Evanston, IL – The seventh-ranked Baylor Bears hit the road conference action at Welsh-Ryan Arena.
The Bears have enjoyed home cooking thus far in 2011-12. The team opened the year with a six-game homestand, running the table with six double-digit victories, including a 90-54 thumping of Prairie View A&M last time out.
The Wildcats are flying a bit under the radar in the top-heavy Big Ten, but have taken care of their business just the same, winning all seven of their matchups thus far. NU was last in action Friday, routing Mississippi Valley State, 92-67, behind a barrage of long range shots.
This is the first time these two teams will be meeting on the hardwood.
The Bears have proved themselves to be lethal at both ends of the floor this season and have a +21.5 scoring margin as a result. The team is averaging 80.2 ppg on .464 shooting, while allowing foes a mere 58.7 ppg, on .343 accuracy. Baylor has some serious scoring depth and with the return of Perry Jones III (sat out the first five games due to a suspension), it only gets better. Jones made quite the debut in the win over Prairie View, as he was 10-of-14 from the floor, finishing with 27 points. Pierre Jackson poured in 17 points off the bench, while Quincy Acy added a double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds. Cory Jefferson and Deuce Bello got into the act as well, with 12 and 10 points, respectively. In addition to the obvious scoring punch that Jones will provide, Baylor will also get solid contributions from Quincy Miller (15.2 ppg), Acy (11.7 ppg), Anthony Jones (11.2 ppg) and Jackson (11.2 ppg).
The Wildcats scored a school-record 59 first-half points and drained a school- record 20 three-pointers in the game, making light work of the Delta Devils, 92-67. Nick Fruendt led the way off the bench with 21 points. Reggie Hearn added 15, while Drew Crawford and Luka Mirkovic chipped in with 14 and 11 points, respectively. The starters played sparingly in a game that got out of hand very early. John Shurna, who scored nine points in just 11 minutes against MVSU, continues to lead the Wildcats in scoring at 20.0 ppg. Crawford provides a viable second option, averaging 17.6 ppg. Both players are shooting well over 40 percent from behind the arc on the year and have combined for 33 of the team's 67 three-pointers.