|7/9 Baylor (12-1, 0-0) at 9/7 Iowa State (13-0, 1-0)
Jan. 7, 2014 | 6:00 p.m. CT
Ames, Iowa | Hilton Coliseum (14,376)
Radio: ESPN Central Texas
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• Baylor has won 17 of its last 18 games overall, with the lone loss to Syracuse, which is ranked No. 2 by the AP.
• Baylor has out-shot all 13 opponents this season and has been out-rebounded only once in 13 games.
• Baylor is 0-5 all-time when playing in a battle of AP top-10 teams -- all five previous games were in 2011-12.
• According to RealTimeRPI.com, Baylor has the nation's No. 17 RPI as of Jan 4.
• Through games of Jan. 5, Baylor ranks 5th nationally field goal percentage (50.4) and 3-point FG percentage (42.5), 7th in rebounding margin (10.1) and 17th in assists per game (16.5).
• 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 12-1 or better through its first 13 games in four of the last six seasons.
• Nine Baylor players average 14+ minutes per game, and Baylor's bench is averaging 30.9 points per game.
• Baylor is ranked No. 7 in the latest AP Top 25 poll, up 18 spots from the Bears' preseason No. 25 ranking.
• Baylor's No. 7 AP ranking is its highest since being ranked No. 6 on Feb. 6, 2012.
• 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. 7 MBB, No. 7 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.
• Tuesday is the 25th all-time series meeting between Baylor and ISU and the first time both teams have been ranked. The Bears have lost all 11 previous meetings in Ames and trail 9-15 in the series.
• BU has lost by 8 in Ames each of the last two seasons, marking the Bears' 2nd-closest margin-of-defeat behind a 4-point loss at Hilton Coliseum in 2003. The average margin-of-defeat in the 11 losses is 13.2 points.
• Baylor is 1-4 against ranked Iowa State teams, with the win coming most recently. The Bears beat No. 7 ISU, 62-49, in the 2001 Big 12 Championship. Ranked Baylor teams are 2-1 against Iowa State.
• Baylor is looking to win multiple games against AP Top 25 teams for the 7th straight season.
• 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.
• Baylor has won 30 of its last 31 games when leading at the half, and BU is 51-2 in those games since 2011-12.
• Head coach Scott Drew is seeking his 191st win at Baylor, which would place him 10 back of the school record.
• Baylor's game at Iowa State will air on ESPN2 as one of 18 games BU will play on ESPN networks 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.
• Baylor has more Big 12 wins in the last six seasons (53-47) than its first 11 years in the league combined (45-131).
• The Iowa State game will be Baylor's 79th consecutive televised contest.
• 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 was picked 3rd in the 2013-14 Big 12 Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll.
• Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 156-70 (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.
• 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 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 707 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 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.
• Jefferson (USA) and Heslip (Canada) played for their national teams in the 2013 World University Games.
• Jefferson (81-24) is 6th on Baylor's career wins list and has the highest winning percentage (.771) 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 330th game at Baylor (190-139). His .578 winning percentage is best in BU history among coaches with four or more seasons, and his teams have a .690 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).
• Wednesday marks the 25th series meeting, and Baylor trails 9-15 in the all-time series.
• Baylor is 0-11 all-time in Ames, and the Bears have lost those games by an average of 13.2 points.
• The home team has won 19 of 21 games in the all-time series, and Baylor is 1-2 vs. ISU at neutral sites.
• The only road wins in the series came when Iowa State beat Baylor in Waco in 2000 and 2013.
A WIN WOULD ...
• Mark the third time in the last five seasons that Baylor has started 13-1 or better through its first 14 games.
• Be Baylor's first-ever win in a battle of AP top-10 teams -- the Bears are 0-5 in those games, all in 2011-12.
• Be Baylor's 3rd-ever road win against an AP top-10 team, joining 2010 at No. 6 Texas, 2012 at No. 8 Kentucky.
• Extend Baylor's winning streak to seven games, tying the 9th-longest in program history.
• Be Scott Drew's 191st career win as Baylor head coach -- 10 shy of Bill Henderson's school record.
• Improve Baylor's record to 41-41 in the month of January in the Drew era, including a 26-9 record since 2009-10.
• Give Baylor its first-ever win in 12 games in Ames (0-11).
• Improve Baylor's record against AP Top 25 teams to 16-32 since 2007-08.
• Give Baylor multiple wins against AP Top 25 opponents for the seventh consecutive season -- the Bears beat multiple ranked teams in only four of 101 seasons prior to the current streak.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
• Cory Jefferson has scored in double figures in a career-best 11 straight games and 19 of 20 games dating back to last season. His only game under double figures was a 7-point effort in the Nov. 12 win vs. South Carolina.
• Jefferson is expected to start his 51st consecutive game after making just one start in 55 games over his first two seasons playing at Baylor.
• Taurean Prince has combined for 31 points on only 15 field goal attempts in his last two games. He's combined for 26 points before halftime in the last two games after scoring 15 points prior to halftime all of last season.
• Prince has already scored more points this season (93) than all of last season (88), and he needs 8 rebounds to equal last season's total (52).
• Rico Gathers has scored in double figures in four consecutive games after scoring in double figures just five times in his first 46 career games. He's averaging 12.5 points and 9.8 rebounds over the last six contests.
• Brady Heslip has made multiple 3-pointers in every game this season in which he's attempted at least three (11 of 13 games). He holds the program record with a .429 career 3FG% and ranks 4th with 218 career 3-pointers made.
