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No. 6 MBB Returns Home, Hosts Bethune-Cookman





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6/7 Baylor vs. Bethune-Cookman
Dec. 14, 2011 | 7:06 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)

TV: FOX Sports Southwest/ESPN3/ESPN Full Court
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MEDIA INFORMATION
Date Wed., Dec. 14 | 7:06 p.m. CST
Location Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
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Radio ESPN Central Texas
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6/7 BAYLOR BEARS
Record 7-0
Ranking 6 (AP), 7 (Coaches)
Last Game Dec. 4 in Evanston, Ill.
W, 69-41 at Northwestern
Head Coach Scott Drew (Butler, 1993)
Career: 154-127 (10th season)
BU Record: 134-116 (9th season)
NR/NR BETHUNE-COOKMAN WILDCATS
Record 3-6
Ranking NR (AP), NR (Coaches)
Last Game Dec. 10 in Orlando
L, 51-53 at UCF
Head Coach Gravelle Craig (Cleveland State, 1994)
Career: 3-6 (1st season)
B-CU Record: Same

STORY LINES
• After a 10-day break to focus on final exams, No. 6/7 Baylor (7-0) returns to the hardwood Wednesday when it hosts Bethune-Cookman (3-6) in the first game of the 2011 Continental Tire Las Vegas. Wednesday’s game will tip at 7:06 p.m. CST on FOX Sports Southwest, ESPN Full Court and ESPN3.
• 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III will be honored during halftime of Wednesday’s sixth-ranked Baylor’s men’s basketball game against Bethune-Cookman. The halftime presentation will begin with a highlight video, followed by Griffin III’s entrance with the Heisman Trophy and RG3 addressing the crowd. Commemorative RG3 posters will also be available.
• Baylor is 48-3 in its last 51 non-conference home games, dating back to the 2006-07 season (did not play a non-conference schedule in 2005-06 due to NCAA sanctions). Baylor has won 24 consecutive non-conference home games.
• Wednesday will be the second series meeting between the schools. Baylor leads the brief series 1-0.
• Baylor is in search of only the fifth 8-0 season start in program history and first since 2000-01.
• Baylor’s No. 6 ranking in the latest AP Top 25 is the highest in program history (previous was No. 7). Baylor’s No. 7 ranking in the USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 is also the highest coaches poll ranking in program history.
• Baylor (7-0) is one of only nine undefeated Division I teams remaining — Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Marquette, Missouri, Murray State, Syracuse and Xavier are the others.
• Baylor has made at least one 3-point field goal in 626 consecutive games — the second-longest active streak in the Big 12.
• Senior F Quincy Acy needs 9 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.
• Senior F Quincy Acy and redshirt sophomore F Cory Jefferson rank second and third, respectively, among Big 12 players in blocked shots. Acy (22) is averaging 3.1 blocks-per-game, while Jefferson (20) owns a 2.9 rejections-per-game average.
• Baylor is the only school with multiple players ranked in the Top 20 nationally in blocked shots — Acy (14th), Jefferson (t18th).
Brady Heslip (19-of-47), Pierre Jackson (10-of-18), Anthony Jones (8-of-22) and Quincy Miller (6-of-13) are shooting a combined 43 percent from 3-point range, accounting for 43 of Baylor’s 47 3-point FG through six games.
• Baylor’s NCAA Rankings (thru games Dec. 11): 1st in FG percentage defense (32.9), 4th in blocked shots per game (8.0), 6th in scoring margin (22.4), 16th in scoring defense (56.1), 18th in steals per game (9.6), 21st in FT percentage (75.1), 24th in assists per game (16.3), 32nd in FG percentage (48.1) and 37th in scoring offense (78.6).
• Baylor has won 16 straight December home games and hasn’t lost at home in December since Dec. 9, 2006, to South Carolina.
• Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 98-47 and has made three postseason appearances (2008 NCAA, 2009 NIT, 2010 NCAA) and posted three 20-win seasons.

UP NEXT
• Baylor will face its second non-conference true road test Dec. 17, when it travels to Provo, Utah, to face the BYU Cougars. BYU is 48-1 in its last 49 non-conference home games at the Marriott Center.

MORE RANKINGS RECORDS
• Baylor earned the highest ranking in program history Dec. 5, moving up one spot to No. 6 in the latest AP Top 25. Baylor also moved up one spot to No. 7 in the latest USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25, earning the program’s highest coaches poll ranking. After a one-week hiatus to focus on final exams and not playing any games, Baylor remained 6/7 in the Dec. 12 polls.

