Spartans to Face Baylor Monday in Primetime
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SPARTANBURG, S.C. - The USC Upstate men's basketball team hits the road again Monday evening, traveling to Waco, Texas, to battle the Baylor Bears in a non-conference tilt at the Ferrell Center.
The matchup between the Spartans and Bears will be the first-ever meeting between the two clubs and will be televised on Fox Sports Southwest. Tip-off is slated for 8 p.m. EST.
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- The Spartans have lost four of five road games this season, but will look to pick up right where they left off against UTSA last Saturday where they scored 88 points and produced its second biggest offensive output of the year.
- The matchup with Baylor will be part of a two-game road trip, as Upstate will fly from Texas to Nashville to take on Tennessee State next Friday. Nashville will be the final stop in 11 of 13 road games to open the season. Over those 11 road games, Upstate touched down or took off in 13 different cities and played in seven different states.
- Baylor will be the second Big 12 opponent Upstate has faced this season after traveling to Manhattan on Dec. 2 and falling 75-53 to Kansas State. The Bears are also one of 10 opponents the Spartans will take on for the first time in the series history.
- After starting the season averaging just 13 points for the first two games of the year, Torrey Craig has exploded offensively and now leads the Atlantic Sun Conference at 19.2 points per game. His career-high 31 points against UTSA last Saturday marked his third game of 20 or more points this season, two of which led Upstate to a victory.
- Ty Greene's struggles from behind the arc through the first eight games of the season was his biggest collegiate slump, knocking down just 10 of 46 attempts. He changed all that last Saturday against UTSA however, going 5-for-6 from long range and tying his career-high for three-pointers made in a game.
- The Spartans are averaging 16.0 assists per game over the first nine games of the season, but last Saturday Upstate tallied a season-high 25 assists on 30 field goals against UTSA. Every Upstate player recorded an assists, including a game-high five from Ty Greene and four from Adrian Rodgers.
- Baylor opened the season ranked in the Associated Press and USA Today top 25 poll for three straight weeks, but since losses to Colorado, College of Charleston and Northwestern, the Bears dropped to receiving votes to not ranked each of the last two weeks.
- Two of the top 40 scores in the country will square off Monday night when Baylor's Pierre Jackson (19.8 ppg) and Upstate's Torrey Craig (19.2 ppg) go head-to-head. Jackson currently ranks 29th in the nation, while Craig is 38th.
- Baylor's Isaiah Austin went off Wednesday in a 17-point victory over Lamar, scoring 23 points and adding 17 rebounds to notch his second double-double of the season. It was just the fourth time in Baylor history a player has reached those numbers.
- Upstate and Baylor have nearly identical shooting percentages from the field and behind the arc and both programs have a 1.2 assists/turnover ratio and average 8.0 steals per game.
WEEKLY SUCCESS: Following a career-high 31 points against UTSA on Dec. 8, Torrey Craig earned the sixth A-Sun Weekly honor of his illustrious career. He was named the A-Sun Newcomer of the Week twice during his Freshman of the Year campaign, Player of the Week three times as a sophomore during his Player of the Year season and now earns the first weekly award of his junior year. He was also recognized as the College Sports Madness Player of the Week.
AT HOME IN THE HODGE: The Spartans have seen plenty of recent success in the Hodge Center, winning 10 straight and 15 of their last 16 games for a .937 winning percentage. The last time Upstate dropped a game at home was Jan. 9 against Mercer. The nine-point loss to the Bears came over 300 days ago.
DAY-TO-DAY: Through the first eight games of the season Upstate played on all seven days of the week, posting a 3-5 record. The Spartans picked up wins on Monday, Thursday and Friday through the first eight games of the year and remain perfect on Monday and Thursday. Upstate will put its Monday perfection to test against Baylor.