March 5, 2009
GAME CENTER: GAME 30
NEBRASKA CORNHUSKERS (17-11, 7-8) AT BAYLOR BEARS (17-12, 5-10)
Date: Saturday, March 7, 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: Nebraska leads 11-7
Tickets: (254) 710-1000
GAME NIGHT STORY LINES
In the regular season finale, Baylor will attempt to tie the Ferrell Center record for single-season home wins Saturday when the Bears host the Nebraska Cornhuskers for Senior Day. Tip-off is set for 3 p.m. on the Big 12 Network.
With Nebraska's win over Iowa State Wednesday night, Baylor has clinched the No. 9 seed in the 2009 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Championship. The teams will meet again in the opening game of the tournament at 11:30 a.m. on March 11.
Over the last nine seasons, Baylor is 23-30 (.434) vs. Big 12 North schools.
Tweety Carter has made at least one 3-point field goal in 17 consecutive games -- the seventh-longest streak in BU history.
Baylor is 11-0 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 11 of its 15 Big 12 games this season (1-10 in those games).
Baylor has made at least one 3-point field goal in 541 straight games.
Baylor seniors Curtis Jerrells, Henry Dugat and Kevin Rogers have accounted for 49.1 percent of the Bears' offense since arriving in 2005-06. The trio has scored 4,057 of Baylor's 8,268 points in 109 games.
Henry Dugat is averaging 6.6 points over the last 12 games (13.4 points through first 17 games).
Curtis Jerrells is one of six players in Baylor history to amass 1,600 or more points in a career.
LaceDarius Dunn is 13-for-52 from 3-point range in his last 10 games (25.0 percent) -- Baylor is 2-8 over that stretch.
Curtis Jerrells is Baylor's all-time career leader in games started (109) and minutes played (3,591).
Four of the top seven 3-point shooters in Baylor history are on the current 2008-09 roster -- Curtis Jerrells (195), Tweety Carter (174), Henry Dugat (154) and LaceDarius Dunn (152).
Baylor has won the last two meetings, but Nebraska leads the all-time series 11-7.
Baylor leads the series 4-3 in Waco (4-2 at the Ferrell Center).
Baylor has been held to less than 70 points in 14 of the 18 series meetings -- the Bears have reached the 70-point plateau only once in five games under head coach Scott Drew.
NEBRASKA SCOUTING REPORT
Currently standing in eighth place in the latest Big 12 standings, the Nebraska Cornhuskers posted a 77-61 win over Iowa State Wednesday night that solidified Baylor as the No. 9 seed in next week's Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Championship.
The Huskers, which are 4-4 in their last eight games, are led by leading scorer Ade Dagunduro, who is averaging 12.8 points in 28 games. In addition to leading the team in rebounding (4.4), Dagunduro is also Nebraska's best shooter at 53.5 percent from the floor. Paul Velander is the Huskers' best long-distance threat at 43.3 percent from 3-point range (58-of-134).
Nebraska (17-11, 7-8) is 2-5 on the road in the Big 12 this season and has lost its last three conference road tests by an average of 15.0 points. The Huskers posted back-to-back road wins at Texas Tech and Colorado before their current three-game road skid.
As a team, the Huskers have only 49 blocked shots in 28 games -- Baylor has 48 in 15 Big 12 contests. Three Bears have more blocks than Nebraska's leading shot blocker, Toney McCray (15) -- Quincy Acy (32), Kevin Rogers (27) and Mamadou Diene (17).
LAST TIME VS. NEBRASKA - JAN. 19, 2008
Henry Dugat had 19 points and hit a runner in the lane with 1:10 left to put Baylor ahead for good as the Bears snapped a 25-game Big 12 Conference road losing streak by downing Nebraska 72-70.
Nebraska made just two field goals in the last nine minutes of the game. The Huskers hit 10 of 12 free throws in the final 3:34 after struggling from the line earlier in the game. Nebraska finished 21 of 34. Baylor hit 20 of 26 free throws.
The Bears hit their first three shots of the second half to erase Nebraska's five-point halftime lead. Baylor led 49-45 when Nebraska put together a 9-0 run, taking a 54-49 lead on Aleks Maric's dunk with 9:33 left.
Baylor answered with nine straight points to go up 58-54 on Aaron Bruce's jumper with 5:32 remaining. The game stayed close to the end with Nebraska taking its last lead 64-63 on Maric's free throws with 2:15 left.
Curtis Jerrells' 3-pointer from the top of the key put Baylor up 66-64 and Dugat's runner made it 68-64. Nebraska didn't get closer than three until Sek Henry's 3-pointer at the buzzer.
