|Baylor (8-4) vs. Texas (8-5)
Jan. 5, 2013 | 1:00 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
TV: ESPNU & WatchESPN | Radio: ESPN Central Texas 1660 AM, Sirius 123, XM 194
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Saturday's game will be televised nationally on ESPNU. Jon Sciambi (pxp) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst) will call the action.
Saturday is the 239th series meeting between Baylor and Texas, the most-played basketball rivalry for both schools.
Baylor enters the game riding an 11-game winning streak against in-state opponents and a 10-game winning streak against inaugural members of the former Big 12 South Division (Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State).
Texas leads the all-time series 157-81, including a 64-47 record in Waco, but Baylor has won 6 of the last 8 series meetings.
Head coach Scott Drew will sit out the first two conference games as part of Baylor's self-imposed NCAA penalties announced on April 11. Jerome Tang will serve as the Bears' interim head coach on Jan. 5 vs. Texas and Jan. 8 at Texas Tech.
Through 12 games, Baylor is averaging 38.0 points in the paint per game and holding opponents to 29.3 PIP per game. Baylor's leaders are Cory Jefferson (9.3 PIP/game), Isaiah Austin (9.1 PIP/game) and Pierre Jackson (6.2 PIP/game).
Jackson was named Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year, the 2nd straight year a Bear has been honored.
Jackson has scored in double figures in 20 straight games, averaging 18.6 points and 6.3 assists per game during the streak.
Jackson needs 2 assists to become the 11th player in Baylor history with 300+ assists (5th of Drew era).
Jackson leads the Big 12 in scoring (19.6/gm), ranks 2nd in assists (6.3/gm), 3rd in steals (2.2/gm) and 7th in AST/TO ratio (1.8).
Jackson also ranks 3rd in 3FGM (2.4/gm), 6th in FG% (44.4), 8th in 3FG% (36.7) and 9th in FT% (78.9).
Three Baylor players are in the Big 12's top 15 in scoring -- Jackson (1st, 19.6), Austin (5th, 14.5) and Jefferson (14th, 13.2).
Jefferson also leads the Big 12 in FG percentage (64.3), ranks 2nd in blocks (2.4/gm) and 4th in rebounding (8.6/gm).
Jefferson has scored 158 points this season after scoring 148 points in 55 games over his first two seasons at Baylor.
Austin ranks 3rd in the Big 12 in rebounding (8.6), 4th in FG percentage (51.9) and 5th in scoring (14.5).
Austin leads all Big 12 freshmen in rebounding (8.6) and FG percentage (51.9) and ranks 2nd among freshmen in scoring (14.5).
Baylor has accounted for 9 of the 45 double-doubles by Big 12 players this season, including 4 by Austin and 3 by Jefferson.
Brady Heslip has made a 3FG in 18 straight games and 46 of 49 in his career, including 33 games with 2+ 3FG and 21 with 3+ 3FG. If Heslip makes a 3FG vs. Texas, he'll tie for the 6th-longest streak in Baylor history.
A.J. Walton ranks 3rd in the Big 12 in AST/TO ratio (2.1), 4th in steals (2.1/gm) and 6th in assists (4.4/gm).
Baylor played two of the nation's toughest non-conference road games this season -- at Rupp Arena, where Kentucky had a 55-game winning streak before Baylor won 64-55 -- and at Gonzaga, where the Bulldogs are now 112-8 all-time at The Kennel.
Baylor is 4-1 this season and 86-9 in the Scott Drew era when shooting 50% or better from the field.
Baylor's win at No. 8 Kentucky was its first-ever non-conference road win against an AP Top 25 team. It snapped Kentucky's nation-leading 55-game home winning streak and gave the Wildcats their first home loss under fourth-year coach John Calipari.
Baylor ranks 2nd in the Big 12 and 22nd nationally with a 48.2 team field goal percentage (thru Dec. 30).
Baylor also ranks 2nd in the Big 12 and 29th nationally with a 1.31 assist-to-turnover ratio (thru Dec. 30).
National team rankings (thru Dec. 30): 5th scoring offense (77.8); 47th fewest turnovers (12.0/gm); 49th assists (15.7/gm); 62nd scoring margin (10.2); 72nd turnover margin (2.5).
Baylor has the Big 12's 2nd-longest active streak with at least one 3-point field goal made in 669 consecutive games.
Drew's last five recruiting classes have all been ranked in ESPN's top 25 nationally (21st, 22nd, 18th, 5th, 14th, respectively).
Baylor has signed 10 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), Ishmail Wainright (2013) and Dominic Woodson (2013).
