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Saint Mary's Latest MBB Test in Sweet 16





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No. 3 Seed Baylor (27-7) vs. No. 10 Saint Mary's (28-5)
March 26, 2010 | 6:27 p.m. CDT
Houston, Texas | Reliant Stadium
TV: CBS

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BAYLOR AT A GLANCE
2009-10 Record: 27-7
Big 12 Record (Finish):
11-5 (t-2nd)
Last Game:
W, 76-68 over Old Dominion
Head Coach:
Scott Drew
Career Record:
128-113 (8th season)
Record at BU:
108-102 (7th season)
NCAA Tournament Record:
5-7 (.417)
Postseason (NCAA/NIT) Record:
9-11 (.450)

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:
7

STATISTICAL LEADERS
Points:
LaceDarius Dunn (19.4)
Rebounds:
Ekpe Udoh (9.7)
Assists: Tweety Carter (6.0)
Blocks: Ekpe Udoh (3.8)

GAME RESET
Date:
Fri., March 26, 2010
Tip-Off:
6:27 p.m. CDT
Location:
Houston, Texas
Arena:
Reliant Stadium (70,676)
Television:
CBS (KWTX-TV)
Talent:
Jim Nantz (pxp), Clark Kellogg (analyst)
Radio:
Baylor ISP Sports Network; ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco)
Talent:
John Morris (pxp), Pat Nunley (analyst)
National Radio:
Westwood One (Sirius 126/XM 243)
Talent: Kevin Kugler (pxp), Pete Gillen (analyst)
Series vs. Saint Mary's:
never met
Drew Record vs. SMC:
0-0

MULTIMEDIA
Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com
Video Web Stream: mmod.ncaa.com
In-Game Blog: www.BaylorBears.com

BAYLOR NCAA NOTES
• Baylor (27-7) is making its first trip to the NCAA Division I Championship Sweet 16 in school history.
• A win by Baylor Friday would put the Bears in their first Elite Eight in the modern era. Prior to the tournament expanding to 32 teams (1979), Baylor had been in the quarterfinals (eight teams) three times -- 1946, 1948 and 1950. Baylor advanced to the NCAA Final Four in both 1948 (runner-up) and 1950.
• Baylor is 5-7 all-time in six NCAA tournament appearances.
• Baylor is 6-2 (2-1 NCAA, 4-1 NIT) in the postseason under head coach Scott Drew.
• Baylor has won multiple NCAA tournament games for only the second time in program history. In 1948, the Bears won two games before losing to Kentucky in the NCAA championship game.
• Baylor is 13-23 all-time against the rest of the Sweet 16 field, while Drew is 6-17.
• Baylor is a combined 1-2 against the other three teams in the NCAA South Regional semifinals. BU has never played Duke or Saint Mary's (1-2 vs. Purdue). Drew is 1-3 against the other three teams in the NCAA South Regional semifinals (1-3 vs. Purdue).
• Baylor, which was picked 10th in the Big 12 preseason coaches poll, is one of only two Big 12 teams in the Sweet 16 (Kansas State).

