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No. 4 MBB Returns Home, Hosts Oklahoma State

Freshman F Quincy Miller

Freshman F Quincy Miller


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4/4 Baylor (16-0, 3-0) vs. Oklahoma State (9-7, 2-1)
Jan. 14, 2012 | 2:05 p.m. CST
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)

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MEDIA INFORMATION
Date Sat., Jan. 14 | 2:05 p.m. CST
Location Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
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4/4 BAYLOR BEARS
Record 16-0, 3-0 Big 12
Ranking 4 (AP), 4 (Coaches), 4 (RPI)
Last Game Jan. 10 in Manhattan
W, 75-73 at No. 18 Kansas State
Head Coach Scott Drew (Butler, 1993)
Career: 163-127 (10th season)
BU Record: 143-116 (9th season)
NR/NR OKLAHOMA STATE COWBOYS
Record 9-7, 2-1 Big 12
Ranking NR (AP), NR (Coaches), 112 (RPI)
Last Game Jan. 9 in Stillwater
W, 72-65 over Oklahoma
Head Coach Travis Ford (Kentucky, 1994)
Career: 264-190 (14th season)
OSU Record: 74-44 (4th season)

STORY LINES
• After posting a two-point road win at Kansas State, No. 4/4 Baylor (16-0, 3-0) returns home to the Ferrell Center to host Oklahoma State (9-7, 2-1). Saturday's game will tip at 2:05 p.m. CST on ESPN2 and ESPN3 (WatchESPN.com).
• Saturday marks the 68th series meeting and 33rd in the Big 12 era. Oklahoma State leads the all-time series 50-17, but Baylor has won five straight meetings in Waco (13-15 at home vs. OSU) and five of the last nine meetings overall.
• Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 65-13 at the Ferrell Center (22-11 in Big 12 home games), including a 39-4 home mark in the last three seasons (13-4 in Big 12 home games).
• Baylor enters Saturday against Oklahoma State riding a 9-game home winning streak, which is tied for the seventh-longest in Ferrell Center history. A win would give Baylor its sixth home winning streak of 10+ games in Ferrell Center history and the third of the Scott Drew era.
• Baylor is one of only three undefeated Division I teams remaining -- Murray State and Syracuse are the others.
• Baylor is 16-0 to start the season for the first time in program history and has won a program-record 16 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).
• Baylor is 4-0 in games decided by 5 points or fewer this season.
• 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 635 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 32-0). • Senior F Quincy Acy ranks 19th in school history with 1,099 points. He also ranks second in career FG percentage (61.0), second in career blocks (145) and needs 14 rebounds to crack Baylor's career Top 10.
• In his last 47 games, Acy has swatted 83 shots, an average of 1.77 blocks per game. By comparison, Acy blocked 62 shots in his 70 games in a Baylor uniform (0.89 blocks per game).
• 47 of sophomore G Brady Heslip's 55 field goals have been from 3-point range. Heslip, who has made at least one 3FG in 15 of 16 games, has made multiple treys in 13 contests this season.
• Heslip and junior G Pierre Jackson have combined for 58 points in the last 2 games (35 at Texas Tech, 23 at Kansas State).

UP NEXT
• Baylor will make its second trip to the Sunflower State in a six-day span Jan. 16 when it visits Allen Fieldhouse and the 10th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks for ESPN Big Monday (8:35 p.m. CST). Dan Shulman (play-by-play), Dick Vitale (analyst) and Holly Rowe (sideline) will call the action as Baylor will be seeking its first win in Lawrence in 10 all-time trips.

TELEVISION COVERAGE
• Saturday will be the first of three consecutive Baylor games on the ESPN family of networks. Baylor's Big 12 home game against Oklahoma State will tip at 2:05 p.m. CST on ESPN2. Mark Jones (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst) will serve as the ESPN talent for each of Baylor's next two home games.

SERIES HISTORY
• Saturday marks the 68th series meeting and 33rd in the Big 12 era. Oklahoma State leads the all-time series 50-17, but Baylor has won five straight meetings in Waco (13-15 at home vs. OSU) and five of the last nine meetings overall.
• Baylor is 8-24 against Oklahoma State in the Big 12 era, including two Big 12 Championship meetings (1997, 1999).

SERIES NOTES: Baylor hasn't swept the regular-season series with Oklahoma State since 1921-22 ... Baylor and Oklahoma State have split the regular-season series in each of the last four seasons ... 13 of Baylor's 17 series wins have come in Waco ... Baylor hasn't won in Stillwater since Feb. 15, 2003 (lost 8 straight at Gallagher-Iba Arena) ... Saturday is just the fourth time Baylor will be ranked at the time of its series meeting with Oklahoma State.

