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Men's Hoops Faces Arizona State in Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series





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Baylor (6-1) at Arizona State (6-1)
Dec. 3, 2009 | 9:30 p.m. CST
Tempe, Ariz. | Wells Fargo Arena (13,947)
TV: FSN (in Texas on FOX Sports Southwest/FOX Sports Houston)

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GAME CENTER: GAME 8 (BIG 12/PAC-10 HARDWOOD SERIES)
MEDIA INFORMATION
Date:
Thurs., Dec. 3, 2009
Tip-Off: 9:30 p.m. CST
Location: Tempe, Ariz.
Arena: Wells Fargo Arena (13,947)
Television: FSN (available throughout Texas on FOX Sports Southwest and FOX Sports Houston) [Complete FSN Affiliate Listings]
Talent: Steve Physioc (pxp), Marques Johnson (analyst)
Radio: Baylor ISP Sports Network, ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco), Sirius (Ch. 161)
Talent: John Morris (pxp), Pat Nunley (analyst)
Series: Tied 2-2
Record vs. Pac-10: 10-20 (.333)
Record in Big 12/Pac-10 Series: 1-1 (.500)
Drew Era in December: 24-9 (.727)
Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com
Audio Web Stream: www.BaylorBears.com
Video Web Stream: None
In-Game Blog: None

GAME NIGHT STORY LINES
• After a 2-1 showing at the Old Spice Classic last week, Baylor returns to the road for its Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series showdown with the Arizona State Sun Devils in Tempe, Ariz. Thursday's game will be televised nationally on FSN at 9:30 p.m. CST.
• Thursday marks the fifth series meeting and the second of three consecutive seasons the teams will meet. The series is tied 2-2 after Baylor upset No. 14 Arizona State, 87-78, at the 76 Classic last season in Anaheim, Calif. Baylor is 0-1 in the series at Tempe - a 90-87 loss (Dec. 17, 1965).
• Baylor is 1-1 through its first two games of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.
• Baylor is 24-9 in the month of December under head coach Scott Drew and has won 15 consecutive December games.
• Baylor's last December loss was Dec. 16, 2006, at No. 23 Syracuse (lost 94-71).
• Senior PG Tweety Carter (998) needs two points to become the 24th player in school history to score 1,000 career points. Carter would become the sixth player under Drew to reach the career milestone, joining Aaron Bruce (2006), Curtis Jerrells (2008), Henry Dugat (2009), Kevin Rogers (2009) and LaceDarius Dunn (2009).
• Carter will become the first player in school history to reach 1,000-point milestone after his 100th game. All 23 1,000-point scorers reached the mark in fewer than 100 games.
• Junior LaceDarius Dunn has made at least one 3FG in 19 consecutive games -- the fourth-longest in school history.
• Forwards Quincy Acy, Ekpe Udoh and center Josh Lomers are shooting a combined 67 percent (91-of-136) from the field in Baylor's first seven games. By contrast, Baylor's 10 other players are shooting a combined 40 percent from the field (108-of-270).
Ekpe Udoh has more blocks (25) than five teams in the Big 12 -- Texas A&M (19), Oklahoma (18), Nebraska (17), Colorado (16) and Oklahoma State (16). He has 11 more blocks than the entire Arizona State Sun Devils team (14) in seven games.
• Louisiana natives Tweety Carter (Reserve) and LaceDarius Dunn (Monroe) have combined for 2,179 points as Bears. Dunn (1,181) and Carter (998) nearly have 1,000 more points than the rest of Baylor's five players with Division I experience combined -- 1,268 points between Ekpe Udoh (475), Josh Lomers (396), Quincy Acy (234), Anthony Jones (112) and Fred Ellis (51).
• Seniors Tweety Carter and Josh Lomers have a chance to shatter the school's career wins mark. Lomers is tied for sixth all-time with 60 victories, while Carter is tied for seventh with 59. Teammate LaceDarius Dunn has 50 wins to his credit.

SERIES HISTORY
• Thursday marks the fifth series meeting and the second of three consecutive seasons the teams will meet.
• The series is tied 2-2 after Baylor upset No. 14 Arizona State, 87-78, at the 76 Classic last season in Anaheim, Calif.
• Baylor is 0-1 in the series at Tempe - a 90-87 loss (Dec. 17, 1965).
• Baylor is 10-20 all-time vs. current members of the Pac-10 Conference.
• The Bears have won their two games against Pac-10 schools - wins over Arizona State and at Washington State last season.
• Baylor is 3-10 all-time at Pac-10 schools. Baylor's only three wins at a Pac-10 opponent - Dec. 6, 2008, at Washington State, Dec. 7, 1955, at Oregon State and Dec. 19, 1947 at UCLA.

BIG 12/PAC-10 HARDWOOD SERIES HISTORY
• Baylor is 1-1 through its first two games of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.
• Baylor split its series with Washington State; the visiting team won both games.
• Arizona State will travel to Waco for the second-half of the series with Baylor in 2010-11.

