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Men's Hoops Hosts NIT Game vs. Long Beach


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No. 2 Baylor (18-14) vs. No. 7 Long Beach State (19-13)
March 20, 2013 | 8:00 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)

TV: ESPN2 & WatchESPN
Radio: ESPN Central Texas 1660 AM
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MEDIA INFORMATION
Date Wed., March 20 | 8:00 p.m. CT
Location Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
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TV ESPN2
TV Talent Mark Jones (pxp), Fran Fraschilla (color)
Web Stream WatchESPN
Radio ESPN Central Texas | Listen Online
Talent John Morris (pxp), Pat Nunley (color)
Satellite Radio None
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Game Notes Baylor | Long Beach
Twitter @BaylorMBB
No. 2 BAYLOR BEARS
Record 18-14
Ranking NR (AP), NR (Coaches)
Last Game Lost vs. Oklahoma State, 74-72
Head Coach Scott Drew
Career: 193-149 (11th season)
BU Record: 173-138 (10th season)
No. 7 LONG BEACH STATE 49ERS
Record 19-13
Ranking NR (AP), NR (Coaches)
Last Game Lost vs. UC Irvine, 67-60
Head Coach Dan Monson
Career: 274-213 (17th season)
LBSU Record: 104-90 (6th season)

STORY LINES
• Wednesday’s game will be televised on ESPN2 with Mark Jones (pxp) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst).
• Wednesday is the 5th series meeting (tied 2-2) and the first since Dec. 22, 1979.
• Baylor has won at least three games in each of its last three postseason appearances.
• Baylor is making its 5th postseason appearance in the last six years (2 NIT, 3 NCAA) — BU made only seven postseason appearances in the program’s first 101 seasons (3 NIT, 4 NCAA).
• Head coach Scott Drew has led Baylor to 5 of its 12 all-time postseason appearances, and he’s complied a 10-4 postseason record with the Bears (0-1 in 2008 NCAA, 4-1 in 2009 NIT, 3-1 in 2010 NCAA, 3-1 in 2012 NCAA).
• Baylor is 4-4 all-time in the NIT, including a win in its only previous home game (2009 vs. Georgetown).
• Baylor is 13-13 all-time in postseason play (9-9 in NCAA Championship, 4-4 in NIT).
• Baylor has won 19 of 20 and 40 of its last 42 games when leading at the half over the last two seasons.
• Baylor is 1-8 in games decided by 5 points or less, and the Bears shot below 70% from the free throw line in 6 of those 8 losses.
• Baylor is 12-0 when scoring 37+ points in the first half and 6-14 when scoring 36 or fewer points in the first 20 minutes.
• Baylor and SFA are the only Texas teams out of 21 in Division I to earn berths in NCAA-run postseason tournaments.
• Baylor has more Big 12 wins in the last 5+ seasons (53-47) than its first 11 years in the league combined (45-131).
• Baylor has accounted for 26% of double-doubles by Big 12 players this season (27-of-103). Isaiah Austin (10) and Cory Jefferson (10) each have more double-doubles than six Big 12 teams (WVU-6, KSU-5, OU-5, TCU-4, UT-3, OSU-3).
Pierre Jackson (1,137 career points) is one of five players in Baylor history to reach 1,000 points in his first two seasons.
• Jackson has made a 3FG in 43 consecutive games, which is the 2nd-longest streak in program history (LaceDarius Dunn-45).
• Jackson leads the Big 12 in scoring (19.8) and assists (6.5) and is on pace to be the first player to lead a power-6 conference in scoring and assists since Arizona’s Jason Terry in 1998-99. Only four power-6 players have done so in the last 24 seasons.
• Three Baylor players are in the Big 12’s top 15 in scoring — Jackson (1st, 19.8), Austin (12th, 13.2) and Jefferson (13th, 12.1).
• Jefferson leads the Big 12 in FG% (58.6), ranks 2nd in blocks (2.0/gm), 3rd in double-doubles (10) and 4th in rebounding (8.3/gm).
• Jefferson has more than twice as many points (386) and rebounds (265) this year than in 55 games in his first two years (148p/115r).
• Austin ranks 2nd in the Big 12 in rebounding (8.6), 3rd in double-doubles (10), 4th in blocks (1.6) and 12th in scoring (13.1).
• Austin is 5th nationally among freshmen with 10 double-doubles — the most of any power-6 conference freshman.
Brady Heslip has made a 3FG in 61 of 69 games in his career. He has 44 games with 2+ 3FG and 31 games with 3+ 3FG.
