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GAME CENTER: GAME 30
Date: Sat., March 6, 2010
Tip-Off: 3:05 p.m. CST
Location: Waco, Texas
Arena: Ferrell Center (10,284)
Talent: Ron Franklin (pxp), Bob Valvano (analyst)
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: 20-10
Series (Overall): Texas leads 155-77
Series in Waco: Texas leads 63-45
Scott Drew Record vs. Texas: 2-13
Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com
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Video Web Stream: www.ESPN360.com
In-Game Blog: None
GAME DAY STORY LINES
• No. 21/22 Baylor (23-6, 10-5) will look to complete its third straight Big 12 series sweep and lock up a top-four seed in next week’s Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Championship when the Bears host the 25th-ranked Texas Longhorns Saturday in the Ferrell Center.
• Saturday is Senior Day — Baylor will honor seniors Josh Lomers and Tweety Carter prior to tip-off.
• Baylor is expecting its first Ferrell Center sellout since Feb. 14, 2009.
• Texas leads the all-time series, 155-77, and 65-43 in Waco. The Baylor-Texas series is the most-played rivalry for both schools.
• With its No. 21 ranking in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 Poll, Baylor established a school-record with its eighth consecutive week in the AP Poll. Last season, the Bears were ranked for seven consecutive weeks from Dec. 1, 2008-Jan. 12, 2009.
• In the first six seasons under Scott Drew, Baylor was 6-42 in Big 12 road games. This season, BU finished 4-4 in Big 12 road games.
• Baylor’s 23-6 record is the third-best record through 29 games in school history behind a 24-5 start in 1947-48 (finished 24-8) and a 25-4 start in 1945-46 (finished 25-5).
• Baylor is 17 games above .500 for the first time since the 1947-48 season when the Bears were 24-7.
• Baylor is 20-10 (.667) — 19-9 (.679) 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 83-48 (.634) in its last 131 games.
• Baylor is 30-8 (.789) in its last 38 games, dating back to the end of the 2008-09 regular season.
• LaceDarius Dunn now owns the single-game (nine), single-season (109) and career (279) 3-point field goal marks at Baylor.
• Ekpe Udoh holds both the Baylor and Big 12 Conference single-season blocked shots record with 123 rejections.
• Baylor, which hasn’t lost back-to-back games all season, is the only NCAA Division I team with no loss by more than seven points.
• Tweety Carter leads the Big 12 in both assists per game for all games (6.16) and conference-only games (6.13).
• Through games of Feb. 28, Baylor ranks in the top 20 of six different categories. Baylor is fourth in blocked shots per game, sixth in field goal percentage defense, seventh in rebounding margin, 17th in FG percentage, 17th in scoring margin and 17th in 3FG percentage.
• Through games of Feb. 28, Udoh ranks fourth nationally in blocked shots per game, 19th in rebounds per game and 23rd in double doubles. Carter ranks eighth nationally in assists per game, 39th in assist-to-turnover ratio, 40th in 3FG percentage and 46th in 3FGM per game. Dunn ranks fifth nationally in 3FGM per game, 16th in 3FG percentage and 41st in scoring.
• Saturday is the 233rd series meeting between Baylor and Texas.
• Saturday will be the second series meeting with both teams ranked in the Top 25.
• The Texas-Baylor series is the most-played rivalry for both schools.
• Texas leads the all-time series, 155-77, and 65-43 in Waco.
• Texas leads the Big 12-era series, 25-5.
• Baylor has lost 11 straight games to Texas in Waco.
• Head coach Scott Drew is 2-13 all-time vs. Texas.
• Baylor snapped a 24-game losing streak to the Longhorns with a 76-70 in the semifinals of the 2009 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship.
• Baylor hasn’t defeated Texas in Waco since an 80-75 win Feb. 21, 1998.
• Baylor’s current two-game winning streak over Texas is its longest since posting back-to-back victories during the 1997-98 season.
THE 40s NEVER LOOKED SO GOOD
• Baylor improved to 23-6 overall after an 86-68 win March 2 at Texas Tech. Baylor’s 23-6 record is the third-best record through 29 games in school history behind a 24-5 start in 1947-48 (finished 24-8) and a 25-4 start in 1945-46 (finished 25-5). Baylor lost in the NCAA championship game to Kentucky in 1948.
• Baylor is 17 games above .500 for the first time since the 1947-48 season when the Bears finished 24-7.
• Baylor has been ranked in the Top 25 in each of its last 15 Big 12 Conference games this season (BU was receiving votes in both polls when it played Oklahoma in the Big 12 opener Jan. 9.). BU has been ranked for all six regular season meetings against in-state Big 12 rivals Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.
• Prior to this season, Baylor, which is 4-1 against in-state Big 12 schools, had played only five games against Big 12 Texas schools as a nationally ranked team.
CUTTING ITS LOSSES BY SEVEN POINTS OR LESS
• At 23-6 overall, Baylor is the only NCAA Division I team with no loss by more than seven points. All six of Baylor’s losses this season have come by an average margin of 5.3.
• Last season, the Bears suffered 10 losses by more than seven points.
BAYLOR REMAINS IN AP TOP 25 FOR SCHOOL-RECORD EIGHT STRAIGHT WEEKS
• With its No. 21 ranking in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 Poll, Baylor established a school record with its eighth consecutive week in the AP Poll. Last season, the Bears were ranked for seven consecutive weeks from Dec. 1, 2008-Jan. 12, 2009.
• Baylor, which was ranked all four weeks in February, is ranked in the month of March for the first time in program history.
• Under head coach Scott Drew, Baylor has been ranked for 17 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.
• If Baylor’s regular season finale Saturday against Texas is deemed a sellout, it will be the first men’s basketball sellout at the Ferrell Center since Feb. 14, 2009, against Texas A&M (Baylor won 72-68), and the eighth in facility history.
