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No. 3 Seed MBB Faces SHSU in New Orleans





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No. 3 Seed Baylor (25-7) vs. No. 14 Seed Sam Houston State (25-7)
March 18, 2010 | Approximately 2 p.m. CDT
New Orleans, La. | New Orleans Arena
TV: CBS

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BAYLOR AT A GLANCE
2009-10 Record: 25-7
Big 12 Record (Finish): 11-5 (t-2nd)
Last Game: L, 75-82 to Kansas State
Head Coach: Scott Drew
Career Record: 126-113 (8th season)
Record at BU: 106-102 (7th season)

NATIONAL RANKINGS
AP/ESPN Rankings: 19/21
Highest AP Ranking: 19 (March 15)
Highest ESPN Ranking: 20 (March 8)
RPI: 9 (realtimerpi.com)
Sagarin Rating: 8

STATISTICAL LEADERS
Points: LaceDarius Dunn (19.4)
Rebounds: Ekpe Udoh (9.8)
Assists: Tweety Carter (6.1)
Blocks: Ekpe Udoh (3.9)

GAME CENTER: GAME 33 VS. SAM HOUSTON STATE
Date: Thurs., March 18, 2010
Tip-Off: approximately 2 p.m. CDT
Location: New Orleans, La.
Arena: New Orleans Arena
Television: CBS (KWTX-TV)
   Talent: Dick Enberg (pxp), Jay Bilas (analyst)
Radio: Baylor ISP Sports Network; ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco)
   Talent: John Morris (pxp), Pat Nunley (analyst)
Series vs. Sam Houston State: BU leads 6-3
Scott Drew Record vs. SHSU: 0-0
Series vs. Notre Dame: Tied 1-1
Drew Record vs. Notre Dame: 1-0
Series vs. Old Dominion: ODU leads 1-0
Drew Record vs. ODU: 0-0
Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com
Audio Web Stream: None
Video Web Stream: >mmod.ncaa.com
In-Game Blog: www.BaylorBears.com

NCAA TOURNAMENT FIRST ROUND STORY LINES
• The No. 3 seed Baylor Bears (25-7) are making their sixth NCAA Tournament appearance and will defend the highest tournament seed in program history when they face No. 14 seed Sam Houston State in the first round Thursday in New Orleans.
• Thursday's NCAA Tournament first round game in New Orleans marks the 10th series meeting between Baylor and Sam Houston State.
• Baylor leads the all-time series, 6-3, but has lost the last two meetings.
• Starting with its epic run at the 2009 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City, Baylor is 17-8 (.680) in its last 25 games away from the Ferrell Center -- 6-4 in true road games and 11-4 in neutral-site games.
• Three current players on the Baylor roster have previous NCAA Tournament experience -- LaceDarius Dunn, Tweety Carter and Josh Lomers all played in Baylor's 2008 NCAA Tournament first-round game vs. Purdue in Washington, D.C. Seven current players have previous NIT experience -- Dunn, Carter, Lomers, Quincy Acy, Anthony Jones, Fred Ellis and Ekpe Udoh (2006-07 at Michigan).
• Baylor enters Thursday's game vs. Sam Houston State with 29 combined games of postseason experience.
• Baylor has played 13 games this season against eight teams selected to the 2010 NCAA Tournament field and compiled an 8-5 record.
• BU has faced 39 of the possible 64 opponents in the 65-team field this season with a cumulative all-time record of 272-480 vs. those teams. By region, Baylor is 42-115 vs. the Midwest, 49-47 vs. the West, 85-138 vs. the South and 96-180 vs. the East.
• Baylor enters the NCAA Tournament with a school record-tying 25 victories, matching the Bears' 25 wins during the 1945-46 season.
• At 25-7 overall, Baylor is the only NCAA Division I team with no loss by more than seven points. Baylor's losses this season have come by an average margin of 5.6.
• Entering the NCAA Tournament, All-Big 12 third-team pick Tweety Carter ranks in the top 10 of 11 major career categories. Carter will conclude his career as Baylor's all-time leader in games played, which currently stands at 127.
Scott Drew is the first coach in BU history to amass three consecutive 20-win seasons and three consecutive postseason appearances.
• Since posting a 21-53 record (.284) in Drew's first three seasons, Baylor is 85-49 (.634) in its last 134 games.
• Baylor is 32-9 (.780) in its last 41 games, dating back to the end of the 2008-09 regular season.
• Baylor has won a school-record 70 wins over the last three seasons under Drew.
• Louisiana guards Carter and LaceDarius Dunn have combined to make 555 career treys in 220 career games.