• Heslip is 7th on Baylor’s all-time 3-point FGs made list (165) and he ranks 2nd with a 41.8 career 3-point field goal percentage.
A.J. Walton is 1 of 2 players in program history with 200+ career steals (215) and 1 of 6 with 400+ career assists (431).
• Walton (93-43) ranks 2nd on Baylor’s all-time wins list, four shy of Quincy Acy’s school record 97 career victories.
• Rico Gathers is averaging one rebound every 2.9 minutes played, which averages out to 13.6 rebounds per 40 minutes.
• Gathers ranked 10th in the Big 12 in with 6.0 rebs/gm in league play. His 5.7 rpg in all games ranks 2nd among Big 12 freshmen.
• Baylor is the only team ever to beat Kentucky at Rupp Arena and defeat Kansas in the same season.
• Baylor’s 9 Big 12 wins tied the program’s 3rd-most wins in a Big 12 season (12 in 2012-13; 11 in 2009-10; 9 in 2007-08).
• Baylor finished with a .500 or better record in conference play for the 7th time in the last 25 seasons.
• Baylor is 11-6 when shooting 20+ free throws and 7-8 when going to the free throw line less than 20 times.
• The Bears are 10-2 when recording 16+ assists and 8-12 when posting 15 or fewer assists.
• Baylor has 3 of the Big 12’s top 4 in offensive rebounding — Jefferson (2nd, 2.9), Austin (3rd, 2.8) and Gathers (4th, 2.5).
• Baylor held Big 12 teams under 50 points 3 times in 2013 after doing so only 3 times in the league’s first 16 years combined.
• Jefferson (64-23) needs 1 more win to pass Curtis Jerrells (64-55) for 8th on Baylor’s all-time wins list — Jefferson has the highest winning percentage (.736) of any player among the Bears’ top 10 in career victories.
• Head coach Scott Drew is coaching his 312th game at Baylor (173-138). His .556 winning percentage is best in program history among coaches with 4 or more seasons, and his teams have a .668 winning percentage since the start of the 2007-08 season.
• Baylor is 139-69 since the start of the 2007-08 season, including four 20-win seasons in the last five years. The Bears have more wins in those 6 seasons than in the first 11 seasons of the Big 12 Conference (135-176).
• Baylor has the Big 12’s 2nd-longest active streak with at least one 3-point field goal made in 689 consecutive games.
• Baylor’s win vs. No. 4 Kansas was its highest-ranked regular-season win since beating No. 3 Arkansas on Feb. 10, 1990.
• Baylor’s win at No. 8 Kentucky was its first-ever non-conference road win against an AP Top 25 team. It snapped Kentucky’s nation-leading 55-game home winning streak and gave the Wildcats their first home loss under fourth-year coach John Calipari.
• Drew’s last five recruiting classes have all been ranked in ESPN’s top 25 nationally (21st, 22nd, 18th, 5th, 14th, respectively).
• Baylor has signed 10 top 50 national recruits in the last seven years — LaceDarius Dunn (2007), Anthony Jones (2008), Nolan Dennis (2009), Perry Jones III (2010), Quincy Miller (2011), Bello (2011), Austin (2012), Gathers (2012), Ishmail Wainright (2013) and Dominic Woodson (2013).
• Baylor’s Scott Drew is tied with Kansas’ Bill Self as the 2nd-longest tenured head coach in the Big 12 Conference.
• Baylor is one of only two Big 12 schools to be ranked in each of the last six seasons (Kansas).
• Baylor is one of only six schools nationally to play in the Elite Eight in two of the last three seasons.
• Baylor is coming off a school-record 30-win campaign, breaking the previous record of 28 wins in 2009-10.
• The Bears have four 20-win seasons in the last five years. Baylor had only three all-time 20-win seasons prior to Drew’s arrival.

SERIES HISTORY
• Wednesday is the fifth series meeting between Baylor and Long Beach State, and the all-time series is tied 2-2.
• Baylor won the first meeting, 79-67, in Long Beach in 1963, but LBSU evened the series with a win on its home floor in 1974.
• The only previous time the teams met in Waco, Long Beach hit a shot from beyond halfcourt at the buzzer to win by one point at the Heart of Texas Coliseum in 1977.
• Baylor tied the series at 2-2 with an 87-80 win over LBSU in the third-place game at the 1979 Bayou Classic in Lafayette, La.