The Bears had raced out to a 13-3 lead in the first 3 1/2 minutes of the game. Trailing 24-17 after Dugat's 3-pointer with 8:51 left in the half, Nebraska clamped down defensively, holding the Bears to just two field goals and a free throw in the remainder of the half. The Huskers outscored Baylor 18-6 in that stretch to lead 35-30 at half.
Joining Dugat in double figures were Kevin Rogers with 13 points, LaceDarius Dunn with 12 and Bruce with 11.
LAST TIME OUT - TEXAS 73, BAYLOR 57
Baylor saw its losing streak to Texas extend to 24 games as the Bears lost 73-57 at the Frank Erwin Center on ESPN's Big Monday.
A.J. Abrams and Justin Mason each scored 14 points for the Longhorns, while LaceDarius Dunn and Curtis Jerrells paced the Bears with 15 and 14 points, respectively.
Baylor finished the regular season with a 1-7 Big 12 road record.
Baylor scored 24 points in the first half, tying its season-low for first-half points set earlier this season against the Longhorns in Waco.
Baylor shot a season-low 31.6 percent from the floor (18-57), the lowest shooting percentage since shooting 30.3 percent (20-66) against Kansas during the 2006-07 season.
UP NEXT - PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 MEN'S CHAMPIONSHIP
Following Senior Day, Baylor will begin its quest for a Big 12 championship when the Bears head north for the 2009 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Championship at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City March 11-14. The No. 9 seed in the four-day tournament, Baylor will play No. 8 Nebraska at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11.
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 NEBRASKA GAME INCLUDE:
TEXAS MARKETS: Abilene/Sweetwater - KIDZ-LP; Austin - KNVA; Beaumont/Port Arthur - KBTV; Dallas/Forth Worth - KTXA; Houston - KNWS; Lubbock - KMYL; 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: Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa - KFXA-DT; Chicago, Ill. - WLS-DT2; Columbia/Jefferson, Mo. - KQFX; Denver, Colo. - Altitude; Des Moines/Ames, Iowa - WOI; Fort Smith/Fayetteville/Sprinfield, Ark. - KFTA-DT1; Joplin/Pittsburg, Kan. - KFJX-DT; Kansas City, Mo. - KMCI; La Crosse/Eau Claire, Wis. - KQEG-CA; Lincoln/Hastings, Neb. - KLKN; Little Rock/Pine Bluff, Ark. - KASN-DT1; North Platte, Neb. - KIIT-LP; Oklahoma City, Okla. - KOCB; Omaha, Neb. - KXVO; Peoria/Bloomington, Ill. - WAOE-DT; Providence/New Britain, R.I. - COX-NE; Sioux City, Iowa - KPTH-DT2; St. Louis, Mo. - WRBU; Toledo, Ohio - WVTG-DT2; Topeka, Kan. - KSNT; Tulsa, Okla. - KJRH; Wichita/Hutchinson, Kan. - KMTW; ESPN Full Court and ESPN360.com
IT'S A LOCK, BAYLOR NO. 9 SEED IN BIG 12 CHAMPIONSHIP
With Nebraska's win vs. Iowa State on March 4, Baylor solidified the No. 9 seed in the 2009 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Championship.
Baylor is 1-2 in the Big 12 Tournament as a No. 9 seed, losing to No. 8 Oklahoma State in 1997 and beating No. 8 Nebraska before falling to top-seeded Iowa State in 2000.
Baylor is 5-11 all-time in the Big 12 Tournament (1-4 under head coach Scott Drew).
LOMERS NAMED TO ACADEMIC ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM
Josh Lomers was selected to the 2009 Academic All-Big 12 Men's Basketball Team, the league office announced on March 4. Lomers, a human resources management and finance major, became the first Baylor player in the Big 12 era to earn back-to-back first-team honors.
Texas led the league with the most honorees, placing six student-athletes on the squad - four on the first team and two on the second.
Nominated by each institution's director of student-athlete support services and media relations offices, the men's basketball academic all-league squad consisted of 17 first-team members combined with 11 on the second team. First-team members have recorded a 3.20 or better GPA, while the second team are those with a 3.00 to 3.19 GPA.
BAYLOR ACADEMIC ALL-BIG 12 SELECTIONS
1997: Doug Brandt (1st); 1998: John Perkins (1st), 1999: Austin Allen (hm); Grant McCasland (hm); 2002: Logan Kosmalski (1st), Chad Henry (2nd), Kevin Henry (2nd), Andre White (2nd); 2003: Andre White (2nd); 2004: Robbie McKenzie (1st); 2006: Mark Shepherd (1st), Aaron Bruce (2nd); 2008: Josh Lomers (1st), Mark Shepherd (1st); 2009: Josh Lomers (1st)
FERRELL CENTER SINGLE-SEASON WINS MARK ON THE LINE
Through 17 home games, Baylor is 13-4 at the Ferrell Center -- one win shy of tying the facility's single-season record.
