|12/13 Baylor (13-4, 1-3) at 15/18 Kansas (13-4, 4-0)
Jan. 20, 2014 | 8:00 p.m. CT
Lawrence, Kan. | Allen Fieldhouse (16,300)
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• Monday is the 24th all-time meeting between Baylor and Kansas, and the Bears are 0-11 all-time in Lawrence.
• BU has won two of its last three games against KU after starting the series 2-18 in the previous 20 meetings.
• Last season, each team won on its home court in the series. KU won 61-44 on Jan. 14 in Lawrence, and BU won 81-58 on March 9 in Waco. The 23-point win in Waco was BU's largest-ever margin of victory over an AP-ranked team.
• Baylor has won 31 of its last 33 games when leading at the half, and BU is 52-3 in those games since 2011-12.
• 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 15-34 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 22 games overall, with three of those four losses against ranked teams.
• Baylor is 20-32 in Big 12 road games over the last seven seasons after going 8-80 over the league's first 11 years.
• Baylor has out-shot 15 of 17 opponents this season and has been out-rebounded only twice in 17 games.
• Nine Baylor players average 12+ minutes per game, and Baylor's bench is averaging 31.0 points per game, while holding opposing benches to 15.9 points per game, providing the difference in BU's 10.9 average scoring margin.
• Baylor leads the Big 12 in 3-point percentage (39.3), rebounding margin (+9.7), offensive rebounds (14.4) and offensive rebounding percentage (43.5), and BU ranks 2nd in total rebounding (40.1) and rebounding defense (30.4).
• Baylor is 5-1 this season in games decided by 5 points or less or in OT -- BU was 3-8 in those games last year.
• According to RealTimeRPI.com, Baylor has the nation's No. 24 RPI and No. 35 SOS as of Jan 18.
• Baylor is 3-7 all-time on ESPN Big Monday, including an 0-2 mark in Lawrence and a 1-4 record in road games.
• Baylor has started the season 13-4 or better through its first 17 games in five of the last seven seasons.
• 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.
• Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 157-73 (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.
• Head coach Scott Drew is seeking his 192nd win at Baylor, which would place him nine back of the school record.
• 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.
• 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 (54-50) 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 Kansas game will be Baylor's 83rd 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 711 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 (82-27) is 5th on Baylor's career wins list and has the highest winning percentage (.752) 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 334th game at Baylor (191-142). His .574 winning percentage is best in BU history among coaches with four or more seasons, and his teams have a .683 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).
• Monday is the 24th all-time series meeting between Baylor and Kansas. Baylor trails 4-19 in the series.
• Baylor has defeated Kansas in two of the last three meetings, winning vs. No 4 KU in Waco last season and at the 2012 Big 12 Championship against No. 3 KU.
• BU is 0-11 all-time in Lawrence and has lost by an average of 16.5 points in those games. The closest BU has come to winning in Lawrence was an 81-75 loss on Jan. 20, 2010 -- that BU team went to the Elite Eight.
• The Bears' other two wins vs. KU were on Feb. 12, 2001 in Waco and March 12, 2009 in Oklahoma City.
• Prior to last season's win in its final regular-season game of the year, Baylor had lost 12 consecutive regular-season games vs. Kansas by an average of 16.3 points per game.
A WIN WOULD ...
• 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 14-4 or better through its first 18 games.
• Give Baylor wins in three of its last four games against Kansas after going 2-18 in the previous 20 meetings.
• Prevent BU from dropping three games below .500 in Big 12 play for the first time since finishing 5-11 in 2009.
• Be Scott Drew's 192nd career win as Baylor head coach -- 9 shy of Bill Henderson's school record.
• Improve Baylor's record to 42-44 in the month of January in the Drew era, including a 27-12 record since 2009-10.
• Move Cory Jefferson (82-27) past Josh Lomers (82-47) for sole possession of 5th on Baylor's career wins list.
• Place Jefferson (29-20) 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 82 points on only 50 field goal attempts in his last six games. He's combined to shoot 17-of-25 for 47 points in 63 minutes played before halftime over the last five games.
• Prince has already scored more points this season (144) than all of last season (88), and he's grabbed more rebounds (58) than all of last year (52).
• Rico Gathers has scored in double figures in six of his last eight games after scoring in double figures just five times in his first 46 career games. He's averaging 10.3 points and 8.9 rebounds over the last 10 contests.
• Kenny Chery has posted a 2-to-1 or better assist-to-turnover ratio in 12 consecutive games and 15 of 17 games on the year, including a 28-to-6 ratio in his last six.
• Cory Jefferson has scored in double figures in 21 of his last 24 games. He is expected to start his 55th 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 14 of 15 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 229 career 3-pointers made.
• Heslip is also one of the nation's least turnover-prone players, averaging one turnover every 74.6 minutes played.
• Isaiah Austin is tied with Willie Sublett for 6th in BU history with 106 career blocks, and he needs 28 more to pass Ekpe Udoh (133) for 5th place. He's scored in double figures in 10 of his last 11 starts.
• Royce O'Neale has multiple assists in 14 of 17 games this season and 17 assists and 3 turnovers over the last six.
• Ish Wainright has 13 assists and 3 turnovers in 66 minutes played over his last six 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% of his 3-pointers over the last 44 games (54-of-135). 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 13 games after doing so just twice in 68 previous games at BU.
BIG 12 ROAD IMPROVEMENT
• In the first 11 seasons of the Big 12 Conference era, Baylor won only 8 conference road games (8-80). Since then, Baylor has won 20 conference road games in the last seven seasons (20-32).
