLOR AS A NATIONALLY RANKED TEAM
• Baylor is 18-10 (.643) — 17-9 (.654) in the Scott Drew era — when ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and 10-6 (.625) when ranked in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll. Baylor is 9-5 (.643) all-time — all 14 games have been in the last two seasons — when ranked simultaneously in both polls.

IT’S DUNN: LACE NOW OWNS ALL THREE MAJOR 3-POINT CROWNS AT BAYLOR
LaceDarius Dunn now owns the single-game, single-season and career 3-point field goal marks at Baylor. Dunn, who enters Saturday’s game at Oklahoma with 273 career treys, is quickly ascending the Big 12 career leaderboard.
• Dunn ranks fifth in Big 12 history and trails all-time leader A.J. Abrams (389) of Texas by 116 triples. 

BLOCKING HIS WAY TO BIG 12 HISTORY
Ekpe Udoh ranks second on the Big 12 single-season list with 115 rejections. Udoh needs just four blocks (1.3 per game in his remaining three regular season contests) to set a new conference record. Iowa State’s Kelvin Cato is the current Big 12 single-season leader with 118 blocks during the 1996-97 season — the first season of the Big 12 Conference.
• In Baylor’s 64-62 win vs. Missouri (Feb. 13), Udoh became just the third player in Big 12 history to reach the 100-rejection plateau.

THE NATIONAL 115 CLUB
• Entering Saturday’s game, Baylor’s Ekpe Udoh (115) is one of four NCAA Division I players with 115 blocked shots or more this season, joining Hassan Whiteside, Marshall (146); Jarvis Varnado, Mississippi State (142); and Hamady Ndiaye, Rutgers (128).

PREVIEWING OKLAHOMA
• Oklahoma (13-14, 4-9) enters Saturday’s game looking to snap its five-game losing streak, which includes back-to-back home losses — Feb. 9 to Texas Tech (72-71) and Feb. 20 to Kansas State (83-68). The Sooners have lost by 10 points or more in each of their last four games.
• Oklahoma opened the season with 11 consecutive wins at Lloyd Noble Center before dropping its last two home games.
• In Oklahoma’s last five games (all losses), opponents are averaging 82.0 points and shooting 50.7 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from 3-point range.
• Freshman guard Tommy Mason-Griffin is averaging 20.9 points and 4.5 assists and shooting 45.3 percent from 3-point range over the last 10 games. Mason-Griffin, who has made at least one 3-pointer in 26 of 27 games, ranks second on the team with 14.1 points per game and leads the team with 4.7 assists per contest.
• Oklahoma’s leading scorer, sophomore Willie Warren (16.3 points per game), has missed five Big 12 games and is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season.


 

 

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