|12/13 Baylor (13-2, 1-1) at Texas Tech (8-8, 0-3)
Jan. 15, 2014 | 8:00 p.m. CT
Lubbock, Texas | United Spirit Arena (15,098)
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• Baylor has won 18 of its last 20 games overall, with both losses away from home against top-10 ranked teams.
• Baylor is 19-1 against in-state opponents since the start of the 2011-12 season.
• Baylor has out-shot 14 of 15 opponents this season and has been out-rebounded only once in 15 games.
• According to RealTimeRPI.com, Baylor has the nation’s No. 14 RPI and No. 28 SOS as of Jan 12.
• Baylor leads the Big 12 in 3-point percentage (41.6), rebounding defense (29.7), rebounding margin (+11.3), offensive rebounds (14.3) and offensive rebounding percentage (44.4).
• Through games of Jan. 12, Baylor ranks 6th nationally in rebounding margin (+11.3), 7th in 3-point field goal percentage (41.6), 17th in FG percentage (49.1) and 19th in assists per game (16.3).
• 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 13-2 or better through its first 15 games in five of the last seven seasons.
• Nine Baylor players average 13+ minutes per game, and Baylor’s bench is averaging 32.1 points per game. In Saturday’s game, Baylor’s bench out-scored TCU 52-9, led by a career-high 23 points from Taurean Prince.
• Baylor has more Big 12 wins in the last seven years (54-48) than its first 11 years in the league combined (45-131).
• Baylor is ranked No. 12 in the latest AP Top 25 poll, up 12 spots from the Bears’ preseason No. 25 ranking.
• 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. 12 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 15 of the latest AP polls.
• Wednesday is the 127th all-time series meeting between Baylor and Texas Tech. Baylor’s current 4-game winning streak vs. Tech ties its longest in the all-time series, and the Bears are 10-2 in their last 12 games vs. Tech.
• Last season, Baylor beat Tech 82-48 in Lubbock and 75-48 in Waco. BU has held Tech to 48 points in three straight games, and the Bears have won four straight games in Lubbock after not winning more than two in a row previously.
• Baylor has won 31 of its last 32 games when leading at the half, and BU is 52-2 in those games since 2011-12.
• Head coach Scott Drew is seeking his 192nd win at Baylor, which would place him nine back of the school record.
• Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 157-71 (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 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.
• Baylor’s four NBA Draft picks over the last two years ranks 3rd nationally behind Kentucky and North Carolina.
• Baylor is looking to start Big 12 play 2-1 or better through three games for the seventh consecutive season.
• The Texas Tech game will be Baylor’s 81st 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.
• 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 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 709 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 (82-25) is 5th on Baylor’s career wins list and has the highest winning percentage (.766) 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 332nd game at Baylor (191-140). His .577 winning percentage is best in BU history among coaches with four or more seasons, and his teams have a .689 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).
• Baylor is 51-75 in the all-time series against Texas Tech, including a 16-45 mark in games played in Lubbock, but the Bears are 10-2 against the Red Raiders since 2007-08.
• Baylor has won in Lubbock in each of the last four seasons after never winning more than two games in a row on Tech’s home floor prior to the current streak.
• 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.
A WIN WOULD ...
• Mark the fourth time in the last seven seasons that Baylor has started 14-2 or better through its first 17 games.
• Give Baylor five consecutive wins in Lubbock and an 11-2 overall record against Texas Tech since 2007-08.
• Be the seventh straight season Baylor has gone 2-1 or 3-0 in its first three Big 12 Conference games.
• Be Scott Drew’s 192nd career win as Baylor head coach — 9 shy of Bill Henderson’s school record.
• Improve Baylor’s record to 42-42 in the month of January in the Drew era, including a 27-10 record since 2009-10.
• Move Cory Jefferson (82-25) passed Josh Lomers (82-47) for sole possession of 5th on Baylor’s career wins list.
• Place Jefferson (29-18) ahead of Tweety Carter (29-35) for sole possession of 5th on Baylor’s career Big 12 wins list.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
• Cory Jefferson has scored in double figures in 20 of his last 22 games. He is expected to start his 53rd consecutive game after making just one start in 55 games over his first two seasons playing at Baylor.
• Jefferson has 17 career double-doubles and needs one more to tie the 10th-most in Baylor history.
• Taurean Prince has combined for 63 points on only 33 field goal attempts in his last four games. He’s combined to shoot 16-of-20 for 45 points in 45 minutes played before halftime over the last four games.
