|Long Beach State||J Ennis 16.7||J Ennis 6.9||M Caffey 3.8|
|Baylor||P Jackson 19.8||I Austin 8.6||P Jackson 6.5|
No. 7-seeded Long Beach State matches up against No. 2-seeded Baylor in the first round of the NIT at Ferrell Center on Wednesday. Tipoff occurs at 9 p.m. ET and you can see it on ESPN 2.
The 49ers were defeated by UC Irvine 67-60 on Mar. 15 despite 15 points and eight rebounds from Keala King. He contributes 5.0 rebounds per game in addition to his 9.7 points per game. The Bears were defeated by Oklahoma State 74-72 on Mar. 14 despite 31 points from Pierre Jackson. He leads the team in points with 19.8 per game and assists with 6.5 per game. A key area of strength for Baylor is turnover percentage at 17.8, which ranks second in their conference (and 59th nationally).
- Long Beach State has a much lower out-of-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Baylor ($28,628 vs. $39,453).
- Long Beach State has a better record in close games than Baylor this season (8-2 vs. 2-7).
- The Long Beach State steals leader (James Ennis, 54 steals) has more steals than the Baylor steals leader (A.J. Walton, 53 steals).
- The Big West has 4 teams - UC Davis (40.5 percent), Pacific (38.5 percent), Cal Poly (38.2 percent), and Cal State Fullerton (37.6 percent) - that shoot a better three-point percentage than the Big 12 leader, Iowa State (37.4 percent).
- Long Beach State has a much lower in-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Baylor ($17,468 vs. $39,453).
- Long Beach State has a much lower admission rate (more selective) according to Kiplinger (32 percent vs. 50 percent).
- The Big West had fewer blowout games in conference (meaning there is greater parity within the conference) than in the Big 12.
- You'll do better on next semester's exams, right? Long Beach State currently has a higher Academic Progress Rate (959 to 956) than Baylor, per the NCAA.
- The Big West had more close games in conference (so the games are more exciting to watch) than in the Big 12.