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MBB Battles ODU for Spot in Sweet 16





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No. 3 Seed Baylor (26-7) vs. No. 11 Old Dominion (27-8)
March 20, 2010 | 4:50 p.m. CDT
New Orleans, La. | New Orleans Arena
TV: CBS

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BAYLOR AT A GLANCE
2009-10 Record: 26-7
Big 12 Record (Finish):
11-5 (t-2nd)
Last Game:
W, 68-59 over Sam Houston State
Head Coach:
Scott Drew
Career Record:
127-113 (8th season)
Record at BU: 107-102 (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:
9

STATISTICAL LEADERS
Points:
LaceDarius Dunn (19.2)
Rebounds: Ekpe Udoh (9.9)
Assists: Tweety Carter (5.9)
Blocks:
Ekpe Udoh (3.8)

GAME CENTER: GAME 34 VS. OLD DOMINION
Date:
Sat., March 20, 2010
Tip-Off:
4:50 p.m. CDT
Location:
New Orleans, La.
Arena:
New Orleans Arena (18,500)
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)
National Radio:
Westwood One
Talent:
Kevin Kugler (pxp), Will Perdue (analyst)
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 (26-7) are vying for their first Sweet 16 trip in program history and will face No. 11 seed Old Dominion Saturday at New Orleans Arena. The winner will advance to the semifinal round of the South Region in Houston next week.
• Since the NCAA Tournament expanded past 32 teams in 1979, Baylor is playing in the second round for the first time.
• Baylor is playing in the Round of 32 for the first time in school history.
• Old Dominion leads the brief series, 1-0 (only series meeting was in 1973).
• Baylor is 4-7 in six NCAA Tournament appearances.
• Baylor head coach Scott Drew is 5-3 in three postseason appearances at the helm of the Bears basketball program. Drew's five postseason wins (four NIT, one NCAA) are two more than the program had in the previous 101 seasons.
• Starting with its epic run at the 2009 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City, Baylor is 18-8 (.692) in its last 26 games away from the Ferrell Center -- 6-4 in true road games and 12-4 in neutral-site games.
• Baylor is 11-6 away from home this season -- the most wins outside of Waco by the Bears since winning 11 during the 1987-88 season.
• Baylor enters Saturday's game vs. Sam Houston State with 37 combined games of postseason experience.
• Baylor's 68-59 win Thursday over Sam Houston State was the Bears' school-record 26th victory of the season. The win surpassed the previous school record of 25 victories set by the 1945-46 season.
• At 26-7 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 second round of 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 128.
• 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 86-49 (.637) in its last 135 games.
• Baylor is 33-9 (.786) in its last 42 games, dating back to the end of the 2008-09 regular season.
• Baylor has won a school-record 71 wins over the last three seasons under Drew.
• Louisiana guards Carter and LaceDarius Dunn have combined to make 556 career treys in 222 career games.

SERIES HISTORY
• Saturday's NCAA Tournament second round game marks only the second series meeting between Baylor and Old Dominion.
• In the first series meeting (Dec. 28, 1973), Old Dominion defeated Baylor, 87-79, in Norfolk, Va.
• Baylor is 4-4 all-time vs. members of the Colonial Athletic Association.

SUCCESS AGAINST THE COMMONWEALTH
• Baylor is 7-5 all-time against schools from the Commonwealth of Virginia.
• Earlier this season, the Bears eased past Norfolk State, 86-58, in the season opener Nov. 13 in Waco.
• During Baylor's magical NIT run last season, the Bears handled the Virginia Tech Hokies in Blacksburg, 84-66.

WINNING AWAY FROM HOME
• Starting with its epic run at the 2009 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City, Baylor is 18-8 (.692) in its last 26 games away from the Ferrell Center -- 6-4 in true road games and 12-4 in neutral-site games.
• Baylor is 11-6 away from home this season -- the most wins outside of Waco by the Bears since winning 11 during the 1987-88 season.

2010 BEARS OVERTAKE 1946 TEAM FOR MOST WINS IN SCHOOL HISTORY
• Baylor's 68-59 win Thursday over Sam Houston State was the Bears' school-record 26th victory of the season. The win surpassed the previous school record of 25 victories set by the 1945-46 season.

POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE
• Three current players on the Baylor roster have played multiple NCAA Tournament games -- LaceDarius Dunn, Tweety Carter and Josh Lomers all played in Baylor's 2008 NCAA Tournament first-round game vs. Purdue in Washington, D.C. Eight current players have at least one game of postseason experience (2010 NCAA Tournament and previous NIT appearances) -- Dunn, Carter, Lomers, Quincy Acy, Anthony Jones, Fred Ellis, A.J. Walton and Ekpe Udoh (2006-07 at Michigan).
• Baylor enters Saturday's game vs. Old Dominion with 37 combined games of postseason experience.

DREW IN THE POSTSEASON
• Baylor head coach Scott Drew is 5-3 in three postseason appearances at the helm of the Bears basketball program. Drew's five postseason wins (four NIT, one NCAA) are two more than the program had in the previous 101 seasons.

DREW IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
• Saturday will be Scott Drew's third 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 improved to 4-7 in six NCAA Tournament appearances with its 68-59 win Thursday over Sam Houston State. Baylor's first-round win in New Orleans was its first NCAA Tournament victory since 1950. Baylor's last NCAA Tournament win came against BYU when the tournament featured just an eight-team bracket.
• 2010 is only Baylor's third NCAA Tournament appearance in the modern format.
• 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.

A BAYLOR WIN WOULD...
• Give the Bears their first Sweet 16 appearance in program history.
• Be the fifth NCAA Tournament victory in school history.
• Be Scott Drew's second NCAA Tournament victory as a head coach.
• Be Drew's sixth postseason victory as head coach (four NIT, two NCAA).
• Increase its three-year school-record total to 72 wins.
• Increase its school record to 27 victories.
• Be its sixth neutral-site victory this season -- tied for the second-most in school history.
• Be its fifth win as a Top 25 team in the month of March.
• Be its 23rd in the last 29 games.
• Be its 24th as a ranked team in the Drew era.
• Be Drew's 108th as BU head coach.
• Improve its postseason record to 10-3 in last 13 games.
• Improve its record to 34-9 in its last 43 games.
• Improve its record to 17-15 in the month of March in the Drew era.
• Improve its 12th in the last 16 games in the month of March under Drew.
• Tie the series with Old Dominion at 1-1.


 

 

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