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MBB to Host Providence in NIT Quarterfinal

Pierre Jackson's 16 assists on Friday vs. Arizona State were the most in the NIT's 76-year history.

March 25, 2013

WACO, Texas - Baylor men's basketball will host Providence at 8 p.m. CT Wednesday in a National Invitation Tournament quarterfinal game. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN2, and the winner will advance to the NIT semifinals at New York's famed Madison Square Garden.

Student tickets are free, and all other tickets are $12 for Wednesday's game. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting, and all service fees will be waived if the print-at-home option is chosen.

Baylor (20-14) advanced to the quarterfinals by winning home games against Long Beach State and Arizona State. Providence (19-14), a Big East Conference member, defeated Charlotte in the opening round and advanced to the quarterfinals by beating Robert Morris on Monday night.

Wednesday's game will be the last chance for fans to watch seniors Pierre Jackson, A.J. Walton and Jacob Neubert play at home and the last basketball game at the Ferrell Center until the 2013-14 season.

Baylor has won 20 games for the fourth time in the Scott Drew era after only three 20-win seasons in its first 101 years of basketball. The Bears are 12-4 in postseason play under Drew and have won multiple games in each of their last four postseason trips, losing to the eventual tournament champions each of the last three times entering this season.

Baylor has advanced to the quarterfinals in each of their last four postseason tournaments - the Bears went to the 2009 NIT finals and the 2010 and 2012 NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.



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