|9/11 Baylor (11-1) vs. Savannah State (2-11)
Jan. 3, 2014 | 7:00 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
TV: FOX Sports Southwest
Radio: ESPN Central Texas
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Baylor has won 11 straight games at the Ferrell Center, which ties the 2nd-longest streak in arena history.
BU can move within three games of the Ferrell Center record 15-game winning streak (2/3/10--1/11/11) with a win.
Baylor has won 16 of its last 17 games overall, with the lone loss to Syracuse, which is ranked No. 2 by the AP.
Baylor has out-shot all 12 opponents this season and has been out-rebounded only once in 12 games.
According to RealTimeRPI.com, Baylor has the nation's No. 10 RPI and No. 25 strength of schedule as of Jan 1.
Through games of Dec. 29, Baylor ranks 8th nationally in rebounding margin (11.0), 8th in 3-point FG percentage (42.6), 13th in FG percentage (50.0) and 29th blocks per game (5.9).
Baylor is 66-12 at home since 2009-10, posting an .846 winning percentage.
Baylor is 5-0 this season in games decided by 5 points or less or in OT -- BU was 3-8 in those games last year.
Baylor has started the season 11-1 or better through its first 12 games in five of the last seven seasons.
Baylor is ranked No. 9 in the latest AP Top 25 poll, up 16 spots from the Bears' preseason No. 25 ranking.
Baylor's No. 9 AP ranking is its highest since finishing the 2011-12 season ranked No. 9.
Baylor is one of four schools nationally ranked by the AP in football, men's basketball and women's basketball. The Bears (No. 6 FB, No. 9 MBB, No. 9 WBB) are joined by Oklahoma State, Duke and Louisville.
BU is the nation's only program with football and both basketballs ranked in the top 10 of the latest AP poll.
Nine Baylor players average 13+ minutes per game, and Baylor's bench is averaging 29.9 points per game.
Friday is the second all-time series meeting between Baylor and Savannah State. Baylor won the only previous meeting, 86-50, when the teams met in Waco on Jan. 13, 2005.
Baylor has won 29 of its last 30 games when leading at the half, and BU is 50-2 in those games since 2011-12.
BU's game vs. Savannah State is the last of eight the Bears will play on FOX Sports Southwest this season.
Baylor has the nation's best postseason winning percentage over the last five years (15-3; .833).
Baylor is one of only 10 schools nationally to play in the Elite Eight in two of the last four seasons.
The Savannah State game will be Baylor's 78th consecutive televised contest.
Head coach Scott Drew is seeking his 190th win at Baylor, which would place him 11 back of the school record.
Cory Jefferson was named to the Maui Invitational All-Tournament team, which was his third all-tournament honor over the last two seasons. He was previously honored on 2012 Charleston Classic and 2013 NIT teams.
Brady Heslip leads the Big 12 and ranks 11th nationally in 3-point shooting at 49.2 percent.
Isaiah Austin leads the Big 12 and ranks 18th nationally with 3.1 blocks per game.
Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 155-70 (24 wins per season) and has made five postseason appearances (2008 NCAA, 2009 NIT, 2010 NCAA, 2012 NCAA; 2013 NIT) with five 20-win seasons.
Baylor's win vs. then-No. 3 Kentucky tied its highest AP-ranked win in program history. BU out-rebounded Kentucky 41-25, after UK entered the game having out-rebounded every opponent by at least five boards.
15 of Baylor's 32 all-time wins versus AP Top 25 teams have come in the last seven seasons. BU is 15-32 against AP ranked teams since 2007-08 after going 17-122 vs. ranked opponents in its first 101 seasons.
BU has five 20-win seasons in the last six years. BU had only three 20-win seasons prior to Drew's arrival.
Baylor's four NBA Draft picks over the last two years ranks 3rd nationally behind Kentucky and North Carolina.
Baylor is one of only two Big 12 schools to be ranked in each of the last seven seasons (Kansas). The Bears have been ranked for at least three weeks in each of the last six seasons.
Baylor has more Big 12 wins in the last six seasons (53-47) than its first 11 years in the league combined (45-131).
Baylor was picked 3rd in the 2013-14 Big 12 Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll.
Baylor is coming off a 2013 NIT title, which was the program's first-ever national tournament championship.
Baylor has the Big 12's 2nd-longest active streak with at least one 3-point FG made in 705 consecutive games.
Baylor F Cory Jefferson and C Isaiah Austin were both named to the 6-player Preseason All-Big 12 team, marking the first time the Bears have had multiple players honored.
