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MBB, Xavier Square Off in Sweet 16 at Georgia Dome

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[3] Baylor (29-7) vs. [10] Xavier (23-12)
March 23, 2012 | 6:15 p.m. CDT
Atlanta, Ga. | Georgia Dome (35,000)

TV: CBS
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Date Fri., March 23 | 6:15 p.m. CDT
Location Atlanta, Ga. | Georgia Dome (35,000)
TV CBS
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BAYLOR BEARS
Seed No. 3
Record 29-7
Ranking 9 (AP), 10 (Coaches), 8 (RPI)
Last Game March 17 - W, 80-63 vs. Xavier
Head Coach Scott Drew (Butler, 1993)
Career: 176-134 (10th season)
BU Record: 156-123 (9th season)
XAVIER MUSKETEERS
Seed No. 10
Record 23-12
Ranking NR (AP), NR (Coaches)
Last Game March 17 - W, 70-58 vs. Lehigh
Head Coach Chris Mack (Xavier, 1992)
Career: 73-29 (3rd season)
XU Record: Same
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STORY LINES
• No. 3 seed (29-7) Baylor will look to make its second Elite Eight appearance in the NCAA modern tournament era Friday against No. 10 seed (23-12) Xavier. Friday's Sweet 16 matchup will tip at 6:15 p.m. CDT on CBS.
• Baylor and Xavier will meet for the second time -- both on a neutral court. In the only other series meeting, Baylor won 69-64 in the fifth-place game of the 2009 Old Spice Classic.
• Baylor's No. 3 seed is the South Region is tied for the highest NCAA tournament seed in program history. In 2010, Baylor was also a No. 3 seed in the South Region and advanced to the Elite Eight.
• 2012 is Baylor's fourth modern tournament era NCAA appearance (post-1950). Baylor's first three tournament appearances -- 1946, 1948 and 1950 -- were in an eight-team bracket.
• Baylor is 15-4 away from home this season. In the last five seasons under ninth-year head coach Scott Drew, Baylor has won 26 true road and 24 neutral-site games -- a combined 50-37 record away from home.
• Baylor is 7-28 all-time against the rest of the Sweet 16 field, including a 0-7 mark against its potential Elite Eight opponents.
• All seven of Baylor's losses this season came to teams in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship field.
• Baylor is 8-8 all-time in the NCAA Championship, while Scott Drew is 5-2 as head coach.
• Baylor is 8-2 in games decided by 5 points or fewer this season -- 7 of the 8 wins have been away from home.
• In the last four years, Baylor is 9-2 (.818) in three postseason appearances -- the best record of any Big 12 Conference team during that time. Kansas is second with a 9-3 record (.750) in four NCAA appearances.
• Baylor has made at least one 3-point field goal in 655 consecutive games -- the second-longest active streak in the Big 12.
• Sophomore G Brady Heslip's 9 3-pointers March 17 against Colorado are tied for the fourth-most in a single game in NCAA tournament history. His 9 treys are a Baylor NCAA tournament record.
• Junior G Pierre Jackson has a knack for making big play after big play. In his first season at Baylor, Jackson has been a part of eight go-ahead, game-tying or game-winning plays.
• Senior F Quincy Acy ranks 12th in school history with 1,318 points. He also ranks 3rd in career FG percentage (60.0), 2nd in career blocks (174) and t5th in career rebounding (805).

UP NEXT
• The Baylor/Xavier winner will advance to Sunday's Elite Eight against the Kentucky/Indiana winner. Game tip will be announced Friday night. It would be Baylor's second Elite Eight appearance in the modern tournament era.

BAYLOR NCAA NOTES
• Baylor is 8-8 in seven NCAA Championship appearances and has won five of its last six NCAA championship games.
• Baylor is playing in the NCAA regional semifinals for the second time in three years (also in 2010) and fifth time in school history (1946, 1948, 1950, 2010).
• This is Baylor's second "Sweet 16" appearance in school history as its first three regional semifinal appearances came in eight-team tournaments.
• Baylor has now won multiple games in an NCAA Championship for the third time in school history. Baylor won two games in 1948 (eight-team) championship before losing in title game to Kentucky. Two years ago, Baylor won three games in run to 2010 Elite Eight before losing to eventual national champion Duke.
• Baylor is now 5-2 under head coach Scott Drew in NCAA Championship play (2008, 2010, 2012).
• Baylor is now 15-6 over the last four years in postseason tournaments (Big 12, NCAA/NIT).
• 2012 is Baylor's fourth NCAA berth in the modern tournament era (first three NCAA appearances in 1946, 1948 and 1950 were in an eight-team bracket).
• Baylor has played in two Final Fours (1948 and 1950) -- when it was an eight-team bracket -- and one national championship game (lost to Kentucky in 1948 title game).
• Baylor is a combined 0-7 against its two potential Elite Eight opponents -- 0-1 vs. Indiana and 0-6 vs. Kentucky.
• All seven of Baylor's losses this season came to teams in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship field.
• The Big 12 had six teams selected for the 2012 NCAA Championship, tied for the second-most of any conference.
• This season marks the fourth time in the past five years that the Big 12 has earned at least six NCAA bids.
• Since 2007, every Big 12 team has earned at least one bid to the NCAA Tournament.