• Prince has already scored more points this season (125) than all of last season (88), and he’s equaled his rebounding total (52) from all of last year.
• Rico Gathers has scored in double figures in five of his last six games after scoring in double figures just five times in his first 46 career games. He’s averaging 11.0 points and 9.6 rebounds over the last eight contests.
• Brady Heslip has made multiple 3-pointers in every game this season in which he’s attempted at least three (13 of 15 games). He holds the program record with a .433 career 3FG% and ranks 4th with 227 career 3-pointers made.
• Heslip is also the least turnover-prone player in the Big 12, averaging one turnover every 83.3 minutes played.
• Kenny Chery has made 23 consecutive free throws. His .935 free throw percentage (29-of-31) is best among all Big 12 players with at least six free throw attempts on the season.
• Chery has posted a 2-to-1 or better assist-to-turnover ratio in 13 of 15 games, including 20-to-3 in his last four.
• Isaiah Austin ranks 7th in BU history with 104 career blocks, and he needs three to pass Willie Sublett (106) for 6th place. He’s scored in double figures in each of his last nine starts.
• Royce O’Neale has multiple assists in 13 of 15 games this season and 13 assists and 2 turnovers in the last four.
• Ish Wainright has 12 assists and 2 turnovers in 56 minutes played over his last four games. Prior to that, he had 15 assists and 20 turnovers in 148 minutes played over his first 11 collegiate games.
• Gary Franklin has hit 41.1% of his 3-pointers over the last 42 games (53-of-129). He began his BU career shooting 30.4% from 3-point range in his first 37 games (25-of-82).
• Franklin has scored in double figures in 5 of the last 11 games after doing so just twice in 68 previous games at BU.
BEST IN TEXAS
• Baylor is 19-1 against in-state opponents since the start of the 2011-12 season, including a 2-0 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 33-5 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).
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 and No. 7 nationally-ranked 41.6% 3-point shooting as a team.
• Heslip leads the league in 3-point FG percentage (49.4% — 4th nationally) and 3FGs made per game (2.9).
• Franklin ranks 4th in the Big 12 in 3-point FG percentage (41.9) and 8th in 3-pointers made per game (1.7).
• Heslip’s 43.3% career 3-point shooting is the best in program history (min. 200 attempts), and with 227 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 41.1% of his 3-point attempts over his last 42 games (53-of-129) — he started his Baylor career shooting 30.4% from downtown through his first 37 games (25-of-82).
PRINCE EMERGING AS SPARK OFF BENCH
• Sophomore forward Taurean Prince has emerged as one of the Big 12’s best reserves this season after being limited to 6.4 minutes per game in 24 games a season ago.
• Over the last four games, Prince has scored 63 points (15.8 ppg) on only 33 field goal attempts. In the first halves of those games, Prince has posted 45 points in 45 minutes played while connecting on 16-of-20 shots.
• Prince scored 15 points in the first half of Saturday’s win vs. TCU, which equaled his first-half scoring from all of last season, when 73 of his 88 points came after the break. He finished with a career-high 23 points vs. TCU.
• Sophomore power forward Rico Gathers has been labeled one of the nation’s best frontcourt reserves.
• Gathers is known as a great rebounder, leading the Big 12 in offensive boards (3.5/gm), but his scoring has significantly increased over the last eight games, when he’s averaged 11.0 points and 9.6 rebounds per contest.
• Gathers has scored in double figures in five of the last six games, equaling his number of double-figure scoring games from his previous 46 collegiate games. He’s also posted three double-doubles in his last six games, doubling his total after posting three as a freshman last year.
DEPTH ON DISPLAY
• Baylor has used a nine-man rotation in each of its first 15 games, with all nine players averaging 13+ minutes.
• BU’s bench is averaging 32.1 ppg, which is 15.0 points better than opposing benches are averaging against the Bears (17.1). Those points are the difference behind BU’s 13.1 average scoring margin.
• In Baylor’s Big 12 opener at Iowa State, eight different Bears played at least 20 minutes, and in Saturday’s game against TCU, the Baylor bench out-scored the Horned Frogs’ 52-9.
• Brady Heslip (22.2 mpg) and Taurean Prince (16.9 mpg) have come off the bench in every game, while Rico Gathers averages 18.1 minutes per game in his 14 games off the bench and Ish Wainright averages 12.5 minutes per game since moving to a reserve role for the last eight games.
CHERY PICKING HIS SPOTS
• Point guard Kenny Chery ranks 3rd in the Big 12 in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.7) and 4th in assists (5.2/gm).
