|Baylor (10-4, 2-0) vs. TCU (9-6, 0-2)
Jan. 12, 2013 | 5:00 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
TV: FCS Central & FSSW | Radio: ESPN Central Texas 1660 AM, Sirius 91, XM 91
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• Saturday's game will be televised nationally on FCS Central, and it will be shown in Texas & Oklahoma on FOX Sports Southwest.
• Saturday is the 171st series meeting between Baylor and TCU and the first meeting as Big 12 Conference opponents.
• Baylor is 89-81 all-time against TCU, including a 49-38 mark in games played in Waco.
• Baylor enters the game riding a 13-game winning streak against in-state opponents (3-0 this season).
• Baylor and TCU haven't met on the hardwood in more than 10 years, with the last meeting on Dec. 7, 2002 (TCU won 72-64).
• Baylor has more Big 12 wins in the last 5+ seasons (46-38) then its first 11 years in the league combined (45-131).
• Baylor has used the same starting lineup in its last 8 games and in 12 of 14 games this season.
• 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.
• Through 14 games, Baylor is averaging 37.7 points in the paint per game and holding opponents to 29.4 PIP per game. Baylor's leaders are Cory Jefferson (9.9 PIP/game), Isaiah Austin (9.1 PIP/game) and Pierre Jackson (5.9 PIP/game).
• Jackson is 9th on Baylor's career assists list (311), and he needs 4 to pass Jay Shakir (314) for 8th, 6 to pass David Wesley (316) for 7th and 10 to pass Aaron Bruce (320) for 6th. Teammate A.J. Walton (378) is currently 5th in career assists.
• Jackson has scored in double figures in 22 straight games, averaging 18.9 points and 6.3 assists per game during the streak.
• Jackson leads the Big 12 in scoring (19.8/gm), ranks 2nd in assists (6.3/gm), 4th in steals (2.0/gm) and 4th in AST/TO ratio (1.9).
• Jackson also ranks 2nd in the Big 12 in 3FGM (2.4/gm), 7th in FG% (44.0), 7th in 3FG% (36.3) and 7th in FT% (80.4).
• 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, 19.8), Austin (4th, 14.9) and Jefferson (8th, 14.3).
• Jefferson also leads the Big 12 in FG percentage (65.8), ranks 2nd in blocks (2.3/gm) and 2nd in rebounding (8.6/gm).
• Jefferson has scored 200 points this season after scoring 148 points in 55 games over his first two seasons at Baylor.
• Austin ranks 4th in the Big 12 in rebounding (8.5), 4th in FG percentage (52.9) and 4th in scoring (14.9).
• Austin leads all Big 12 true freshmen in scoring (14.9), rebounding (8.5) and FG percentage (52.9).
• Baylor has accounted for 11 of the 53 double-doubles by Big 12 players this season, including 5 by Austin and 4 by Jefferson.
• Brady Heslip has made a 3FG in 20 straight games and 48 of 51 in his career. He has 34 games with 2+ 3FG and 22 with 3+ 3FG.
• Jackson (26; 5th) and Heslip (20; 7th) are riding two of the longest streaks of consecutive games with a made 3FG in BU history.
• A.J. Walton ranks 2nd in the Big 12 in AST/TO ratio (2.2), 3rd in steals (2.1/gm) and 7th in assists (4.5/gm).
• 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 34th nationally with a 47.6 team field goal percentage (thru Jan. 6).
• Baylor ranks 3rd in the Big 12 and 35th nationally with a 1.27 assist-to-turnover ratio (thru Jan. 6).
• National team rankings (thru Jan. 6): 31st scoring offense (78.4); 48th fewest turnovers (12.1/gm); 58th assists (15.4/gm).
• Baylor has the Big 12's 2nd-longest active streak with at least one 3-point field goal made in 671 consecutive games.
• Baylor was picked 2nd in the 2012-13 Big 12 Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll, its highest ever projection.
• Saturday's game marks the 171st meeting in the series with TCU. Baylor leads the all-time series, 89-81, which dates back to a 37-6 Baylor win in Waco on Dec. 18, 1908. The teams haven't met since Dec. 7, 2002, a 72-64 TCU win in Waco.
• Baylor is 49-38 all-time against TCU in Waco, including a 5-4 record at the Ferrell Center.
• TCU is Baylor's 4th-most played rival behind Texas, Texas A&M and Rice.
• Saturday's game will be televised nationally on FCS Central and will be available on FOX Sports Southwest in Texas and Oklahoma. John Morris (play-by-play) and Jim Haller (analyst) will serve as the talent. Tip-off is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. CT.
NATIONAL RADIO COVERAGE
• Saturday'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. Pat Nunley (play-by-play) and Nick Joos (analyst) will serve as talent.
• Baylor's broadcast is also available nationally through satellite radio on Sirius 91 and XM 91.
A WIN WOULD ...
• Be Scott Drew's 166th career victory as Baylor head coach -- 35 shy of Bill Henderson's Baylor record.
• Give Baylor a 14-game winning streak against in-state opponents -- the Bears were 10-0 vs. in-state teams last season.
• Be Baylor's 2nd straight and 4th all-time 3-0 start to Big 12 Conference play.
• Make Baylor the only Big 12 team with a 3-0 conference record this season.
• Improve Baylor's record to 90-81 all-time against TCU, including a 50-38 record in games played in Waco.
• Give Baylor 2 more Big 12 wins in the last 5+ seasons (47) than its first 11 years in the league combined (45).
