|7/9 Baylor (12-2, 0-1) vs. TCU (9-5, 0-2)
Jan. 11, 2014 | 12:30 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
TV: Big 12 Network - Listings
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• Baylor has won 17 of its last 19 games overall, with both losses to undefeated, top-10 ranked teams.
• Baylor has won 12 straight games at the Ferrell Center, which is the 2nd-longest streak in arena history.
• BU can move within two games of the Ferrell Center record 15-game winning streak (2/3/10—1/11/11) with a win.
• Baylor is 67-12 at home since 2009-10, posting an .848 winning percentage.
• Baylor is 18-1 against in-state opponents since the start of the 2011-12 season.
• Baylor has out-shot 13 of 14 opponents this season and has been out-rebounded only once in 14 games.
• According to RealTimeRPI.com, Baylor has the nation’s No. 15 RPI and No. 18 SOS as of Jan 8.
• Baylor leads the Big 12 in field goal percentage (49.7), 3-point percentage (42.7), rebounding defense (30.1), rebounding margin (+10.0) and offensive rebounding percentage (43.0).
• 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 12-2 or better through its first 14 games in five of the last seven seasons.
• Nine Baylor players average 13+ minutes per game, and Baylor’s bench is averaging 30.6 points per game. In Tuesday’s game at Iowa State, eight players saw 20+ minutes of action, and none played more than 29 minutes.
• Baylor has more Big 12 wins in the last seven years (53-48) than its first 11 years in the league combined (45-131).
• 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. 13 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 14 of the latest AP poll.
• Saturday is the 173rd all-time series meeting between Baylor and TCU, which is the 4th-most played series in BU history behind Texas (240), Texas A&M (205) and Rice (175). It’s the teams’ 3rd meeting as Big 12 opponents.
• Last season, Baylor beat TCU 51-40 in Waco and 82-56 in Fort Worth, during the Frogs’ inaugural Big 12 campaign.
• Baylor is looking to avoid its first 0-2 start to Big 12 play since 2006-07, when the Bears went 4-12. The Bears haven’t been two games below .500 in conference play since finishing 7-9 in 2010-11.
• 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 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.
• Through games of Jan. 9, Baylor ranks 5th nationally in 3-point field goal percentage (42.7), 7th in rebounding margin (10.0), 9th in FG percentage (49.7) and 19th in assists per game (16.2).
• The TCU game will be Baylor’s 80th 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 156-71 (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 708 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 (81-25) is 6th on Baylor’s career wins list and has the highest winning percentage (.764) 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 331st game at Baylor (190-140). His .576 winning percentage is best in BU history among coaches with four or more seasons, and his teams have a .687 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).
• Saturday’s game marks the 173rd meeting in the series with TCU. Baylor leads the all-time series, 91-81, which dates back to a 37-6 Baylor win in Waco on Dec. 18, 1908. Baylor went 2-0 vs. TCU last season.
• Baylor is 50-38 all-time against TCU in Waco, including a 51-40 win on Jan. 12 last season that was the teams’ first meeting since Dec. 7, 2002.
• TCU (172 games) is Baylor’s fourth-most played rival behind Texas (240), Texas A&M (205) and Rice (175).
A WIN WOULD ...
• Improve Baylor’s Ferrell Center winning streak to 13 games, the 2nd-longest streak in arena history and within two games of the arena-record 15-game winning streak (Feb. 3, 2010 — Jan. 11, 2011).
• Mark the fifth time in the last seven seasons that Baylor has started 13-2 or better through its first 15 games.
• Be Scott Drew’s 191st career win as Baylor head coach — 10 shy of Bill Henderson’s school record.
• Improve Baylor’s record to 41-42 in the month of January in the Drew era, including a 26-10 record since 2009-10.
• Move Cory Jefferson (81-25) into a tie with Josh Lomers (82-47) for 5th on Baylor’s career wins list.
• Place Jefferson (28-18) in a tie with Tweety Carter (29-35) for 5th on Baylor’s career Big 12 wins list.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
• Cory Jefferson has scored in double figures in 19 of his last 21 games. He had a career-best 11-game double figure scoring streak snapped at Iowa State when he was held to 7 points.
• Jefferson is expected to start his 52nd consecutive game after making just one start in 55 games over his first two seasons playing at Baylor. A win would tie Jefferson for 5th in BU history with 82 career victories.
• Taurean Prince has combined for 40 points on only 23 field goal attempts in his last three games. He’s combined for 30 points before halftime in the last three games after scoring 15 points prior to halftime all of last season.
• Prince has already scored more points this season (102) than all of last season (88), and he needs 4 rebounds to equal last season’s total (52).
• Rico Gathers has scored in double figures in four of his last five games after scoring in double figures just five times in his first 46 career games. He’s averaging 11.1 points and 9.3 rebounds over the last seven contests.
• Brady Heslip has made multiple 3-pointers in every game this season in which he’s attempted at least three (12 of 14 games). He holds the program record with a .432 career 3FG% and ranks 4th with 222 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 eight 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 12 of 14 games, including 15-to-3 in his last three.
