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MBB Seeks Fifth Big 12 Win at TCU


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Baylor (13-5, 4-1) at TCU (9-10, 0-6)
Jan. 26, 2013 | 3:00 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)

TV: Big 12 Network & WatchESPN
Radio: ESPN Central Texas 1660 AM, Sirius 138, XM 194
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MEDIA INFORMATION
Date Sat., Jan. 26 | 3:00 p.m. CT
Location Fort Worth, Texas
Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (7,201)
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TV Big 12 Network
TV Talent Dave Armstrong (pxp), Stephen Howard (color)
Web Stream WatchESPN
Radio ESPN Central Texas | Listen Online
Radio Talent John Morris (pxp), Pat Nunley (color)
Satellite Radio Sirius 138 / XM 194
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Game Notes Baylor | TCU
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Twitter @BaylorMBB
BAYLOR BEARS
Record 13-5, 4-1
Ranking NR (AP), NR (Coaches)
Last Game Won vs. Oklahoma State, 64-54
Head Coach Scott Drew
Career: 188-139 (11th season)
BU Record: 168-128 (10th season)
TCU HORNED FROGS
Record 9-10, 9-6
Ranking NR (AP), NR (Coaches)
Last Game Lost at West Virginia, 71-50
Head Coach Trent Johnson
Career: 235-195 (14th season)
TCU Record: 9-10 (1st season)

STORY LINES
• Saturday’s game will be televised by Big 12 Network with Dave Armstrong (pxp) and Stephen Howard (analyst) serving as talent.
• Saturday is the 172nd series meeting between Baylor and TCU.The Horned Frogs are the Bears’ 4th-most played rival.
• Baylor is 90-81 all-time against TCU and 36-40 against the Frogs in Fort Worth.
• Baylor held TCU to 40 points on Jan. 12, the fewest the Bears have ever allowed in a Big 12 game.
• With a win vs. TCU, Baylor would have its first 5-1 start to Big 12 play since 1997-98.
• Baylor is 18-25 in Big 12 road games over the last six seasons after going 8-80 in road games over the league’s first 11 years.
• Baylor has more Big 12 wins in the last 5+ seasons (48-39) then its first 11 years in the league combined (45-131).
• Baylor leads the Big 12 in scoring defense (56.5), blocks (6.6), rebounding (39.4) and 3-point defense (23.7%) in conference play.
• Baylor is 134-60 since the start of the 2007-08 season, including four 20-win seasons in the last five years. The Bears were 135-176 in the first 11 seasons of the Big 12 Conference.
• Baylor has accounted for 27% of the 66 double-doubles by Big 12 players this season (18-of-66).
• Through 18 games, Baylor is averaging 36.0 points in the paint per game and holding opponents to 28.8 PIP per game. Baylor’s leaders are Cory Jefferson (9.1 PIP/game), Isaiah Austin (8.6 PIP/game) and Pierre Jackson (5.3 PIP/game).
• Jackson has scored in double figures in 25 straight games, averaging 18.2 points and 6.1 assists per game during the streak.
• Jackson has made a 3FG in 29 consecutive games, which is tied with Tevis Stukes for the 2nd-longest streak in program history.
• Jackson leads the Big 12 in scoring (18.6/gm), ranks 2nd in assists (5.9/gm), 4th in steals (1.8/gm) and 5th in AST/TO ratio (1.8).
• Jackson also ranks 2nd in the Big 12 in 3FGM (2.4/gm), 2nd in minutes (33.8), 7th in FT% (78.8) and 8th in 3FG% (36.0).
• Jackson is 6th on Baylor’s career assists list (324), and he is 69 assists behind teammate A.J. Walton (393) for 5th place.
• Three Baylor players are in the Big 12’s top 12 in scoring — Jackson (1st, 18.6), Austin (7th, 14.3) and Jefferson (12th, 13.1).
• Jefferson also leads the Big 12 in FG percentage (59.2), ranks 2nd in blocks (2.3/gm) and 3rd in rebounding (8.6/gm).
• Jefferson has scored 236 points in 18 games this season after scoring 148 points in 55 games over his first two seasons.
• Austin leads all Big 12 true freshmen in scoring (14.3), rebounding (8.9) and FG percentage (50.3).
• Austin ranks 2nd in the Big 12 in rebounding (8.9), 2nd in double-doubles (7) 3rd in FG percentage (50.3) and 7th in scoring (14.3).
Brady Heslip has made a 3FG in 50 of 55 games in his career. He has 35 games with 2+ 3FG and 23 with 3+ 3FG.
• Heslip needs 2 made 3-pointers to tie Tevis Stukes for 10th on Baylor’s all-time 3-point FGs made list.
A.J. Walton ranks 3rd in the Big 12 in AST/TO ratio (2.0), 3rd in steals (1.9/gm) and 7th in assists (4.1/gm).
• Walton (88-34) needs 3 more wins to tie former teammate Anthony Jones (91-38) for 2nd place on Baylor’s all-time wins list.
• Rico Gathers has recorded 10+ rebounds in all 4 games in which he’s played 18+ minutes this season.
• Gathers ranks 4th in the Big 12 in with 8.2 rebs/gm in league play. His 5.8 rpg in all games ranks 2nd among Big 12 freshmen.
• Gathers is averaging one rebound every 2.8 minutes played, which averages out to 14.3 rebounds per 40 minutes.
• Baylor ranks 2nd in the Big 12 in scoring offense (75.9), scoring margin (+13.1) and field goal percentage (46.1).

