|Baylor (11-5) vs. Hardin-Simmons (10-5)
Jan. 19, 2013 | 2:00 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
TV: FSSW | Radio: ESPN Central Texas 1660 AM, Sirius 136, XM 195
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• Saturday's game will be televised on FOX Sports Southwest by Baylor Vision on FOX Sports, the Bears' third-tier TV network.
• Saturday is the 29th series meeting between Baylor and Hardin-Simmons, and the Bears lead the all-time series 16-12.
• Baylor has won 9 straight games in the series vs. HSU, and the Bears haven't lost to the Cowboys since 1936-37.
• Baylor is 64-29 all-time vs. current NCAA Division III member schools.
• Baylor has used the same starting lineup in its last 10 games and in 14 of 16 games this season.
• Baylor is 132-60 since the start of the 2007-08 season, including four 20-win seasons in the last five years.
• Through 16 games, Baylor is averaging 36.3 points in the paint per game and holding opponents to 28.9 PIP per game. Baylor's leaders are Cory Jefferson (9.4 PIP/game), Isaiah Austin (8.9 PIP/game) and Pierre Jackson (5.4 PIP/game).
• Jackson has scored in double figures in 24 straight games, averaging 18.2 points and 6.2 assists per game during the streak.
• Jackson has made a 3FG in 28 consecutive games, which is tied for the 3rd-longest streak in program history, and with one made 3FG vs. Hardin-Simmons, Jackson would tie Tevis Stukes for the program's 2nd-longest streak.
• Jackson is 6th on Baylor's career assists list (321), and he trails teammate A.J. Walton (386) for 5th place.
• Jackson leads the Big 12 in scoring (18.6/gm), ranks 2nd in assists (6.1/gm), 4th in steals (1.9/gm) and 5th in AST/TO ratio (1.8).
• Jackson also ranks 3rd in the Big 12 in 3FGM (2.3/gm), 7th in FT% (80.0) and 10th in 3FG% (35.3).
• Jackson is one of 25 players on the Wooden Award Midseason Top 25 and one of 20 Bob Cousy Award watch list finalists.
• 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 12 in scoring -- Jackson (1st, 18.6), Austin (5th, 14.6) and Jefferson (12th, 13.4).
• Jefferson also leads the Big 12 in FG percentage (60.6), ranks 2nd in blocks (2.2/gm) and 4th in rebounding (8.2/gm).
• Jefferson has scored 215 points in 16 games this season after scoring 148 points in 55 games over his first two seasons.
• Austin leads all Big 12 true freshmen in scoring (14.6), rebounding (8.6) and FG percentage (51.4).
• Austin ranks 2nd in the Big 12 in rebounding (8.6), 3rd in FG percentage (51.4) and 5th in scoring (14.6).
• Baylor has accounted for 12 of the 56 double-doubles by Big 12 players this season, including 6 by Austin and 4 by Jefferson.
• Brady Heslip has made a 3FG in 48 of 53 games in his career. He has 34 games with 2+ 3FG and 22 with 3+ 3FG.
• A.J. Walton ranks 3rd in the Big 12 in AST/TO ratio (1.9), 3rd in steals (2.0/gm) and 7th in assists (4.1/gm).
• Walton currently ranks 4th on Baylor's all-time wins list (86) and needs 1 more to tie LaceDarius Dunn for 3rd on the list.
• Baylor ranks 2nd in the Big 12 and 33rd nationally with a 45.8 team field goal percentage (thru Jan. 13).
• Baylor ranks 3rd in the Big 12 and 37th nationally in scoring offense (74.8) (thru Jan. 13).
• Baylor has the Big 12's 2nd-longest active streak with at least one 3-point field goal made in 673 consecutive games.
• Saturday is the 29th all-time meeting between Baylor and Hardin-Simmons, and the Bears hold a 16-12 lead in the series.
• Baylor has won 9 straight games against HSU, and the Bears haven't lost to the Cowboys since 1936-37.
• Baylor is 64-29 all-time vs. current NCAA Division III member schools.
• The Bears won 106-45 when the teams last met on Nov. 22, 2009 -- it was the second-largest margin of victory in Baylor history, and the 61st time in program history the Bears cracked the century mark.