• Isaiah Austin ranks 8th in BU history with 100 career blocks, and he needs two to pass Joey Fatta (101) for 7th. He’s scored in double figures in each of his last eight starts.
• Royce O’Neale has multiple assists in 12 of 14 games this season and 9 assists and 0 turnovers in the last three.
• Ish Wainright has 12 assists and 2 turnovers over his last three games. Prior to that, he had 15 assists and 20 turnovers in his first 11 collegiate games.
• Gary Franklin has hit 42.4% of his 3-pointers over the last 41 games (53-of-125). He began his BU career shooting 30.4% from 3-point range in his first 37 games (25-of-82).
• Franklin had 15 points at Iowa State, which was the 2nd-most of his BU career. He’s scored in double figures in 5 of the last 10 games after doing so just twice in 68 previous games at Baylor.
RANKED NO. 7 IN AP POLL
• Baylor moved up two spots to No. 7 in the latest AP Top 25 (Jan. 6), 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 42.7% 3-point shooting as a team.
• Heslip leads the league in 3-point FG percentage (49.4) and 3FGs made per game (2.8).
• Franklin ranks 4th in the Big 12 in 3-point FG percentage (44.8) and 7th in 3-pointers made per game (1.9).
• Heslip’s 43.2% career 3-point shooting is the best in program history (min. 200 attempts), and with 222 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 42.4% of his 3-point attempts over his last 41 games (53-of-125) — he started his Baylor career shooting 30.4% from downtown through his first 37 games (25-of-82).
BEST IN TEXAS
• Baylor is 18-1 against in-state opponents since the start of the 2011-12 season, including a 1-0 mark this season. The lone loss came on March 4, 2013, a 79-70 defeat at Texas, which snapped a 17-game in-state winning streak.
• BU is a combined 32-5 against Lone Star State teams over the last four seasons after going 10-27 vs. in-state teams in Scott Drew’s first six seasons at Baylor. (7-1 in 2012-13, 10-0 in 2011-12, 5-3 in 2010-11, 9-1 in 2009-10).
DEPTH ON DISPLAY
• Baylor has used a nine-man rotation in each of its first 14 games, with all nine players averaging 13+ minutes.
• BU’s bench is averaging 30.6 ppg, and the first four players off the bench combine to average 19.0 minutes/game.
• In Baylor’s Big 12 opener at Iowa State, eight different Bears played at least 20 minutes.
• Brady Heslip (22.2 mpg) and Taurean Prince (16.7 mpg) have come off the bench in every game, while Rico Gathers averages 18.0 minutes per game in his 13 games off the bench and Ish Wainright averages 12.1 minutes per game since moving to a reserve role for the last seven games.
RECENT SUCCESS IN THE BIG 12
• Baylor is 53-48 in Big 12 games since 2007-08 and has tallied the five highest Big 12 win totals in program history during that span — 12 in 2011-12, 11 in 2009-10, 9 in 2007-08, 9 in 2012-13 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.
NATION'S ONLY SCHOOL RANKED IN TOP 13 IN FB, MBB & WBB
• Baylor is the nation’s only program with football and both basketball teams ranked in the top 13 of the AP polls.
• The Bears are No. 13 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.
SECOND-LONGEST STREAK IN FERRELL CENTER HISTORY
• Baylor is 8-0 at home this season and has won 12 straight games at the Ferrell Center, which is the 2nd-longest streak in arena history. A win vs. TCU would move the Bears within two wins of the arena-record 15-game winning streak.
• Baylor is 67-12 at home since 2009-10, recording an .848 winning percentage. The Bears won a Ferrell Center-record 15 home games in 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2012-13, and BU won 14 games at the Ferrell Center in 2011-12.
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 .576 winning percentage is the best ever by a Baylor coach with four or more years at the helm.
WINNING BATTLE OF THE BOARDS
• Baylor has been out-rebounded just once in 14 games this season and ranks 7th nationally in rebounding margin (10.1).
• The Bears have grabbed 40+ rebounds in eight games, and with wins in seven of those eight, BU is now 71-18 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 (8.4), Rico Gathers (7.6) and Isaiah Austin (5.6) combine to average 21.6 rebounds per game, including 7.6 offensive rebounds per game.
• Gathers is one of the nation’s most efficient rebounders, grabbing one rebound every 2.48 minutes for an average of 16.2 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 2.04 blocks per game and Jefferson is 5th at 1.31 blocks per game.
• Jefferson’s 139 blocks are 4th-most in BU history and six behind Mamadou Diene (145) in 3rd place, while Austin ranks 8th with 100 blocks and needs two more to pass Joey Fatta (101) for 7th place.
• 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 156-71 (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.
• The Bears travel to Lubbock for a Big 12 road game against Texas Tech at 8 p.m. CT Wednesday on ESPNU.
• Baylor has won in Lubbock in each of the last four seasons and is 11-2 overall against Tech since 2007-08.
• Baylor’s 82-48 win in Lubbock on Jan. 8 last year was its largest margin-of-victory in a road game in series history, and it was the largest margin-of-victory in any game against Tech since a 91-49 win on March 2, 1988.