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Men's Hoops Game Day: at Washington State




Dec. 3, 2008

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GAME CENTER: GAME 8 AT WASHINGTON STATE [BIG 12/PAC-10 HARDWOOD SERIES]
[24/RV] BAYLOR BEARS (6-1) at [RV/RV] WASHINGTON STATE COUGARS (6-1)
Date:
Saturday, Dec. 6, 2008
Tip-Off:
10:30 p.m. CT (8:30 p.m. PT)
Location:
Pullman, Wash.
Arena:
Friel Court (11,671)
Television:
FSN
Talent:
Ted Robinson (pxp), Marques Johnson (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:
BaylorBears.com (live audio)
Series:
WSU leads 2-0
Last Meeting (Result):
Nov. 30, 2007 (L, 64-67)
Tickets:
(254) 710-1000

2008 BIG 12 / PAC-10 HARDWOOD SERIES
• Last season, the Big 12 held a 11-8 overall advantage in contests between the two conferences.  The Pac-10 had the edge in official Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series games with a 7-5 mark.
• In the first game of the 2008 Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series (remember that it’s not a “Challenge”), Stanford topped Colorado, 76-62, in Palo Alto on Saturday, Nov. 29.
• The games this season are return contests from one year ago.  New pairings for the next two years of the agreement will be announced in the near future. 

• Big 12 teams have posted a 60-13 record to begin the 2008-09 season.   Two squads are unbeaten and seven have just one loss.

• All games in the series will be nationally televised.  Seven contests are slated for national broadcast on FSN.  Five will be on ESPN2 or ESPNU.

• Because of the uneven number of teams in the two conferences, Arizona and Stanford each play two games.  There are three games outside the main series window of Dec. 4-7. Those games are: Colorado at Stanford (Nov. 29), Kansas at Arizona (Dec. 23), and Texas Tech at Stanford (Dec. 28).

• Six of the 12 games in the inaugural event last season were decided by seven points or fewer, with two games going to overtime (Kansas-Arizona, Kansas State-Oregon).
• Nationally-ranked teams posted a 5-1 record in last year’s Hardwood Series, with No. 2 UCLA suffering the only loss to another ranked team (No. 7 Texas).

2008 Big 12 / Pac-10 Hardwood Series Schedule

Saturday, November 29
Stanford 76, Colorado 62 (FSN)

Thursday, December 4
USC at Oklahoma (ESPN2) --- 6:00 p.m.
UCLA at Texas (ESPN2) --- 8:00 p.m.
Oklahoma State at Washington (FSN) --- 10:00 p.m.

Friday, December 5
Arizona at Texas A&M (ESPNU) --- 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, December 6
Oregon State at Iowa State (ESPNU) --- 1:00 p.m.
Baylor at Washington State (FSN) --- 10:30 p.m.

Sunday, December 7
California at Missouri (ESPNU) --- 1:00 p.m.
Nebraska at Arizona State (FSN) --- 1:00 p.m.
Kansas State at Oregon (FSN) --- 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, December 23
Kansas at Arizona (FSN) --- 9:30 p.m. 

