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Future Big 12 Rivals Square Off in Las Vegas

Cory Jefferson

Cory Jefferson


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6/7 Baylor vs. West Virginia
Dec. 23, 2011 | 8 p.m. CST
Las Vegas, Nev. | Orleans Arena (7,471)

TV: ESPN
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MEDIA INFORMATION
Date Fri., Dec. 23 | 8 p.m. CST
Location Las Vegas, Nev. | Orleans Arena (7,471)
TV ESPN
Live Video Watch Online (ESPN3)
Radio ESPN Central Texas
Sirius / XM 85 | Listen Online
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Game Notes Baylor | WVU
Blog None
Twitter @BaylorMBB | #TweetNotes
6/7 BAYLOR BEARS
Record 11-0
Ranking 6 (AP), 7 (Coaches)
Last Game Dec. 22 in Las Vegas
W, 72-59 vs. Saint Mary's
Head Coach Scott Drew (Butler, 1993)
Career: 158-127 (10th season)
BU Record: 138-116 (9th season)
NR/NR WEST  VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS
Record 9-2
Ranking NR (AP), NR (Coaches)
Last Game Dec. 22 in Las Vegas
W, 70-68 vs. Missouri State (OT)
Head Coach Bob Huggins (West Virginia, 1977)
Career: 700-255 (30th season)
WVU Record: 110-44 (5th season)

STORY LINES
• No. 6 Baylor (11-0) and future Big 12 Conference member West Virginia (9-2) will meet Friday for the first time and to decide the champion of the 2011 Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic. Friday’s de facto championship tilt will tip at 8:02 p.m. CST on ESPN and ESPN3.
• Baylor is 5-2 all-time in Las Vegas and is making its first trip since December 1982.
• Baylor is 5-9 all-time against current Big East schools
• Baylor is 13-7 in regular-season tournaments in the Scott Drew era.
• Baylor (11-0) is one of only six undefeated Division I teams remaining — Indiana, Louisville, Missouri, Murray State and Syracuse are the others.
• A win over the Bob Huggins-led Mountaineers would push Baylor’s record to 12-0, matching the best start in school history (started 12-0 in 2000-01).
Scott Drew is 0-2 all-time against Bob Huggins (Drew’s Valparaiso team lost to Cincinnati in 2002 and Drew’s Baylor team last at Kansas State in 2007).
• Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 102-47 and has made three postseason appearances (2008 NCAA, 2009 NIT, 2010 NCAA) and posted three 20-win seasons (135 wins in first 11 seasons of Big 12 era).
• Baylor remains No. 6 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.
• 10 of Baylor’s first 11 opponents have failed to score 70 points or more against the Bears.
• Baylor has made at least one 3-point field goal in 630 consecutive games — the second-longest active streak in the Big 12.
• Baylor is the only Division I school in the nation with both men’s and women’s basketball teams undefeated (combined 23-0). Since Nov. 1, Baylor’s big three sports are a combined 28-0 (Football finished regular-season on five-game winning streak).
• Senior F Quincy Acy is tied with Kelvin Chalmers for 23rd in school history with 1,045 career points. Acy needs 17 points to crack the Top 20 on Baylor’s career scoring list.
• 32 of sophomore G Brady Heslip’s 35 field goals have been from 3-point range. Heslip, who has made at least one 3FG in his first 11 games, has made multiple treys in 9 contests this season.
• Junior G Pierre Jackson is shooting a team-best 90.3 percent from the FT line through 10 games and has made 13 consecutive free throws, dating back to the second half of Baylor’s Nov. 23 game vs. UT Arlington.
• Heslip and Jackson have combined to become a lethal force from 3-point range as well as from the FT line. Together, the backcourt duo is shooting 48 percent from 3-point range (47-98) and 93 percent from the FT line (37-40).
A.J. Walton ranks 9th in school history with 129 career steals and has 2+ steals in 8 games this season.

QUICK HITS
• Big 12 rankings: 1st in FG% defense (35.3), 1st in 3FG% (41.7), 1st in blocked shots (7.73), 2nd in scoring offense (79.3), 2nd in scoring defense (57.4), 2nd in scoring margin (+21.9), 2nd in FG% (50.5), 2nd in assists (16.09), 2nd in steals (8.73), 3rd in FT% (72.3), 3rd in rebounding (39.6), 3rd in rebounding margin (32.4), 3rd in 3FG made (7.27) and 4th in TO margin (17.0).
• NCAA Rankings (thru games Dec. 18): 4th in blocked shots (7.7), 5th in FG% defense (34.8), 8th in scoring margin (20.8), 13th in 3FG% (41.3), 21st in FG% (49.3), 26th in steals (9.2), 28th in assists (16.2) and 29th in scoring defense (57.6).
• Baylor is 25-3 in its last 28 games in the month of December, including an 8-3 mark away from home.
• Baylor has won 45 of its last 47 non-conference games when holding opponents below the 70-point mark. Baylor is 95-25 in the Scott Drew era when holding opponents to fewer than 70 points.
• Baylor has started the season 11-0 for only the second time in program history.
• Baylor has led at the half in 10 of its 11 games this season, posting a 10-0 record.
• Baylor is 45-15 — 44-14 in the Drew era — when ranked in the Associated Press Top 25, 38-10 when ranked in the USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches Top 25 and 36-9 all-time when ranked simultaneously in both polls.
• Baylor is 36-12 in the month of December and 80-22 against non-conference competition in the Drew era.
• Junior G Pierre Jackson is one of 60 candidates for the 2012 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year award.
• Senior F Quincy Acy (29) and redshirt sophomore F Cory Jefferson (25) have combined for 54 blocks in 11 games.
• 51 percent of Quincy Acy’s career FGs have been dunks (200 of 392) and 38 percent of his career point total have come off dunks (400 of 1,045).
• Acy ranks third on Baylor’s career list with 136 blocked shots and needs 9 to tie former teammate Mamadou Diene (145) for second on the all-time list.
• Acy (627 career rebounds) needs 44 more boards to crack Baylor’s career Top 10 list.
• Baylor’s frontline fivesome of senior F Anthony Jones (6-foot-10, wingspan: 7 feet, 2 inches), senior F Quincy Acy (6-foot-7, wingspan: 7 feet, 3 inches), sophomore F Perry Jones III (6-foot-11, wingspan: 7 feet, 2 inches), redshirt sophomore F Cory Jefferson (6-foot-9, wingspan: 7 feet) and freshman F Quincy Miller (6-foot-9, wingspan: 7 feet, 4 inches) has a combined wingspan of 35 feet, 11 inches (width of NCAA playing court is 50 feet).
• Senior F/C J’mison Morgan and sophomore F Logan Lowery are expected to redshirt for the 2011-12 season.

UP NEXT
• Baylor will conclude the non-conference portion of its schedule Dec. 28 in Dallas when it squares off against Mississippi State as part of The Showcase, presented by metroPCS at American Airlines Center.


 

 

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