|Baylor (9-4, 1-0) at Texas Tech (8-4, 1-0)
Jan. 8, 2013 | 6:00 p.m. CT
Lubbock, Texas | United Spirit Arena (15,098)
TV: ESPN2 & WatchESPN | Radio: ESPN Central Texas 1660 AM, Sirius 137, XM 192
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• Tuesday’s game will be televised nationally on ESPN2. Roxy Bernstein (pxp) and Miles Simon (analyst) will call the action.
• Tuesday is the 125th series meeting between Baylor and Texas Tech, and the Bears are 49-75 all-time against the Red Raiders.
• Baylor enters the game riding a 12-game winning streak against in-state opponents and an 11-game winning streak against founding members of the former Big 12 South Division (Texas, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State).
• Baylor is 8-2 against Texas Tech since the start of the 2007-08 season, including wins in its last three trips to Lubbock.
• 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 13 games, Baylor is averaging 37.8 points in the paint per game and holding opponents to 29.8 PIP per game. Baylor’s leaders are Cory Jefferson (9.7 PIP/game), Isaiah Austin (9.2 PIP/game) and Pierre Jackson (6.2 PIP/game).
• Jackson needs 4 assists to tie Vinnie Johnson (308) for 10th on Baylor’s all-time assists list.
• Jackson has scored in double figures in 21 straight games, averaging 19.0 points and 6.3 assists per game during the streak.
• Jackson leads the Big 12 in scoring (19.9/gm), ranks 2nd in assists (6.2/gm), 4th in steals (2.0/gm) and 7th in AST/TO ratio (1.8).
• Jackson also ranks 3rd in the Big 12 in 3FGM (2.3/gm), 7th in FG% (44.0), 9th in 3FG% (35.3) and 7th in FT% (80.2).
• Jackson was named Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year, the 2nd straight year a Bear has been honored.
• Three Baylor players are in the Big 12’s top 10 in scoring — Jackson (1st, 19.9), Austin (5th, 14.8) and Jefferson (8th, 14.1).
• Jefferson also leads the Big 12 in FG percentage (64.8), ranks 2nd in blocks (2.3/gm) and 4th in rebounding (8.7/gm).
• Jefferson has scored 183 points this season after scoring 148 points in 55 games over his first two seasons at Baylor.
• Austin ranks 2nd in the Big 12 in rebounding (8.9), 4th in FG percentage (51.4) and 5th in scoring (14.8).
• Austin leads all Big 12 freshmen in rebounding (8.9) and FG percentage (51.4) and ranks 2nd among freshmen in scoring (14.8).
• Baylor has accounted for 11 of the 48 double-doubles by Big 12 players this season, including 5 by Austin and 4 by Jefferson.
• Brady Heslip has made a 3FG in 19 straight games and 47 of 50 in his career. He has 33 games with 2+ 3FG and 21 with 3+ 3FG.
• Jackson (25; 5th) and Heslip (19; t-7th) are riding two of the longest streaks of consecutive games with a made 3FG in BU history.
• A.J. Walton ranks 3rd in the Big 12 in AST/TO ratio (2.1), 3rd in steals (2.1/gm) and 7th in assists (4.5/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 19th nationally with a 47.2 team field goal percentage (thru Jan. 3).
• Baylor also ranks 2nd in the Big 12 and 30th nationally with a 1.31 assist-to-turnover ratio (thru Jan. 3).
• National team rankings (thru Jan. 3): 35th scoring offense (78.4); 45th fewest turnovers (12.1/gm); 52nd assists (15.4/gm).
• Baylor has the Big 12’s 2nd-longest active streak with at least one 3-point field goal made in 670 consecutive games.
• Tuesday’s game marks the 125th meeting in the series with Texas Tech. The Red Raiders hold a 75-49 advantage in the all-time series, which dates back to the 1936-37 season.
• Baylor is 15-45 all-time in Lubbock against Texas Tech and has won its last three road games against the Red Raiders.
• Baylor is 10-8 against Texas Tech during the Scott Drew era and 15-18 against TTU since the Big 12’s inception in 1996.
• Tuesday’s game will be televised nationally on ESPN2, one of 21 regular-season games the Bears will play on ESPN networks this year. Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play) and Miles Simon (analyst) will serve as the talent. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CT.
A WIN WOULD ...
• Be Jerome Tang’s 2nd career victory as Baylor (interim) head coach.
• Give Baylor a 13-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 12 games (OU, OSU, A&M, TTU, UT).
• Improve Baylor’s record to 9-2 against Texas Tech since the start of the 2007-08 season.
• Give Baylor more Big 12 wins in the last 5+ seasons (46) than its first 11 years in the league combined (45).