Baylor posted identical 14-3 records during the 1996-97 and 2000-01 seasons.
Baylor is 38-13 (.745) at the Ferrell Center in the last three seasons under head coach Scott Drew.
SENIOR CLASS CAPSULES
Prior to the start of Saturday's game, Baylor will honor two student managers and four student-athletes in Senior Day festivities.
2009 BAYLOR SENIOR CLASS CAPSULES
Ty Beard and Will Phipps, Senior Managers
Mamadou Diene: He ranks second in both career blocks (137) and career blocks per game (1.54) in school history behind only current L.A. Clipper Brian Skinner...A gregarious crowd and campus favorite, he is known as "The Mayor"...He became the first Baylor male and first Big 12 men's basketball student-athlete to be named Big 12 Sportsperson of the Year in 2008...He was the first signee of the Scott Drew era at Baylor.
Henry Dugat: He is known for his highlight-reel quality drives, dunks and blocks, while also praised by the coaching staff for his defensive skills...He ranks sixth all-time at Baylor with 138 career steals...Earlier this season, he became the 21st player in school history to score 1,000 career points and currently ranks 14th all-time with 1,167...He ranks sixth all-time with 154 3-point field goals.
Curtis Jerrells: He became the first player in school history to lead the team in scoring and assists all four seasons at Baylor...He ranks in the sixth in school history with 1,658 career points...He is one of only two players in Baylor history to amass 1,000 points, 400 assists and 100 steals...A First Team All-Big 12 guard in 2008, he recorded only the fourth triple-double earlier this season vs. Hartford...He holds the Baylor career record for games started and minutes played.
Kevin Rogers: He ranks fifth all-time at Baylor with 784 career rebounds and sixth with 81 blocked shots...Earlier this season, he became the 22nd player in school history with 1,000 career points and currently ranks 10th all-time with 1,232...He is one of only seven players in school history with 1,000 points and 700 rebounds...He ranks sixth all-time at Baylor with 23 double-doubles.
A ROAD WIN IN THE BIG 12 IS HARD TO FIND
With a 73-57 loss at Texas on March 2, Baylor fell to 6-42 in its last 48 Big 12 road games, including a 5-11 mark dating back to last season (4-4 in 2008-09, 1-7 this season).
Baylor has lost six-straight Big 12 road games.
Baylor's 18-point win at Kansas State in January was its first win in Manhattan under Scott Drew.
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. BU is 23-30 (.434) vs. Big 12 North and just 18-71 (.202) vs. Big 12 South.
The Bears are 2-3 vs. the Big 12 North this season.
FERRELL CENTER FINALES
Baylor is 9-11 in regular season home finales in the 21-year history of the Ferrell Center.
After posting a 4-4 record in home finales as a member of the old Southwest Conference, Baylor is 5-7 in the Big 12 era.
Last season, Baylor fell to Texas A&M, 71-57, on Senior Day.
JERRELLS REACHES THE SUMMIT
With a start at Texas in his native Austin on March 2, senior guard Curtis Jerrells became the Baylor career leader with his 109th start. In fact, he has started every game on his Baylor career.
In addition to owning the record for games started, Jerrells also holds the career record for minutes played (3,591).
ROGERS MOVES INTO 10TH ON BAYLOR SCORING LIST
Senior forward Kevin Rogers scored seven points in Baylor's loss at Texas on March 2, but did move into the school's top 10 in career scoring. With his final two points of the game, Rogers (1,232) surpassed Vinnie "The Microwave" Johnson (1,231) for 10th place all-time.
Rogers is within striking distance of Doug Brandt (1,263) for ninth place all-time.
Rogers is one of 13 players in Baylor history with 1,200-plus points.
CLOSING IN ON THE NARROW MARGIN
While Kevin Rogers is firmly set among Baylor's top 10 all-time scorers, he is still chasing another career milestone.
Rogers, currently in fifth place all-time with 784 career rebounds, needs 16 more boards to become just the fifth player in school history with 800 career rebounds.
If Rogers reaches 800, he could have a chance to pass Terry Teagle (805) for fourth place all-time.
TRACKING ANOTHER 3-POINT STREAK
Junior Tweety Carter has made at least one 3-point field goal in 17 consecutive games -- tied for the seventh-longest streak in BU history.
Carter has made a 3-point field goal in 24 of his 26 games this season, failing to connect from downtown vs. Providence (0-2) on Nov. 27 and vs. Portland State (0-4) on Dec. 29.
Carter is three games away from becoming only the fourth player in Baylor history with a streak of 20 games or more.
Earlier this season, LaceDarius Dunn's streak of 28 consecutive games with at least one 3-point field goal was snapped on Feb. 11 vs. Oklahoma at the Ferrell Center.
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.