Sunday, December 28
Texas Tech at Stanford (FSN) --- 9:00 p.m.
All times Central

GAME NIGHT STORY LINES
• After a highly successful showing at the 76 Classic that saw Baylor upset No. 14 Arizona State, the 24th-ranked Bears defend their national ranking for the first time when they visit the Washington State Cougars as part of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.
• Last season, then-No. 6 Washington State used a late rally to deny the Baylor Bears of an upset at home, 67-64, on Nov. 30, 2007.
• On Monday, Baylor broke into the AP Top 25 for the first time this season and for just the sixth time in school history. Baylor’s No. 24 ranking is the highest since Feb. 11, 1969, when the Bears were No. 19 in the 20-team poll.
• Baylor’s Top 25 ranking marks the first time that the Bears are ranked prior to the new year.
• Baylor is 2-3 all-time when ranked in the AP Top 25 (Baylor did not play the week of being ranked No. 18 in 1949 or 1969).
• Baylor hasn’t lost on the road on Dec. 6 since 1969 - a 102-83 loss at New Mexico State. Ironically, the Bears defeated NMSU late that season to jump to No. 19 in the national rankings.
• Before Sunday night’s loss to Wake Forest, Baylor started the season 6-0 for only the sixth time in the NCAA Modern Era (beginning with the 1937-38 season) - 1938-39 (15-6), 1945-46 (25-5), 1982-83 (12-16), 1990-91 (12-15) and 2000-01 (19-12). The 1945-46 (NCAA) and 2000-01 (NIT) are the seasons that the Bears started 6-0 and reached the postseason.
• Baylor started the season 6-0 for the first time under sixth-year head coach Scott Drew and just the second time in the Big 12 Era.
• Baylor has lead by double figures in each of its first six wins this season.
• Baylor’s 16-point lead over Arizona State was its second-most of the 76 Classic. The Bears led by 18 over Providence Thursday night.
• Thursday, Baylor committed a season-high 23 turnovers in a win over Providence in the first round of the 76 Classic. Friday, BU committed a season-low eight turnovers in its upset bid over Arizona State.
• Baylor is 12-9 all-time on nationally televised games (10-8 on the ESPN family of networks).  Sunday was Baylor’s first loss on TV this season and the first since its 90-77 loss in the 2008 NCAA Tournament.
• BU is 3-1 on TV this season (1-0 on ESPN and 2-1 on ESPN2).

SERIES HISTORY
• Saturday’s meeting is the third in the series and the second as part of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.
• Washington State leads the series 2-0 after defeating Baylor 67-64 last season in Waco. The Cougars were the 6th-ranked team in the nation at the time.
• Now, Baylor makes the trip to Pullman as the nation’s 24th-ranked team.
• In the first series meeting in 1972, Baylor lost 65-64 at the Far West Classic in Portland, Ore.
• Baylor has scored 64 points in both losses to Washington State.

WASHINGTON STATE SCOUTING REPORT
• After a cross-country trip to Newark, N.J., for the 2008 Legends Classic, the Cougars return home for a three-game homestand, beginning with a 60-41 win Tuesday over Idaho State.
• WSU suffered its first loss of the season, falling to No. 4 Pittsburgh, 57-43, Saturday in the championship game of the Legends Classic held at the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
• Daven Harmeling led the Cougars with 12 points, all four of his baskets coming off of 3-pointers. Klay Thompson looked on his way to his second-consecutive double-double with seven points and five rebounds in the first half, but was shut out in the second half, finishing with seven points and six boards.
• Thompson had the first double-double of his career with 19 points and 10 boards vs. Mississippi State.
• The Cougars had their regular season nonconference winning streak snapped at 21 games with their loss to Pittsburgh Saturday. The streak dated back to the 2006-07 season.
• The 21-game winning streak is the second-longest in school history, passing the 19-straight streak during the 1990-91 and 1991-92 seasons. WSU's record streak stands at 23 games set during the 1931-32, 1932-33 and 1933-34 seasons.

LAST TIME VS. WASHINGTON STATE - NOV. 30, 2007
• Baylor's scrappy effort to secure a signature victory under head coach Scott Drew fell just short as No. 6 Washington State came from behind to edge the Bears 67-64 in front of a raucous Ferrell Center crowd and a national television audience on ESPNU. The game was part of the inaugural Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.
• Baylor led 28-26 at the half and pushed the lead to 14 early in the second half, but the experienced Cougars clawed their way back. WSU senior guard Derrick Low hit consecutive 3-pointers in a 46-second span to push the Cougars in front 63-60 with 2:20 to go.
• Baylor's Henry Dugat hit a jumper to cut the lead to 63-62, but WSU's Aron Baynes responded with a jumper to push the lead to 65-62 at the 1:12 mark.
• Dugat hit two free throws with 40 seconds remaining to pull Baylor within one, but after forcing a missed shot by Kyle Weaver, the Bears allowed Robbie Cowgill a tip-in with 11 seconds that gave the Cougars a 67-64 lead. Dugat missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer in the final seconds.
Aaron Bruce paced the Bears with 13 points. Curtis Jerrells and LaceDarius Dunn had 11 points each, but Jerrells (cramps) and Dunn (left knee) both left the game in the last minutes with injuries.