Jefferson (USA) and Heslip (Canada) played for their national teams in the 2013 World University Games.
Jefferson (80-24) is 6th on Baylor's career wins list and has the highest winning percentage (.769) in BU history.
Baylor has signed nine top-50 national recruits in the last seven years -- LaceDarius Dunn (2007), Anthony Jones (2008), Nolan Dennis (2009), Perry Jones III (2010), Quincy Miller (2011), Deuce Bello (2011), Isaiah Austin (2012), Rico Gathers (2012) and Ish Wainright (2013).
Head coach Scott Drew is coaching his 329th game at Baylor (189-139). His .576 winning percentage is best in BU history among coaches with four or more seasons, and his teams have a .689 winning percentage since 2007-08.
Drew is tied with Kansas' Bill Self as the second-longest tenured head coach in the Big 12 Conference. Drew, who is in his 11th season at Baylor in 2013-14, is second only to Texas' Rick Barnes (16th season at UT).
Baylor won 86-50 in the teams' only previous meeting on Jan. 13, 2005, in Waco.
Baylor is 13-0 all-time against teams currently playing in the MEAC. That includes wins against Bethune-Cookman (2-0), Morgan State (2-0), North Carolina A&T (2-0), Coppin State (1-0), Delaware State (1-0), Florida A&M (1-0), Maryland-Eastern Shore (1-0), Norfolk State (1-0), Savannah State (1-0) and South Carolina State (1-0).
A WIN WOULD ...
Improve Baylor's Ferrell Center winning streak to 12 games, taking over sole possession of the 2nd-longest streak in arena history and moving within three games of the arena-record 15-game winning streak.
Mark the fourth time in the last six years that Baylor has started 12-1 or better through its first 13 games.
Be Scott Drew's 190th career win as Baylor head coach -- 11 shy of Bill Henderson's school record.
Extend Baylor's winning streak to six games, tying the 11th-longest in program history.
Improve Baylor's record to 40-41 in the month of January in the Drew era, including a 25-9 record since 2009-10.
Make Baylor 2-0 in the all-time series against Savannah State and 14-0 all-time against current MEAC members.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Cory Jefferson has scored in double figures in a career-best 10 straight games. The only time he hasn't scored in double figures in the last 19 games was a 7-point effort in the Nov. 12 win vs. South Carolina.
Brady Heslip ranks 7th on Baylor's career 3-pointers made list with 216. He needs two made 3FGs to pass a trio of players for 4th place (Roddrick Miller, Aaron Bruce and Curtis Jerrells at 217).
Kenny Chery has made 21 consecutive free throws. His .931 free throw percentage (27-of-29) would lead the Big 12, but he's three made free throws shy of the 2.5/game minimum to qualify.
Rico Gathers is averaging 12.8 points, 10.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game over the last five contests. He's scored in double figures in four of five, recorded at least 8 rebounds in all five, and posted two double-doubles.
Isaiah Austin ranks 9th in BU history with 96 career blocks, and he needs 3 to pass Alex Holcombe (98) for 8th. He's scored in double figures in each of his last six starts and increased his scoring in each of those games.
DECEMBERS TO REMEMBER
With Monday's win vs. Oral Roberts, Baylor finished undefeated in the month of December for the fifth time in the last seven seasons. The Bears finished 5-0 this December, went 4-2 in 2012, 7-0 in 2011, 3-3 in 2010, 4-0 in 2009, 6-0 in 2008 and 6-0 in 2007.
Baylor is 35-5 in December games since 2007-08, and the Bears are 47-14 in December during the Drew era.
RANKED NO. 9 IN AP POLL
Baylor moved up one spot to No. 9 in the latest AP Top 25 (Dec. 30), which is 16 spots in front of its No. 25 preseason ranking.
The Bears are ranked 11th in the coaches' poll, up 15 spots from their preseason ranking in the poll.
Baylor is the second-highest ranked Big 12 team in both polls, trailing only No. 6 Oklahoma State.
The Bears were picked to finish third in the conference by the league's head coaches, behind KU and OSU.
Baylor has now been ranked in each of the last seven seasons - a total of 58 polls (including preseason).
Prior to the 2007-08 campaign, Baylor had only been ranked for three weeks in the program's first 101 seasons (one week in 1948-49, two weeks in 1968-69).
FRANKLIN AND HESLIP PROVIDING DEEP THREAT
Gary Franklin and Brady Heslip rank among Big 12 leaders in 3-point shooting, providing the punch behind Baylor's Big 12-best 42.9% 3-point shooting as a team.
Heslip leads the league in 3-point FG percentage (.493) and 3FGs made per game (2.8).
