||Tuesday, Jan. 28 | 6:90 p.m. CT
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||Baylor | West Virginia
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||Career: 211-155 (12th season)
||BU Record: 191-144 (11th season)
|WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS
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||Career: 734-295 (32nd season)
||WVU Record: 144-84 (7th season)
• Tuesday is the 4th all-time meeting between Baylor and WVU, all of which have come in the last three seasons.
• BU has won all three previous series meetings, including an OT win in the 2011 Las Vegas Classic title game.
• Last season, Baylor won by 20 points in Waco and Feb. 13 and won by three points in Morgantown on Feb. 27.
• Baylor has won 13 of its last 15 home games, but the Bears have lost their last two games at the Ferrell Center.
• Baylor is looking to avoid its first five-game losing streak since losing six straight in 2009.
• Baylor is also looking to avoid its first three-game home losing streak since losing to UT, KU and OU in 2009.
• Baylor is 68-14 at home since 2009-10, posting an .829 winning percentage.
• 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 has won 18 of its last 24 games overall, with four of the six losses against ranked teams.
• Baylor has out-shot 15 of 19 opponents this season and has been out-rebounded only three times in 19 games.
• Nine Baylor players average 12+ minutes per game, and Baylor's bench is averaging 30.4 points per game, while holding opposing benches to 15.7 points per game, providing the difference in BU's 8.5 average scoring margin.
• Baylor leads the Big 12 in 3-point percentage (38.9), rebounding margin (+8.6), offensive rebounds (14.5) and offensive rebounding percentage (42.7), and BU ranks 2nd in rebounding defense (30.9).
• 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. 41 RPI and No. 25 SOS as of Jan 26.
• Baylor has started the season 13-6 or better through its first 19 games in each of last seven seasons.
• Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 157-75 (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 more Big 12 wins in the last seven years (54-52) than its first 11 years in the league combined (45-131).
• Baylor fell out of the AP Top 25 this week, snapping a 12-week stretch of being ranked.
• 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.
• 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.
• The West Virginia game will be Baylor's 85th consecutive televised contest.
• Through games of Jan. 26, Baylor ranked 5th nationally in offensive rebound percentage (40.2%) and 10th in total rebound percentage (57.8).
• 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.
• Baylor has the Big 12's 2nd-longest active streak with at least one 3-point FG made in 713 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 (82-29) is 5th on Baylor's career wins list and has the highest winning percentage (.739) 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 336th game at Baylor (191-144). His .570 winning percentage is best in BU history among coaches with four or more seasons, and his teams have a .677 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).
• Tuesday's game is the 4th all-time series meeting between Baylor and West Virginia.
• Baylor won all three previous meetings. The Bears beat WVU 83-81 in OT in the 2011 Las Vegas Classic championship game on Dec. 23, 2011, and BU won both games during WVU's inaugural Big 12 season last year.
• Rico Gathers scored a career-high 22 points and grabbed 9 rebounds in 22 minutes off the bench when the teams met in Waco last season.
• Isaiah Austin blocked a last-second three-point attempt that could've tied the game in Morgantown last year. He finished with 21 points, 6 rebounds and 3 blocks in 34 minutes.
A WIN WOULD ...
• Mark the seventh straight season that Baylor has started 14-6 or better through its first 20 games.
• Prevent Baylor from having its first five-game losing streak since losing six straight in 2009 (Jan. 24-Feb. 11).
• Improve Baylor's all-time record against West Virginia to 4-0.
• Prevent BU from dropping five 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 42-46 in the month of January in the Drew era, including a 27-14 record since 2009-10.
• Move Cory Jefferson (82-29) past Josh Lomers (82-47) for sole possession of 5th on Baylor's career wins list.
• Place Jefferson (29-22) 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 94 points on only 64 field goal attempts in his last eight games. He has made his first two career starts in the last two games.
• Prince has already scored more points this season (156) than all of last season (88), and he's grabbed more rebounds (65) than all of last year (52).
• Rico Gathers has scored in double figures in six of his last 10 games after scoring in double figures just five times in his first 47 career games. He's averaging 9.6 points and 8.3 rebounds over the last 12 contests.
• Gathers leads the nation in offensive rebounding percentage (22.1), meaning he rebounds 22.1% of Baylor's missed field goal attempts when he's in the game.
• Kenny Chery has posted a 2-to-1 or better assist-to-turnover ratio in 13 of the last 14 games.
• Chery has 38 assists and 11 turnovers in his last eight games, and he ranks 2nd in the Big 12 with a 2.6 assist-to-turnover ratio on the season.
• Cory Jefferson has scored in double figures in 22 of his last 26 games. He is expected to start his 57th 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 15 of 17 games this season in which he's attempted at least three treys. He holds the program record with a .430 career 3FG% and ranks 4th with 235 career 3-pointers made.
• Heslip is also one of the nation's least turnover-prone players, averaging one turnover every 60.9 minutes played.
• Isaiah Austin has scored in double figures in 11 of his last 13 starts, including a season-high 16 points at KU.
• Austin attempted only seven 3-pointers in this season's first 16 games, but he's 6-of-13 from 3-point range in his last three, including a 4-for-8 performance at Kansas -- his previous career best was two treys made in a game.
• Royce O'Neale has multiple assists in 15 of 19 games and 21 assists and 8 turnovers over the last eight games.
• Ish Wainright has 15 assists and 3 turnovers in 88 minutes played over his last seven 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 39.4% of his 3-pointers over the last 46 games (56-of-142). 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 6 of the last 15 games after doing so just twice in 68 previous games at BU.
