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Run the Floor:
How they got here: Baylor (29-7) fell behind 19-7 in their opener with South Dakota State, but was able to grind their way back into the game and pull out a win. In the 2nd round they handled Colorado easily.
Xavier (23-12) rallied from a ten-point 2nd half deficit to beat Notre Dame in the final seconds, then beat up on Lehigh in the round of 32.
Three things Xavier fans should know about Baylor:
Baylor has two players who were consensus top-10 recruits in Perry Jones III and Quincy Miller. Only once so far in this tournament has either scored in double figures (Miller with 10 in the opener).
The Bears will be the biggest team Xavier has faced this season. Baylor ranks as the ninth overall team in effective height.
Baylor is very balanced in how they score the ball. Amongst the 345 Division I teams, the Bears rank between 158-180th in the amount of their points that come from 2-pointers, 3-pointers and free throws.
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The Bears and Musketeers are building their own impressive resumes heading into their round of 16 matchup Friday night for a spot in Sunday's South Regional final.
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