BAYLOR'S NIT HISTORY
• Baylor is making its fifth appearance in the NIT (1987, 1990, 2001, 2009, 2013).
• Baylor is 4-4 all-time in the NIT, but all four wins came during a run to the 2009 Championship Game.
• Baylor is 1-3 in NIT first-round games.
• Baylor is 1-0 all-time in NIT home games (2009 vs. Georgetown), 2-3 in road games and 1-1 in New York.
• Baylor trailed by 10 at the half (44-34) in the 2009 first-round home vs. Georgetown, but the Bears outscored GU 40-28 after the break. There were 8,424 fans at the Ferrell Center for that game.

TELEVISION COVERAGE
• Wednesday’s game will air on ESPN2 at 8:05 p.m. CT, marking a school-record 22nd time the Bears have played on an ESPN network this season. Mark Jones (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst) will serve as talent.
• The game is also available through WatchESPN at: http://es.pn/mbb-CSULBvsBAYLOR.

A WIN WOULD ...
• Be Scott Drew’s 174th career victory as Baylor head coach — 27 shy of Bill Henderson’s Baylor record.
• Improve Baylor’s all-time record in the NIT to 5-4, including a 5-1 record during the Drew era.
• Make the Bears’ all-time postseason record 14-13, including an 11-4 record during the Drew era.
• Give Baylor at least one postseason win in each of its last four postseason appearances (2009 NIT, 2010 NCAA, 2012 NCAA).
• Give Baylor 19+ wins for the 5th time in the last six seasons — BU had four 19+ win seasons in its first 101 years of basketball.
• Move A.J. Walton (94) within three wins of Quincy Acy’s school record 97 career victories.
• Improve Baylor’s record to 140-69 since the start of the 2007-08 season.
• Improve Baylor’s record to 25-25 in the month of March in the Drew era, including a 20-14 record since 2008-09.

POSTSEASON SUCCESS UNDER DREW
• Baylor is 10-4 in four postseason appearances under Scott Drew. Baylor snapped a 20-year NCAA Tournament drought with an at-large bid in 2008, and the Bears have gone are 6-3 in three NCAA Championship appearances and 4-1 in the NIT under Drew.
• The Bears have won at least three games in each of their last three postseason berths. Baylor won four games to get to the 2009 NIT Championship, and BU reeled off three wins to reach the Elite Eight in both 2010 and 2012.

FREE THROWS MAKING DIFFERENCE IN CLOSE GAMES
• Baylor is 1-8 this season in games decided by 5 points or less, and BU has shot below 70% on free throws in 6 of the 8 losses.
• The Bears have combined to shoot 64% from the free throw line in those eight losses (101-of-159).
• In its 18 wins, Baylor has shot 70% from the free throw line (274-of-390).
• Baylor’s 6 losses by more than 5 points were all road games (Gonzaga, Kansas, Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas).

JACKSON, AUSTIN, JEFFERSON RECEIVE ALL-BIG 12 HONORS
• Baylor’s Pierre Jackson, Isaiah Austin and Cory Jefferson received All-Big 12 honors from the league’s media and coaches.
• Jackson was named to the media’s All-Big 12 first team and was tabbed second-team All-Big 12 by the coaches.
• Jackson joined Terry Black, Curtis Jerrells and LaceDarius Dunn as the only first-team All-Big 12 players in Baylor history.
• Austin picked up second-team All-Big 12 honors from the media and was named to the coaches’ third team and All-Rookie team.
• Austin is the first Baylor freshman to be named to one of the All-Big 12 teams and BU’s 5th All-Rookie choice in the last 4 years.
• Jefferson was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection from both the coaches and media.

JACKSON ON TRACK TO MAKE HISTORY
• Bob Cousy Award finalist Pierre Jackson leads the Big 12 in scoring (19.8) and assists (6.5), and he is on track to be the first power-6 conference player to lead his league in points and assists since Arizona’s Jason Terry led the Pac-10 in 1998-99.
• If Jackson had played four more games and not scored or recorded any assists, he would still be leading the Big 12 in both categories.
• Jackson is the only player ranked in the nation’s top 20 in points and assists (15th assists, 18th scoring as of March 18).
• Four players have led a power-6 conference in scoring and assists in the last 24 years, and no one has ever done so in the Big 12.

BEST IN TEXAS
• Baylor and SFA are the only Division I schools out of 21 in Texas to be invited to NCAA-run postseason tournaments.
• Baylor, which had a school-record 17-game winning streak vs. in-state opponents snapped earlier this season, has a 17-1 record against in-state teams since the start of the 2011-12 season.
• Prior to its recent in-state success, the Bears were a combined 10-27 in Scott Drew’s first six seasons at Baylor.