SERIES HISTORY
• Saturday’s game marks the 172nd meeting in the series with TCU. Baylor leads the all-time series, 90-81, which dates back to a 37-6 Baylor win in Waco on Dec. 18, 1908. The teams played for the first time as Big 12 members on Jan. 12 in Waco, a game the Bears won 51-40. The meeting two weeks ago was the first time the teams played since Dec. 7, 2002.
• Baylor is 36-40 all-time against TCU in Fort Worth. The last time Baylor played at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum was Dec. 13, 1997, and the last time the Bears faced TCU in Fort Worth was at the Fort Worth Convention Center on Dec. 29, 2001.
• TCU (171 games) is Baylor’s 4th-most played rival behind Texas (239), Texas A&M (205) and Rice (175).

TELEVISION COVERAGE
• Saturday’s game will be televised by Big 12 Network at 3 p.m. CT. It’s the first of three games Baylor will play on Big 12 Network this season. Dave Armstrong (play-by-play) and Stephen Howard (analyst) will serve as talent.

A WIN WOULD ...
• Be Scott Drew’s 169th career victory as Baylor head coach — 32 shy of Bill Henderson’s Baylor record.
• Mark the 2nd time in program history the Bears started Big 12 play with 5 wins it their first 6 games (1997-98).
• Improve Baylor’s record to 135-60 since the start of the 2007-08 season, tying its number of wins from the Big 12’s first 11 seasons combined (135-176).
• Give Baylor a 49-39 record in Big 12 games since 2007-08, 4 more wins than the Bears had in the Big 12’s first 11 years (45-131).
• Extend Baylor’s winning streak against in-state opponents to 16 games (10-0 in 2011-12, 6-0 this season).
• Give Baylor consecutive wins against TCU for the first time since a 7-game winning streak that spanned 1993-96.
• Improve Baylor’s record to 39-40 in the month of January in the Drew era, including a 24-9 record over the last 4 seasons.
• Give Baylor a 14-5 or better record through its first 19 games for the 5th time in the last 6 seasons.