LAST TIME OUT - (19) WAKE FOREST 87, BAYLOR 74 [76 CLASSIC FINALS]
• Baylor shot a season-low 32.4 percent from the floor, while the 19th-ranked Demon Deacons outscored the Bears 57-43 in the second half en route to a 87-74 win in the 76 Classic championship game.
Kevin Rogers recorded his 18th double-double of his career and the first this season, posting 10 points and 14 rebounds. He moves into a tie with Darryl Middleton (1985-88) and Tony Rufus (1976-77) for 9th place in career double-doubles at Baylor.
Curtis Jerrells was Baylor's lone representative on the 76 Classic All-Tournament Team.
LaceDarius Dunn extended his consecutive games streak with making at least one 3-point field goal to 12 games, dating back to March 1, 2008.
• Baylor shot a season-low 32.4 percent from the floor (22-of-68) - the lowest shooting percentage by the Bears since March 5, 2007, when Baylor shot 33.3 percent (21-of-63).

76 CLASSIC NEWS AND NOTES
• Baylor was held to its second-lowest first-half total this season, scoring 36 points in the opening stanza vs. Providence (34 vs. Jacksonville, 11/24/08).
• Baylor’s 74 points vs. Wake Forest is the lowest point total this season, surpassing the Bears’ 76-point production against Providence in the 76 Classic opener.
• Baylor held Providence to 27.4 percent from the floor - the second-lowest by an opponent this season (25.9 pct by Southern on 11/22/08).
Kevin Rogers tied a season high with 16 points vs. the Providence Friars, matching his total vs. Paul Quinn in season opener.
• Baylor’s 9 field goals in the 2nd half vs. Providence and the 1st half vs. Wake Forest are the fewest in a half this season.
• Baylor’s 31 first-half points vs. both Arizona State and Wake Forest are the fewest in a half this season.
• Baylor set a 76 Classic tournament record with 87 points vs. Arizona State, only to watch it get broken Sunday in Arizona State’s 88-58 win over UTEP.
• Baylor’s 9-point win over Arizona State is the second-largest over a ranked opponent in school history (+13 vs. No. 7 Iowa State, 2001).
• Baylor shot a season-low 32.4 percent from the floor (22-of-68) vs. Wake Forest - the lowest since March 5, 2007 (33.3, 21-of-63).
• The loss to Wake Forest snapped Baylor's six-game winning streak - the longest since a 12-game winning streak to start the 2000-01 season.
• Baylor's 31 3-point attempts vs. Wake Forest are a tournament record.
• Rogers recorded his 18th double-double of his career and the first this season, posting 10 points and 14 rebounds vs. Wake Forest. He is now in 9th place in career double-doubles at Baylor.
Curtis Jerrells is 77-for-95 (.811) career on clutch free throws .
Curtis Jerrells was Baylor's lone representative on the 76 Classic All-Tournament Team.
LaceDarius Dunn extended his consecutive games streak with making at least one 3-point field goal to 12 games, dating back to March 1, 2008.
• The Bears are now 10-65 vs. nationally ranked teams since 1996-97 and 3-33 under head coach Scott Drew.

