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Bears and Bulldogs: A Ranked Showcase in Dallas

Pierre Jackson

Pierre Jackson


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6/7 Baylor vs. 15/14 Mississippi State
Dec. 28, 2011 | 8 p.m. CST
Dallas, Texas | American Airlines Center (20,000)

TV: ESPN2
The Showcase, Presented by metroPCS
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MEDIA INFORMATION
Date Wed., Dec. 28 | 8 p.m. CST
Location Dallas, Texas |
American Airlines Center (20,000)
TV ESPN2
Live Video Watch Online (ESPN3)
Radio ESPN Central Texas
Sirius 128 | Listen Online
Live Stats Gametracker
Game Notes Baylor | Miss. State
Blog None
Twitter @BaylorMBB | #TweetNotes
6/7 BAYLOR BEARS
Record 12-0
Ranking 6 (AP), 7 (Coaches)
Last Game Dec. 23 in Las Vegas
W, 83-81 vs. West Virginia (OT)
Head Coach Scott Drew (Butler, 1993)
Career: 159-127 (10th season)
BU Record: 139-116 (9th season)
15/14 MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS
Record 12-1
Ranking 15 (AP), 14 (Coaches)
Last Game Dec. 22 in Starkville
W, 82-67 vs. Northwestern State
Head Coach Rick Stansbury (Campbellsville, 1982)
Career: 284-155 (14th season)
MSU Record: Same

STORY LINES
• No. 6/7 Baylor vies for the best start in program history Wednesday when it faces No. 15/14 Mississippi State (12-1) at American Airlines Center for The Showcase, presented by metroPCS. Baylor's final non-conference game will tip at 8 p.m. CST on ESPN2 HD and ESPN3.
• Baylor (12-0) is one of only six undefeated Division I teams remaining -- Indiana, Louisville, Missouri, Murray State and Syracuse are the others.
• Baylor is 12-0 for just the second time in school history, matching the 2000-01 team for the best start in school history. Baylor's current 12-game winning streak is tied for the longest in school history (2000-01).
• No. 15/14 Mississippi State is Baylor's first ranked non-conference opponent since Nov. 30, 2008 (lost 87-74 to No. 19/24 Wake Forest). Baylor is 26-140 all-time against Top 25 teams, including a 9-46 mark in the Scott Drew era.
Mississippi State leads the brief series 2-0 as the two schools will meet for the first time since the first round of the 1990 National Invitation Tournament in Starkville, Miss. Both schools were part of the eight-team field at the 2010 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu, but did not play.
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.
Baylor has made at least one 3-point field goal in 631 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 24-0). Since Nov. 1, Baylor's big three sports are a combined 29-0 (Football finished regular-season on five-game winning streak).
Senior F Quincy Acy ranks 21st in school history with 1,060 points. He also ranks second in career FG percentage (61.5), third in career blocks (136) and needs 36 rebounds to crack Baylor's career Top 10.
37 of sophomore G Brady Heslip's 42 field goals have been from 3-point range. Heslip, who has made at least one 3FG in his first 12 games, has made multiple treys in 10 contests this season.
Heslip was named Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week after averaging 14.0 points and 3.7 3FGs to lead Baylor to the 2011 Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic championships -- its first regular-season tournament title since 2007.

UP NEXT
• Baylor opens Big 12 Conference play at home Jan. 2 against Texas A&M for the 204th "Battle of the Brazos" -- the final series meeting in Waco as Big 12 members. Texas A&M leads the all-time series 127-76, but Baylor has four of the last five meetings, including three straight in Waco.

MATCHING BEST START IN SCHOOL HISTORY
• Baylor is 12-0 for just the second time in school history, matching the 2000-01 team for the best start in school history. Baylor's current 12-game winning streak is tied for the longest in school history (2000-01).
• A win vs. Mississippi State would give the 2011-12 team the best start in school history (13-0) and tie the 1945-46 team for the longest winning streak (13 games) in school history.

TELEVISION COVERAGE
• Wednesday's nightcap of The Showcase, presented by metroPCS will be available on ESPN2 HD and ESPN3 (WatchESPN.com). Mark Jones (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst) will serve as the talent for the ESPN2 telecast.