STEPPING UP DEFENSE IN CONFERENCE PLAY
• Baylor leads the Big 12 in scoring defense in conference play, allowing just 56.4 points per game.
• The Bears also lead the Big 12 with 6.6 blocks per game, 39.4 rebounds per game and a 23.7% 3-point defense in league play.
• Baylor limited Oklahoma State to a season-low 54 points on Jan. 21, which was 8 points below the Cowboys’ previous season low, and the lowest point total the Bears had allowed against OSU since Baylor won 53-50 on Dec. 4, 1959.
• Baylor 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.

TEXAS-SIZED SUCCESS
• Baylor is 18-4 in its last 22 games against in-state Big 12 opponents (conference members when games were played) — Texas A&M (5-1), Texas Tech (5-1), Texas (6-2) and TCU (1-0). Baylor went 6-0 against Texas Big 12 schools last season.
• Baylor is riding a 15-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 5-0 vs. in-state teams this season.
• Prior to its recent in-state success, the Bears were a combined 10-27 in Scott Drew’s first six seasons at Baylor.

BAYLOR'S RECENT SUCCESS IN THE BIG 12
• Baylor is 48-39 in Big 12 games in the last five-plus seasons and has tallied the four highest Big 12 win totals in program history during that span — 12 in 2011-12, 11 in 2009-10, 9 in 2007-08, 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.

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 18 conference road games in the last six seasons (18-25).
• 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 1-1 this season.

JACKSON'S DOUBLE-FIGURE STREAK REACHES 25
Pierre Jackson has scored in double figures in 25 straight games, averaging 18.2 points and 6.1 assists per game during the streak.
• Jackson’s is the Big 12’s longest active double-figure scoring streak, 10 ahead of the next closest — Kansas’ Travis Releford (15).
• Jackson has scored 455 points and dished out 152 assists during the 25-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.

AUSTIN'S IMPROVEMENT
• Freshman Isaiah Austin has shown significant improvement over his last 9 games played.
• Austin has scored in double figures in 9 straight games, averaging 15.4 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks during the streak.
• Prior to the 9-game streak, Austin averaged 12.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 0.6 blocks over his first 7 collegiate games.
• The streak started with a 23-point, 17-rebound performance on Dec. 12, marking the 5th time a Baylor player has ever reached those numbers. That game was his 2nd career double-double, and 6 of his 7 double-doubles have been in the last 9 games.
• Kevin Durant (Texas) and Michael Beasley (Kansas State) are the only other Big 12 freshmen to reach those numbers in a game.

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 14 of 18 games this year, including three 20-point games and 6 double-doubles.
• Jefferson entered the season with a career high of 25 minutes, but he’s played at least 27 minutes in 15 of 18 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).

RICO'S REBOUNDS
• Freshman Rico Gathers has recorded at least 10 rebounds in all 4 games in which he’s played 18 or more minutes.
• Gathers is averaging one rebound every 2.8 minutes of playing time, which averages out to 14.3 rebounds per 40 minutes.
• Gathers ranks 13th in the Big 12 with 5.8 rebounds per game, which trails only teammate Isaiah Austin (8.9) among freshmen.
• Gathers is 6th in the Big 12 with 2.6 offensive rebounds per game, despite playing just 16.2 minutes per game.
• In Big 12 play, Gathers ranks 4th in the league with 8.2 rebounds per game and 3rd with 3.2 offensive rebounds per game.

AUSTIN AMONG FRESHMEN DOUBLE-DOUBLES LEADERS
Isaiah Austin has 7 double-doubles this season, which is the most of any freshman from a power conference.
• Austin’s 7 double-doubles are tied for 2nd in the Big 12, one behind ISU’s Melvin Ejim.
• Austin has 6 double-doubles in his last 9 games after recording 1 in his first 7 games played.