Baylor's Scott Drew is tied with Kansas' Bill Self as the second-longest tenured head coach in the Big 12 Conference. Drew, who enters his 10th season at Baylor in 2012-13, is second only to Texas' Rick Barnes, who enters his 15th season in Austin.
Baylor is one of only two Big 12 schools to be ranked in each of the last six seasons (Kansas).
Baylor is one of only six schools nationally to play in the Elite Eight in two of the last three seasons.
Baylor was picked 2nd in the 2012-13 Big 12 Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll, its highest ever projection.
Saturday is the 239th series meeting between Baylor and Texas, the most-played basketball rivalry for both schools. Texas leads the all-time series 157-81 and 64-47 in games played in Waco.
Baylor is 9-27 against Texas in the Big 12 era series, while head coach Scott Drew is 6-15 all-time against the Longhorns.
Baylor has won 6 of its last 8 games against Texas after snapping a 24-game losing streak in the series. Baylor won at home against Texas on Feb. 21, 1998, then lost 24 straight vs. UT before winning in Oklahoma City on March 13, 2009.
Saturday's game will be televised nationally on ESPNU, one of 21 regular-season games the Bears will play on ESPN networks this year. Jon Sciambi (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst) will serve as the talent. Tip-off is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. CT.
A WIN WOULD ...
Be Jerome Tang's 1st career victory at Baylor (interim) head coach.
Give Baylor a 12-game winning streak against in-state opponents -- the Bears were 10-0 vs. in-state teams last season.
Extend Baylor's winning streak against former Big 12 South members to 11 games (OU, OSU, A&M, TTU, UT).
Improve Baylor's home record to 50-9 since the start of the 2009-10 season.
Be Baylor's 7th win in its last 9 games against Texas after snapping a 24-game losing streak in the series.
Improve its all-time record against Texas to 82-157, including a 48-64 mark in games played in Waco.
Improve Baylor's record to 34-39 in the month of January in the Drew era, including a 19-8 record over the last 4 seasons.
Give Baylor a 9-4 or better record through its first 13 games for the seventh consecutive season.
SUCCESS AGAINST HISTORIC RIVALS
Baylor went a perfect 10-0 against former Big 12 South Division members in 2011-12. The Bears swept Oklahoma and Oklahoma State for the first time in program history, they swept Texas and Texas A&M in the same season for the first time since 1970-71, and BU swept Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech in the same season for the first time ever.
Baylor also went a perfect 10-0 against in-state competition in 2011-12.
Baylor is 15-4 in its last 19 games against its three in-state Big 12 opponents (conference members when games were played) -- Texas A&M (5-1), Texas Tech (5-1) and Texas (5-2). Baylor went 6-0 against Texas Big 12 schools last season.
Prior to its recent in-state success, the Bears were a combined 10-27 in Scott Drew's first six seasons at Baylor.
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
Baylor is 49-9 at home in the last three-plus seasons, winning a Ferrell Center-record 15 home games in both 2009-10 and 2010-11, and going 14-3 at the Ferrell Center a season ago. Baylor is 75-18 in the last five-plus seasons at home, boasting an impressive .806 winning percentage.
JACKSON'S DOUBLE-FIGURE STREAK REACHES 20
Pierre Jackson has scored in double figures in 20 straight games, averaging 18.6 points and 6.3 assists per game during the streak.
Jackson's is the Big 12's longest active double-figure scoring streak, five ahead of the next closest -- Texas' Sheldon McClellan (15).
Jackson's streak is the longest by a Baylor player since LaceDarius Dunn went 32 games from March 6, 2010 to Feb. 26, 2011.
Jackson entered the 2012-13 season on pace to become the 26th 1,000-point scorer in school history. Jackson, who scored 523 points in his first season in Waco last year, needs 242 points to become the 8th 1,000-point scorer in the Scott Drew era, joining Aaron Bruce, Curtis Jerrells, Henry Dugat, Kevin Rogers, LaceDarius Dunn, Tweety Carter and Quincy Acy.
Jackson needs to average 12.7 points per game over the next 19 games to reach 1,000 points prior to the postseason.
JACKSON NEEDS 2 ASSISTS TO BECOME BAYLOR'S 11TH WITH 300+
Pierre Jackson needs 2 assists to become the 11th player in Baylor history with 300 or more career assists.
Jackson would become the 4th player in program history with 300+ assists and an average of at least 5.0 per game, joining Nelson Haggerty (7.13), DeMarcus Minor (5.17) and Vinnie Johnson (6.04).