TELEVISION COVERAGE
• Baylor’s Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic opener against Bethune-Cookman will be televised on FOX Sports Southwest and ESPN Full Court (pay-per-view). Greg Lucas (play-by-play) and Jim Haller (analyst) will serve as the talent for the FSN telecast. Live video will also be available on ESPN3 and BaylorBears.com (All-Access subscription required).

FOX SPORTS SOUTHWEST TV LISTINGS
Cable in Central Texas (SD, HD): Time Warner (26, 707, 1016), Grande (27, 552, 827)
Satellite: DirecTV (676, 678, 679, 789), Dish Network (416, 5416)
ESPN Full Court: Time Warner (707), Grande (552), DirecTV (789)

SERIES HISTORY
• Wednesday will be only the second series meeting between Baylor and Bethune-Cookman. Baylor leads the all-time series 1-0 and is 11-0 all-time against Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) members.

2011 CONTINENTAL TIRE LAS VEGAS CLASSIC
• Wednesday’s game against Bethune-Cookman is the first of Baylor’s two home games as part of the 2011 Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic. Baylor is one of four schools to host two LVC games, joining Missouri State, West Virginia and Saint Mary’s.
• In its second home game of the Las Vegas Classic, Baylor will host Paul Quinn on Dec. 19 before traveling to Las Vegas to face Saint Mary’s (9:30 p.m. CST, Dec. 22 on ESPN3) and West Virginia (8 p.m. CST, Dec. 23 on ESPN).

A GAME FIT FOR A HEISMAN TROPHY (WINNER)
• 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III will be honored during halftime of Wednesday’s sixth-ranked Baylor’s men’s basketball game against Bethune-Cookman. The halftime presentation will begin with a highlight video, followed by Griffin III’s entrance with the Heisman Trophy and RG3 addressing the crowd. Commemorative RG3 posters will also be available.
• Fans can submit their Heisman pose images via email to baylor@crowdcameo.com and the best images will be shown on the Ferrell Center ribbon boards during the game. Fans can also tweet their Heisman pose pictures using the hashtag, #RG3Pose@BUFootball and @RG3forHeisman Twitter accounts will retweet some of the favorites. Fans are also encouraged to wear their favorite crazy socks in support of the 2011 Heisman Trophy winner.
• In honor of RG3’s historic accomplishment, remaining tickets will be sold for just $3 and can be purchased at BaylorBears.com/tickets, by calling 254-710-1000 or at the Baylor Athletic Ticket Office at the Ferrell Center.

ACY CLOSING IN ON 1,000-POINT MARK
• Reigning Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year Quincy Acy, who has 991 career points, needs 9 points to become the 25th 1,000-point scorer in school history. Acy would join an exclusive club, becoming the seventh 1,000-point scorer in the Scott Drew era, joining LaceDarius Dunn (1st — 2,285), Curtis Jerrells (4th — 1,820), Tweety Carter (8th — 1,437), Kevin Rogers (9th — 1,371), Aaron Bruce (11th — 1,330) and Henry Dugat (14th — 1,229).

THE ROAD AHEAD
• Wednesday’s home game against Bethune-Cookman kick-starts a nine-day stretch that features five games, including three away from the Ferrell Center. Following Bethune-Cookman, Baylor will travel to Provo, Utah, to face BYU (Dec. 17), where the Cougars are 48-1 in non-conference games since Nov. 18, 2005.
• Baylor then returns home Dec. 19 to host Paul Quinn in its second game of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic before departing Dec. 21 for Las Vegas for the final two games of the tournament.
• All-told, Baylor travel some 5,500 miles round-trip in the next days.

HOME NON-CONFERENCE STREAK CONTINUES
• Baylor is 48-3 in its last 51 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 24 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).
• 21 of Baylor's last 22 non-conference home wins have been decided by double figures.

KEEPING IT UNDER 70
• Baylor has held each of its first seven opponents to fewer than 70 points. Baylor has won 42 of its last 44 non-conference games when holding opponents below the 70-point mark. Baylor is 92-25 in the Scott Drew era when holding opponents to fewer than 70 points.
• Baylor has won 33 straight non-conference home games when holding opponents to fewer than 70 points and has not lost a non-conference home game when allowing fewer than 70 points since Nov. 30, 2007, vs. No. 6 Washington State (67-64).


 

 

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