9/10 Baylor (3-0) vs. SCSU (2-1)
Nov. 22, 2011 | 9 p.m. CST
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
9/10 Baylor (3-0) vs. UT Arlington (2-0)
Nov. 23, 2011 | 7:06 p.m. CST
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
TV: FOX Sports Southwest/FOX Sports Houston
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No. 9/10 Baylor continues its season-opening six-game homestand Tuesday against South Carolina State (2-1) at the Ferrell Center. Tuesday's game will tip at 9 p.m. CST (second half of WBB/MBB doubleheader) and live video will be available at BaylorBears.com (All-Access subscription required).
Following its fifth consecutive 3-0 start, Baylor jumped up two spots in the latest Top 25 polls -- No. 9 (AP), No. 10 (USA TODAY/ESPN). Baylor's No. 9 ranking matches its highest in program history (ranked No. 9 for one week in December 2010).
Baylor is 36-15 -- 35-14 in the Scott Drew era -- when ranked in the Associated Press Top 25, 29-10 when ranked in the USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches Top 25 and 27-9 all-time when ranked simultaneously in both polls.
Baylor has won 21 straight non-conference home games and 35 of its last 36 non-conference home contests.
Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 94-47 and has made three postseason appearances (2008 NCAA, 2009 NIT, 2010 NCAA) and posted three 20-win seasons.
Baylor has made at least one 3-point field goal in 622 consecutive games -- the second-longest active streak in the Big 12.
Senior F Quincy Acy needs 57 points to become the 25th 1,000-point scorer in program history. Acy would be the seventh 1,000-point scorer of the Scott Drew era, joining Aaron Bruce, Curtis Jerrells, Henry Dugat, Kevin Rogers, Tweety Carter and LaceDarius Dunn.
Since the start of the 2009-10 season, Baylor is 33-4 at home. Baylor won a Ferrell Center-record 15 home games in both 2009-10 and 2010-11. Baylor is 59-13 in the last four-plus seasons at home.
Tuesday and Wednesday will be the final two games of a six-game suspension for sophomore F Perry Jones III, who was suspended by the NCAA in March. The Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year will make his season debut Nov. 29 vs. Prairie View A&M.
Baylor continues its season-opening six-game homestand with the second-half of its back-to-back home contests Nov. 23 against UT Arlington (7:06 p.m.). Baylor/UTA will be the first of three regular-season games televised on FOX Sports Southwest and FOX Sports Houston.
Baylor has started 4-0 in each of the previous four seasons -- 5-0 (2007-08, NCAA tournament), 6-0 (2008-09, NIT), 4-0 (2009-10, NCAA tournament) and 7-0 (2010-11, no postseason).
Baylor is 46-3 in its last 49 non-conference home games, dating back to the 2006-07 season.
18 of Baylor's last 19 non-conference home wins have been decided by double figures.
Baylor is 33-6 in the month of November under Scott Drew.
Baylor is 82-32 all-time in the month of November (regular-season only).
Baylor is 73-22 against non-conference competition in the Scott Drew era.
More than 51 percent of senior F Quincy Acy's career field goals have been dunks (182 of 355).
Senior F Anthony Jones has made 70 consecutive starts at the wing, while junior G A.J. Walton has made 33 consecutive starts at point guard.
Baylor's frontline fivesome of senior F Anthony Jones (6-foot-10, wingspan: 7 feet, 2 inches), senior F Quincy Acy (6-foot-7, wingspan: 7 feet, 3 inches), sophomore F Perry Jones III (6-foot-11, wingspan: 7 feet, 2 inches), redshirt sophomore F Cory Jefferson (6-foot-9, wingspan: 7 feet) and freshman F Quincy Miller (6-foot-9, wingspan: 7 feet, 4 inches) has a combined wingspan of 35 feet, 11 inches (width of NCAA playing court is 50 feet).
Scott Drew is tied with Kansas' Bill Self as the second-longest tenured head coach in the Big 12 Conference. Drew, who is in his ninth season at Baylor in 2011-12, is second only to Texas' Rick Barnes, who enters his 14th season in Austin.
26 of Baylor's 31 regular-season games will be televised regionally or nationally -- 12 on the ESPN family of networks, 6 on the Big 12 Network, 4 on FOX Sports Southwest and FOX Sports Houston, 3 on various regional networks and 1 on CBS.
