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No. 4 MBB Faces First Big 12 Road Test at Texas Tech

Scott Drew's 2012 squad is 14-0 for the first time in school history.


Scott Drew's 2012 squad is 14-0 for the first time in school history.

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4/5 Baylor (14-0, 1-0) at Texas Tech (7-6, 0-1)
Jan. 7, 2012 | 12:47 p.m. CST
Lubbock, Texas | United Spirit Arena (15,098)

TV: Big 12 Network
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MEDIA INFORMATION
Date Sat., Jan. 7 | 12:47 p.m. CST
Location Lubbock, Texas | United Spirit Arena (15,098)
TV Big 12 Network | TV Clearances
Live Video Watch Online (ESPN3)
Radio ESPN Central Texas
Sirius 117 /XM 190 | Listen Online
Live Stats Gametracker
Game Notes Baylor | Texas Tech
Blog None
Twitter @BaylorMBB | #TweetNotes
4/5 BAYLOR BEARS
Record 14-0, 1-0 Big 12
Ranking 4 (AP), 5 (Coaches)
Last Game Jan. 2 in Waco
W, 61-52 vs. Texas A&M
Head Coach Scott Drew (Butler, 1993)
Career: 161-127 (10th season)
BU Record: 141-116 (9th season)
TEXAS TECH RED RAIDERS
Record 7-6, 0-1 Big 12
Ranking NR (AP), NR (Coaches)
Last Game Jan. 4 in Stillwater
L, 59-67 at Oklahoma State
Head Coach Billy Gillispie (Texas State, 1983)
Career: 147-91 (8th season)
TT Record: 7-6 (1st season)

STORY LINES
• No. 4/5 Baylor (14-0, 1-0) looks to continue its program-record 14-game winning streak Saturday at Texas Tech. Baylor’s Big 12 road opener will tip at 12:47 p.m. CST on the Big 12 Network (Central Texas: Time Warner 165, Grande 15).
• Baylor is one of only four undefeated Division I teams remaining — Missouri, Murray State and Syracuse are the others.
• Baylor is 14-0 to start the season for the first time in program history and has won a program-record 14 straight games. • Saturday’s game marks the 123rd meeting in the series; Texas Tech holds a 75-47 advantage in the all-time series. Baylor is 14-45 all-time in Lubbock, but has won each of its last two trips and three of its last four.
• Saturday is also just the fourth time in series history — and second time in Lubbock — that Baylor is nationally ranked at the time of its game with Texas Tech. Baylor is 3-0 all-time as a nationally ranked team against Texas Tech.
• Baylor is 5-0 away from home and Saturday’s game at Texas Tech will be its third true road game of the season.
• In the last five seasons under ninth-year head coach Scott Drew, Baylor has won 20 true road and 20 neutral-site games — a combined 40-34 record away from home. In Baylor’s first 11 seasons in the Big 12, the Bears won a combined 28 games away from Waco — 15 neutral-site and 13 true road games.
• Baylor moved up two spots in the latest AP (No. 4) and USA TODAY/ESPN (No. 5) Top 25 polls Monday. Baylor’s No. 4 ranking in the AP is the highest in program history; Baylor’s No. 5 ranking is also the highest coaches poll ranking in program history.
• Baylor has made at least one 3-point field goal in 633 consecutive games — the second-longest active streak in the Big 12.
• Baylor is the only Division I school in the nation with both men’s and women’s basketball teams undefeated (combined 28-0).
• Senior F Quincy Acy ranks 20th in school history with 1,080 points. He also ranks second in career FG percentage (60.9), third in career blocks (142) and needs 22 rebounds to crack Baylor’s career Top 10.
• Junior PG Pierre Jackson is one of 20 finalists for the 2012 Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year award. The annual honor, named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Celtic Bob Cousy, recognizes the top point guard in college basketball.
• Baylor is 10-4 in its last 14 games against its three in-state Big 12 opponents — Texas A&M (4-1), Texas Tech (3-1) and Texas (3-2). In Scott Drew’s first six seasons, the Bears were a combined 10-27 against Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech.
• 40 of sophomore G Brady Heslip’s 46 field goals have been from 3-point range. Heslip, who has made at least one 3FG in 13 of 14 games, has made multiple treys in 11 contests this season.

TELEVISION COVERAGE > CLICK FOR FULL BIG 12 NETWORK CLEARANCES
• Saturday’s Big 12 game between Baylor and Texas Tech will be televised live on the Big 12 Network (rebranded ESPN Plus) beginning at 12:30 p.m. CST (tip off at 12:47 p.m. CST). Mitch Holthus (play-by-play) and Stephen Howard (analyst) will serve as the talent for the Big 12 Network broadcast.
• The game will be available in Central Texas on CWTX / The CW (Time Warner 165, Grande 15), KBTX, ESPN Full Court (pay-per-view) and WatchESPN.com (ESPN3).

