|12/13 Baylor (13-3, 1-2) vs. 25/rv Oklahoma (13-4, 2-2)
Jan. 18, 2014 | 1:00 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
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• Baylor has won 13 straight games at the Ferrell Center, which is the 2nd-longest streak in arena history.
• BU can move within one game of the Ferrell Center record 15-game winning streak (2/3/10--1/11/11) with a win.
• Baylor is 68-12 at home since 2009-10, posting an .850 winning percentage.
• Baylor is looking to win multiple games against AP Top 25 teams for the 7th straight season.
• 15 of Baylor's 32 all-time wins versus AP Top 25 teams have come in the last seven seasons. BU is 15-33 against AP ranked teams since 2007-08 after going 17-122 vs. ranked opponents in its first 101 seasons.
• Baylor has won 18 of its last 21 games overall, with two of those losses away from home to top 10-ranked teams.
• Baylor has out-shot 14 of 16 opponents this season and has been out-rebounded only twice in 16 games.
• According to RealTimeRPI.com, Baylor has the nation's No. 18 RPI and No. 35 SOS as of Jan 16.
• Baylor leads the Big 12 in 3-point percentage (40.0), rebounding defense (30.1), rebounding margin (+10.2), offensive rebounds (14.5) and offensive rebounding percentage (44.3).
• 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 13-3 or better through its first 16 games in five of the last seven seasons.
• Nine Baylor players average 13+ minutes per game, and Baylor's bench is averaging 31.9 points per game, while holding opposing benches to 16.4 points per game. BU's average scoring margin is 11.7 points per game.
• 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.
• Saturday is the 50th meeting between Baylor and Oklahoma and the first with both teams ranked in the AP poll.
• Last season, Baylor dropped both games to Oklahoma. The Bears lost 74-71 in Waco on Jan. 30, and BU faced a 26-point halftime deficit before eventually falling 90-76 in Norman on Feb. 23.
• 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 157-72 (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.
• Saturday's game is "Back In Black." The Bears will wear black uniforms to honor Baylor football's Big 12 Championship, and the football team will be recognized at halftime.
• Through games of Jan. 12, Baylor ranked 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 has more Big 12 wins in the last seven years (54-49) than its first 11 years in the league combined (45-131).
• Baylor is ranked No. 12 in the latest AP Top 25 poll, up 13 spots from the Bears' preseason No. 25 ranking.
• The Oklahoma game will be Baylor's 82nd consecutive televised contest.
• 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 710 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 (82-26) is 5th on Baylor's career wins list and has the highest winning percentage (.759) 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 333rd game at Baylor (191-141). His .575 winning percentage is best in BU history among coaches with four or more seasons, and his teams have a .686 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).
SERIES HISTORY \
• Baylor is 10-39 in the all-time series against Oklahoma, including a 5-17 mark in games played in Waco.
• Baylor is 5-4 in its last nine games against OU since snapping a 30-game losing streak in the series in 2010.
• Baylor had won three straight home games against Oklahoma before losing 74-71 last season. Isaiah Austin had 19 points and 20 rebounds in that game.
A WIN WOULD ...
• Improve Baylor's Ferrell Center winning streak to 14 games, the 2nd-longest streak in arena history and within one game of the arena-record 15-game winning streak (Feb. 3, 2010 -- Jan. 11, 2011).
• Be the seventh straight season Baylor has defeated multiple AP Top-25 ranked teams.
• Mark the fifth time in the last seven seasons that Baylor has started 14-3 or better through its first 17 games.
• Give Baylor wins in six of its last 10 games against OU since snapping a 30-game series losing streak in 2010.
• Prevent BU from dropping two games below .500 in Big 12 play for the first time since finishing 7-9 in 2010-11.
• Be Scott Drew's 192nd career win as Baylor head coach -- 9 shy of Bill Henderson's school record.
• Improve Baylor's record to 42-43 in the month of January in the Drew era, including a 27-11 record since 2009-10.
• Move Cory Jefferson (82-26) passed Josh Lomers (82-47) for sole possession of 5th on Baylor's career wins list.
• Place Jefferson (29-19) ahead of Tweety Carter (29-35) for sole possession of 5th on Baylor's career Big 12 wins list.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
• Taurean Prince has combined for 76 points on only 43 field goal attempts in his last five games. He's combined to shoot 16-of-22 for 45 points in 54 minutes played before halftime over the last five games.
• Prince has already scored more points this season (138) than all of last season (88), and he's grabbed more rebounds (55) than all of last year (52).
• Rico Gathers has scored in double figures in six of his last seven games after scoring in double figures just five times in his first 46 career games. He's averaging 11.0 points and 9.3 rebounds over the last nine contests.
• Kenny Chery has posted a 2-to-1 or better assist-to-turnover ratio in 11 consecutive games and 14 of 16 games on the year, including a 23-to-4 ratio in his last five.
• Chery had his streak of 23 consecutive free throws made snapped at Texas Tech. His .897 free throw percentage (35-of-39) is 3rd-best among all Big 12 players with at least 20 free throw attempts on the season.
• Cory Jefferson has scored in double figures in 20 of his last 23 games. He is expected to start his 54th 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.
• Brady Heslip has made multiple 3-pointers in 13 of 14 games this season in which he's attempted at least three treys. He holds the program record with a .429 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 88.0 minutes played.
• 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 nine of his last 10 starts.
