|Providence||B Cotton 19.6||L Henton 8.3||V Council 7.0|
|Baylor||P Jackson 19.7||I Austin 8.5||P Jackson 6.7|
No. 2-seeded Baylor squares off against No. 4-seeded Providence in the quarterfinals of the NIT at Ferrell Center on Wednesday. Tipoff is at 9 p.m. ET and you can catch it on ESPN 2. The Bears last played the Friars on Nov. 27, 2008 and won 72-56.
In their last outing, behind 26 points and 16 assists from Pierre Jackson, the Bears defeated Arizona State 89-86 on Mar. 22. On top of his scoring average of 19.7 points per game, he delivers 6.7 assists per game. For the Friars, Vincent Council put up 12 points and 10 assists in the 77-68 win over Robert Morris on Mar. 25. He leads the team in assists with 7.0 per game and steals with 1.4 per game.
Baylor has a statistical advantage over Providence in one significant category, scoring, where the Bears have an edge over the Friars, 75.9 points per game to 67.6 points per game.
- The Baylor blocks leader (Cory Jefferson, 62 blocks) has more blocks than the Providence blocks leader (Kadeem Batts, 22 blocks).
- Since 1998, Baylor has recruited more Top 50 high school players than Providence (seven vs. two).
- Baylor has a much lower out-of-state cost per year according to Kiplinger than Providence ($39,453 vs. $51,895).
- Baylor has more wins over the last 5 years than Providence (139 vs. 93).
- Baylor has more NCAA Tournament appearances over the last 10 years than Providence (three vs. one).
- Baylor embarrassed Providence by 16 points the last time they played (Nov 27, 2008).
- The Big 12 has had four more NBA Draft picks than the Big East over the past 5 years.
- AP voters think more highly of Baylor and ranked them in the AP Top 25 more often over the past 10 years than Providence (63 vs. 14).
- Even computers respect Baylor more. Baylor has a better RPI this season than Providence (RPI: No. 61 vs. No. 87).