• Improve its all-time record against Texas Tech to 50-75, including a 16-45 mark in games played in Lubbock.
• Be Baylor’s 4th straight victory in Lubbock, the Bears’ longest road winning streak in the all-time series.
• Improve Baylor’s record to 35-39 in the month of January in the Drew era, including a 20-8 record over the last 4 seasons.
• Give Baylor a 10-4 or better record through its first 14 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.
• The Bears beat Texas on Saturday, extending their streak of wins against former Big 12 South members to 11 straight.
• Baylor went a perfect 10-0 against in-state competition in 2011-12 and the Bears are 2-0 vs. in-state teams this season.
• Baylor is 16-4 in its last 20 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 (6-2). 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.
RECENT SUCCESS IN THE BIG 12
• Baylor is 45-38 in Big 12 games in the last five-plus seasons and has tallied the four highest Big 12 win totals in program history during that span — 12 in 2011-12, 11 in 2009-10, 9 in 2007-08, and 7 in 2010-11.
• In the first 11 seasons of the Big 12 Conference, Baylor amassed a 45-131 league record. Prior to Scott Drew’s arrival in 2003, Baylor won only 33 Big 12 games in the conference’s first seven seasons.
JACKSON'S DOUBLE-FIGURE STREAK REACHES 21
• Pierre Jackson has scored in double figures in 21 straight games, averaging 19.0 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 (16).
• 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 has scored 398 points and dished out 132 assists during the 21-game streak.
JACKSON NEXT IN LINE FOR 1,000-POINT CLUB
• Pierre 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 218 more 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 is on pace to become the Bears’ 26th all-time 1,000-point scorer and the 5th to get there in only two seasons, joining Dunn, Terry Teagle, Vinnie Johnson and William Chaton.
• Jackson needs to average 12.1 points per game over the next 18 games to reach 1,000 points prior to the postseason.
DUELING THREE-POINT STREAKS
• Baylor guards Pierre Jackson and Brady Heslip have both made at least one three-point field goal in every game this season.
• Jackson is on a 25-game streak dating back to the last 12 games of the 2011-12 season, the 5th-longest in Baylor history.
• Heslip is riding a 19-game streak dating back to the final 7 games of last year, which is tied for the 7th-longest in BU history.
JACKSON BECOMES BAYLOR'S 11TH WITH 300+ ASSISTS
• Pierre Jackson became the 11th player in Baylor history with 300 or more career assists when he reached the milestone on Jan. 5.
• Jackson, who has 304 career assists, is 4 assists shy of Vinnie Johnson for 10th on Baylor’s all-time list.
• Jackson is 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 Johnson (6.04).
• Jackson is 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 played during the Drew era.
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 has scored in double figures in 10 of 13 games this year, including three 20-point games and four double-doubles.
• Jefferson entered the season with a career high of 25 minutes, but he’s played at least 27 minutes in 12 of 13 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 (76) 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 LIST
• 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 12 fewer games than anyone else in program history to eclipse 80 wins.
• Cory Jefferson (55) needs 7 more wins to tie Henry Dugat (62) for 10th on the Bears’ career wins list.
NATIONAL RADIO COVERAGE
• Tuesday’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 137 and XM 192.
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 5-3 this season and 80-119 in the Drew era when missing more shots than they make.
• The same goes for holding opponents under 50% — Baylor is 159-61 in the Drew era (9-2 this season) when opponents shoot less than 50% and 7-66 when they shoot 50% or better from the field (0-2 this season).
DOMINATING POINTS IN THE PAINT
• Despite losing three frontcourt players to the 2012 NBA Draft, Baylor is averaging 37.8 points in the paint per game this season, and the Bears are holding opponents to 29.8 PIP per game.
• Frontcourt players Cory Jefferson (9.7 PIP/game), Isaiah Austin (9.2 PIP/game) and Rico Gathers (4.6 PIP/game) do most of the damage, along with point guard Pierre Jackson (6.2 PIP/game) and guard A.J. Walton (3.8 PIP/game).
• Jefferson has scored double figure points in the paint in 8 of 13 games, while Austin has done so in 5 of 12 games.
• 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 11 of the 48 double-doubles by Big 12 players this season.
• Isaiah Austin (5) and Cory Jefferson (4) are two of five Big 12 players with at least four double-doubles this year.
• Pierre Jackson and Rico Gathers have also had double-doubles this season.
• Austin is the nation’s only freshman from a power conference with 5 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 returns home to host TCU in the teams’ first-ever meeting in Big 12 Conference play. The game is scheduled to tipoff at 5 p.m. Saturday at the Ferrell Center and will be televised by BaylorVision on Fox Sports, the Bears’ third-tier TV network.