DECEMBER SUCCESS UNDER DREW
• Baylor is 24-9 in the month of December under head coach Scott Drew and has won 15 consecutive December games.
• Baylor's last December loss was Dec. 16, 2006, at No. 23 Syracuse (lost 94-71).
• Baylor's December winning streak started after back-to-back losses to South Carolina and Syracuse in 2006.
• Baylor concluded the month of November with a 6-1 record, running its record in the 11th month under Drew to 25-6.

CARTER'S 1,000-POINT WATCH
• Senior PG Tweety Carter (998) needs two points to become the 24th player in school history to score 1,000 career points.
• Carter would become the sixth player under Scott Drew to reach the career milestone, joining Aaron Bruce (2006), Curtis Jerrells (2008), Henry Dugat (2009), Kevin Rogers (2009) and LaceDarius Dunn (2009).
• Carter will become the first player in school history to reach 1,000-point milestone after his 100th game. All 23 1,000-point scorers had reached the mark in fewer than 100 games.
• In the first 100 years of the program, Baylor had 18 1,000-point scorers. With the addition of Carter, BU would have added six 1,000-point scorers in the last four seasons.
• Carter would be the second BU player to reach the mark in the 2009 calendar year -- LaceDarius Dunn scored his 1,000th career point in the NIT semifinal game March 31 vs. San Diego State.

DUNN LOOKING TO MAKE SECOND SERIOUS RUN AT 3-POINT CONSECUTIVE GAMES STREAK
• Junior LaceDarius Dunn, who posted the second-longest streak in school history with 28 consecutive games with at least one 3-point field goal made, owns a streak of 19 consecutive games -- dating back to Feb. 28, 2009, vs. Colorado.
• Last season, Carter's streak of 18 consecutive games was snapped in Baylor's 65-49 win over Nebraska on March 11, 2009. It currently stands at the sixth-longest streak in school history.

`THE NIGHTMARE' NAMED BIG 12 ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
• Baylor junior forward Ekpe Udoh was named the Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week for Nov. 23-29 Monday in voting by a panel of media covering the conference.
• It is the first weekly honor for Udoh. The Edmond, Okla., native is the first Bear to earn top rookie recognition since Quincy Acy did it last season. Udoh is one of four current Baylor players that have been named Big 12 Rookie of the Week, joining Tweety Carter, two-time winner LaceDarius Dunn and Acy.
• He is the first Baylor non-freshman to win the award since Tim Bush accomplished it as a junior in 2005. At least one Baylor rookie has earned top rookie honors in six consecutive seasons.
• Udoh averaged 15.0 points, 10.0 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 4.3 blocks last week to the lead Baylor (6-1) to a 2-1 record at the Old Spice Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. He posted back-to-back double-doubles in Baylor's first two games at the Old Spice - 17 points and 10 rebounds vs. Alabama (Nov. 26) and 13 points, a career-high tying 11 rebounds and five blocked shots vs. Iona (Nov. 27).
• Udoh concluded the tournament with 15 points, nine rebounds, four assists and a season-high six blocked shots in Baylor's 69-64 win over Xavier. For Udoh's efforts, he was named to the Old Spice Classic All-Tournament Team.

BAYLOR'S ACCURATE BIG MEN
• Forwards Quincy Acy, Ekpe Udoh and center Josh Lomers are shooting a combined 67 percent (91-of-136) from the field in Baylor's first seven games.
• By contrast, Baylor's 10 other players are shooting a combined 40 percent from the field (108-of-270).
• Lomers' 71.9 field goal percentage leads all Bears (23-of-32 shooting).
• Udoh ranks second on the team with 66.2 percent (47-of-71), while Acy is third at 63.6 percent (21-of-33).
• Lomers' career 65.1 field goal percentage would rank as the highest in school history, but he does not meet the minimum career requirement of 200 field goals made. Lomers has made 157-of-241 career field goals.

UDOH'S BLOCK PARTY
• Junior Ekpe Udoh is quickly closing in on Baylor's single-season blocked shots top 10 list in his first season with the Bears.
• Through seven games, Udoh has blocked a team-high 25 shots, including a season-high six blocks vs. Xavier (Nov. 29) and five blocks each against Hartford (Nov. 15) and Iona (Nov. 27).
• The Edmond, Okla., native needs 15 more blocks to move into 10th place on Baylor's single-season list (40 by Daryl Baucham and Kish Lewis).
• Udoh has recorded multiple blocks in 11 consecutive games dating back to the final four contests of the 2007-08 at Michigan.
• He has recorded five or more blocks 10 times and two or more blocks in 55 of his 74 career games.
• Udoh, who broke Chris Webber's sophomore blocked shots record at Michigan in 2007-08, left Ann Arbor as the school's fourth-leading career shot blocker. Udoh's 184 career blocks (159 at Michigan) would rank second all-time at Baylor behind Brian Skinners (346).

HE HAS MORE BLOCKS...THAN YOU
Ekpe Udoh has more blocks than five teams in the Big 12 -- Texas A&M (19), Oklahoma (18), Nebraska (17), Colorado (16) and Oklahoma State (16).
• He has 11 more blocks than the entire Arizona State Sun Devils team (14) in seven games.


 

 

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