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No. 4 MBB Puts Perfection on Line at No. 18 Kansas State

Gary Franklin

Gary Franklin

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4/4 Baylor (15-0, 2-0) at 18/18 Kansas State (12-2, 1-1)
Jan. 10, 2012 | 7:10 p.m. CST
Manhattan, Kan. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)

TV: FOX Sports Southwest Plus / FOX Sports Kansas City
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MEDIA INFORMATION
Date Tue., Jan. 10 | 7:10 p.m. CST
Location Manhattan, Kan. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
TV FOX Sports Southwest Plus
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Live Video Watch Online (ESPN3)
Radio ESPN Central Texas
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Game Notes Baylor | Kansas State
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4/4 BAYLOR BEARS
Record 15-0, 2-0 Big 12
Ranking 4 (AP), 4 (Coaches), 4 (RPI)
Last Game Jan. 7 in Lubbock
W, 73-60 at Texas Tech
Head Coach Scott Drew (Butler, 1993)
Career: 162-127 (10th season)
BU Record: 142-116 (9th season)
18/18 KANSAS STATE WILDCATS
Record 12-2, 1-1 Big 12
Ranking 18 (AP), 18 (Coaches), 18 (RPI)
Last Game Jan. 7 in Manhattan
W, 75-59 vs. 7/6 Missouri
Head Coach Frank Martin (Florida International, 1993)
Career: 107-45 (5th season)
KSU Record: Same

STORY LINES
• No. 4/4 Baylor (15-0, 2-0) puts its perfect record on the line Tuesday at No. 18/18 Kansas State (12-2, 1-1), which handed Missouri its first loss of the season in its last outing. Tuesday's battle of Top 25 teams will tip at 7:10 p.m. CST on FOX Sports Kansas City and FOX Sports Southwest Plus (where available in Texas).
• Tuesday will be the first of two games in a six-day span in Kansas. Baylor returns Jan. 16 to the Sunflower State to face Kansas on ESPN Big Monday.
• Baylor is one of only three undefeated Division I teams remaining -- Murray State and Syracuse are the others.
• Baylor is 15-0 to start the season for the first time in program history and has won a program-record 15 straight games. Baylor is the fifth Big 12 team to start a season 15-0 or better (the third to do so in the last 3 seasons).
• Tuesday is the 24th meeting in the series with Kansas State and the 13th in Manhattan. K-State holds a 13-10 advantage in the all-time series and has won the last three meetings.
• In the first 11 seasons of the Big 12 Conference era, Baylor won only 8 conference road games. Since then, Baylor has won 12 conference road games in the last five seasons.
• Baylor is 6-0 away from home this season, doubling its away-from-home win total (3) from 2010-11.
• In the last five seasons under ninth-year head coach Scott Drew, Baylor has won 21 true road and 20 neutral-site games -- a combined 41-34 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 remained No. 4 in the latest AP Top 25, but moved up one spot to No. 4 in latest USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 Monday. Baylor's No. 4 ranking is the highest in program history.
• Baylor has made at least one 3-point field goal in 634 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 30-0).
• Senior F Quincy Acy ranks 20th in school history with 1,086 points. He also ranks second in career FG percentage (60.7), third in career blocks (144) and needs 17 rebounds to crack Baylor's career Top 10.
• 44 of sophomore G Brady Heslip's 51 field goals have been from 3-point range. Heslip, who has made at least one 3FG in 14 of 15 games, has made multiple treys in 12 contests this season.

TELEVISION COVERAGE
• Tuesday's Big 12 showdown between nationally ranked Baylor and Kansas State will be televised live on FOX Sports Kansas City and FOX Sports Southwest Plus at 7 p.m. CST. Ben Boyle (play-by-play) and Stan Weber (analyst) will serve as the talent for FSKC broadcast.
• The game will be available in Central Texas on FOX Sports Southwest Plus (where available in Texas because of NBA games), ESPN3 and ESPN Full Court.

FOX SPORTS SOUTHWEST PLUS INFORMATION Cable viewers in all FSSW markets (except DFW) will see Baylor / Kansas State game on FOX Sports Southwest Plus (Central Texas: Time Warner 15, Grande 134). Satellite viewers can see the game on DirecTV 672 and DISH Network 447 if they have the SportPack.

FOX SPORTS KANSAS CITY INFORMATION
Cable viewers in the FOX Sports Kansas City footprint will see the Baylor / Kansas State game on FSKC. Satellite viewers can see the game on AT&T U-verse 750 (HD 1750), DirecTV 672 and DISH Network 447. Also available on ESPN3 and ESPN Full Court

SERIES HISTORY
• Tuesday is the 24th meeting in the series with Kansas State and the 13th in Manhattan. K-State holds a 13-10 advantage in the all-time series and has won the last three meetings.
• Baylor is 4-8 all-time in Manhattan, but is 3-3 in its last six trips to the "Little Apple."
• Tuesday will be just the third series meeting with both teams ranked in the Top 25. Baylor is 1-2 as a ranked team against Kansas State and has lost its last two.