JACKSON CLIMBING BAYLOR SCORING CHARTS
Pierre Jackson (1,137 career points) is the 5th Baylor player to reach 1,000 points in his first two seasons, joining LaceDarius Dunn, Terry Teagle, Vinnie Johnson and William Chatmon.
• Jackson, who ranks 18th on Baylor’s all-time scoring chart, needs 86 points to tie Willie Sublett for 17th place and 94 points to move in Baylor’s career top-15 in scoring. Jackson ranks 4th among players with fewer than 100 career games played.
• Jackson is tied for 8th on Baylor’s single-season scoring list with 614 points this season, and his 19.8 points per game this season are the most by any Baylor player during the Big 12 era.

JEFFERSON'S BREAKOUT CAMPAIGN
Cory Jefferson started just one game in his first two seasons playing at Baylor (2009-10, 2011-12; redshirted 2010-11), while playing behind four frontcourt players currently in the NBA (Ekpe Udoh, Perry Jones III, Quincy Acy and Quincy Miller).
• Jefferson has scored more than twice as many points (386) and grabbed more than twice as many rebounds (265) this year than in 55 career games over his first two seasons (148 points, 115 rebounds).
• Jefferson has scored in double figures in 20 of 32 games this year, including four 20-point games and 10 double-doubles.
• Jefferson entered the season with a career high of 25 minutes, but he’s played at least 26 minutes 22 times this season.

20 WINS IN 4 OF LAST 5 SEASONS
• Baylor, which has won 20 or more games only seven times in the program’s first 106 seasons, is seeking to win 20 games for the 5th time in the last six seasons. In Baylor’s seven 20-win seasons, the Bears have advanced to the postseason every time.
• Head coach Scott Drew is the only Baylor coach to amass four 20-win seasons and four postseason appearances.
• The Bears are making their 5th postseason appearance in the last six years — Baylor made only seven postseason appearances in its 97 seasons prior to the Drew era.

COMPARING WINS AND LOSSES
• Baylor is 11-6 when shooting 20+ free throws and 7-8 when going to the free throw line less than 20 times.
• The Bears are 10-2 when recording 16+ assists and 8-12 when posting 15 or fewer assists.
• Baylor is 12-0 when scoring 37+ points in the first half and 6-14 when scoring 36 or fewer points in the first 20 minutes.

CRASHING THE BOARDS
• Baylor has three of the Big 12’s top four offensive rebounders.
• Cory Jefferson (2.9) ranks 2nd, while Isaiah Austin (2.8) is 3rd and Rico Gathers (2.5) is 4th in the conference.
• All three rank in the Big 12’s top 15 in total rebounding, with Austin 2nd (8.6), Jefferson 4th (8.3) and Gathers 14th (5.7).
• Austin, Gathers and Jefferson all ranked in the Big 12’s top 15 in offensive, defensive and total rebounding in conference play.

HALF THE BATTLE
• Baylor has won 19 of its last 20 games when leading at the half and BU is 40-2 when leading at halftime over the last two years.
• The Bears are 14-1 this season and 142-26 during the Scott Drew era when leading or tied at the break.
• Baylor’s only loss when leading at the break this season came when the Bears led No. 13 K-State 34-33 at the half on March 2.
• Baylor has actually outscored its opponents by a combined total of 7 points in the 2nd halves of its 14 losses (544-537), but the Bears have been outscored by a total of 105 points in the 1st halves of those games (502-397).
• Baylor is 9-30 when trailing at the half over the last three seasons, including a 4-13 mark this season.

AUSTIN AMONG FRESHMEN DOUBLE-DOUBLES LEADERS
Isaiah Austin has 10 double-doubles this season, which is the most of any freshman from a power conference.
• Austin’s 10 double-doubles are 3rd-most in the Big 12, trailing only Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim (13) and Kansas’ Jeff Withey (12).
• Austin ranks 5th nationally among freshmen with 10 double-doubles.
• Austin has 9 double-doubles in his last 23 games after recording 1 in his first 7 games played.

2ND-LONGEST 3-POINT STREAK IN BAYLOR HISTORY
• Baylor guard Pierre Jackson has hit at least one 3-pointer in 43 consecutive games dating back to the last 12 games of the 2011-12 season. His streak is the 2nd-longest in Baylor history, two behind LaceDarius Dunn (45).

LOOKING FOR 19 WINS FOR 5TH TIME IN LAST SIX SEASONS
• Baylor has recorded 19 or more wins in four of its last five seasons, and the Bears need one more to make it five of six.
• BU had only four 19-win seasons in their first 101 years of basketball (1945-46, 1947-48, 1987-88, 2000-01).
• The Bears need two more wins to reach the 20-win plateau for the 8th time. Four of the Bears’ seven all-time 20-win seasons have come in the five years prior to this season.