NCAA CHAMPIONSHIP SOUTH REGIONAL SEMIFINAL STORY LINES
• Making its first Sweet 16 in school history, Baylor (27-7) will now look to make its first Elite Eight appearance in the modern tournament era when the Bears face Saint Mary's Friday at Reliant Stadium.
• Friday's NCAA Division I Championship South Regional semifinal game will mark the first series meeting.
• The Bears enter Friday's NCAA South Regional semifinal vs. Saint Mary's with a school-record 27 victories.
• Saint Mary's will be the 13th first-time opponent Baylor has faced over the last two seasons. BU is 11-1 in the last 12 instances and has won eight straight.
• Baylor is 19-8 (.704) in its last 27 games away from the Ferrell Center -- 6-4 in true road games and 13-4 in neutral-site games.
• Baylor is 12-6 away from home this season -- the most wins outside of Waco by the Bears since winning 12 during the 1968-69 season.
LaceDarius Dunn enters Friday's NCAA South Regional semifinal game against Saint Mary's with 659 points through 34 points. Dunn is eight points shy of establishing a new Baylor single-season record for points scored.
• Since the NCAA tournament field expanded to 64 teams in 1985, there have been only three father/son combos that have led teams to the Sweet 16 as head coach -- John Thompson (Georgetown 1985, 1987, 1989, 1995, 1996)/John Thompson III (Georgetown 2006, 2007), Dick Bennett (Wisconsin 2000)/Tony Bennett (Washington State 2008) and Homer Drew (Valparaiso 1998)/Scott Drew (Baylor 2010).
• Drew is 6-2 (2-1 NCAA, 4-1 NIT) in three postseason appearances at the helm of the Bears basketball program.
• Drew is making his first Sweet 16 appearance as head coach; he was an assistant coach on Valparaiso's 1998 Sweet 16 team.
• Baylor improved to 5-7 in six NCAA tournament appearances.
• Since posting a 21-53 record (.284) in Drew's first three seasons, Baylor is 87-49 (.640) in its last 136 games.
• Baylor is 24-11 (.686) -- 23-10 (.697) in the Drew era -- when ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll.
• Baylor is 34-9 (.791) in its last 43 games, dating back to the end of the 2008-09 regular season.
• At 27-7 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.
• Louisiana guards Tweety Carter (269) and LaceDarius Dunn (293) have combined to make 562 career treys in 233 career games.

SERIES HISTORY
• Friday's NCAA Division I Championship South Regional semifinal game will mark the first series meeting.
• Baylor is 3-5 all-time vs. members of the West Coast Conference -- 1-0 vs. Loyola Marymount, 2-1 vs. Pepperdine, 0-2 vs. Gonzaga and 0-2 vs. San Francisco.

FIRST TIME OPPONENTS
• Saint Mary's will be the 13th first-time opponent Baylor has faced over the last two seasons. Baylor is 11-1 in the last 12 instances and has won eight straight (last loss was to Wake Forest in 2008 76 Classic championship game).
• This season, the Bears are 5-0 against first-time opponents, defeating Norfolk State, Iona, Morgan State, UMass and Xavier, which is also in the Sweet 16.
• Last season, Baylor went 6-1 against first-time foes, including wins over Providence, Jacksonville, Portland State and Georgetown.

WINNING AWAY FROM HOME
• Starting with its epic run at the 2009 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship in Oklahoma City, Baylor is 19-8 (.704) in its last 27 games away from the Ferrell Center -- 6-4 in true road games and 13-4 in neutral-site games.
• Baylor is 12-6 away from home this season -- the most wins outside of Waco by the Bears since winning 12 during the 1968-69 season.

2010 BEARS OVERTAKE 1946 TEAM FOR MOST WINS IN SCHOOL HISTORY
• Baylor's 68-59 first-round win March 18 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.
• The Bears enter Friday's NCAA South Regional semifinal vs. Saint Mary's with 27 victories.

HOW MANY MORE CAN HE SCORE?
LaceDarius Dunn enters Friday's NCAA South Regional semifinal game against Saint Mary's with 659 points through 34 points. Dunn is eight points shy of establishing a new Baylor single-season record for points scored.
• The record is currently held by Darryl Middleton (1987-88), who scored 666 points in 34 games (19.6 average).
• Last season, Dunn scored 614 points in 39 games, which ranks eighth on Baylor's single-season list.

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.

A (SWEET 16) FATHER/SON COACHING COMBO
• Since the NCAA tournament field expanded to 64 teams in 1985, there have been only three father/son combos that have led teams to the Sweet 16 as head coach -- John Thompson (Georgetown 1985, 1987, 1989, 1995, 1996)/John Thompson III (Georgetown 2006, 2007), Dick Bennett (Wisconsin 2000)/Tony Bennett (Washington State 2008) and Homer Drew (Valparaiso 1998)/Scott Drew (Baylor 2010).

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 two games 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 Friday's game vs. Saint Mary's with 45 combined games of postseason experience.

DREW IN THE POSTSEASON
• Baylor head coach Scott Drew is 6-2 in three postseason appearances at the helm of the Bears basketball program. Drew's six postseason wins (four NIT, two NCAA) are one more than the program had in the previous 101 seasons.

DREW IN THE NCAA TOURNAMENT
• Friday will be Scott Drew's fourth NCAA Tournament game -- and first Sweet 16 trip -- 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.


 

 

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