• Baylor has gone over 100 points just once since the last time it played HSU (Jan. 14, 2012 vs. Oklahoma State, 106 points).
• Saturday's game will be televised on FOX Sports Southwest by Baylor Vision on FOX Sports, the Bears' third-tier TV network. John Morris (play-by-play) and Jim Haller (analyst) will serve as the talent. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. CT.
A WIN WOULD ...
• Be Scott Drew's 167th career victory as Baylor head coach -- 34 shy of Bill Henderson's Baylor record.
• Extend Baylor's winning streak against in-state teams to 15 straight, dating back to the start of the 2011-12 season.
• Be Baylor's 10th straight win against Hardin-Simmons, improving its record in the all-time series to 17-12.
• Improve Baylor's record to 37-40 in the month of January in the Drew era, including a 22-9 record over the last 4 seasons.
• Move A.J. Walton into a tie for 3rd place on Baylor's all-time wins list with 87.
• Improve Baylor's all-time record against teams currently playing in NCAA Division III to 65-29.
• Give Baylor a 12-5 or better record through its first 17 games for the 6th consecutive season.
STEPPING UP DEFENSE IN CONFERENCE PLAY
• Baylor leads the Big 12 in scoring defense in conference play, allowing just 57.0 points per game.
• The Bears held Kansas to 61 points on Jan. 14, the Jayhawks' lowest point total at Allen Fieldhouse since Feb. 5, 2006.
• Baylor held TCU to 40 points on Jan. 12, the fewest points any Big 12 opponent has ever scored against the Bears.
• Baylor beat Texas Tech 82-48 on Jan. 8, marking the Bears' largest-ever margin of victory in a Big 12 road game.
• The Bears rank 2nd in the Big 12 with 39.8 rebounds per game in league play.
• Rico Gathers ranks 2nd in the league with 9.5 rebounds/game in conference play, despite playing just 18.5 minutes/game.
• Baylor is riding a 14-game winning streak against in-state opponents, dating back to the start of the 2011-12 season.
• Baylor went a perfect 10-0 against in-state competition in 2011-12 and the Bears are 4-0 vs. in-state teams this season.
NON-CONFERENCE HOME SUCCESS
• Baylor has won 32 of its last 34 non-conference home games. The Bears won 29 consecutive non-conference home games between a one-point loss to South Carolina on Jan. 2, 2009, and a four-point loss to College of Charleston on Nov. 24, 2012.
• Baylor went undefeated in non-conference home games in each of the last three seasons (8-0 in 2009-10, 10-0 in 2010-11 and 8-0 in 2011-12). The Bears are 5-2 this season in non-conference home games.
JACKSON'S DOUBLE-FIGURE STREAK REACHES 24
• Pierre Jackson has scored in double figures in 24 straight games, averaging 18.2 points and 6.2 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 (13).
• Jackson, the only Big 12 player to score in double figures in every game this season, has scored 437 points and dished out 149 assists during the 24-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.
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 12 of 16 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 14 of 16 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).
TWO OF LONGEST 3-POINT STREAKS IN BAYLOR HISTORY
• Baylor guards Pierre Jackson and Brady Heslip combined for two of the longest streaks of games with at least one 3-point field goal made in program history.
• Jackson is on a 28-game streak dating back to the last 12 games of the 2011-12 season, which is tied for the 3rd-longest in Baylor history and one shy of Tevis Stukes for the 2nd-longest.
• Heslip had his 20-game streak snapped against TCU on Jan. 12, but it was the 7th-longest streak in Baylor history.
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
• Baylor is 51-9 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 77-18 in the last 5-plus seasons at home, an .811 winning percentage.
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 179 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 Chatmon.
• Jackson needs to average 12.0 points per game over the next 15 games to reach 1,000 points prior to the postseason.
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 (321) is 6th on Baylor's career assists list. Teammate A.J. Walton (381) is currently 60 assists ahead of Jackson and in 5th place on the career assists list.
• 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 Vinnie 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 (381) and Aaron Bruce (320). Four of the top six in assists in Baylor history have played during the Drew era.