DOMINATING POINTS IN THE PAINT
• Despite losing three frontcourt players to the 2012 NBA Draft, Baylor is averaging 36.0 points in the paint per game this season, and the Bears are holding opponents to 28.8 PIP per game.
• Frontcourt players Cory Jefferson (9.1 PIP/game), Isaiah Austin (8.6 PIP/game) and Rico Gathers (4.4 PIP/game) do most of the damage, along with point guard Pierre Jackson (5.3 PIP/game) and guard A.J. Walton (3.7 PIP/game).
• Jefferson has scored double figure points in the paint in 10 of 18 games, while Austin has done so in 6 of 16 games.
• Baylor set a Scott Drew era record with 68 points in the paint in its season-opening win against Lehigh.

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 29-game streak dating back to the last 12 games of the 2011-12 season, which is tied with Tevis Stukes for the 2nd-longest in Baylor history. LaceDarius Dunn holds the program record with 45 consecutive games.
• Heslip had his 20-game streak snapped against TCU on Jan. 12, but it was the 7th-longest streak in Baylor history.

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 161 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 12.4 points per game over the next 13 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 (324) is 6th on Baylor’s career assists list. Teammate A.J. Walton (393) is currently 69 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.

UNDEFEATED WHEN OUTREBOUNING OPPONENTS
• The Bears are 10-0 this season and 122-32 during the Scott Drew era when outrebounding their opponent.
• Baylor is 7-2 this season and 61-15 in the Drew era when recording 40+ rebounds in a game.
• Conversely, Baylor is 4-5 this season and 49-97 in the Drew era when it doesn’t outrebound the opponent.
Isaiah Austin (2nd, 8.9 rpg) and Cory Jefferson (3rd, 8.6 rpg) both rank in the Big 12’s top 5 in rebounding.
• Rico Gathers (13th, 5.8 rpg) ranks 6th in the Big 12 in offensive rebounding (2.6/game), despite averaging only 16.2 minutes.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES ALL AROUND
• Baylor has accounted for 27% of the double-doubles by Big 12 players this season (18-of-66).
Isaiah Austin (7) and Cory Jefferson (6) are two of five Big 12 players with at least 6 double-doubles this year.
Rico Gathers (2), Pierre Jackson, Taurean Prince and L.J. Rose 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 16 career double-digit assist games, and Jackson (6), A.J. Walton (2) and Rose (1) have combined for 9 of those 16 games with 10 or more assists.

WALTON NOW 3RD ON BAYLOR WINS LIST
• Senior G A.J. Walton is now 3 wins behind former teammate Anthony Jones (91) for 2nd on Baylor’s all-time wins list.
• Walton has a .721 career winning percentage in games played (88-34), which is best among players in Baylor’s top 10 in wins.
• Cory Jefferson (59) needs 3 more wins to tie Henry Dugat (62) for 10th on the Bears’ career wins list.
• Jefferson has an .808 career winning percentage in career games played (59-14).

JEFFERSON CLIMBING BLOCKS CHART
Cory Jefferson (88) needs 11 blocks to move past Alex Holcombe (98) for 7th on Baylor’s all-time list.
• Jefferson needs 12 blocks to become the 7th player in program history with 100 or more career blocks and the 5th player in program history to record 100 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) has played fewer career games than Jefferson.

50% SHOOTING LEADS TO WINS
• Baylor is 6-1 this season and 88-9 during the Scott Drew era when shooting 50% or better from the field.
• By contrast, the Bears are 7-4 this season and 82-120 in the Drew era when missing more shots than they make.
• The same goes for holding opponents under 50% — Baylor is 13-3 this season (163-62 in the Drew era) when opponents shoot less than 50% and 0-2 this season (7-66 in the Drew era) when they shoot 50% or better from the field.

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. John Morris (play-by-play) and Pat Nunley (analyst) will serve as talent.
• TCU’s radio broadcast is available nationally through satellite radio on Sirius 138 and XM 194.

UP NEXT
• Baylor returns home to host Oklahoma at 6 p.m. Wednesday on ESPNU. The teams will be meeting for the first time this season.
• The Bears will look to extend their winning streak against former Big 12 South Division members to 14 straight games.


 

 

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