• Chery has posted a 2-to-1 or better assist-to-turnover ratio in 10 straight games and 13 of 15 contests this season.
• He’s recorded 20 assists and only three turnovers in his last four games.
• Chery has also made 23 consecutive free throws, and his .935 free throw percentage (29-of-31) is best in the Big 12 among players who have attempted at least six free throws on the season.
AUSTIN IMPROVING SHOT BLOCKING, INCREASING SCORING
• Sophomore center Isaiah Austin leads the Big 12 in blocks per game (3.1), which is a significant improvement from his 1.7 blocks per game from a season ago, despite playing 4.9 fewer minutes per game.
• Austin, who sat out the entire summer after shoulder surgery, has recently returned to his freshman season offensive output, scoring in double figures in each of his last nine starts (12.2 ppg).
• Austin’s spent more time in the paint as a sophomore, attempting only seven 3-pointers in 15 games this season after shooting 90 treys in 35 games a season ago. He’s also been more efficient, improving his field goal percentage from .459 to .480 and his free throw percentage from .634 to .755.
JEFFERSON AMONG BAYLOR CAREER LEADERS
• Cory Jefferson has 17 career double-doubles, and he needs one more to tie Tony Rufus and Darryl Middleton (18) for 10th on Baylor’s all-time list. He leads the Big 12 with six double-doubles this season.
• Jefferson ranks 4th in program history in career blocks (142), 5th in career blocks per game (1.33), 5th in career wins (82), 5th in career Big 12 wins (29) and 7th in career field goal percentage (.571).
• Jefferson has scored in double figures in 20 of his last 22 games dating back to the 2012-13 season.
RANKED NO. 12 IN AP POLL
• Baylor dropped five spots to No. 12 in the latest AP Top 25 (Jan. 13), after losing at No. 9 Iowa State and beating TCU. The Bears’ current ranked is 13 spots in front of their No. 25 preseason ranking.
• The Bears are ranked 13th in the coaches’ poll, up 13 spots from their preseason ranking in the poll.
• Baylor is the 3rd-highest AP-ranked Big 12 team behind No. 8/10 Iowa State and No. 9/8 Oklahoma State.
• 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 60 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).
PROTECTING THE PAINT
• Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin are both in the top 10 in program history in blocks per game.
• Austin is 3rd with 2.08 blocks per game and Jefferson is 5th at 1.33 blocks per game.
• Jefferson’s 142 blocks are 4th-most in BU history and three behind Mamadou Diene (145) in 3rd place, while Austin ranks 7th with 104 blocks and needs three more to pass Willie Sublett (106) for 6th place.
RECENT SUCCESS IN THE BIG 12
• Baylor is 54-48 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.
WINNING BATTLE OF THE BOARDS
• Baylor has been out-rebounded just once in 15 games this season and ranks 6th nationally in rebounding margin (11.3).
• The Bears have grabbed 40+ rebounds in nine games, and with wins in eight of those nine, BU is now 72-18 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 (8.8), Rico Gathers (7.9) and Isaiah Austin (5.7) combine to average 22.5 rebounds per game, including 8.1 offensive rebounds per game.
• Gathers is one of the nation’s most efficient rebounders, grabbing one rebound every 2.39 minutes for an average of 16.8 rebounds per 40 minutes.
NATION'S ONLY SCHOOL RANKED IN AP TOP 15 IN FB, MBB AND WBB
• Baylor is the nation’s only program with football and both basketball teams ranked in the top 15 of the AP polls.
• The Bears are No. 13 in football, No. 12 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.
DREW 10 WINS BACK OF SCHOOL RECORD
• Scott Drew ranks 2nd in Baylor history with 191 career wins as the Bears’ head coach. Drew needs 10 wins to tie Bill Henderson (201 wins; 1941-43 and 1945-61) for the all-time wins record.
• Drew’s .577 winning percentage is the best ever by a Baylor coach with four or more years at the helm.
• 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 157-71 (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 return home to host Oklahoma at 1 p.m. Saturday on ESPN.
• Saturday’s game is “Back In Black.” The Bears will wear black uniforms to honor the Baylor football team’s Big 12 Championship, and the football team will be recognized at halftime. Fans in attendance will have a chance to take a picture with the conference championship trophy.
• The game will be the 50th in the all-time series, but it’ll be the first time both teams enter the game nationally ranked in the AP poll. BU is ranked 12th and Oklahoma is ranked tied for 25th.