GAME CENTER: GAME 7
Date: Wed., Dec. 15, 2010
Tip-Off: 7 p.m. CST
Location: Waco, Texas
Arena: Ferrell Center (10,284)
Radio: Baylor IMG College Radio Network; ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco), KHLE 106.9 FM (Killeen); Sirius (TBA)
Talent: John Morris (pxp), Pat Nunley (color)
Series (Overall): Baylor leads 3-2
Live Stats: www.BaylorBears.com
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In-Game Blog: None
• Ninth-ranked Baylor (No. 9 AP/No. 9 ESPN) will conclude its seven-game homestand Wednesday when the Bears host Bethune-Cookman at 7 p.m. CST in the Ferrell Center.
• Entering the week, Baylor is one of 14 Division I teams still undefeated (out of 346 schools).
• Baylor’s No. 9 rankings in the latest AP and coaches’ polls are the highest in program history.
• Baylor’s current national statistical rankings: 4th in scoring defense (54.0), 4th in rebounding margin (+12.5), 6th in defensive FG percentage (36.1), 9th in scoring margin (+21.7) and 18th in FG percentage (49.4).
• Baylor currently owns a Ferrell Center record-tying 11-game home winning streak.
• Baylor has won 20 consecutive games in the month of December, including 15 straight contests at home. Baylor hasn’t lost a game in December since Dec. 16, 2006, when it lost at No. 23 Syracuse, 94-71.
• Baylor has won its last 29 games when holding opponents under 70 points.
• Baylor is 41-10 in its last 51 games dating back to its 2009 postseason run.
• BU has made at least one 3FG in 594 consecutive games — the second-longest active streak in the Big 12.
• LaceDarius Dunn, who has a school-record 315 career 3FGM, has made a 3FG in 20 consecutive games.
• Dunn has scored 20+ points in each of his last six games.
• Dunn ranks fourth all-time in school history with 1,807 career points and trails former teammate Curtis Jerrells (1,820) by 13 points for third place on Baylor’s career scoring list.
BEARS LOOKING TO EXTEND HOME WINNING STREAK
• Baylor currently owns an 11-game home winning streak — tied for the longest streak in Ferrell Center history. Last season, the Bears set the Ferrell Center mark with 11 consecutive wins on Jan. 23, 2010, against UMass.
• The current 11-game win streak is the fifth streak of seven or more in the Drew era.
• Baylor is 21-6 vs. first-time opponents in the Scott Drew era.
• Baylor has won eighth straight such meetings in the regular season and is 9-1 in its last 10 games against first-time opponents. Baylor’s last loss to a first-time opponent was a 78-71 setback to eventual national champion Duke in the 2010 Elite Eight in Houston.
• Last month in Waco, Baylor knocked off Lipscomb, 72-60, in the first series meeting between the schools.
• Bethune-Cookman is the first of three consecutive first-time opponents the Bears will face this month. After Wednesday’s non-conference home game, Baylor will face Gonzaga in Dallas on Saturday and open up the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic on Dec. 22 against San Diego.
DECEMBERS TO REMEMBER
• Baylor has won 20 consecutive games in the month of December, including 15 straight contests at home.
• Sixteen of Baylor’s 20 consecutive December wins have been by double figures.
• Baylor hasn’t lost a game in December since Dec. 16, 2006, when it lost at No. 23 Syracuse, 94-71.
THE LAST 51
• Since the end of the 2008-09 regular season, Baylor is 41-10 in its last 51 games (.804 winning percentage). Prior to its current run, Baylor was 28-23 in its previous 51 games (.549).
• Baylor is 22-1 at home in its last 51 games, 33-1 when holding opponents under 70, 12-0 when holding opponents under 60 and 7-0 when holding opponents under 50.
• Baylor has won 27 of its last 41 games by 10 or more points (+15.9 average scoring margin in 41 wins).
• Senior G LaceDarius Dunn has scored 934 of his 1,807 career points during Baylor’s current run.
• For the second straight season, Baylor will face a pair of Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) members. Wednesday’s home game will feature Bethune-Cookman (5-5), winners of three of its last four games. The Wildcats, which are averaging 64.3 points through 10 games, have reached the 70-point plateau only three times this season (all victories).
• C.J. Reed is averaging team highs in points (19.2), assists (4.4) and minutes played (37.1). Reed ranks 22nd nationally with 2.3 steals-per-game. Garrius Holloman (10.5) and Alexander Starling (10.2) rank second and third, respectively, on the team in scoring average. Holloman leads the team in rebounding-per-game (5.8) and blocks-per-game (1.2).
• Bethune-Cookman is averaging just 11.4 turnovers per game, which ranks 17th nationally; B-CU’s +6.4 turnover margin ranks sixth in the nation (South Dakota State leads Division I with +7.9).
• No. 9/9 Baylor will trek north Dec. 18 to Dallas for “The Showcase” to face the Gonzaga Bulldogs at the American Airlines Center. The second-half of the neutral-site doubleheader will tip at 3:30 p.m. CST on ESPN2. Texas A&M and Arkansas will play in the front half of the doubleheader (1 p.m. CST, ESPN2).
• Saturday will mark the first series meeting between the school and will be Baylor’s last game in Texas before traveling to Honolulu, Hawai`i, for the 2010 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Dec. 22-25).
HOLDING OPPONENTS UNDER 70
• Baylor has won its last 29 games when holding opponents under 70 points, including its first six opponents of the 2010-11 season.
• Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 56-3 when holding opponents under 70 points.
20 OR MORE FOR NUMBER 24
• LaceDarius Dunn has scored 20+ points in each of his last six games and ranks fifth all-time in Baylor history with 36 career 20-point games.
• Dating back to the 2010 NCAA Tournament, Dunn is averaging 23.2 points, shooting 52.3 percent from floor (46-of-88) and 45.6 percent from 3-point range (26-of-57) in his last six games (Baylor 5-1 in those contests).
• Additionally, Dunn has also scored 20+ points in each of his last six home games (Baylor 6-0 in those contests). In his last six home games, Dunn is shooting 54 percent from 3-point range (28-of-52) and averaging 25.2 points-per-contest.
LOOKING FOR MORE THREE-POINT RECORDS
• LaceDarius Dunn has made a Baylor-record 315 career 3FG and is the only player in program history to make 300+ 3FG. Dunn ranks fourth all-time in Big 12 history in 3FG and is one of only four players with 300+ 3FG, joining Missouri’s Clarence Gilbert (332), Kansas’ Jeff Boschee (338) and Texas’ A.J. Abrams (389).
• Dunn needs 75 treys to become the Big 12’s career leader.
DUNN’S SIGHTS SET ON BAYLOR, BIG 12 SCORING RECORDS
• Senior G LaceDarius Dunn, who ranks fourth in school history with 1,807 career points, needs 383 points to surpass Terry Teagle (2,189) as Baylor’s all-time leading scorer. Dunn is 13 points shy of tying former teammate Curtis Jerrells (1,820) for third on the school’s all-time scoring list.
• Dunn, who ranks 17th all-time on the Big 12’s career scoring list, needs 450 points to surpass Texas Tech’s Andre Emmett (2,256) as the Big 12’s career scoring leader.
ACY’S BLOCK PARTY
• Junior F Quincy Acy has blocked 69 shots in 76 career games. Acy, who led the Bears with 34 blocked shots as a freshman in 2008-09, needs one blocked shot to tie Frank Williams (70) for 10th place on Baylor’s career list.