The Baylor Bears have had a season where they’ve flown under the radar a bit – they’re just dominant enough, but not too much so that fans nationwide are honing in on them. The Bears finished fourth in the Big 12 regular season standings with a record of 23-8 (11-7) – most of their losses coming by a margin of 10 points or less. Baylor was also ranked eighth in the nation for rebounds – averaging just under 40 per game – and are looking to advance past their Sweet 16 dismissal from last year.
After being chosen by the selection committee, the Bears will be facing Georgia State in the round of 64 in the NCAA Tournament.
Georgia State has a roster filled with transfers from big programs such as Kevin Ware, who used to play for Rick Pitino at Louisville. Head coach Ron Hunter and the Panthers are making their first NCAA Tournament appearance after having the best season in program history – 24-9 overall and 15-5 in the Sun Belt Conference. Georgia State earned their automatic bid after winning the Sun Belt Conference Tournament.
No. 3 Baylor vs. No. 14 Georgia State
NCAA Tournament Round of 64
Thursday, March 19
Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida
1:40 p.m. Eastern
Stats You Need to Know
Record: 23-8 overall, 11-7 Big 12
Coach: Scott Drew, 12th season
Offensive Points Per Game: 69.7
Defensive Points Allowed Per Game: 60.0
Scoring Leaders: Taurean Prince, 14.0 ppg, Rico Gathers, 11.6 ppg
Rebounding Leader: Rico Gathers, 11.7 rpg
Assists Leader: Kenny Chery, 4.0 apg
Scouting Georgia State
Record: 24-9, 15-5 Sun Belt
Coach: Ron Hunt, 3rd season
Offensive Points Per Game: 73.0
Defensive Points Allowed Per Game: 62.2
Scoring Leaders: R.J. Hunter, 20.1
Rebounding Leader: Markus Crider, 6.7
Assists Leader: R.J. Hunter and Ryan Harrow, 3.8