Long Beach State vs. Baylor: Full Game Preview

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Long Beach State vs. Baylor: Full Game Preview
Long Beach State
(19-13, 7-9 away)
Baylor
(18-14, 12-6 home)
Venue: Ferrell Center
9:00PM ET / 6:00PM PT, March 20, 2013
Team Leaders
Points Rebounds Assists
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).

Baylor StatSmack

  • 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.
LBSU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
B James Ennis 34 17 7 2 2 1 3
C+ Michael Caffey 33 12 4 4 2 0 3
C+ Tony Freeland 28 11 5 2 1 0 2
C Dan Jennings 25 9 6 1 0 1 2
C Keala King 29 10 5 3 1 0 3
C P. Pappageorge 27 7 2 2 1 0 1
D+ Deng Deng 15 5 2 0 0 0 1
D Kris Gulley 16 4 3 0 0 0 1
D Kyle Richardson 11 2 1 0 0 0 1
D Edgar Garibay 5 1 1 0 0 0 0
D Nick Shepherd 9 1 1 0 0 0 1
D Gatete Djuma 2 1 0 0 0 0 0
F Branford Jones 15 8 3 3 2 0 1
BAY Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Pierre Jackson 35 20 4 6 2 0 4
A- Isaiah Austin 30 13 9 1 0 2 2
B+ Cory Jefferson 28 12 8 0 1 2 1
B- A.J. Walton 28 7 3 3 2 0 2
C+ Brady Heslip 26 8 1 1 1 0 0
C+ Rico Gathers 17 6 6 0 1 0 1
C- Gary Franklin 17 4 1 1 1 0 1
D+ Taurean Prince 6 3 2 0 0 0 0
D+ Deuce Bello 11 2 1 1 1 0 1
D Jacob Neubert 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
D L.J. Rose 8 1 1 1 0 0 1
D J`mison Morgan 8 4 3 0 0 0 0
D Logan Lowery 3 1 1 0 0 0 0
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