• Kenny Chery has made 21 consecutive free throws. His .931 free throw percentage (27-of-29) would lead the Big 12, but he's six made free throws shy of the 2.5/game minimum to qualify.
• Chery has posted a 2-to-1 or better assist-to-turnover ratio in 11 of 13 games, including 10-to-1 in his last two.
• Isaiah Austin ranks 9th in BU history with 97 career blocks, and he needs two to pass Alex Holcombe (98) for 8th. He's scored in double figures in each of his last seven starts.
• Royce O'Neale has multiple assists in 11 of 13 games this season and 7 assists and 0 turnovers in the last two.
• Ish Wainright has 12 assists and 1 turnover over his last two games. Prior to that, he had 15 assists and 20 turnovers in his first 11 collegiate games.
• Gary Franklin has hit 41.9% of his 3-pointers over the last 40 games (49-of-117). He began his BU career shooting 30.4% from 3-point range in his first 37 games (25-of-82).
RANKED NO. 7 IN AP POLL
• Baylor moved up two spots to No. 7 in the latest AP Top 25 (Dec. 30), which is 18 spots in front of its No. 25 preseason ranking.
• The Bears are ranked 9th in the coaches' poll, up 17 spots from their preseason ranking in the poll.
• Baylor is the highest AP-ranked Big 12 team and is second among Big 12 teams behind ISU in the coaches poll.
• 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 59 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 42.5% 3-point shooting as a team.
• Heslip ranks 2nd in the league in 3-point FG percentage (.479) and 3FGs made per game (2.7).
• Franklin ranks 5th in the Big 12 in 3-point FG percentage (.440) and 8th in 3-pointers made per game (1.7).
• Heslip's 42.9% career 3-point shooting is the best in program history (min. 200 attempts), and with 218 career treys, he ranks 4th on Baylor's all-time list. Next up is Aundre Branch in 3rd place at 267.
• Franklin has connected on 41.9% of his 3-point attempts over his last 40 games (49-of-117) -- he started his Baylor career shooting 30.4% from downtown through his first 37 games (25-of-82).
JEFFERSON RIDING CAREER-BEST DOUBLE-FIGURES STREAK
• Cory Jefferson has scored in double figures in a career-best 11 straight games and 19 of his last 20 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 11 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.
DEPTH ON DISPLAY
• Baylor has used a nine-man rotation in each of its first 13 games, with all nine players averaging 14+ minutes.
• BU's bench is averaging 30.9 ppg, and the first four players off the bench combine to average 19.1 minutes/game.
• Brady Heslip (22.1 mpg) and Taurean Prince(16.5 mpg) have come off the bench in every game, while Rico Gathers averages 17.7 minutes per game in his 12 games off the bench and Ish Wainright averages 13.5 minutes per game since moving to a reserve role for the last six games.
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. 7 in men's hoops and No. 7 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 13 games this season and ranks 7th nationally in rebounding margin (10.1).
• The Bears have grabbed 40+ rebounds in seven games, and with wins in all seven, BU is now 71-17 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 (8.3), Rico Gathers (7.8) and Isaiah Austin (5.1) combine to average 21.1 rebounds per game, including 7.5 offensive rebounds per game.
• Gathers is one of the nation's most efficient rebounders, grabbing one rebound every 2.41 minutes for an average of 16.6 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 2.02 blocks per game and Jefferson is 5th at 1.30 blocks per game.
• Jefferson's 137 blocks are 4th-most in BU history and eight behind Mamadou Diene(145) in 3rd place, while Austin ranks 9th with 97 blocks and needs two more to pass Alex Holcombe (98) for 8th place.
DECEMBERS TO REMEMBER
• Baylor finished undefeated in the month of December for the fifth time in the last seven seasons. The Bears went 5-0 this December, 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.
• Baylor has enjoyed unprecedented success over the last six-plus seasons under 11th-year head coach Scott Drew. Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 156-70 (24 wins per season) and has made five postseason appearances (2008 NCAA, 2009 NIT, 2010 NCAA, 2012 NCAA, 2013 NIT) and posted five 20-win seasons.
• Prior to 2007-08, Baylor won only 135 games in the first 11 seasons of the Big 12 era (12.3 wins per season).
• Baylor has made 12 postseason appearances (five under Drew) and won 20+ games just eight times (five under Drew) in the program's first 107 seasons.
DREW 11 WINS BACK OF SCHOOL RECORD
• Scott Drew ranks 2nd in Baylor history with 190 career wins as the Bears' head coach. Drew needs 11 wins to tie Bill Henderson (201 wins; 1941-43 and 1945-61) for the all-time wins record.
• Drew's .578 winning percentage is the best ever by a Baylor coach with four or more years at the helm.
BAYLOR BASKETBALL ON THE RADIO
• Baylor basketball is aired live via the Baylor-IMG College Radio Network on ESPN Central Texas and flagship station 1660AM ESPN Radio (KRZI) in Waco and worldwide on Sirius XM Radio. All games are broadcast by the "Voice of the Bears" John Morris and former Baylor basketball standout Pat Nunley. Morris is in his 26th year doing Baylor broadcasts, while Nunley is in his 31st season as color analyst.
• The radio call from all Baylor games can be heard live on the Internet at www.BaylorBears.com.
• The Bears play their Big 12 home opener when they host TCU at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on Big 12 Network.
• Baylor has won its first Big 12 home game in each of the last six seasons.
• Baylor is 91-81 all-time against TCU, including a 50-38 mark in games played in Waco. The Bears won both meetings last season in TCU's inaugural year as a Big 12 member.