• The largest attendance in Ferrell Center history was 10,545, for the March 5, 2008, game with Texas A&M (BU lost 71-57).
• 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 (108, 743) 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.
• This season, Baylor is one fan off the average attendance record with a current average of 7,250 through 15 games.
PHILLIPS 66 BIG 12 MEN’S CHAMPIONSHIP SEEDING SCENARIOS
Baylor is on the verge of earning its first opening-round bye in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Championship in the Big 12 era. Entering Saturday’s regular season finale with Texas, here’s how the seeding will play out:
If Baylor beats Texas, the Bears are the:
• No. 2 seed if Kansas State (home vs. Iowa State) and Texas A&M (home vs. Oklahoma) lose and Missouri (home vs. Kansas) wins.
• No. 2 seed if Kansas State loses and Texas A&M and Missouri both win.
• No. 3 seed if Kansas State wins.
If Baylor loses to Texas, the Bears are the:
• No. 5 seed if both Missouri (home vs. Kansas) and Texas A&M (home vs. Oklahoma) lose.
• No. 5 seed if Missouri wins and Texas A&M loses.
• No. 6 seed if both Missouri and Texas A&M win.
• No. 6 seed if Missouri loses and Texas A&M wins.
NOTE: The Bears cannot earn the No. 4 seed by virtue of the Big 12 tiebreaker scenarios. While there are no divisions in basketball, Big 12 North and Big 12 South divisions ARE USED to determine seeding and tie-breakers.
A BAYLOR WIN WOULD...
• Clinch at least the No. 3 seed in next week’s Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Championship in Kansas City — Baylor’s highest tournament seed in the Big 12 era and its highest since earning a No. 2 seed in the 1988 Southwest Conference Postseason Classic.
• Extend its winning streak to three games over Texas — Baylor’s longest winning streak in the series since winning six straight games from Feb. 7, 1981-Feb. 26, 1983.
• Give the Bears their first season series sweep of Texas since the 1997-98 season.
• Give the Bears three season series sweeps of Big 12 South opponents for the first time in the Big 12 era.
• Increase its three-year school-record total to 69 wins.
• Extend its March winning streak to six games, dating back to Baylor’s postseason run in 2008-09.
• Push it to 18 games above .500 for the first time since the Bears were 23-5 in 1947-48.
• Be its 24th of the season, tied for the second-most wins in school history.
• Be its school-record 11th Big 12 victory.
• Be its 11th conference victory — the most since the Bears won 11 SWC contests in the 1987-88 season.
• Set a new Ferrell Center single-season record with 15 home victories.
• Be its second win as a Top 25 team in the month of March.
• Be its 20th in the last 25 games.
• Be its 21st as a ranked team in the Scott Drew era.
• Be Drew’s 105th as BU head coach.
• Improve its record to 31-8 in its last 39 games.
• Improve its record to 14-14 in the month of March in the Drew era.
SENIORS Tweety Carter, Josh Lomers PLAY FINAL HOME GAME SATURDAY
• Prior to the start of Saturday’s regular season finale in the Ferrell Center, Baylor will honor the winningest class in program history — Josh Lomers and Tweety Carter — during Senior Day festivities.
• Lomers currently ranks as the Baylor career leader with 77 victories and a 66.3 field goal percentage, while ranking second behind fellow senior Tweety Carter with 122 career games played. He also ranks eighth in Baylor history with 73 career blocked shots. Earlier this week, he was named to the Academic All-Big 12 first team for the third consecutive season. He is enjoying the best season of his college career, averaging 6.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 17.3 minutes in 29 games this season. A double major in human resource management and finance, he is scheduled to graduate from Baylor in May.
• The first McDonald’s All-American in school history, Carter will conclude his college career ranked in the top five of several categories at Baylor, including overall wins, Big 12 wins, games played, Big 12 games played, Big 12 games started, points, 3-point field goals and assists. He enters Saturday as the school’s all-time leader with 124 games played and second behind fellow senior Josh Lomers with 76 career victories. He currently ranks third with 263 career 3-pointers, fourth with 440 career assists and 10th with 1,353 career points. He is one of only three players in school history to finish his career with at least 1,000 points and 400 assists. A general studies major in health human performance and recreation, he is scheduled to graduate from Baylor in May.
LOMERS NAMED TO ACADEMIC ALL-BIG 12 FIRST TEAM FOR THIRD STRAIGHT SEASON
• Josh Lomers was selected to the 2010 Academic All-Big 12 Men's Basketball first team, the league office announced Wednesday. Lomers became the first Baylor player in the Big 12 era to earn three consecutive first-team honors.
• Lomers, a double major in human resource management and finance, is the sixth first-team Academic All-Big 12 selection under head coach Scott Drew. He currently ranks as the Baylor career leader in victories (77) and field goal percentage (66.3), while ranking second behind teammate Tweety Carter with 122 career games played. Lomers also ranks eighth in Baylor history with 73 career blocked shots.
• The Boerne, Texas, native is enjoying the best season of his college career, averaging 6.7 points, 3.7 rebounds and 17.3 minutes in 29 games this season. Lomers is scheduled to graduate from Baylor in May.
• 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 12 first-team members combined with nine 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.
• To qualify student-athletes must maintain a 3.00 GPA or higher either cumulative or in the two previous semesters and have participated in 60 percent of his team's scheduled contests. Freshmen and transfers are not eligible in their first year of academic residence. Senior student-athletes who have participated for a minimum of two years and meet all the criteria except percent of participation are also eligible.
• After advancing to the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Championship title game last year in Oklahoma City, Baylor will try to earn its first Big 12 title at next week’s 2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men’s Championship — March 10-13 at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo.