No. 2-seeded Baylor squares off against No. 3-seeded Brigham Young in the semifinals of the NIT at Madison Square Garden on Tuesday. Tipoff is at 7 p.m. ET and you can catch it on ESPN 2. The Bears beat the Cougars 79-64 on Dec. 21 and are 2-0 against them over the last four years.
The 26 points by Cory Jefferson helped the Bears to a 79-68 victory over Providence on Mar. 27. On top of a team-high 2.0 blocks per game, he also scores 12.8 points per game. In a 79-62 victory over Southern Miss on Mar. 27, Brock Zylstra put up 23 points and 10 rebounds for the Cougars. He is averaging 7.7 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. Areas of strength for Brigham Young include: turnover percentage at 16.9 and defensive rebounding percentage at 72.5.
StatSmack! Baylor is better than Brigham Young
Baylor has a stronger schedule than Brigham Young this season (SOS Rank: No. 18 vs. No. 101).
The Big 12 has a stronger schedule this year compared to the West Coast (No. 5 vs. No. 10).
The Big 12 has had 37 more NCAA Tournament teams than the West Coast over the past 10 years.
Last year the Big 12 had more close games in conference (so the games are more exciting to watch) than in the West Coast.