UP NEXT - PRAIRIE VIEW A&M [DEC. 13]
• After their trip to the Evergreen State, the Baylor Bears return to the Ferrell Center to open a seven-game homestand, beginning with the Prairie View A&M Panthers on Dec. 13. It will be the first of three FSN Southwest telecasts at the Ferrell Center before the new year.
• Baylor is 9-0 all-time vs. Prairie View A&M and 31-0 against SWAC schools. Earlier this season, Baylor delivered an 85-43 drubbing to the Southern Jaguars in Waco.
• PVAM fell to 3-5 on Monday after a 78-70 loss at Hawai`i. Derek Johnson led the Panthers with 18 points. Christopher Jones added 14 points and three assists.
• PVAM is 0-5 vs. Division I schools this season (UCLA, Weber State, Missouri, Wyoming, Hawai`i) and 3-0 vs. non-NCAA schools (Champions Baptist, Ecclesia College, Southwest Assemblies of God).
• In fact, the SWAC has only two wins vs. NCAA schools; Alabama State defeated Houston Baptist, while Jackson State upended North Carolina Central.

LOOKING AHEAD - BAYLOR OPENS SEVEN-GAME HOMESTAND
• Beginning with Prairie View A&M, the Bears will open a seven-game homestand that will run into the new year.
• Five of the seven games will be televised - four on FSN Southwest and Texas Tech on the Big 12 Network.
• After Washington State, the Bears have just six more non-conference games remaining - all at home - before opening Big 12 play with Texas Tech on Jan. 10 at the Ferrell Center.

TWICE AS NICE
• Senior Curtis Jerrells was named the 76 Classic All-Tournament Team Sunday, marking the second straight season he’s earned all-tournament honors during the regular season.
• Jerrells averaged 16.3 points and 4.5 assists in three games at the 76 Classic, including a season-high 22 points vs. Arizona State.
• At last season’s Paradise Jam, Jerrells earned all-tournament honors after averaging 17.7 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists in three games.

IT’S DUNN-BELIEVABLE, AGAIN

• Super sophomore sixth-man LaceDarius Dunn scored a season-high 27 points, draining six triples, to help lead Baylor to an 87-78 upset victory over the Arizona State Sun Devils last Friday.
• Dunn is well ahead of his 3-point shooting from last season as Lace has drained 23 3-pointers this season through seven games. As a freshman in 2007-08, Dunn hit 14 3-pointers through the season’s first seven games.

NOT A GOOD FIRST HALF FOR THE BEARS
• Baylor scored a season-low 31 points in the first half against both Arizona State and Wake Forest.
• Baylor’s 9 field goals made in the first half vs. Wake Forest matched its lowest total this season (9 in 2nd half v s. Providence).
• Arizona State’s Jeff Pendergraph scored 15 points in the first half vs. Baylor. In the second half, James Harden scored 26 points - the most by a BU opponent in a single half this season.

A SCORING MACHINE
• Baylor’s offense exhibited its explosiveness in Friday’s 87-78 win over 14th-ranked Arizona State. The Bears set a 76 Classic record with 87 points in the semifinal tilt.
• Baylor’s 87 points were also the most by an opponent vs. Arizona State under Herb Sendek.
• BU’s new 76 Classic mark didn’t last the weekend as Arizona State scored 88 in its 88-55 rout of UTEP in the third-place game Sunday.

LEADING THE WAY [MOST OF THE TIME]
• Baylor has lead by double figures in each of its first six wins this season.
• Baylor’s 16-point lead over Arizona State was its second-most of the 76 Classic. The Bears led by 18 over Providence Thursday night.

MR. CLUTCH
Curtis Jerrells scored a season-high 22 points, while going 6-for-6 at the free throw line in the game’s final three minutes Friday vs. Arizona State.
• Jerrells is a career 81.1 percent (77-for-95) free throw shooter in the final three minutes of regulation and overtime periods. 

