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. 3-seeded Arizona State takes on No. 2-seeded Baylor in the second round of the NIT at Ferrell Center on Friday. It takes place at 8 p.m. ET and you can catch it on ESPN 2. The Sun Devils are 0-3 against the Bears over the last four years. They fell 68-54 on Dec. 2, 2010, the last time they met.
The 22 points and 10 rebounds by Jahii Carson helped the Sun Devils to an 83-68 victory over Detroit on Mar. 20. He leads the team in points with 18.4 per game and assists with 5.1 per game. In a 112-66 blowout of Long Beach State on Mar. 20, Brady Heslip put up 26 points for the Bears. He contributes 1.3 rebounds per game in addition to his 8.8 points per game. Baylor ranks second in their conference in turnover percentage at 17.8, which also places them 57th in the country.
- Arizona State has a better overall winning percentage over the last 30 years (51.1 percent to 49.4 percent).
- Jordan Bachynski is ranked 3rd nationally in blocks.
- Arizona State is bigger. The average weight of the top 8 players on Arizona State is 213 lbs compared to 203 lbs for Baylor.
- Carrick Felix is ranked 49th nationally in rebounds.
- Arizona State is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Arizona State is 78.2 inches compared to 76.6 inches for Baylor.
- The Arizona State basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Baylor (60 percent vs. 38 percent).
- Jahii Carson is ranked 22nd nationally in points and 46th nationally in assists.
- The Arizona State blocks leader (Jordan Bachynski, 116 blocks) has more blocks than the Baylor blocks leader (Cory Jefferson, 63 blocks).
- Arizona State players are more experienced than Baylor players (14,626 minutes played vs. 13,714 minutes played).
- The Pac-12 has had two more NBA Draft picks than the Big 12 over the past 10 years.