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Bears One Win Away from New York, Face Auburn in NIT Quarterfinals Tuesday

Henry Dugat was one of six Bears to score in double figures during their win at Virginia Tech Saturday.

Henry Dugat was one of six Bears to score in double figures during their win at Virginia Tech Saturday.

March 22, 2009

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GAME CENTER: GAME 37 (NIT QUARTERFINALS)
BAYLOR BEARS (22-14) AT AUBURN TIGERS (24-11)
Date:
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Tip-Off: 6 p.m. CT
Location: Auburn, Ala.
Arena: Beard-Eaves-Memorial Coliseum (10,500)
Television: ESPN
Talent: Brad Nessler (pxp), Jimmy Dykes (color)
Radio: Baylor ISP Sports Network | ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco)/Sirius Satellite (Ch. 161) | BaylorBears.com
Talent: John Morris (pxp), Pat Nunley (color)
Live Stats: BaylorBears.com
Web Stream: ESPN360.com and BaylorBears.com (live audio)
Series: Baylor leads 3-2

NATIONAL INVITATION TOURNAMENT QUARTERFINALS STORY LINES
• On the cusp of its first NIT Final Four appearance in school history, Baylor continues its record-setting season Tuesday when the Bears face the Auburn Tigers in the NIT Quarterfinals at 6 p.m. on ESPN. The winner will advance to New York City and Madison Square Garden for the NIT Semifinals on March 31.
• Baylor's senior trio of Curtis Jerrells, Henry Dugat and Kevin Rogers have won 62 career games, tying BU great Micheal Williams (1985-88) for the most in school history. A win over Auburn would make the trio the winningest senior class in school history.
• Sophomore LaceDarius Dunn has 975 career points in 67 games (14.6 points per game) and is 25 points shy of becoming the 23rd member of Baylor's 1,000-point club.
• Entering Tuesday's NIT Quarterfinals matchup at Auburn, Baylor has broken six single-season team records, including points (2,752), field goals made (947), field goals attempted (2,031), 3-point field goals made (292), 3-point field goals attempted (806) and free throws made (566).
• Baylor snapped its streak of 17 consecutive games scoring less than 80 points when the Bears eliminated the Virginia Tech Hokies 84-66 in the second round of the NIT March 21.
• Dating back to the start of the Big 12 Championship, Baylor has won five of its last six games, equaling its wins output in Big 12 play (Baylor was 5-11 in 16 Big 12 contests).
• The Bears never trailed during Baylor's NIT second-round victory over Virginia Tech March 21. It marked the fourth game this season Baylor led from start to finish -- Centenary (Nov. 18), Providence (Nov. 27), Kansas State (Jan. 21) and Virginia Tech (March 21).
• Baylor is one of only three Division I schools to have three different players record 30-point games this season against Division I opponents. Only Virginia Tech and VMI have equaled that feat this season.

SERIES HISTORY
• Tuesday will be the sixth meeting between the schools and the first since the 1996-97 season.
• Baylor leads the all-time series 3-2 --Baylor is 2-1 all-time in Auburn.
• Auburn will be Baylor's second SEC opponent this season. On Jan. 2, South Carolina edged the Bears at the Ferrell Center, 85-84.
• Baylor is 58-125 all-time vs. current members of the SEC.
Scott Drew is 1-3 vs. the SEC (0-1 vs. Arkansas, 1-2 vs. South Carolina).

AUBURN SCOUTING REPORT
• While Baylor has five of its last six, the Auburn Tigers have won 11 of their last 13 contests, including four straight to end the regular season. Auburn (24-11) trounced Tulsa by 19, 74-55, Friday night, advancing to the NIT quarterfinals for the first time.
• Three Tigers reached double figures -- Rasheem Barrett (17), DeWayne Reed (12) and Frankie Sullivan (10).
• For the season, Reed leads the Tigers with 13.2 points per game on 38.4 percent (151-of-393) shooting from the floor and 32.8 percent (63-of-192) from 3-point range. Korvotney Barber ranks second with 12.9 points per game and a team-high 9.5 rebounds per contest. Tay Waller is third at 12.2 points per game.

THE ROAD TO NEW YORK CITY
• The Auburn/Baylor winner will advance to face the San Diego State-Davidson/St. Mary's winner in the semifinals of the NIT Tuesday, March 31. Davidson travels to Moraga, Calif., to face St. Mary's Monday, March 23.
• Both semifinal games, as well as the NIT championship game, will be played at Madison Square Garden.

Scott Drew IMPRESSIVE IN SERIES DEBUTS
• Baylor head coach Scott Drew is 9-1 this season against first-time opponents.
• Auburn will be Drew's 11th first-time opponent.
• Drew has defeated Arizona State, Georgetown, Hartford, Jacksonville, Paul Quinn, Portland State, Providence, UT Arlington and Virginia Tech. Drew's lone loss was to Wake Forest at the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif.