Senior F Quincy Acy and freshman F Quincy Miller have combined to average 30.7 points, 10.7 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 2.0 steals through three games, while shooting 57 percent from the floor (28-of-49) and 79 percent from the FT line (30-of-38).
Freshman F Quincy Miller, one of the nation's most heralded freshmen, is averaging a team-best 14.0 points on 14-of-21 shooting (66.7 percent) in the second half, including at a 71.4 clip from 3-point range (5-of-7).
BAYLOR BREAKS INTO AP, COACHES TOP 10
After its fifth consecutive 3-0 start, Baylor moved up two spots in both the AP and USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches Top 25 polls released Monday. Baylor (3-0) jumped to No. 9 in the AP poll, matching the highest ranking in program history (Baylor spent one week at No. 9 in both polls in December 2010), and jumped to No. 10 in the USA TODAY/ESPN poll.
SERIES HISTORY -- SOUTH CAROLINA STATE
Tuesday will be the first series meeting. South Carolina State is the first of three schools Baylor will face for the first time during the 2011-12 season. Baylor is 10-0 all-time against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference foes (MEAC).
SERIES HISTORY -- UT ARLINGTON
Wednesday will be the 14th series meeting between Baylor and UT Arlington -- with all 14 series meetings in Waco. Baylor leads the all-time series 12-1 and has won the last six meetings.
SERIES NOTES: Wednesday will be only the second time in series history that Baylor is ranked at the time of the series meeting ... In 2009 meeting, Ekpe Udoh finished one block shy of a triple-double, posting 22 points, 16 rebounds and 9 blocks ... In 2008 meeting, Curtis Jerrells scored 29 points and was 16-of-17 at FT line ... In 13 series meetings, Baylor is averaging 85.8 points, while allowing just 71.0 points ... Four of the last six series meeting have decided by fewer than 10 points.
LAST TIME AGAINST UT ARLINGTON (DEC. 20, 2009)
Future NBA lottery pick Ekpe Udoh scored 22 points to lead four Baylor players in double figures and finished one block shy of a triple-double as Baylor defeated UT Arlington 94-63 in the Ferrell Center.
Udoh posted then-career highs in points, rebounds (16) and blocks (nine) before fouling out with 2:04 remaining. LaceDarius Dunn added 17 points, Tweety Carter 12 and 10 assists and Quincy Acy 10 points for the Bears.
Udoh was the first Baylor player to record a 20-point, 15-rebound game since Lawrence Roberts vs. Texas Tech in 2003. Carter notched a career high in assists en route to his career-first double-double.
UTA's Marquez Haynes entered the game as the nation's second-leading scorer at 25.7 per game, but held to only a team-leading 16 points but also committed eight turnovers. Brandon Long added 12 points for the Mavericks, all on 3-pointers.
Baylor seized control with a 14-0 first-half run, highlighted by back-to-back Dunn 3-pointers and a spectacular fast-break dunk by Acy on a pass off the backboard by Carter. The Bears led 51-31 lead at the break.
ONE OF THE BEST DEFENDERS IN THE BIG 12
Junior G A.J. Walton ranks fifth in the Big 12 Conference with 2.3 steals per game and has 19 career games with 3+ steals. He has recorded at least one steal in 34 of his last 37 games.
Walton is tied for ninth in school history with 117 career steals and seventh with a 1.70 steals-per-game average.
Senior F Quincy Acy and freshman F Quincy Miller have been a solid 1-2 force in the frontcourt through three games. Miller is averaging a team-best 18.0 points on 51.4 percent shooting (18-of-35), while connecting on 66.7 percent of his 3-point attempts (6-of-9) and 80.0 percent of his free throw attempts (12-of-15).
Acy ranks second behind in Miller in scoring (12.7) and FT percentage (.783). The Mesquite, Texas, native leads the Bears with a 71.4 FG percentage (10-of-14).
Q-Squared has combined to average 30.7 points, 10.7 rebounds, 3.0 blocks and 2.0 steals through three games, while shooting 57 percent from the floor (28-of-49) and 79 percent from the free throw line (30-of-38).
TICKET PROMOS FOR NEXT FIVE HOME GAMES
A pair of ticket promos will be available for Baylor's final five non-conference home games.
