Arizona State vs. Baylor: Full Game Preview
|Arizona State||J Carson 18.4||C Felix 8.1||J Carson 5.1|
|Baylor||P Jackson 19.5||I Austin 8.5||P Jackson 6.4|
No. 2-seeded Baylor battles No. 3-seeded Arizona State in the second round of the NIT at Ferrell Center on Friday. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. ET and you can catch it on ESPN 2. The Bears are 3-0 against the Sun Devils over the last four years. The last time they played they won 68-54 on Dec. 2, 2010.
In their last outing, behind 26 points from Brady Heslip, the Bears blew out Long Beach State 112-66 on Mar. 20. He contributes 1.3 rebounds per game in addition to his 8.8 points per game. For the Sun Devils, Jahii Carson finished with 22 points and 10 rebounds in the 83-68 win over Detroit on Mar. 20. He leads the team in points with 18.4 per game and assists with 5.1 per game.
Arizona State StatSmack
- Baylor has a stronger schedule than Arizona State this season (SOS Rank: No. 18 vs. No. 116).
- Pierre Jackson is ranked 25th nationally in points and 13th nationally in assists.
- The Baylor assist leader (Pierre Jackson, 197 assists) has more assists than the Arizona State assist leader (Jahii Carson, 158 assists).
- Baylor waxed Arizona State by 14 points the last time they played (Dec 02, 2010).
- Be afraid. Baylor has blown out more teams than Arizona State this season (eight blowouts vs. two).
- Baylor has more wins over the last 5 years than Arizona State (139 vs. 111).
- A for effort, but Baylor has emerged victorious against Arizona State the last three times they've played.
- Baylor has an average margin of victory of 8 over Arizona State in three wins since 1988.
- Since 1998, Baylor has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Arizona State (seven vs. three).
- AP voters think more highly of Baylor and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Arizona State (63 vs. 29).
- The Baylor steals leader (A.J. Walton, 53 steals) has more steals than the Arizona State steals leader (Carrick Felix, 49 steals).