BAYLOR'S WINNINGEST SENIOR CLASS GOES FOR MORE IN NIT TITLE CHASE
• Baylor's senior trio of Curtis Jerrells, Henry Dugat and Kevin Rogers have won 62 career games, tying BU great Micheal Williams (1985-88) for the most in school history. A win over Auburn would make the trio the winningest senior class in school history.
• Williams' teammate, Darryl Middleton, is second on the list with 61 victories.

LACE'S TWO-YEAR PLAN
• Sophomore LaceDarius Dunn has 975 career points in 67 games (14.6 points per game) and is 25 points shy of becoming the 23rd member of Baylor's 1,000-point club.
• Dunn would become the second sophomore to accomplish the feat at Baylor -- Baylor's all-time leading scorer Terry Teagle (2,189) scored 1,028 points in his first two seasons. Dunn would also be the fourth player in program history to score 1,000 points in two seasons, joining Teagle, Vinnie Johnson (1,231) and William Chatmon (1,104). Johnson and Chatmon were junior college transfers, playing their junior and senior seasons at Baylor.

BAYLOR'S HISTORY LESSON
• Entering Tuesday's NIT Quarterfinals matchup at Auburn, Baylor has broken six single-season team records, including POINTS (2,752), FIELD GOALS MADE (947), FIELD GOALS ATTEMPTED (2,031), 3-POINT FIELD GOALS MADE (292), 3-POINT FIELD GOALS ATTEMPTED (806) and FREE THROWS MADE (566).

IT'S BEEN AWHILE...
• Baylor is one win away from advancing to the NIT Final Four for the first time in program history. If Baylor were to advance to New York, it would be its first game at Madison Square Garden since the 1950 NCAA Final Four.
• On March 18, Baylor defeated Georgetown 74-72 for its first NCAA postseason win since 1950.

DREW'S SQUAD STILL CHASING HISTORY
• Baylor has posted back-to-back wins in the NIT, but the Bears are still chasing postseason history. Baylor's two postseason wins mark only the second time in school history it has notched more than one postseason victory.
• In 1947-48, Baylor won four NCAA games, finishing as the national runner-up (Baylor lost 58-42 to Kentucky in championship game). That season, the Bears defeated Arizona twice in the NCAA Division Six Playoffs in Dallas before defeating Washington and Kansas State in the NCAA Western Regional at Kansas City, Mo.

BEARS MARCHING ON
• Tuesday's NIT Quarterfinals matchup at Auburn will be only Baylor's 13th game to be played on or after March 18th in school history (Baylor is 6-6 in those contests thus far).
• Baylor played a school-record six games after March 18th during its NCAA runner-up finish in 1948.

THE EIGHTY POINTS' WAR
• Baylor snapped its streak of 17 consecutive games scoring less than 80 points when the Bears eliminated the Virginia Tech Hokies 84-66 in the second round of the NIT March 21.
• It was Baylor's first 80-point game since Jan. 21 when the Bears beat Kansas State 83-65 in Manhattan, Kan.
• Baylor is 9-1 this season when scoring 80 or more points. The Bears' lone loss was a heartbreaking 85-84 defeat to South Carolina on Jan. 2 at the Ferrell Center.

ROAD, SWEET ROAD
• After finishing 4-8 in 12 road/neutral-site games during the regular season, Baylor is 4-1 in its last five games away from Waco.
• Baylor went 3-1 at the Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City, followed by an 18-point win at Virginia Tech on March 21.
• Baylor has won eight games away from the Ferrell Center -- the second-most under head coach Scott Drew. Last season, Baylor won a combined nine contests at road and neutral sites.

NEVER TRAILING
• The Bears never trailed during Baylor's NIT second-round victory over Virginia Tech March 21. It marked the fourth game this season Baylor led from start to finish -- Centenary (Nov. 18), Providence (Nov. 27), Kansas State (Jan. 21) and Virginia Tech (March 21).

30 TIMES THREE AND ONE OF ONLY THREE
• Baylor is one of only three Division I schools to have three different players record 30-point games this season against Division I opponents. Only Virginia Tech (Malcolm Delaney, A.D. Vassallo, Jeff Allen) and VMI (Keith Gabriel, Chavis Holmes, Travis Holmes, Austin Kenon) have equaled that feat this season. VMI is the only school to have four players score 30 or more.
• Baylor is the only Big 12 school to have three different players score 30 or more points in a game this season -- Curtis Jerrells (31 vs. Oklahoma State, Jan. 17), LaceDarius Dunn (33 at Kansas State, Jan. 21) at Tweety Carter (30 at Oklahoma State, Feb. 21).

SINGLE-SEASON GAMES PLAYED MARK CONTINUES TO CLIMB
• After two rounds in the NIT, Baylor has increased its single-season school record mark to 36 games played, besting the previous mark of 34 set during the 1987-88 season.
• Baylor has played 32 or more games in a season only four times in the program's 103-year history -- 1947-48 (32), 1987-88 (34), 2007-08 (32) and 2008-09 (36).


 

 

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