Prairie View (3-5) at (22) Baylor (7-1)
Saturday, December 13th, 3:00 p.m. (et)
The Sports Network
By Ralph Lauro, Associate College Basketball Editor
FACTS & STATS: Ferrell Center (10,284) -- Waco, Texas. Television: FSN-SW. Home Record: Prairie View 3-0, Baylor 4-0. Away Record: Prairie View 0-4, Baylor 1-0. Neutral Record: Prairie View 0-1, Baylor 2-1. Conference Record: Prairie View 0-0, Baylor 0-0. Series Record: Baylor leads, 9-0.
GAME NOTES: The 22nd-ranked Baylor Bears get a lengthy seven-game homestand underway today, as they host the Prairie View Panthers in non-conference play at the Ferrell Center in Waco.
The Bears have faced a tough schedule of late, but they have responded in a positive way and are coming off a solid 58-52 victory at Washington State a week ago. It was a nice rebound for Baylor, which was defeated in its prior outing by nationally-ranked Wake Forest. At 7-1, the Bears are off to a terrific start and they will look to continue their winning ways at home, where they have gone a perfect 4-0 thus far.
As for Prairie View, it was last in action back on December 2nd, suffering a 78-70 setback at Hawaii. It was the first of five straight road games for the Panthers, who had their short two-game win streak snapped. Prairie View is now 0-5 against Division I schools on the season compared to a 3-0 mark versus non-NCAA schools.
The Panthers and Bears are meeting for the 10th time, with Baylor winning each of the prior nine encounters. Baylor is also a perfect 31-0 against SWAC schools.
The Panthers were outscored at the charity stripe, 31-12, and that made the difference in a 78-70 setback to Hawaii in their last outing. The team kept things interesting by forcing 21 turnovers, but it just couldn't slow down Hawaii, allowing it to shoot 52.4 percent from the field. Derek Johnson guided PVAMU in defeat with 18 points, while Christopher Jones had 13 points and three steals. Darnell Hugee got into the mix as well, posting 10 points and three boards. On the season, Hugee not only leads the Panthers in scoring (14.9 ppg), but rebounding (8.4 rpg) as well. Jones adds 10.6 ppg and 3.4 apg to the rotation, while Johnson contributes 10.3 ppg and 3.0 apg.
The Bears are a deep and explosive team and they are averaging a healthy 82.1 ppg on an efficient 49.0 percent shooting from the field this season. LaceDarius Dunn is one of four players currently averaging in double figures, as he paces Baylor with 16.8 ppg. Curtis Jerrells nips at his heels with 16.3 ppg and he has been in charge of running the show, dishing out a team-high 5.5 apg. Henry Dugat puts forth 12.8 ppg and 3.6 apg, while Kevin Rogers contributes 10.9 ppg and a team-best 6.5 rpg. In the squad's last outing, Dunn came off the bench and turned in 14 points on 4-of-7 three-pointers, as Baylor edged Washington State on the road. Jerrells posted 13 points and eight boards, while Dugat and Tweety Carter chipped in 12 points apiece. Baylor turned in a solid effort on defense and used a 21-of-25 effort at the foul line to hold on for the win.
Baylor is the obvious choice here and it should be offered little resistance in a game that will most likely get out of hand.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Baylor 95, Prairie View 60
12/13 10:26:40 ET