SERIES HISTORY
• Thursday's NCAA Tournament first round game in New Orleans marks the 10th series meeting between Baylor and Sam Houston State.
• Baylor leads the all-time series, 6-3, but has lost the last two meetings.
• Thursday will be the first series meeting since Dec. 7, 1999 -- an 81-64 Sam Houston State win in Waco.
• Thursday's game will also be the first series meeting outside the state of Texas.

SEEDING IS CRITICAL
• Baylor's No. 3 seed in the South Regional is the highest NCAA Tournament seed in program history. In fact, 2010 marks only Baylor's third tournament appearance since the NCAA began seeding the tournament field in 1979.
• In 1988, the Bears were the No. 8 seed in the Midwest Region when they lost in the first round to No. 9 Memphis in South Bend, Ind.
• In 2008, Baylor was the No. 11 seed in the West Region when the Bears fell to No. 6 seed Purdue in Washington, D.C.

WINNING AWAY FROM HOME
• Starting with its epic run at the 2009 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City, Baylor is 17-8 (.680) in its last 25 games away from the Ferrell Center -- 6-4 in true road games and 11-4 in neutral-site games.

POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE
• Three current players on the Baylor roster have previous NCAA Tournament experience -- LaceDarius Dunn, Tweety Carter and Josh Lomers all played in Baylor's 2008 NCAA Tournament first-round game vs. Purdue in Washington, D.C. Seven current players have previous NIT experience -- Dunn, Carter, Lomers, Quincy Acy, Anthony Jones, Fred Ellis and Ekpe Udoh (2006-07 at Michigan).
• Baylor enters Thursday's game vs. Sam Houston State with 29 combined games of postseason experience.

DREW IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
• Thursday will be Scott Drew's second NCAA Tournament game as a head coach, but he is far from a stranger to the postseason tournament. Drew was a major factor in Valparaiso's six NCAA Tournaments (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002) while an assistant on his father Homer's staff. Valpo gained fame for its Cinderella run to the 1998 Sweet Sixteen which was highlighted by one of the most famous shots in NCAA Tournament history: a game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer by Scott's younger brother Bryce Drew that beat Mississippi in a first round game in Oklahoma State.
• In 2008, Drew guided Baylor to its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 20 seasons.

BAYLOR IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
• Baylor has five previous NCAA Tournament appearances, the last in 2008 (lost in first round to Purdue at Washington, D.C.) -- 2010 marks only Baylor's third NCAA berth since 1950. Baylor played in three tournaments in a five-year span from 1946 to 1950 under head coach Bill Henderson, including Final Four appearances in 1948 and 1950. The 1947-48 squad played for the national title against Kentucky at the Madison Square Garden in New York, losing 58-42.

BAYLOR VS. THE 2010 NCAA TOURNAMENT FIELD OF 65
• Baylor has played 13 games this season against eight teams selected to the 2010 NCAA Tournament field and compiled an 8-5 record.
• Baylor posted wins over Texas A&M [South No. 5 seed], Xavier [West No. 6 seed], Oklahoma State [Midwest No. 7 seed], Texas [East No. 8 seed] three times, Missouri [East No. 10 seed] and Morgan State [East No. 15 seed]. The Bears have lost to Kansas [Midwest No. 1 seed], Kansas State [West No. 2 seed] twice, Texas A&M [South No. 5 seed] and Oklahoma State [Midwest No. 7 seed].
• BU has faced 39 of the possible 64 opponents in the 65-team field this season with a cumulative all-time record of 272-480 vs. those teams. By region, Baylor is 42-115 vs. the Midwest, 49-47 vs. the West, 85-138 vs. the South and 96-180 vs. the East.

BAYLOR RECORDS BEST CONFERENCE FINISH SINCE 1988
• After being picked 10th in the Big 12 Preseason Coaches Poll in October, Baylor finished the regular season tied for second in the Big 12 with an 11-5 league mark -- its best conference finish in the Big 12 era (previous best finish was fourth place in the 2007-08 season).
• Baylor's second-place finish in the Big 12 standings is its best since finishing tied for second in the Southwest Conference in 1988.

THE 40s NEVER LOOKED SO GOOD
• Baylor enters the NCAA Tournament with a school record-tying 25 victories, matching the Bears' 25 wins during the 1945-46 season.
• The 1945-46 season marked Baylor's first NCAA Tournament appearance (Baylor went 0-2).

CUTTING ITS LOSSES BY SEVEN POINTS OR LESS
• At 25-7 overall, Baylor is the only NCAA Division I team with no loss by more than seven points. Baylor's losses this season have come by an average margin of 5.6.

 

 

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