Lady Bears No. 2 seed in Lexington regional, play Grambling State

Baylor and Wagner meet in the first round of the NIT in a battle of two squads hoping to get over the disappointment of missing out on the NCAA Tournament. Baylor is favored by 15 points, down 4.5 from the opening line. The over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 139.5. Viewing Information Location: Waco, TX Date: Tuesday, March 13 Time: 7:00 p.m. ET TV: ESPN2 Stream: About No. 1 Baylor Baylor fell just short of reaching the NCAA Tournament. The Bears collapsed down the stretch, dropping four of their last five games, including a 78-65 defeat to West Virginia in the Big 12 Tournament. Clutch victories over Kansas and Texas Tech gave the Bears some Selection Sunday hope, but multiple surprising conference tournament championship results squeezed them off the bubble. About No. 8 Wagner One of those surprising conference tournament losses came in the Northeast Conference, where Wagner fell 71-61 to LIU-Brooklyn in the finals. Wagner (23-9) claimed the regular season conference crown with a 14-4 record, but an uncharacteristic performance led to a disappointing defeat in the tournament. The Seahawks will look to get back to their strong defensive play (68 ppg allowed) to slow Manu Lecomte (16 ppg) and the Baylor attack. Odds, picks against the spread Oddsmakers opened this game at Baylor -19.5, reflecting the talent differentiation. But the NIT can be as much about who wants to be there as much as any individual player or matchup. The Bears were left out of the NCAA Tournament for the first time in five years. Wagner certainly isnt excited about missing out on the NCAA Tournament either, but the motivation edge has to go to the Seahawks as they look to make a statement on the road against a perennial power. So which side of Baylor-Wagner do you need to be all over? Visit SportsLine now to find out which side of Baylor vs. Wagner you should be all over, all from a handicapper whos nailed seven of his last nine picks involving Baylor and enters March Madness on a blistering 16-6 run.

GRAMBLING, La. | For the first time in nearly 20 years, the Grambling State University womens basketball will party like its 1999 as the Lady Tigers were selected a 15-seed in the Lexington Regional and will meet second-seed Baylor on Friday in the opening round of the 2018 NCAA Division I Womens Basketball Championship.

The Bears fell to the No. 18 West Virginia Mountaineers in their last contest, 78-65. West Virginia’s 31.4 offensive rebounding percentage was their largest strength over Baylor, who had a rate of 21.2. The Mountaineers’ mark was below their season average of 37.0, while the Bears’ was below their season average of 35.9. Baylor’s Manu Lecomte had a good performance, leading both teams in scoring with 27 points on 7-for-12 shooting.

Grambling State and Baylor will meet at 6:30 p.m. at The Ferrell Center on Friday in the opening round of the Lexington Regional, hosted by Baylor.

This will be the fourth-ever meeting between the two schools and the first since 2015. The Lady Bears own a 3-0 record in the series, including a 96-42 victory in 2015.

Both teams will play with some new rules mandated by the NIT. The game will feature four 10-minute quarters rather than two 20-minute halves. The  3-point line will be extended by 1 feet, 8 inches to 22 feet, 7 inches.  It is the configuration employed for international competition.

The Lady Tigers (19-13) earned the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) automatic bid after defeating top-seeded Southern, 72-68, in the conference championship game on Saturday. Grambling State advanced to the NCAA Division I Womens Basketball Championship for the first time since 1999 and sixth overall trip the “Big Dance.”

Coach Bashir Mason’s team is among the best rebounding teams in the nation, averaging plus 5.5 rebounds per game to rank 33rd nationally.  They also rank 28th nationally in field-goal percentage defense, holding opponents to 40.8 percent shooting.

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The Lady Tigers has faced in the tournament Vanderbilt (1994), Stanford (1996), Tennessee (1997), Texas Tech (1998) and Alabama (1999).

"We played them two years ago, walked out of there with a great effort, " says Murray. "There's some familiarity with them. We know what they want to do. We got to take care of the big giant they have down low inside. But, we have some weapons that can cause a problem for them as well."

Grambling State averages 67.0 points, while its opponents are at 67.2. The Lady Tigers are shooting 39.9 percent (780-of-1,957), while the opponents are shooting 40 percent (765-of-1,914).

Shakyla Hill, an All-SWAC First-Team selection and All-Tournament Most Valuable Player honoree, has played and started in all 32 games this season. She leads the team in points (17.1), rebounds (7.5), assists (5.7) and steals (4.9). The Little Rock, Ark. native, who became the seventh basketball player and fourth ever in NCAA Division I Womens basketball history to record a quadruple double on Jan. 3, is second in the nation in steals and steals per game, fifth in triple-doubles, 23rd is assists, 25th in minutes played and 27th in assists per game.

MEDIA INFORMATION TV: ESPN2 and WatchESPN Talent: Mark Neely (pxp), Fran Fraschilla (analyst)Radio: Baylor IMG Sports Network / ESPN Central Texas Talent: John Morris (pxp), David Kaye (analyst) Streaming Radio: TuneIn App Live Stats/In-Game Home: Twitter: @BaylorMBB | #SicWagner | #NIT MATCHUP BAYLOR 18-14, 8-10 Big 12 Ranking: NR – AP, NR – Coaches Last Game: March 9, 2018 – lost vs. No. 18 West Virginia, 78-65 Head Coach: Scott Drew (Butler, 1993) Career Record: 315-205 (16th season) BU Record: 295-194 (15th season) vs. Wagner: 0-0 WAGNER 23-9, 14-4 NEC Ranking: NR – AP, NR – Coaches Last Game: March 6, 2018 – lost to LIU Brooklyn, 71-61 Head Coach: Bashir Mason (Drexel, 2007) Career Record: 110-78 (6th season)WU Record: 110-78 (6th season) vs. Baylor: 0-0

Jazmin Boyd is second on the team in scoring at 12.3 points. She averages 2.5 boards, 1.8 assists and 1.0 steals in 27.7 minutes per game. The Hattiesburg, Miss. native has scored in double figures 17 times, including a career-high 31 points against Jackson State (Feb. 17). Also, she has scored in double figures in 11 straight games.

GAME 33 BAYLOR vs. WAGNER March 13, 2018 | 6:00 PM CT | Ferrell Center | Waco, TexasESPN2 / WatchESPN | Radio | Live Stats | Twitter | Arena Info Game Notes: Baylor | Wagner

Monisha Neal, an All-SWAC First-Team performer and All-SWAC Tournament team selection, is third on the team in scoring at 10.3 points per game. She also averages 6.2 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals in the 29 games played. The Lewisville, Texas native has reached double figures in scoring 17 times.

Baylor (31-1), winners of the Big 12 Championship, is riding a 28-game winning streak, with its last loss coming on Nov. 18 against UCLA.

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Kalani Brown paces four Baylor players in double figures at 20.2 points and 10.1 rebounds per game. Lauren Cox and Kristy Wallace are pouring in 14.7 and 12.9 points, respectively, while Dekeiya Cohen is averaging 12.1 points.

The Lady Bears are no stranger to a SWAC opponent in the first round as Baylor defeated Texas Southern, 119-30, last season.

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