• Improve Baylor's record to 36-39 in the month of January in the Drew era, including a 21-8 record over the last 4 seasons.
• Give Baylor an 11-4 or better record through its first 15 games for the 6th consecutive season.
• Baylor is 17-4 in its last 21 games against 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.
• Baylor went a perfect 10-0 against in-state competition in 2011-12 and the Bears are 3-0 vs. in-state teams this season.
• Prior to its recent in-state success, the Bears were a combined 10-27 in Scott Drew's first six seasons at Baylor.
BAYLOR'S RECENT SUCCESS IN THE BIG 12
• Baylor is 46-38 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 22
• Pierre Jackson has scored in double figures in 22 straight games, averaging 18.9 points and 6.3 assists per game during the streak.
• Jackson's is the Big 12's longest active double-figure scoring streak, 11 ahead of the next closest -- Kansas' Travis Releford.
• Jackson, the only Big 12 player to score in double figures in every game this season, has scored 416 points and dished out 139 assists during the 22-game streak.
• 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 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 200 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 11.8 points per game over the next 17 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 26-game streak dating back to the last 12 games of the 2011-12 season, the 5th-longest in Baylor history.
• Heslip is riding a 20-game streak dating back to the final 7 games of last year, which is 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 (311 career assists) is 9th on Baylor's all-time list. He needs 4 assists to pass Jay Shakir (314) for 8th, 6 assists to pass David Wesley for 7th, and 10 assists to pass Aaron Bruce (320) for 6th. Teammate A.J. Walton (378) is currently in 5th.
• 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 (378) 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 11 of 14 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 13 of 14 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).
40+ REBOUNDS KEY TO VICTORY
• Baylor is 6-1 this season and 60-14 in the Drew era when recording 40+ rebounds in a game.
• The Bears are 8-0 this season and 120-32 during the Scott Drew era when outrebounding their opponent.
• Conversely, Baylor is 2-4 this season and 47-96 in the Drew era when it doesn't outrebound the opponent.
• Cory Jefferson (2nd, 8.6 rpg) and Isaiah Austin (4th, 8.5 rpg) both rank in the Big 12's top 5 in rebounding.
• Rico Gathers ranks 10th in the Big 12 in offensive rebounding (2.4/game), despite averaging only 15.8 minutes per game.
AUSTIN AMONG FRESHMEN DOUBLE-DOUBLES LEADERS
• Isaiah Austin has 5 double-doubles this season, which is the most of any freshman from a power conference.
• Austin's 5 double-doubles are tied for 3rd in the Big 12, one behind ISU's Melvin Elim and KU's Jeff Withey.
• Austin had 4 double-doubles in a 5-game stretch, and he came up 2 rebounds shy of 5 straight double-doubles.
JEFFERSON WORKING WAY UP BLOCKS CHART
• Cory Jefferson (78) 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 needs 2 more wins to tie former teammate LaceDarius Dunn for 3rd place on the Baylor career wins list.
• Cory Jefferson (56) needs 6 more wins to tie Henry Dugat (62) for 10th on the Bears' career wins list.
50% SHOOTING LEADS TO WINS
• Baylor is 5-1 this season and 87-9 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 160-61 in the Drew era (10-2 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 37.7 points in the paint per game this season, and the Bears are holding opponents to 29.4 PIP per game.
• Frontcourt players Cory Jefferson (9.9 PIP/game), Isaiah Austin (9.1 PIP/game) and Rico Gathers (4.7 PIP/game) do most of the damage, along with point guard Pierre Jackson (5.9 PIP/game) and guard A.J. Walton (3.7 PIP/game).
• Jefferson has scored double figure points in the paint in 9 of 14 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.
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
• Baylor is 50-9 at home in the last 3-plus seasons, winning a Ferrell Center-record 15 home games in both 2009-10 and 2010-11, and going 14-3 at the Ferrell Center a season ago. Baylor is 76-18 in the last 5-plus seasons at home, an .809 winning percentage.
JACKSON AMONG NATION'S ELITE
• Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year Pierre Jackson has been named one of 20 Watch List Finalists for the Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award and one of 25 players on the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 List.
• Jackson was one of 11 finalists for the Cousy Award during his All-America debut season in Waco last year, and he's also on the Naismith Award Preseason Watch List.
DREW CLIMBING BAYLOR CAREER WINS CHART
• Scott Drew currently ranks second in Baylor history with 165 career wins as the Bears' head coach. Drew needs 36 wins to tie Bill Henderson (201) for the all-time wins record.
• Drew's .563 winning percentage is the best ever by a Baylor coach with four or more years at the helm. He ranks fourth overall, trailing only Ralph Glaze (.788; 1910-13), Enoch Mills (.655; 1908-10) and Darrel Johnson (.593; 1992-94).
DOUBLE-DOUBLES ALL AROUND
• Baylor has accounted for 11 of the 53 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.
CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A MADE 3-POINT FIELD GOAL -- 671
• Baylor has made at least one 3-point field goal in 671 consecutive games -- the Big 12's 2nd-longest active streak behind Texas.
• Baylor has connected from 3-point range in every game since Feb. 21, 1990, a win over Texas Tech.
• Baylor heads to Lawrence, Kan., to face Kansas at Allen Fieldhouse on Monday at 8 p.m. CT. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN as the first of a school-record three times Baylor will play on ESPN's Big Monday platform this season.