• Royce O'Neale has multiple assists in 13 of 16 games this season and 14 assists and 2 turnovers in the last five.
• Ish Wainright has 12 assists and 3 turnovers in 61 minutes played over his last five 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 40.6% of his 3-pointers over the last 43 games (54-of-133). 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 12 games after doing so just twice in 68 previous games at BU.
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 10 of its last 16 against the league's Sooner State schools.
• 13 of Baylor's 16 Big 12 wins against the Oklahoma schools have come under head coach Scott Drew.
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 40.0% 3-point shooting as a team.
• Heslip leads the league in 3FGs made per game (2.9) and ranks 2nd in 3-point FG percentage (46.8%).
• Franklin ranks 4th in the Big 12 in 3-point FG percentage (40.9) and 9th in 3-pointers made per game (1.7).
• Heslip's 42.9% 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 40.6% of his 3-point attempts over his last 43 games (54-of-133) -- 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 five games, Prince has scored 76 points (15.2 ppg) on only 43 field goal attempts. In the first halves of those games, Prince has posted 45 points in 54 minutes played while connecting on 16-of-22 shots.
• Prince scored 15 points in the first half of last 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 (3.6/gm), but his scoring has significantly increased over the last nine games, when he's averaged 11.0 points and 9.3 rebounds per contest.
• Gathers has scored in double figures in six of the last seven games, surpassing his number of double-figure scoring games from his previous 46 collegiate games (six). He's also posted three double-doubles in his last seven 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 16 games, with all nine players averaging 13+ minutes.
• BU's bench is averaging 31.9 ppg, which is 15.5 points better than opposing benches are averaging against the Bears (16.4). Those points are the difference behind BU's 11.7 average scoring margin.
• In Baylor's Big 12 opener at Iowa State, eight different Bears played at least 20 minutes, and in last Saturday's game against TCU, the Baylor bench out-scored the Horned Frogs' 52-9.
• Brady Heslip (22.0 mpg) and Taurean Prince (17.3 mpg) have come off the bench in every game, while Rico Gathers averages 18.2 minutes per game in his 15 games off the bench and Ish Wainright averages 11.7 minutes per game since moving to a reserve role for the last nine 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 (5.1/gm).
• Chery has posted a 2-to-1 or better assist-to-turnover ratio in 11 straight games and 14 of 16 contests this season.
• He's recorded 23 assists and only four turnovers in his last five games.
• Chery also made 23 consecutive free throws prior to a miss at Texas Tech, and his .897 free throw percentage (35-of-39) is 3rd-best in the Big 12 among players who have attempted at least 20 free throws on the season.
MULTIPLE AP TOP 25 WINS IN SIX CONSECUTIVE SEASONS
• Baylor has won multiple games vs. AP Top 25 teams in each of the last six seasons entering 2013-14.
• BU needs one more win vs. a ranked team to extend the streak to seven seasons after defeating No. 3 Kentucky.
• The Bears are 15-32 vs. AP Top 25 teams since 2007-08 after going 17-122 in their first 101 seasons.
• Baylor is 32-154 all-time against AP Top 25 teams (1-2 this season).
• Prior to winning multiple games vs. ranked teams in each of the last six seasons, Baylor only had four seasons with multiple AP Top 25 victories in its first 101 years of basketball (1958-59, 1981-82, 1996-97, 2000-01).
• Last season, the Bears won at No. 8 Kentucky on Dec. 1 and vs. No. 4 Kansas on March 9.
AUSTIN IMPROVING SHOT BLOCKING, INCREASING SCORING
• Sophomore center Isaiah Austin leads the Big 12 in blocks per game (2.9), which is a significant improvement from his 1.7 blocks per game from a season ago, despite playing 5.1 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 nine of his last 10 starts (11.4 ppg).
• Austin's spent more time in the paint as a sophomore, attempting only seven 3-pointers in 16 games this season after shooting 90 treys in 35 games a season ago. He's also been more effective when fouled, improving his free throw percentage from .634 to .746.
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 ranks 2nd in the Big 12 with six double-doubles this season.
• Jefferson ranks 4th in program history in career blocks (143), 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 (.569).
• Jefferson has scored in double figures in 20 of his last 23 games dating back to the 2012-13 season.
BAYLOR 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 ranking 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 1.32 blocks per game.
• Jefferson's 143 blocks are 4th-most in BU history and two 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 54-49 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
• BU has been out-rebounded just twice in 16 games this season.
• 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 (8.4), Rico Gathers (7.9) and Isaiah Austin (5.5) combine to average 21.9 rebounds per game, including 8.1 offensive rebounds per game.
• Gathers is one of the nation's most efficient rebounders, grabbing one rebound every 2.41 minutes for an average of 16.6 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 .575 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 157-72 (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.
NATION'S BEST POSTSEASON WINNING PERCENTAGE
• BU has the nation's best postseason winning percentage over the last five seasons (15-3, .833).
• Baylor has won at least three games in each of its last four postseason appearances.
• Baylor was the last Texas Division I team (out of 21) playing postseason basketball in each of the last two years.
• Baylor is 15-4 in five postseason appearances under Scott Drew -- 6-3 in NCAA Tournament and 9-1 in NI
• The Bears head back on the road for an ESPN Big Monday game at Kansas. Tipoff is at 8 p.m. CT.
• Baylor is 0-11 all-time in Lawrence, making it one of two Big 12 cities where the Bears haven't won (Ames).