Jackson would become the 5th Scott Drew era player to reach 300+ assists, joining Curtis Jerrells (487), Tweety Carter (474), A.J. Walton (367) and Aaron Bruce (320). Four of the top six in assists in Baylor history have been during the Drew era.
Jackson is 10 assists shy of Johnson for 10th on Baylor's all-time assists list.
JEFFERSON'S BREAKOUT CAMPAIGN
Cory Jefferson started just one game in his first two seasons playing at Baylor (2009-10, 2011-12; redshirted 2010-11), while playing behind four frontcourt players currently in the NBA (Ekpe Udoh, Perry Jones III, Quincy Acy and Quincy Miller).
Jefferson entered the season with a career high of 25 minutes, but he's played at least 27 minutes in 11 of 12 games this season.
Jefferson scored more points in his first 12 games this season (158) than in 55 career games over his first two years (148).
Jefferson needed only 11 games this season to make more field goals (57) than his first two seasons combined (56).
JEFFERSON WORKING WAY UP BLOCKS CHART
Cory Jefferson (75) moved past Greg Davis (72 from 2000-02) for 10th on Baylor's career blocked shots list on Dec. 17.
Jefferson is one of six players in program history to record 70 or more career blocks while averaging at least 1.00 blocks per game.
Among players on Baylor's top 10 blocks list, only Ekpe Udoh (36) and Davis (56) have played fewer career games than Jefferson.
WALTON NOW 4TH ON BAYLOR WINS CHART
Senior G A.J. Walton moved into sole possession of 4th on Baylor's all-time list when the Bears beat BYU on Dec. 21.
Walton has played 13 fewer games than anyone else in program history to eclipse 80 wins.
Cory Jefferson (54) needs 8 more wins to tie Henry Dugat (62) for 10th on the Bears' career wins list.
NATIONAL RADIO COVERAGE
Saturday's game can be heard on ESPN Central Texas 1660 AM, and fans not in the Central Texas area can hear the game online at www.BaylorBears.com. John Morris (play-by-play) and Pat Nunley (analyst) will serve as talent.
Baylor's broadcast is also available nationally through satellite radio on Sirius 12 and XM 194.
50% SHOOTING IS KEY TO VICTORY
Baylor is 4-1 this season and 86-9 during the Scott Drew era when shooting 50% or better from the field.
By contrast, the Bears are 4-3 this season and 79-119 in the Drew era when missing more shots than they make.
The same goes for holding opponents under 50% -- Baylor is 158-61 in the Drew era when opponents shoot less than 50% and 7-66 when they shoot 50% or better from the field.
DOMINATING POINTS IN THE PAINT
Despite losing three frontcourt players to the 2012 NBA Draft, Baylor is averaging 38.0 points in the paint per game this season, and the Bears are holding opponents to 29.3 PIP per game.
Frontcourt players Cory Jefferson (9.3 PIP/game), Isaiah Austin (9.1 PIP/game) and Rico Gathers (4.8 PIP/game) do most of the damage, along with point guard Pierre Jackson (6.2 PIP/game) and guard A.J. Walton (4.0 PIP/game).
Baylor set a Scott Drew era record with 68 points in the paint in its season-opening win against Lehigh.
TWO OF NATION'S TOUGHEST NON-CONFERENCE ROAD GAMES
Baylor played two of the nation's toughest non-conference road games this season -- at Kentucky's Rupp Arena (Baylor defeated No. 8 Kentucky on Dec. 1) and at Gonzaga's McCarthy Athletic Center (No. 13 Gonzaga won, 94-87, on Dec. 28).
The Bears beat No. 8 Kentucky, 64-55, snapping the Wildcats' nation-leading 55-game home winning streak. That streak was 30 games longer than the next closest active streak, and Kentucky was 54-0 at home under head coach John Calipari.
Baylor lost by 7 points at Gonzaga's McCarthy Athletic Center (The Kennel), where the Bulldogs entered the game with a 111-8 all-time record on their home court, averaging less than one home loss per season.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES ALL AROUND
Baylor has accounted for nine of the 45 double-doubles by Big 12 players this season.
Isaiah Austin (4) and Cory Jefferson (3) are two of six Big 12 players with at least three double-doubles this year.
Pierre Jackson and Rico Gathers have also had double-doubles this season.
Active Big 12 players have combined for 15 career double-digit assist games, and Jackson (six) and A.J. Walton (two) have combined for eight of those 15 games with 10 or more assists.
Baylor heads to Lubbock to take on Texas Tech in its first Big 12 road game of the season. The Bears and Red Raiders tip off at 6 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN2. Baylor has 10 of its last 13 games against Texas Tech, including a sweep of last season's series.