BAYLOR IN THE AP POLL
• Baylor cracked the AP Top 25 Poll Monday for the first time this season, coming in at No. 24. Monday's ranking marks the first time that Baylor is ranked in back-to-back seasons and is the highest ranking since the Bears were No. 19 on Feb. 11, 1969 (then the AP Top 20).
• Baylor jumped into the Top 25 for the first time this season, receiving 272 points - nine behind No. 23 Florida and 51 ahead of No. 25 Marquette.
• Baylor's Top 25 ranking caps off a 3-1 week that saw the Bears defeat Jacksonville, Providence and No. 14 Arizona State. Sunday, the Bears suffered a tough 87-74 loss to No. 19 Wake Forest in the 76 Classic championship game.
• Last season, Baylor was ranked in back-to-back weeks for the first time in school history, while breaking into the Top 25 for the first time in nearly 40 seasons.
• The Bears have never been ranked in the preseason or final AP polls.
• BU has not been ranked in the Top 20 since Feb. 11, 1969 (No. 19).
• BU is 2-3 all-time when ranked.

    BAYLOR APPEARANCES IN AP TOP 25 POLL (courtesy AP Poll Archive)
    Week                                Rank

    Jan. 25, 1949            No. 18
    Jan. 14, 1969            No. 18
    Feb. 11, 1969            No. 19
    Jan. 21, 2008            No. 25
    Jan. 28, 2008            No. 25
     Dec. 1, 2008                  No. 24

6-0 IN THE MODERN ERA
• Before Sunday night’s loss to Wake Forest, Baylor started the season 6-0 for only the sixth time in the NCAA Modern Era (beginning with the 1937-38 season) - 1938-39 (15-6), 1945-46 (25-5), 1982-83 (12-16), 1990-91 (12-15) and 2000-01 (19-12). The 1945-46 (NCAA) and 2000-01 (NIT) are the seasons that the Bears started 6-0 and reached the postseason.
• Baylor started the season 6-0 for the first time under sixth-year head coach Scott Drew and just the second time in the Big 12 Era. The Bears started the 2000-01 season with 12 consecutive victories, but finished the season 19-12 and a berth in the NIT.

WATCH BEARS BASKETBALL LIVE AT BAYLORBEARS.COM
• Live video coverage by BaylorVision will be streamed for eight select home games during the 2008-09 season at BaylorBears.com. It is free for All-Access members in Texas, but the video coverage is blacked out outside of Texas.

LIVE VIDEO SCHEDULE (Live video from BaylorVision; in Texas only): 11/22/08 Southern 1 p.m.; 11/24/08 Jacksonville 7 p.m.; 12/13/08 Prairie View A&M 2 p.m.; 12/20/08 UT Arlington 8:30 p.m.; 12/22/08 Hartford 7 p.m.; 12/29/08 Portland State 7 p.m.; 12/31/08 Jackson State 4 p.m.; 1/2/09 South Carolina 4:30 p.m.

BEARS BASKETBALL ON THE AIR
• Bear basketball is aired live via the Baylor-ISP SportsNetwork on flagship station 1660AM ESPN Radio (KRZI) in Waco and worldwide on Sirius Satellite Radio channel 161. All games are broadcast by the "Voice of the Bears" John Morris, a veteran broadcaster in his 14th season, and former BU basketball standout Pat Nunley, in his 27th season as analyst.

INSIDE BAYLOR SPORTS TV SHOW
• Inside Baylor Sports, the award winning weekly TV show that covers all aspects of Baylor athletics, returns for its 10th season in 2008-09.
• Senior Producer Robert Shiekh provide viewers an inside look at Baylor athletics with thorough highlights, in-depth interviews and imaginative features on all 18 sports presented in a fast-paced, entertaining style. Co-hosts John Morris and Lori Fogleman guide viewers through the best coverage of Baylor athletics on television.
• Inside Baylor Sports airs Sundays, Aug. 24, 2008 through June 7, 2009, at 10:30 p.m. CT on KCEN-TV in Central Texas. The program also airs weekly throughout the region on FS Southwest at 1 p.m. each Wednesday and is archived on the web at www.BaylorTV.com. Inside Baylor Sports also may been seen nationally on CBS College Sports Television.


 

 

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