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MBB Hosts Lamar Wednesday at Ferrell Center


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Baylor vs. Lamar
Dec. 12, 2012 | 8:30 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)

TV: FCS Central / FSSW / FSN Plus | Radio: ESPN Central Texas 1660 AM / Sirius 128
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MEDIA INFORMATION
Date Wed., Dec. 12 | 8:30 p.m. CT
Location Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
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TV FCS Central / FSSW / FSN Plus
TV Talent John Morris (pxp), Jim Haller (color)
Radio ESPN Central Texas | Listen Online
Radio Talent Pat Nunley (pxp), Nick Joos (color)
Satellite Radio Sirius 123
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Game Notes Baylor | Lamar
Blog N/A
Twitter @BaylorMBB
BAYLOR BEARS
Record 5-3
Ranking NR (AP), NR (Coaches)
Last Game Lost vs. Northwestern, 74-70
Head Coach Scott Drew
Career: 182-138 (11th season)
BU Record: 162-127 (10th season)
LAMAR CARDINALS
Record 1-7
Ranking NR (AP), NR (Coaches)
Last Game Lost at Purdue, 72-39
Head Coach Pat Knight
Career: 74-80 (6th season)
LU Record: 24-19 (2nd season)

STORY LINES
• Wednesday’s game will be televised nationally on FCS Central and regionally on FOX Sports Southwest and FOX Sports Plus.
• Baylor leads the all-time series 9-1, but the teams haven’t met since Nov. 22, 1997, when Lamar won 61-49 on its home court.
• Baylor is 4-0 this season and 86-8 in the Scott Drew era when shooting 50% or better from the field.
• Baylor has accounted for five of the 26 double-doubles by Big 12 players this season, including two by Cory Jefferson.
• Baylor plays two of the nation’s toughest non-conference road games this season — at Rupp Arena, where Kentucky had a 55-game winning streak before Baylor won 64-55 — and at Gonzaga (Dec. 28), where the Bulldogs are 110-8 all-time at The Kennel.
• Baylor’s win at No. 8 Kentucky was its first-ever non-conference road win against an AP Top 25 team. It snapped Kentucky’s nation-leading 55-game home winning streak and gave the Wildcats their first home loss under fourth-year coach John Calipari.
• Baylor PG Pierre Jackson was named Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year, the 2nd straight year a Bear has been honored.
• Jackson leads the Big 12 in scoring (19.6/gm) and assists (6.4/gm), ranks 3rd in steals (2.1/gm) and 4th in AST/TO ratio (2.0).
• Jackson has scored in double figures in 16 straight games, averaging 18.5 points and 6.4 assists per game during the streak.
• Through eight games, Baylor is averaging 38.0 points in the paint per game and holding opponents to 25.6 PIP per game. Baylor’s leaders are Cory Jefferson (9.3 PIP/game), Isaiah Austin (8.3 PIP/game) and Pierre Jackson (6.3 PIP/game).
• Three Baylor players are in the Big 12’s top 15 in scoring — Jackson (1st, 19.6), Jefferson (12th, 13.1) and Austin (14th, 12.9).
• Jefferson also leads the Big 12 in FG percentage (67.2; 4th nationally), ranks 2nd in blocks (2.6/gm; 22nd nationally), 3rd in rebounding (8.3/gm) and 10th in minutes (30.3/gm).
• Austin leads Big 12 freshmen in FG percentage (51.4), ranks 2nd among freshmen in rebounding (7.1) and 3rd in scoring (12.9).
Brady Heslip returned to the starting lineup at Kentucky (Dec. 1) after having his appendix removed on Nov. 20. He missed his first career game when Baylor played College of Charleston (Nov. 24), and he has now started 44 of 45 career games played.
• Heslip has made at least one 3FG in 42 of 45 career games, including 30 games with 2+ 3FG and 19 games with 3+ 3FG.
• Baylor leads the Big 12 and ranks 30th nationally with a 48.1 team field goal percentage.
• National team rankings (thru Dec. 9): 30th FG percentage (48.1); 52nd scoring offense (76.1); 63rd scoring margin (10.1).

SERIES HISTORY
• Baylor is 9-1 all-time against Lamar, but the teams haven’t met since Nov. 22, 1997, when Lamar won 61-49 in Beaumont.
• Baylor is 40-12 all-time against teams currently playing as members of the Southland Conference.

TELEVISION COVERAGE
• Wednesday’s game can be seen on FCS Central, FOX Sports Southwest or FOX Sports Plus, depending on viewing location. John Morris (play-by-play) and Jim Haller (analyst) will serve as the talent. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. CT.
• The game will be available to all fans on FCS Central, while viewers in Houston and south Texas will get the game on FOX Sports Southwest, and fans in north Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana will get the game on FOX Sports Plus.
• Wednesday’s game is one of six home games this season that will be televised as part of Baylor Vision on FOX Sports, the Bears’ third-tier television package.

HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
• Baylor is 46-9 at home in the last three-plus seasons, winning a Ferrell Center-record 15 home games in both 2009-10 and 2010-11, and going 14-3 at the Ferrell Center a season ago. Baylor is 72-18 in the last five-plus seasons at home, boasting an impressive .800 winning percentage.

