No. 2-Seeded Baylor (21-14) and No. 3-Seeded Brigham Young (24-11) Face Off in Semifinals

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NIT 4th Round



1ST2ND TOTAL SPREAD
  #3 Brigham Young 33 37 70 +3.0
  #2 Baylor 35 41 76 -3.0
Tue, Apr 02 2013, 07:00 PM CDT

Madison Square Garden
New York, NY
TV: ESPN 2

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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.
BYU Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A- Tyler Haws 34 21 5 2 1 0 2
A- Brandon Davies 29 18 8 2 1 1 3
B Matt Carlino 28 11 3 4 2 0 3
C+ Brock Zylstra 25 7 4 2 1 0 1
C Nate Austin 16 3 4 0 1 1 1
C Josh Sharp 19 4 4 1 0 0 1
C- Craig Cusick 20 4 2 2 1 0 1
D+ Bronson Kaufusi 6 1 2 0 0 0 0
D+ Anson Winder 9 2 1 1 0 0 0
D+ Cory Calvert 7 2 1 1 0 0 1
D Raul Delgado 7 2 1 1 0 0 0
D Ian Harward 4 1 1 0 0 0 0
D A. Ambrosino 6 2 1 0 0 0 0
BAY Players Mins Pts Reb Ast Stl Blk TO
A Pierre Jackson 35 20 4 6 2 0 4
B+ Isaiah Austin 30 13 9 1 0 2 2
B+ Cory Jefferson 28 12 8 0 1 2 1
B- A.J. Walton 28 7 3 3 2 0 2
C+ Brady Heslip 26 8 1 1 1 0 0
C+ Rico Gathers 17 6 6 0 1 0 1
C Gary Franklin 17 4 1 1 1 0 1
C- Taurean Prince 6 3 2 0 0 0 0
D+ Deuce Bello 11 2 1 1 1 0 1
D Jacob Neubert 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
D L.J. Rose 8 1 1 1 0 0 1
D J`mison Morgan 8 4 3 0 0 0 0
D Logan Lowery 3 1 1 0 0 0 0

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