• Baylor went 4-4 in Big 12 road games in 2007-08, 1-7 in 2008-09 (lone road win at Kansas State), 4-4 in 2009-10, 2-6 in 2010-11, 6-3 in 2011-12 and 3-6 in 2012-13, and BU is 0-2 in Big 12 road contests this season.
BAYLOR ON BIG MONDAY
• Baylor is 3-7 all-time in ESPN Big Monday contests, including a 1-4 mark in road games and a 0-2 record in Lawrence.
• Baylor and Kansas will meet on ESPN Big Monday for the sixth time (Bears are 1-4 in vs. Kansas on Big Monday).
KEYS TO VICTORY
• Baylor is 10-0 when recording more assists than its opponent and 3-4 when posting fewer assists.
• BU is 13-1 when holding opponents under 50% shooting and 0-3 when allowing 50% or better.
• The Bears are 11-1 this season when blocking four shots or more, and 2-3 when recording three or fewer blocks.
• Baylor is 10-1 when attempting fewer than 20 3-pointers and 3-3 when shooting 20+ treys.
• BU is 11-1 when holding opponents under 70 points and 2-3 when allowing 70+ points. Conversely, BU is 9-2 when scoring 70+ points and 4-2 when being held under 70 points.
• Baylor is 11-2 when recording more points in the paint than opponents and 2-2 with equal/fewer points in paint.
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 39.3% 3-point shooting as a team.
• Heslip ranks 2nd in the league in 3-point FG percentage (.465) and in 3FGs made per game (2.7).
• Franklin ranks 7th in the Big 12 in 3-point FG percentage (39.7) and 9th in 3-pointers made per game (1.6).
• Heslip's 42.9% career 3-point shooting is the best in program history (min. 200 attempts), and with 229 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% of his 3-point attempts over his last 44 games (54-of-135) -- he started his Baylor career shooting 30.4% from downtown through his first 37 games (25-of-82).
CHERY PICKING HIS SPOTS
• Point guard Kenny Chery ranks 2nd 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 12 straight games and 15 of 17 contests this season.
• He's recorded 28 assists and only six turnovers in his last six games.
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 six games, Prince has scored 82 points (13.7 ppg) on only 50 field goal attempts. In the first halves of those games, Prince has posted 47 points in 63 minutes played while connecting on 17-of-25 shots.
• Prince has been Baylor's highest-scoring player off the bench in seven of the last nine games after not doing so in any of this season's first eight contests.
• Over the last 10 games, Prince ranks 3rd on the team in scoring (11.1) despite ranking 8th in minutes (20.3).
• 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 10 games, when he's averaged 10.3 points and 8.9 rebounds per contest.
• Gathers has scored in double figures in six of the last eight 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 eight games, doubling his career total after posting three as a freshman last year.
DEPTH ON DISPLAY
• Baylor has used a nine-man rotation in each of its first 17 games, with all nine players averaging 12+ minutes.
• Over the last 10 games, eight Baylor players are averaging at least 20 minutes per game.
• BU's bench is averaging 31.0 ppg, which is 15.1 points better than opposing benches are averaging against the Bears (15.9). Those points are the difference behind BU's 10.9 average scoring margin.
• Brady Heslip (21.9 mpg) and Taurean Prince (17.6 mpg) have come off the bench in every game, while Rico Gathers averages 18.2 minutes per game in his 16 games off the bench and Ish Wainright averages 11.0 minutes per game since moving to a reserve role for the last 10 games.
• Sophomore center Isaiah Austin ranks 2nd in 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 4.8 fewer minutes per game.
• Austin sat out the entire offseason after shoulder surgery, which prevented him from doing upper body workouts.
• He's spent more time in the paint as a sophomore, attempting only 10 3-pointers in 17 games after shooting 90 treys in 35 games last year. He's also improved his free throw shooting 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 (1.31), 5th in career wins (82), 5th in career Big 12 wins (29) and 7th in career field goal percentage (.567).
• Jefferson has scored in double figures in 21 of his last 24 games dating back to the 2012-13 season.
MULTIPLE AP TOP 25 WINS IN SIX STRAIGHT 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 15-33 vs. AP Top 25 teams since 2007-08 after going 17-122 in their first 101 seasons.
• Baylor is 32-155 all-time against AP Top 25 teams (1-3 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.
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 2.04 blocks per game and Jefferson is 5th at 1.31 blocks per game.
• Jefferson's 143 blocks are 4th-most in BU history and two behind Mamadou Diene (145) in 3rd place, while Austin is tied for 6th with 106 blocks, and needs 28 more to pass Ekpe Udoh (133) for 5th place.
WINNING BATTLE OF THE BOARDS
• BU has been out-rebounded just twice in 17 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 (7.7) and Isaiah Austin (5.7) combine to average 21.9 rebounds per game, including 8.0 offensive rebounds per game.
• Gathers is one of the nation's most efficient rebounders, grabbing one rebound every 2.46 minutes for an average of 16.3 rebounds per 40 minutes.
RECENT SUCCESS IN THE BIG 12
• Baylor is 54-50 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.
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 .574 winning percentage is the best ever by a Baylor coach with four or more years at the helm.
• The Bears return to Waco for consecutive home games against Texas (Saturday) and West Virginia (Jan. 28).
• Baylor is 7-3 in its last 10 games against Texas, including wins in three of four home games during that stretch.
• BU has won all three all-time meetings vs. West Virginia, including a 20-point victory in Waco last season.