A WIN WOULD ...
• Improve Baylor’s all-time record against Lamar to 10-1, including an 8-0 record in games played in Waco.
• Give Baylor a 6-3 or better record through its first nine games for the seventh consecutive season.
• Prevent the Bears from losing three consecutive home games for the first time since Jan. 27-Feb. 11, 2009.
• Prevent Baylor from losing three consecutive non-conference home games for the first time since Dec. 6-19, 1960.
• Be Scott Drew’s 163rd career victory as Baylor head coach — 38 shy of Bill Henderson’s Baylor record.
• Improve Baylor’s record to 40-13 in the month of December in the Drew era, including a 32-4 mark in its last 36 December games.
• Improve Baylor’s record against teams currently playing as members of the Southland Conference to 41-12.
• Improve its record to 90-26 against non-conference competition in the Drew era.

50% SHOOTING IS KEY TO VICTORY
• Baylor is 4-0 this season and 86-8 during the Scott Drew era when shooting 50% or better from the field.
• By contrast, the Bears are 1-3 this season and 76-119 in the Drew era when missing more shots than they make.
• The same goes for holding opponents under 50% — Baylor is 155-61 in the Drew era when opponents shoot less than 50% and 7-65 when they shoot 50% or better from the field.

TWO OF NATION'S TOUGHEST NON-CONFERENCE ROAD GAMES
• Baylor plays two of the nation’s toughest non-conference road games this season — at Kentucky’s Rupp Arena (Baylor defeated No. 8 Kentucky on Dec. 1) and at Gonzaga’s McCarthy Athletic Center (Dec. 28).
• The Bears beat No. 8 Kentucky, 64-55, snapping the Wildcats’ nation-leading 55-game home winning streak. That streak was 30 games longer than the next closest active streak, and Kentucky was 54-0 at home under head coach John Calipari.
• Baylor plays at Gonzaga’s McCarthy Athletic Center (The New Kennel), where the Bulldogs are 110-8 all-time and average less than one home loss per season. Gonzaga’s 17-game home winning streak was tied for the nation’s 5th-longest active streak before it was snapped in a loss to No. 13 Illinois on Dec. 8.

DOMINATING POINTS IN THE PAINT
• Despite losing three frontcourt players to the 2012 NBA Draft, Baylor is averaging 38.0 points in the paint per game this season, and the Bears are holding opponents to 25.6 PIP per game.
• Frontcourt players Cory Jefferson (9.3 PIP/game), Isaiah Austin (8.3 PIP/game) and Rico Gathers (5.0 PIP/game) do most of the damage, along with point guard Pierre Jackson (6.3 PIP/game).
• Baylor set a Scott Drew era record with 68 points in the paint in its season-opening win against Lehigh.

DECEMBERS TO REMEMBER
• Baylor has gone undefeated in the month of December in four of the last five seasons and is 1-1 this December.
• The Bears went 7-0 in December 2011, 3-3 in 2010, 4-0 in 2009, 6-0 in 2008 and 6-0 in 2007.
• Baylor is 31-4 in its last 35 December games, and the Bears are 39-13 in December games in the Scott Drew era.

NON-CONFERENCE HOME SUCCESS
• Baylor has won 29 of its last 31 non-conference home games. The Bears won 29 consecutive non-conference home games between a one-point loss to South Carolina on Jan. 2, 2009, and a four-point loss to College of Charleston on Nov. 24, 2012.
• Baylor went undefeated in non-conference home games in each of the last three seasons (8-0 in 2009-10, 10-0 in 2010-11 and 8-0 in 2011-12). The Bears are 2-2 this season in non-conference home games.

NATIONAL RADIO COVERAGE
• Saturday’s game can be heard on ESPN Central Texas 1660 AM, and fans not in the Central Texas area can hear the game online at www.BaylorBears.com. Pat Nunley (play-by-play) and Nick Joos (analyst) will serve as talent.
• Baylor’s radio broadcast is available nationally via satellite radio on Sirius 128.

JACKSON NEXT IN LINE FOR 1,000 POINT CLUB
Pierre Jackson entered the 2012-13 season on pace to become the 26th 1,000-point scorer in school history. Jackson, who scored 523 points in his first season in Waco last year, needs 320 points to become the 8th 1,000-point scorer in the Scott Drew era, joining Aaron Bruce, Curtis Jerrells, Henry Dugat, Kevin Rogers, LaceDarius Dunn, Tweety Carter and Quincy Acy.
• Jackson needs to average 13.9 points per game over the next 23 games to reach 1,000 points prior to the postseason.
• Jackson has scored in double figures in 16 straight games, averaging 18.5 points and 6.4 assists per game during the streak.

UP NEXT
• Baylor continues its four-game homestand when it hosts USC Upstate (Dec. 17) and BYU (Dec. 21) at the Ferrell Center. The Bears then hit the road to face Gonzaga (Dec. 28), which is 110-8 all-time on its current home court.


 

 

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