BAYLOR IN THE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP
• 2012 is Baylor's seventh NCAA Championship appearance and fourth NCAA berth in the modern tournament era (since 1950). Baylor's previous appearance came in 2010 when the Bears lost in the Elite Eight to eventual national champion Duke.
• Baylor played in three tournaments in a five-year span between 1946-1950 under head coach Bill Henderson, including Final Four appearances in 1948 and 1950.
• The 1947-48 squad lost to Kentucky (58-42) in the national title game at Madison Square Garden in New York.

NO SUCH THING AS A BAD LOSS
• All seven of Baylor's losses this season have come against teams in the 2012 NCAA Championship field -- Jan. 16 at Kansas (74-92), Jan. 21 vs. Missouri (88-89), Feb. 8 vs. Kansas (54-68), Feb. 11 at Missouri (57-72), Feb. 18 vs. Kansas State (56-57), March 3 at Iowa State (72-80) and March 10 vs. Missouri (75-90).

SWEET COMPANY
• Baylor is one of five schools nationally that boast a bowl-winning football team and a men's basketball team in the Sweet 16. Florida, Michigan State, Ohio and North Carolina State are the others.

GAME RECORD-SETTER
• Senior F Quincy Acy continues to put his stamp on the Baylor career record books. Acy, the Baylor career leader in both career games played (137) and Big 12 games played (66), is tied with teammates Anthony Jones and A.J. Walton for the Baylor record with six career NCAA tournament games played.

A BAYLOR POSTSEASON FIRST
Scott Drew is the first head coach in program history to lead Baylor to four postseason appearances -- 2008 NCAA, 2009 NIT, 2010 NCAA and 2012 NCAA. Drew is also only the second head coach in program history to lead Baylor to three NCAA postseason appearances (Bill Henderson led Baylor to 1946, 1948 and 1950 NCAA appearances).

BAYLOR 20-WIN SEASONS
• In the program's first 101 seasons, Baylor posted 20+ wins just three times -- 1945-46 (25-5, NCAA West Regional), 1947-48 (24-8, NCAA Runner-Up) and 1987-88 (23-11, NCAA First Round). In the last five seasons, Baylor has four 20-win campaigns.
• With an 80-63 win March 17 over Colorado in the NCAA Championship third round, Baylor set the program record with its 29th win, breaking the previous record of 28 held by the 2009-10 Elite Eight team.

BAYLOR NCAA RECORDS FALL AGAINST COLORADO
• Baylor's 11 made 3-pointers set a new school record for NCAA Championship play (previous mark of 8 achieved four times).
• Sophomore Brady Heslip finished with a career-high 27 points, tying Baylor's single-game record for scoring in NCAA Championship play (Curtis Jerrells had 27 vs. Purdue in 2008).
• Heslip's 9 3-pointers and 12 3FGA set new Baylor single-game records in NCAA Championship play.
• Heslip has played a Baylor NCAA record 39 minutes in each of his first two NCAA Championship games.
• Junior Pierre Jackson's 10 assists and 5 steals set a new Baylor's single-game NCAA Championship record.

BAYLOR NCAA CAREER RECORDS UPDATE
Brady Heslip's 39.0 minutes-per-game, 22.0 points-per-game, 60.9 FG percentage and 63.6 3FG percentage currently stand as Baylor NCAA Championship career records.
Pierre Jackson's 6.0 assists-per-game and 3.5 steals-per-game currently stand as Baylor NCAA Championship career marks.
• Senior Quincy Acy, senior Anthony Jones and junior A.J. Walton played in their sixth career NCAA Championship game, establishing a Baylor record.

#DOWNTOWNCANADIAN IN NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
• Sophomore G Brady Heslip made quite a splash during Baylor's 80-63 win March 17 in the NCAA Championship third round against Colorado. Heslip poured in a career-high 27 points on 9-of-12 shooting from 3-point range. Heslip's 9 3-pointers are a career high and tied for the second-most in school history. The Burlington, Ontario, native finished one trey shy of matching LaceDarius Dunn's single-game school record of 10 set in 2010 against Morgan State.
• Heslip's 9 3-pointers are tied for the fourth-most in a single game in NCAA tournament history, finishing two shy of the NCAA record of 11 held by Loyola Marymount's Jeff Fryer (1990 vs. Michigan, second round).
• Through two NCAA tournament games, Heslip is 14-of-22 from 3-point range; his 14 3FG lead the NCAA tournament field and are twice as many as the second-leading 3-point shooter (Kentucky's Doron Lamb and Purdue's Robbie Hummel).
• Heslip has made at least one 3FG in 33 of 36 games this season and, at one point, owned a streak of 13 consecutive games with at least 1 trey. 98 of the Ontario native's 122 FGs this season have been from 3-point range.


 

 

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