MULTIPLE AP TOP 25 WINS FOR 6TH STRAIGHT SEASON
• Baylor has won multiple games vs. AP Top 25 teams in each of the last six seasons.
• Baylor is 31-152 all-time against AP Top 25 teams (2-6 this season).
• Prior to winning multiple games vs. ranked teams in each of the last six seasons, Baylor only had four seasons with multiple AP Top 25 victories in its first 101 years of basketball (1958-59, 1981-82, 1996-97, 2000-01).
• The Bears won at then-No. 8 Kentucky on Dec. 1 and vs. then-No. 4 Kansas on March 9 this season.

HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
• Baylor is 56-12 at home in the last four seasons, winning a Ferrell Center-record 15 home games in both 2009-10 and 2010-11, and going 14-3 at the Ferrell Center a season ago. Baylor is 82-21 in the last 5-plus seasons at home, a .796 winning percentage.

AUSTIN'S IMPROVEMENT
• Freshman Isaiah Austin averaged 12.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 0.6 blocks over his first 7 collegiate games, then went on a 14-game tear averaging 14.6 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game.
• Austin followed that with a 3-game stretch averaging 8.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, but he bounced back with 5 consecutive double-figure scoring games, and he’s averaging 12.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks over his last 6 games.
• Austin has blocked at least 3 shots in 4 of his last 6 games after doing so in 4 of his first 24 games.

JEFFERSON CLIMBING BLOCKS CHART
Cory Jefferson (109) needs 25 more blocks to pass Ekpe Udoh (133) for 4th on Baylor’s all-time blocks list.
• Jefferson is the 7th player in program history with 100 or more career blocks and the 5th player in program history to record 100 or more career blocks while averaging at least 1.00 blocks per game.
• Among players on Baylor’s top 10 blocks list, only Udoh (36) has played fewer career games than Jefferson.

RICO'S REBOUNDS
• Freshman Rico Gathers is averaging one rebound every 2.9 minutes, which averages out to 13.6 rebounds per 40 minutes.
• Gathers ranks 14th in the Big 12 with 5.7 rebounds per game, which ranks 2nd among Big 12 freshmen.
• Gathers is 4th in the Big 12 with 2.5 offensive rebounds per game, despite playing just 16.8 minutes per game.
• In Big 12 play, Gathers ranked 10th in the league with 6.0 rebounds per game and 8th with 2.2 offensive rebounds per game.

WALTON 2ND ON BAYLOR WINS LIST, JEFFERSON 8TH
• Senior G A.J. Walton (93 wins) ranks 2nd on Baylor’s all-time wins list, four behind former teammate Quincy Acy (97).
• Walton has a .684 career winning percentage in games played (93-43), which is 3rd-best among players with 100 or more games.
• Cory Jefferson (64 wins) is tied with Curtis Jerrells (64-55) for 8th on the Bears’ career wins list.
• Jefferson has a .7436 career winning percentage in career games played (64-23), which is best among Baylor’s top 10 in wins.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES ALL AROUND
• Baylor has accounted for 26% of the double-doubles by Big 12 players this season (27-of-103) — Baylor 27, Iowa State 23, Kansas 17, Texas Tech 10, West Virginia 6, Kansas State 5, Oklahoma 5, TCU 4, Texas 3, Oklahoma State 3.
Isaiah Austin (10) and Cory Jefferson (10) each have more double-doubles than six Big 12 teams (WVU, TCU, UT, OSU, OU, KSU).
Rico Gathers (3), Pierre Jackson (2), Taurean Prince and L.J. Rose have also had double-doubles this season.
• Austin is the nation’s only freshman from a power conference with 10 double-doubles this season.

NATIONAL RADIO COVERAGE
• Baylor’s radio broadcast can also be heard on ESPN Central Texas 1660 AM, and fans not in the Central Texas area can hear the game online at www.BaylorBears.com. John Morris (play-by-play) and Pat Nunley (analyst) will serve as talent.

UP NEXT
• The winner of the Baylor vs. Long Beach State game will advance to face the winner of No. 3 Arizona State vs. No. 6 Detroit.
• The date and site for that round of 16 game are to be determined, but second-round games will be played Thursday through Monday. Baylor would only be able to host a second-round game on Friday due to the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament first two rounds being played at the Ferrell Center.


 

 

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