SERIES NOTES: In the first series meeting, Baylor overcame a 9-point halftime deficit to knock off Kansas State 60-52 in the NCAA West Regional final and earn a spot in the National Championship game (lost 58-42 to Kentucky) ... Baylor lost each of its first four trips to Manhattan, Kan. -- 3 of the 4 by double figures ... Baylor's longest winning streak in the series spanned three games -- a 67-66 home win in 2000, a 63-55 road win in 2001 and a 73-70 home win in 2002 ... Baylor's first Big 12 road win came in 1997 in Manhattan ... Baylor's 72-70 OT win in 2006 was its first of the season (Baylor did not play a non-conference schedule in 2005-06) ... In 2008, Michael Beasley scored a Big 12-record 44 points and Bill Walker added 31, but Baylor had 5 players score in double figures to upset No. 24 K-State 92-86 ... In 2009, LaceDarius Dunn tied a then-school record with 9 3-pointers and finished with 33 points to lead Baylor to an 83-65 road win in Manhattan ... In last series meeting in Waco, Jacob Pullen's two FTs with 8.2 seconds remaining were the difference in K-State's 76-74 win to end Baylor's 11-game home winning streak ... The meeting between No. 11 K-State and No. 24 Baylor was the first matchup of two Top 25 men's basketball teams in Ferrell Center history.

LOOKING TO CHANGE KANSAN FORTUNES
• Tuesday's game at Kansas State will be the first of two games in a six-day span in the Sunflower State for Baylor. Baylor is a combined 12-29 all-time against the Big 12 Kansas schools -- 10-13 vs. Kansas State and 2-16 vs. Kansas.
• Baylor is a combined 4-17 on their home floors, with all four wins coming in Manhattan (Baylor is 0-9 all-time in Lawrence).

BIG 12 ROAD IMPROVEMENT
• In the first 11 seasons of the Big 12 Conference era, Baylor won only 8 conference road games. Since then, Baylor has won 12 conference road games in the last five seasons.
• Baylor went 4-4 in Big 12 road games in 2007-08, 1-7 in 2008-09 (lone road win at Kansas State), 4-4 in 2009-10, 2-6 in 2010-11 and 1-0 this season.

ROAD -- AND NEUTRAL -- WARRIORS
• Baylor is 6-0 away from home and Tuesday's game at Kansas State will be its fourth true road game of the season.
• In the last five seasons under ninth-year head coach Scott Drew, Baylor has won 21 true road and 20 neutral-site games -- a combined 41-34 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.

DEFENSE ISN'T ALWAYS 50/50
• Baylor, which ranks 4th nationally in the latest NCAA rankings in FG percentage defense, has held each of its first 15 opponents to under 50 percent shooting ... way under 50 percent. Only four of Baylor's 15 opponents have shot better than 40 percent in a game -- the season high for a Baylor opponent is 47.8 percent by West Virginia.
• Baylor has held 11 opponents under 40 percent shooting, as well as a pair of teams under 30 percent (Northwestern -- 24.1 percent; Texas A&M -- 28.6 percent).
• Baylor has held 78 of its last 86 opponents under 50 percent shooting.

AN UNLIKELY PAIR
• Junior G Pierre Jackson and sophomore G Brady Heslip have emerged as Baylor's best scoring duo in recent weeks. Jackson (19 points) and Heslip (16 points) combined for 35 points in Baylor's 73-60 road win Jan. 7 at Texas Tech, just five days after combining for only 4 points in a 61-52 win against Texas A&M (Jackson 4, Heslip 0).
• Jackson and Heslip are also Baylor's two leading scorers in games away from the Ferrell Center. In Baylor's six non-home games, Jackson leads the team with 15.2 points and 4.7 assists, while shooting 51.5 percent from the floor, 38.5 percent from 3-point range and 81.3 percent at the FT line. Heslip ranks second to Jackson with 14.3 points on 60.4 percent shooting, including a 57.5 clip from 3-point range.
• The duo has combined for 25 or more points six times this season -- 28 vs. UT Arlington (Heslip 12, Jackson 16), 27 at Northwestern (Heslip 11, Jackson 16), 31 at BYU (Heslip 18, Jackson 13), 42 vs. West Virginia (Heslip 19, Jackson 23), 25 vs. Mississippi State (Heslip 11, Jackson 14) and 35 at Texas Tech (Heslip 16, Jackson 19).

KEEPING IT UNDER 70
• Baylor has held 13 opponents to fewer than 70 points. Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 67-9 when holding opponents below the 70-point mark. Baylor is 98-25 in the Scott Drew era when holding opponents to fewer than 70 points.
• In the last five seasons, Baylor is 21-5 in Big 12 games when holding opponents to fewer than 70 points.

A PROGRESSING BLOCK PARTY
• Through 15 games, senior F Quincy Acy has blocked a team-best 37 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 46 games, Acy has swatted 82 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 has made at least 1 3FG in 14 of 15 games this season and owned a streak of 13 consecutive games with at least 1 trey until being held scoreless Jan. 2 vs. Texas A&M. Heslip is knocking down an impressive 49.4 percent from beyond the arc (44-for-89). In fact, 44 of the Ontario native's 71 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 2nd in the Big 12 in both 3FG percentage (49.4) and 3FG made per game (2.93).


 

 

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