Franklin ranks 4th in the Big 12 in 3-point FG percentage (.467) and 8th in 3-pointers made per game (1.8).
Heslip's 43.2% career 3-point shooting is the best in program history (min. 200 attempts), and with 216 career treys, he needs two more to pass a trio of players for 4th on Baylor's all-time list.
Franklin has connected on 42.9% of his 3-point attempts over his last 39 games (48-of-112) -- he started his Baylor career shooting 30.4% from downtown through his first 37 games (25-of-82).
JEFFERSON ON 10-GAME DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING STREAK
Cory Jefferson has scored in double figures in a career-best 10 straight games and 18 of his last 19 games dating back to the 2012-13 season.
Jefferson scored in double figures in the final seven games last season, then scored 13 in the 2013-14 season opener to set a career high with eight straight games. The streak ended with a 7-point effort vs. South Carolina on Nov. 12, but he's scored 10+ points in all 10 games since.
Jefferson has 16 career double-doubles, which is two shy of Baylor's all-time top 10.
Jefferson leads the Big 12 with 5 double-doubles this season, and his 16 career double-doubles trails only Iowa State's Melvin Ejim (26) among active players in the league.
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
Baylor is 66-12 at home since 2009-10, recording an .846 winning percentage. The Bears won a Ferrell Center-record 15 home games in 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2012-13, and BU won 14 games at the Ferrell Center in 2011-12.
Baylor is 7-0 at home this season and has won 11 consecutive games at the Ferrell Center, which ties the 2nd-longest streak in arena history. A win vs. Savannah State would move the Bears within three wins of the arena-record 15-game winning streak.
DEPTH ON DISPLAY
Baylor has used a nine-man rotation in each of its first 12 games, with all nine players averaging 13+ minutes.
BU's bench is averaging 29.9 ppg, and the first four players off the bench combine to average 18.8 minutes/game.
Brady Heslip (21.8 mpg) and Taurean Prince (15.8 mpg) have come off the bench in every game, while Rico Gathers averages 17.2 minutes per game in his 11 games off the bench and Royce O'Neale averaged 27.4 minutes in the seven games he came off the bench.
NATION'S ONLY SCHOOL RANKED IN AP TOP 10 IN FB, MBB AND WBB
Baylor is the nation's only program with football and both basketball teams ranked in the top 10 of the AP polls.
The Bears are No. 6 in football, No. 9 in men's hoops and No. 9 in women's hoops.
Baylor is one of just four schools ranked anywhere in the AP Top 25 in football, men's basketball and women's basketball, joining Oklahoma State, Duke and Louisville.
WINNING BATTLE OF THE BOARDS
Baylor has been out-rebounded just once in 12 games this season and ranks 8th nationally in rebounding margin (11.0).
The Bears have grabbed 40+ rebounds in six games, and with wins in all six, BU is now 70-17 in the Drew era when recording 40 or more rebounds in a game.
Baylor out-rebounded Kentucky 41-25 -- UK entered the game having out-rebounded each of its first eight opponents by at least 5 boards.
The Bears' frontcourt trio of Cory Jefferson (8.4), Rico Gathers (7.7) and Isaiah Austin (4.9) combine to average 21.0 rebounds per game, including 7.6 offensive rebounds per game.
Gathers is one of the nation's most efficient rebounders, grabbing one rebound every 2.39 minutes for an average of 16.7 rebounds per 40 minutes.
BU BLOCK PARTY
Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin are both in the top 10 in program history in blocks per game.
Austin is 3rd with 2.04 blocks per game and Jefferson is 5th at 1.29 blocks per game.
Jefferson's 134 blocks are 4th-most in BU history and 11 behind Mamadou Diene (145) in 3rd place, while Austin ranks 9th with 96 blocks and needs three more to pass Alex Holcombe (98) for 8th place.
DREW 12 WINS BACK OF SCHOOL RECORD
Scott Drew ranks 2nd in Baylor history with 189 career wins as the Bears' head coach. Drew needs 12 wins to tie Bill Henderson (201 wins; 1941-43 and 1945-61) for the all-time wins record.
Drew's .576 winning percentage is the best ever by a Baylor coach with four or more years at the helm.
The Bears open Big 12 play when they travel to Ames, Iowa, to face Iowa State at Hilton Coliseum at 6 p.m. CT Tuesday. That game will be televised nationally on ESPN2.
Baylor is 9-15 in the all-time series against Iowa State, but that includes an 0-11 mark in Ames.
Tuesday's game is likely to be the first-ever series meeting with both teams ranked.