SERIES HISTORY
• Wednesday will mark the third series meeting Baylor and Mississippi State and the first since a first-round meeting in the 1990 National Invitation Tournament in Starkville, Miss.
• Mississippi State has won each of the first two series meetings by 9 points.

SERIES NOTES: Baylor is 60-127 all-time against current SEC members, and has won three of its last four meetings against the SEC (and two straight) ... Baylor's last loss against the SEC was to Alabama in 2009 Old Spice Classic ... In its second NIT game, Baylor lost 84-75 to Mississippi State in Starkville ... Julius Denton led the Bears with 22 points, David Wesley and Alex Holcombe added 17 and 14, respectively ... Cameron Burns (28), Tony Watts (23) and Doug Hartsfield (15) accounted for 66 of Mississippi State's 84 points in the last meeting.

BAYLOR IN THE METROPLEX
• For the second straight season, Baylor will play in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex when it faces Mississippi State on Saturday as part of The Showcase, presented by metroPCS at the American Airlines Center in Dallas.
• Baylor is 74-125 all-time in the Metroplex (6-15 in neutral-site games in Dallas), but has lost four straight contests, including a 68-64 loss to Gonzaga last season (Baylor's first loss of the 2010-11 season).
• Baylor's last win in the Metroplex was Nov. 23, 2002, when the Bears defeated Alcorn State, 81-61, in the season-opening Dallas Lonestar Classic at Reunion Arena.

BAYLOR AGAINST THE TOP 25
• No. 15/14 Mississippi State is Baylor's first Top 25 opponent of the 2011-12 season and first ranked non-conference opponent since Nov. 30, 2008 (lost 87-74 to No. 19/24 Wake Forest). Baylor's last win against a ranked non-conference opponent came two days prior on Nov. 28, 2008, an 87-78 victory over No. 14/14 Arizona State.
Baylor is 26-140 all-time against Top 25 teams, including a 9-46 mark in the Scott Drew era.

WINNING AWAY FROM HOME IN NON-CONFERENCE
• Baylor is 21-12 in non-conference games away from the Ferrell Center (road and neutral) in the Scott Drew era.
• Baylor has saved its best for the last four-plus seasons, winning 18 of its last 24 non-conference games away from home since the 2007-08 season (Baylor was 1-3 in non-conference away games in 2010-11).

HESLIP EARNS BIG 12 ROOKIE OF THE WEEK HONORS
• Sophomore G Brady Heslip was named Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week for Dec. 19-25 in voting by a panel of media covering the conference. It is Heslip's career-first Big 12 weekly award and Baylor's second in as many weeks -- Perry Jones III was named Big 12 Co-Player of the Week on Dec. 19.
Heslip averaged 14.0 points on 70 percent field goal shooting (14-for-20) and a 69-percent clip from 3-point range (11-for-16), leading Baylor to three wins and a Las Vegas Classic championship. Heslip, who has scored in double figures in four straight games, scored 12 points in 17 minutes on 4-for-6 shooting - all from 3-point range - in Baylor's 95-54 rout vs. Paul Quinn (Dec. 19). He followed with 11 points on 3-for-4 shooting (2-for-3 3FG) in a 72-59 win over Saint Mary's (Dec. 22).
In the Las Vegas Classic championship game, Heslip scored a career-high 19 points on 7-for-10 shooting, including 5-for-7 from 3-point range, to lead Baylor to an 83-81 overtime win over future Big 12 member West Virginia.

#DOWNTOWNCANADIAN
• Sophomore G Brady Heslip has made at least 1 3FG in each of his first 12 college games, knocking down an impressive 49 percent from beyond the arc (37-for-76). In fact, 37 of the Ontario native's 42 FGs this season have been from 3-point range.
• Heslip has quickly established himself as one of the nation's best 3-point shooters. He leads the Big 12 with 3.1 3FGs made per game, while ranking fourth in the league in 3FG percentage.
• In his two games in Las Vegas, Heslip drained 7 of his 10 3-point attempts, including a career-best 19 points (5-for-7 from 3-point range) in the Las Vegas Classic championship game against West Virginia. Heslip was one of three Baylor players named to the Las Vegas Classic All-Tournament team.


 

 

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