SOONER STATE SUCCESS
• After posting a combined 6-48 record against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in the first 13 seasons of the Big 12 Conference, Baylor has won five of its last nine against the league's Sooner State schools.
• Baylor has won seven of its last nine home games against the Big 12 Oklahoma schools, including four straight.
• Eight of Baylor's 11 Big 12 wins against the Oklahoma schools have come under head coach Scott Drew.
• Baylor snapped its 30-game losing streak to the Sooners and swept the regular-season series with Oklahoma in 2009-10, its first regular-season series sweep of the Sooners since 1954-55.

HOLDING COURT AT HOME
• Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 65-13 at the Ferrell Center (22-11 in Big 12 home games), including a 39-4 home mark in the last three seasons (13-4 in Big 12 home games).
• In its first seven seasons in the Big 12, Baylor was 77-38 (.670) at home. In the Scott Drew era, the Bears are 91-40 (.695) at the Ferrell Center
• Baylor has won a Ferrell Center-record 15 home games in each of the previous two seasons, while setting the facility-record for fewest home losses (1) during the 2009-10 season.
• Baylor has won nine straight home games and has not lost at home since March 5, 2011, vs. Texas (54-60).

DREW TO VISIT ESPN CAMPUS FOR NETWORK `CAR WASH'
• Hours after No. 4 Baylor plays at Kansas on ESPN Big Monday, head coach Scott Drew will visit the ESPN campus Tue., Jan. 17, for the network's "Car Wash."
• Drew's visit will cross various different platforms at ESPN, including ESPN, ESPN.com, ESPN Radio, ESPNU, ESPNHS, ESPN The Magazine and ESPN3. He is the second Big 12 basketball coach in as many months to visit ESPN campus; Kansas State's Frank Martin made the trip to Bristol last month. He is scheduled to make several live appearances throughout the day, beginning at 12:45 p.m. CST with The Scott Van Pelt Show on ESPN Radio and ESPNews.
• Other scheduled appearances include two live interviews on ESPN's flagship program, SportsCenter, at approximately 1:40 p.m. CST and 3:40 p.m. CST. After his first SportsCenter appearance, Drew will host an ESPN.com chat (2 p.m. CST), visit ESPNU, ESPN The Magazine and ESPN3.

ANOTHER HOME WINNING STREAK
• Baylor enters Saturday against Oklahoma State riding a nine-game home winning streak, which is tied for the seventh-longest in Ferrell Center history. A win would give Baylor its sixth home winning streak of 10+ games in Ferrell Center history and the third of the Scott Drew era.
• Baylor has set the Ferrell Center record for consecutive wins in each of the previous two seasons. Baylor won a then-facility-record 11 straight games from March 18, 2009-Jan. 23, 2010. That record stood for less than a year; the Bears then won a facility-record 15 straight home games from Feb. 3, 2010-Jan. 11, 2011.

#CLUTCH IN CLOSE GAMES
• Baylor entered the season with a sub-.500 record in games decided by 5 points or fewer in the Scott Drew era. This season, Baylor is 4-0 in such games with all four coming away from home.
• In fact, all four wins have been decided by 3 points or fewer -- Dec. 17 at BYU (86-83), Dec. 23 vs. West Virginia (83-81, OT) in Las Vegas, Dec. 28 vs. No. 14 Mississippi State (54-52) in Dallas and Jan. 10 at No. 18 Kansas State (75-73).

HE DOESN'T ACT LIKE A FRESHMAN
• Freshman F Quincy Miller is majoring in pre-med and wants to be an anesthesiologist once his basketball career is complete. The charismatic and energetic freshman has also been a mature piece to Baylor's on-court success, too.
• Miller has started 14 games and is one of five players averaging 10+ points per game. Miller's 11.1 points-per-game average ranks fourth on the team, while his 5.3 rebounds-per-game rank third.

DEFENSE ISN'T ALWAYS 50/50
• Baylor, which ranks 4th nationally in the latest NCAA rankings in FG percentage defense (thru games Jan. 8), held its first 15 opponents to under 50 percent shooting ... way under 50 percent. During Baylor's 75-73 win at No. 18 Kansas State, the Wildcats are the only team to shoot 50 percent or better against the Bears this season.
• 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 87 opponents under 50 percent shooting.

#DOWNTOWNCANADIAN
• Sophomore G Brady Heslip has made at least one 3FG in 15 of 16 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 48.5 percent from beyond the arc (47-for-97). In fact, 47 of the Ontario native's 55 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 leads the Big 12 with 2.94 3FGs made per game and ranks 2nd in 3FG percentage (48.5).

AN UNLIKELY PAIR
• Junior G Pierre Jackson and sophomore G Brady Heslip have emerged as Baylor's best scoring duo in recent weeks. In Baylor's 75-73 road win Jan. 10 at Kansas State, the pair combined for 23 points, 13 assists and 6 steals. 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 seven non-home games, Jackson leads the team with 14.4 points and 5.6 assists, while shooting 49.4 percent from the floor, 40.0 percent from 3-point range and 81.3 percent at the FT line. Heslip ranks second to Jackson with 14.1 points on 56.9 percent shooting, including a 54.2 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).


 

 

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