KEYS TO VICTORY
• Baylor is 10-0 when recording more assists than its opponent and 3-6 when posting equal/fewer assists.
• BU is 13-2 when holding opponents under 50% shooting and 0-4 when allowing 50% or better.
• The Bears are 11-3 this season when blocking four shots or more, and 2-3 when recording three or fewer blocks.
• Baylor is 10-2 when attempting fewer than 20 3-pointers and 3-4 when shooting 20+ treys.
• BU is 11-1 when holding opponents under 70 points and 2-5 when allowing 70+ points. Conversely, BU is 9-2 when scoring 70+ points and 4-4 when being held under 70 points.
• Baylor is 11-2 when recording more points in the paint than opponents and 2-4 with equal/fewer points in paint.
CHERY PICKING HIS SPOTS
• Point guard Kenny Chery ranks 2nd in the Big 12 in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.6) and 3rd in assists (5.1/gm).
• Chery has posted a 2-to-1 or better assist-to-turnover ratio in 13 of the last 14 games.
• He's recorded 38 assists and only 11 turnovers in his last eight games.
PRINCE EMERGING WITH DOUBLED PLAYING TIME
• Sophomore forward Taurean Prince has already played 123 minutes in Big 12 play this season after playing only 42 minutes in conference games last year, including 10 DNPs.
• Over the last eight games, Prince has scored 94 points (11.8 ppg) on only 64 field goal attempts.
• Prior to earning his first career start at Kansas on Jan. 20, Prince had been Baylor's highest-scoring player off the bench in seven of the previous 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 (10.4) despite ranking 8th in minutes (20.1).
• Sophomore power forward Rico Gathers has been labeled one of the nation's best frontcourt reserves.
• Gathers leads the nation in offensive rebound percentage (22.1%) and leads the Big 12 in offensive boards (3.5/gm).
• Gathers has scored in double figures in six of the last 10 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 10 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 19 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 30.4 ppg, which is 14.7 points better than opposing benches are averaging against the Bears (15.7). Those points are the difference behind BU's 8.5 average scoring margin.
• Brady Heslip (22.4 mpg) has come off the bench in every game, while Rico Gathers (17.9 mpg) has come off the bench in all but one game and Taurean Prince (17.6 mpg) came off the bench in each of the first 17 games.
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 .570 winning percentage is the best ever by a Baylor coach with four or more years at the helm.
FRANKLIN AND HESLIP PROVIDING 3-POINT THREAT
• Gary Franklin and Brady Heslip rank among Big 12 leaders in 3-point shooting, providing the punch behind Baylor's Big 12-best 38.9% 3-point shooting as a team.
• Heslip ranks 2nd in the league in 3-point FG percentage (.464) and 3rd in 3FGs made per game (2.7).
• Franklin ranks 7th in the Big 12 in 3-point FG percentage (.387) and 10th in 3-pointers made per game (1.5).
• Heslip's 43.0% career 3-point shooting is the best in program history (min. 200 attempts), and with 235 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 39.4% of his 3-point attempts over his last 46 games (56-of-142) -- he started his Baylor career shooting 30.4% from downtown through his first 37 games (25-of-82).
• Sophomore center Isaiah Austin leads the Big 12 in blocks per game (2.8), which is a significant improvement from his 1.7 blocks per game from a season ago, despite playing 4.2 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 1.1 3-point attempts per game after shooting 90 treys in 35 games last year. He's also improved his free throw shooting from .634 to .721.
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 (146), 5th in career blocks per game (1.30), 5th in career wins (82), 5th in career Big 12 wins (29) and 7th in career field goal percentage (.568).
• Jefferson has scored in double figures in 22 of his last 25 games dating back to the 2012-13 season.
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 1.32 blocks per game.
• Jefferson's 146 blocks are 3rd-most in BU history and 31 behind Quincy Acy (177) in 2nd place, while Austin is 6th with 111 blocks, and needs 23 more to pass Ekpe Udoh (133) for 5th place.
WINNING BATTLE OF THE BOARDS
• BU has been out-rebounded just three times in 19 games this season.
• The Bears have grabbed 40+ rebounds in 10 games, and with wins in eight of those 10, BU is now 72-19 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 (8.3), Rico Gathers (7.5) and Isaiah Austin (5.7) combine to average 21.6 rebounds per game, including 7.9 offensive rebounds per game.
• Gathers is one of the nation's most efficient rebounders, grabbing one rebound every 2.49 minutes for an average of 16.1 rebounds per 40 minutes. He leads the nation with a 22.1 offensive rebound percentage.
RECENT SUCCESS IN THE BIG 12
• Baylor is 54-52 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.
• 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 157-75 (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.
BAYLOR UNRANKED FOR FIRST TIME ALL SEASON
• Baylor fell out of this week's AP Top 25, marking the first time all season the Bears haven't been ranked.
• The Bears were ranked for 12 consecutive weeks and reached as high as No. 7 in the poll on Jan. 6.
• Baylor has now been ranked in each of the last seven seasons - a total of 61 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).
• The Bears head back out on the road when they travel to Oklahoma State on Saturday for a 1 p.m. tipoff on ESPN. BU is seeking its first win in a true road game this season (0-3).
• Baylor went 1-2 against Oklahoma State last season, and both losses were decided by 2 points. Baylor defeated OSU 64-54 in Waco on ESPN Big Monday (Jan. 21), but the Bears lost 69-67 in OT in Stillwater on Feb. 6.
• Baylor trailed by 20 points at halftime against OSU in the Big 12 Championship (March 14). After a late rally the Bears had a shot to win at the buzzer, but Pierre Jackson's 3-pointer missed and the Bears fell 74-72.