DOMINATING POINTS IN THE PAINT
• Despite losing three frontcourt players to the 2012 NBA Draft, Baylor is averaging 36.3 points in the paint per game this season, and the Bears are holding opponents to 28.9 PIP per game.
• Frontcourt players Cory Jefferson (9.4 PIP/game), Isaiah Austin (8.9 PIP/game) and Rico Gathers (4.6 PIP/game) do most of the damage, along with point guard Pierre Jackson (5.4 PIP/game) and guard A.J. Walton (3.8 PIP/game).
• Jefferson has scored double figure points in the paint in 10 of 16 games, while Austin has done so in 6 of 15 games.
• Baylor set a Scott Drew era record with 68 points in the paint in its season-opening win against Lehigh.
THREE ESPN BIG MONDAY APPEARANCES
• Baylor will be featured three times on the ESPN Big Monday platform this season. The Bears will play multiple Big Monday games for the fourth time in the last five seasons, and this is the first time the Bears have three Big Monday games scheduled.
• The Bears play their second Big Monday game of the season when they host Oklahoma State on Monday in the front-end of an MLK Day doubleheader, marking the fourth time ESPN Big Monday has been at the Ferrell Center. Baylor's first Big Monday game was Jan. 14 at Kansas, and its third Big Monday game is March 4 at Texas.
BAYLOR ON BIG MONDAY
• Baylor is 2-7 all-time in ESPN Big Monday contests, including a 1-7 mark in the Scott Drew era.
• Baylor and Oklahoma State will meet on ESPN Big Monday for the first time - all eight of Baylor's previous Big Monday appearances were against Kansas, Kansas State or Texas.
40+ REBOUNDS KEY TO VICTORY
• Baylor is 6-2 this season and 60-15 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 3-5 this season and 48-97 in the Drew era when it doesn't outrebound the opponent.
• Isaiah Austin (2nd, 8.6 rpg) and Cory Jefferson (4th, 8.2 rpg) both rank in the Big 12's top 5 in rebounding.
• Rico Gathers ranks 7th in the Big 12 in offensive rebounding (2.6/game), despite averaging only 16.2 minutes per game.
JEFFERSON CLIMBING BLOCKS CHART
• Cory Jefferson (81) needs 5 blocks to move past Kevin Rogers (85) for 9th on Baylor's all-time list.
• 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 needs one more win to tie former teammateLaceDarius Dunn for 3rd place on Baylor's career wins list.
• Walton has a .717 career winning percentage in games played (86-34), which is best among players in Baylor's top 10 in wins.
• Cory Jefferson (57) needs 5 more wins to tie Henry Dugat (62) for 10th on the Bears' career wins list.
• Jefferson has an .803 career winning percentage in career games played (57-14).
AUSTIN AMONG FRESHMEN DOUBLE-DOUBLES LEADERS
• Isaiah Austin has 6 double-doubles this season, which is the most of any freshman from a power conference.
• Austin's 6 double-doubles are tied for 2nd in the Big 12, one behind ISU's Melvin Ejim.
• Austin had 4 double-doubles in a 5-game stretch, and he came up 2 rebounds shy of 5 straight double-doubles.
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 6-4 this season and 81-120 in the Drew era when missing more shots than they make.
• The same goes for holding opponents under 50% -- Baylor is 161-62 in the Drew era (11-3 this season) when opponents shoot less than 50% and 7-66 when they shoot 50% or better from the field (0-2 this season).
DOUBLE-DOUBLES ALL AROUND
• Baylor has accounted for 12 of the 56 double-doubles by Big 12 players this season.
• Isaiah Austin (6) 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 6 double-doubles this season.
• Active Big 12 players have combined for 15 career double-digit assist games, and Jackson (6) and A.J. Walton (2) have combined for eight of those 15 games with 10 or more assists.
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 radio broadcast is available nationally through satellite radio on Sirius 136 and XM 195.
• Baylor hosts Oklahoma State at 4:30 p.m. Monday for it second of three appearances on ESPN Big Monday this season. All tickets are now on sale for $10, and select concessions will be discounted. The first 1,000 students at Monday's game will receive protective goggles, and 250 Bear Pit t-shirt will be given away to students in the floor seats.