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South Carolina State (3-1) at (9) Baylor (3-0)



Tuesday, November 22nd, 10:00 p.m. (et)

The Sports Network

By Frank Haynes, Senior College Basketball Editor

FACTS & STATS: Site: Ferrell Center (10,284) -- Waco, Texas. Television: None. Home Record: SCSU 3-0, Baylor 3-0. Away Record: SCSU 0-1, Baylor 0-0. Neutral Record: SCSU 0-0, Baylor 0-0. Conference Record: SCSU 0-0, Baylor 0-0. Series Record: First-ever meeting.

GAME NOTES: Continuing their season-opening six-game homestand, the ninth- ranked Baylor Bears welcome the South Carolina State Bulldogs to Waco for tonight's non-conference clash. This is the first meeting between the two schools in men's basketball.

South Carolina State is off to a 3-1 start to the 2011-12 campaign, winning home games against Claflin (70-53), Webber University (69-50) and Gardner-Webb (73-68), and dropping its only road date thus far at Virginia (75-38). The Bulldogs are members of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, and they will begin league play at home against Morgan State on January 7, 2012.

Baylor is 3-0 for the fifth straight season, posting double-digit wins over Texas Southern (77-57), Jackson State (92-59) and San Diego State (77-67). The Bears should challenge for the Big 12 Conference championship this year, as coach Scott Drew has a stellar collection of players, and the rich will get richer later this week when Perry Jones III returns from suspension.

South Carolina State is shooting just 38.4 percent from the field, which includes a horrendous 28.8 percent showing from three-point range. As a result, the Bulldogs are averaging just 62.5 ppg so it's somewhat surprising that they have won three of their first four games. However, when you consider the level of competition, you can see why. Khalif Toombs is averaging 13.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, and he is coming off a 21-point, nine- rebound performance in SCSU's recent win over Garnder-Webb. Aaron Martin contributed 16 points and seven boards, while Presano Bell added 15 points and nine rebounds. Coach Tim Carter's club shot just 39.2 percent from the floor, missing 12 of its 17 three-point attempts along the way. A 28-8 advantage in points from the foul line, however, played an obvious role in the outcome.

Baylor boasts four double-digit scorers to this point in the season, as Quincy Miller leads the way with 18.0 ppg on the strength of his 51.4 percent shooting effort. Quincy Acy (12.7 ppg, 6.0 rpg), Anthony Jones (11.0 ppg, 7.0 apg) and Brady Heslip (10.7 ppg) lend support for the Bears, who are netting 82.0 ppg in hitting 43.1 percent of their three-point tries. Defensively, BU is permitting just 61.0 ppg on typical shooting outputs of 34.3 percent overall and 34.4 percent from downtown. The Bears own favorable margins in both rebounding (+7.3) and turnovers (+2.3), although the latter figure comes despite the team committing 17 giveaways per outing. Miller shot 7-of-12 from the field to finish with 20 points in Baylor's recent win over San Diego State, while Heslip drained four treys en route to 16 points. Acy produced 13 points and nine rebounds, and Jones chipped in 11 points for the Bears, who connected on 46.2 percent of their total shots while holding the Aztecs to 35.6 percent. Both teams were careless with the basketball, committing 21 turnovers apiece.

Even if the Bears were to play their worst game of the season, the chances of them losing at home to these Bulldogs is minimal at best. Expect the two Quincys to once again pace BU as it keeps its perfect record in tact.

Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Baylor 81, South Carolina State 59

11/22 10:39:02 ET

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Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14
 
7th
SFG 7
KAN 4
 
Final
WISC 52
MD 7
Final
SMU 10
MEM 48
Final
ILL 28
MINN 24
Final
RICE 41
UNT 21
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NEB 42
RUTG 24
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KST 23
TEX 0
Final
ARK 45
UAB 17
Final
UVA 27
UNC 28
Final
EMICH 17
NILL 28
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NAVY 41
SJST 31
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BST 35
AKR 21
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GASTATE 31
GASO 69
Final
TOL 42
UMASS 35
Final
WMICH 42
OHIO 21
Final
COL 37
UCLA 40
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UMO 10
KSU 3
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WAKE 17
BC 23
Final
BUF 14
CMICH 20
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MARS 35
FATL 16
Final
PITT 28
GT 56
Final
SMISS 20
LATU 31
Final
MSU 35
MICH 11
Final
KENT 31
MSST 45
Final
STAN 38
ORST 14
Final
TCU 82
TTU 27
Final
OKST 10
WVU 34
Final
WKENT 66
ODU 51
Final
UTST 34
UNLV 20
Final
MIZZ 24
VANDY 14
Final
UCF 34
TEMPL 14
Final
WASU 37
ARZ 59
 
Final
CLEM 16
SYR 6
 
Final
LAMON 18
TXST 22
 
Final
TXSANANTO 0
UTEP 34
 
Final
COLST 45
WYO 31
 
Final
LSU 10
MISS 7
 
Final
TENN 20
ALA 34
 
Final
AUB 42
SCAR 35
 
4th
PSU 14
OSU 17
 
2nd
UTAH 7
USC 7
 
1st
WASH 0
ARST 0
 
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
NEV
Final
SJS 1
BUF 2
Final
TOR 1
BOS 4
Final
NYI 7
DAL 5
Final
PHI 4
DET 2
Final
OTT 2
NJD 3
Final
MON 3
NYR 1
Final
STL 3
CHI 2
 
Final
NAS 0
PIT 3
Final
MIN 7
TAM 2
3rd
ARI 0
FLA 1
 
1st Intermission
CAL 0
WAS 1
 
Final
NCCU 42
SAVST 14