Brigham Young vs. Baylor: Full Game Preview
|Brigham Young||T Haws 21.6||B Davies 8.1||M Carlino 4.7|
|Baylor||P Jackson 19.7||I Austin 8.3||P Jackson 6.9|
No. 3-seeded Brigham Young takes on No. 2-seeded Baylor in the semifinals of the NIT at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET and you can see it on ESPN 2. The Cougars lost to the Bears 79-64 on Dec. 21 and are 0-2 against them over the last four years.
The Cougars got past Southern Miss 79-62 on Mar. 27 with the help of 25 points and five rebounds from Tyler Haws. He leads the team with 21.6 points per game. In a 79-68 victory over Providence on Mar. 27, Pierre Jackson put up 20 points and seven rebounds for the Bears. With 19.7 points per game and 6.9 assists per game, he has team-best marks in both categories. When considering the Four Factors, Baylor performs well in turnover percentage at 17.4. This ranks first in the conference and 40th in the country.
- Brandon Davies is ranked 39th nationally in points.
- The Brigham Young basketball team finishes what they start, with a better graduation rate than Baylor (100 percent vs. 38 percent).
- Diaper Dandies love Brigham Young. Brigham Young has recruited more McDonald's All-Americans out of high school than Baylor (5 vs. 3).
- Brigham Young has a much better overall winning percentage over the last 10 years (71.3 percent to 56.1 percent).
- The top-ranking players between the two conferences for points, rebounds, field goals made, free throws made, three-pointers, and assists are in the West Coast.
- Tyler Haws is ranked 9th nationally in points.
- Brigham Young has a better record on the road than Baylor this season (6-5 vs. 4-7).
- Brigham Young is ranked higher than Baylor in their conference (No. 3 vs. No. 6).
- Brigham Young is taller. The average height of the top 8 players on Brigham Young is 77.6 inches compared to 76.6 inches for Baylor.
- Brigham Young has a better conference record than Baylor this season (10-6 vs. 9-9).
- The Brigham Young steals leader (Matt Carlino, 59 steals) has more steals than the Baylor steals leader (A.J. Walton, 53 steals).