The first ticket promo will be for Baylor's remaining November home games against South Carolina State (Nov. 22), UT Arlington (Nov. 23) and Prairie View A&M (Nov. 29). Fans that buy a ticket for the South Carolina State game will get a free ticket for the UTA game the following night, and if fans buy a ticket to the UTA game, they will receive a free ticket for the Prairie View A&M contest.
The Family 4-Pack (four tickets, four hot dogs and four drinks for $36) will be available for Baylor's two December home games - Bethune-Cookman (Dec. 14) and Paul Quinn (Dec. 19) - which are part of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic.
Fans can purchase tickets online, by calling 254-710-1000 or at the Baylor Athletic Ticket Office at the Ferrell Center.
ACY NEXT IN LINE FOR 1,000-POINT CLUB
Reigning Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year Quincy Acy, who has 930 career points, needs 57 points to become the 25th 1,000-point scorer in school history. Acy would be the seventh 1,000-point scorer in the Scott Drew era, joining Aaron Bruce, Curtis Jerrells, Henry Dugat, Kevin Rogers, LaceDarius Dunn and Tweety Carter.
SECOND HALF IS `MILLER TIME'
Freshman F Quincy Miller, one of the nation's most heralded freshmen, is averaging a team-best 18.0 points in three starts.
However, the majority of Miller's scoring has come in the second half. Miller is averaging a team-best 14.0 points on 14-of-21 shooting (66.7 percent) in the second half, including at a 71.4 clip from 3-point range (5-of-7).
In comparison, Miller is averaging just 4.0 points on 4-of-14 shooting (28.6 percent) in the first half.
ACY'S BLOCK PARTY
Senior F Quincy Acy, one of only six Baylor players to record at least 100 career blocks, ranks fourth in school history with 113 career blocks. Three of the top-five blocks leaders in Baylor history have played for head coach Scott Drew.
The Mesquite, Texas, product is 20 blocks behind former teammate Ekpe Udoh (133) for third place.
HE'S BIGGER. HE'S STRONGER. HE'S Cory Jefferson.
After redshirting for the 2010-11 season, redshirt sophomore PF Cory Jefferson has nearly surpassed his freshman season totals through the first three games of 2011-12. Jefferson is averaging 8.3 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.3 blocks in 19.7 minutes off the bench.
Jefferson opened the season with his career-first double-double, posting a then-career-high 10 points and a career-high 10 points in Baylor's 77-57 win Nov. 11 vs. Texas Southern. He followed with a career-high 13 points, 9 rebounds and a career-high 3 blocks in a 92-59 rout of Jackson State on Nov. 13.
Jefferson has 25 points, 24 rebounds and 7 blocks through the season's first three games. As a true freshman in 2009-10, Jefferson posted 27 points, 25 rebounds and 4 blocks in 21 games (97 minutes played).
NOTHING BUT CONSISTENT
One of Baylor's tallest frontcourt members has also been one of its most consistent through three games. Senior SF Anthony Jones is averaging 11.0 points and 7.0 rebounds in a team-high 29.3 minutes. Jones has started 70 consecutive games at the wing, dating back to the start of the 2009-10 season.
Jones has scored 11 points on 4-of-9 shooting in each of Baylor's first three games.
A DOMINATING FRONTCOURT
Even without the services of Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year Perry Jones III, Baylor's frontcourt has been a dominant force through the first three games. Baylor's frontcourt foursome of Quincy Miller, Quincy Acy, Cory Jefferson and Anthony Jones have combined for 150 of the team's 246 points in two games, accounting for 61 percent of the scoring output.
The foursome is shooting 53 percent (48-of-91) in two games -- six percentage points better than the team's shooting percentage (76-of-162, 47 percent).
NON-CONFERENCE HOME SUCCESS
Baylor is 46-3 in its last 49 non-conference home games, dating back to the 2006-07 season (Baylor did not play a non-conference schedule in 2005-06 due to NCAA sanctions).
Baylor has won 21 consecutive non-conference home games and has not lost a non-conference home game since Jan. 2, 2009, against South Carolina (85-84). Each of Baylor's last three non-conference home losses have been by five points or fewer -- Dec. 9, 2006, vs. South Carolina (64-59); Nov. 30, 2007, vs. No. 6 Washington State (67-64); and Jan. 2, 2009, vs. South Carolina (85-84).