SERIES HISTORY
• Saturday’s game marks the 123rd meeting in the series with Texas Tech. The Red Raiders hold a 75-47 advantage in the all-time series, which dates back to the 1936-37 season.
• Baylor is 14-45 all-time in Lubbock, but has won each of its last two trips and three of its last four.
• Saturday is also just the fourth time in series history — and second time in Lubbock — that Baylor is nationally ranked at the time of its game with Texas Tech. Baylor is 3-0 all-time as a nationally ranked team against Texas Tech.

SERIES NOTES: Baylor and Texas Tech have played every season since the 1956-57 campaign ... Baylor is 13-18 vs. Texas Tech in the Big 12 era ... Since losing 15 of its 20 series games as Big 12 members, Baylor has won 8 of the last 11 meetings ... Scott Drew is 8-8 all-time against Texas Tech ... LaceDarius Dunn still holds United Spirit Arena record for scoring with 38 points in March 8, 2008, win.

ROAD — AND NEUTRAL — WARRIORS
• Baylor is 5-0 away from home and Saturday’s game at Texas Tech will be its third true road game of the season.
• In the last five seasons under ninth-year head coach Scott Drew, Baylor has won 20 true road and 20 neutral-site games — a combined 40-34 record away from home.
• In Baylor’s first 11 seasons in the Big 12, the Bears won a combined 28 games away from Waco — 15 neutral-site and 13 true road games.

TEXAS-SIZED SUCCESS
• Baylor is 10-4 in its last 14 games against its three in-state Big 12 opponents — Texas A&M (4-1), Texas Tech (3-1) and Texas (3-2). Baylor opened its Big 12 schedule at home Jan. 2 with a 61-52 win over Texas A&M.
• Prior to its recent in-state success, the Bears were a combined 10-27 against Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech in Scott Drew’s first six seasons at Baylor.

KEEPING IT UNDER 70
• Baylor has held 12 opponents to fewer than 70 points. Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 66-9 when holding opponents below the 70-point mark. Baylor is 97-25 in the Scott Drew era when holding opponents to fewer than 70 points.
• In the last five seasons, Baylor is 20-5 in Big 12 games when holding opponents to fewer than 70 points.

2 IS BETTER THAN 1
• Junior PGs A.J. Walton (starter) and Pierre Jackson (sixth man) have provided Baylor with a key 1-2 punch at point guard through 14 games, combining for 46 of the team’s 122 steals. Walton and Jackson are averaging a combined 3.29 steals per game with each averaging 1.64 swipes (both have 23 steals).

ALL GOOD THINGS COME IN A PAIR OF 5’S
• All good things come in 3’s. Or, in Baylor’s case, all good things come in a pair of 5’s. As in No. 55, Pierre Jackson. The junior PG, standing all 5-foot-10, picked the most opportune time to record his career-first block Dec. 17 at BYU. With Baylor leads 86-83, Jackson blocked BYU’s Brandon Davies’ (listed at 6-foot-9) potential game-tying 3-point shot as time expired, helping preserve the Bears’ second true road win and snapping BYU’s 19-game non-conference home win streak.
• A week later, Jackson was named Las Vegas Classic MVP after scoring a career-high 23 points in the championship game Dec. 23 against West Virginia. Jackson hit the game-tying 3-pointer with 27 seconds remaining in the second half, sending the game to overtime — resulting in an 83-81 OT win.
• In Baylor’s final game of 2011, Jackson provided the eventual game-winning basket, a layup with 29 seconds remaining to give the Bears a 54-52 win Dec. 28 over Mississippi State in Dallas.

A PROGRESSING BLOCK PARTY
• Through 14 games, senior F Quincy Acy has blocked a team-best 35 shots, surpassing his freshman and sophomore season totals. As a freshman, Acy had 34 blocks in 34 games (averaged 1.0 block per game); as a sophomore, he had 28 blocks in 36 games (averaged 0.78 blocks per game).
• In his last 45 games, Acy has swatted 80 shots, an average of 1.78 blocks per game. By comparison, Acy blocked 62 shots in his 70 games in a Baylor uniform (0.89 blocks per game).

#DOWNTOWNCANADIAN
• Sophomore G Brady Heslip’s streak of consecutive games with at least 1 3FG made was snapped at 13 after he was held scoreless in his Big 12 Conference debut Jan. 2 against Texas A&M. Heslip is knocking down an impressive 48.2 percent from beyond the arc (40-for-83). In fact, 40 of the Ontario native’s 46 FGs this season have been from 3-point range.
• Heslip has quickly established himself as one of the nation’s best 3-point shooters. He ranks 3rd in the Big 12 in both 3FG percentage (48.2) and 3FG made per game (2.86).

#ACYWITHTHESMASH
• Senior F Quincy Acy ranks second in school history — behind former teammate Josh Lomers — with a career 60.9 field goal percentage. Acy, regarded as one of the nation’s most ferocious dunkers, has recorded 205 career field goals via the dunk.
• In 115 career games, approximately 51 percent (205 of 402) of Acy’s career FGM have been dunks.


 

 

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