|Baylor (14-5, 5-1) vs. Oklahoma (13-5, 4-2)
Jan. 29, 2013 | 6:00 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
TV: ESPNU & WatchESPN | Radio: ESPN Central Texas 1660 AM, Sirius 128, XM 191
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• Wednesday's game will be televised on ESPNU with Mitch Holthus (pxp) and Matt Doherty (analyst) serving as talent.
• Wednesday is the 48th series meeting between Baylor and OU. The Bears are 5-2 in their last 7 games against the Sooners.
• With a win vs. OU, Baylor would have its best-ever start to Big 12 play and its best conference start since 1968-69 (6-1 in SWC).
• Baylor is 21-7 in Big 12 home games since the start of the 2010 conference season.
• Baylor has won 13 straight games against founding members of the Big 12 South Division (UT, TTU, A&M, OU, OSU).
• Baylor is 53-9 at home since the start of the 2009-10 season and 79-18 at home since the start of the 2007-08 season.
• Baylor has more Big 12 wins in the last 5+ seasons (49-39) then its first 11 years in the league combined (45-131).
• Baylor leads the Big 12 in scoring defense (56.3), blocks (6.0), rebounding (39.5) and 3-point defense (24.1%) in conference play.
• Baylor is 135-60 since the start of the 2007-08 season, including four 20-win seasons in the last five years. The Bears had the exact same number of wins in the first 11 seasons of the Big 12 Conference (135-176).
• Baylor has accounted for 27% of the 70 double-doubles by Big 12 players this season (19-of-70). Isaiah Austin (7) and Cory Jefferson (6) each have more double-doubles this season than 6 Big 12 teams (WVU-5, TCU-4, UT-3, OSU-2, OU-2, KSU-2).
• Pierre Jackson has scored in double figures in 26 straight games, averaging 18.3 points and 6.0 assists per game during the streak.
• Jackson has made a 3FG in 30 consecutive games, which is the 2nd-longest streak in program history (LaceDarius Dunn-45).
• Jackson leads the Big 12 in scoring (18.7/gm), ranks 2nd in assists (5.9/gm), 4th in steals (1.7/gm) and 5th in AST/TO ratio (1.7).
• Jackson also ranks 3rd in the Big 12 in 3FGM (2.4/gm), 4th in minutes (33.4), 6th in FT% (80.0) and 7th in 3FG% (37.3).
• Jackson needs 2 steals to become the 16th player in program history with 100+ career steals. He ranks 5th with 1.75 steals/gm.
• Three Baylor players are in the Big 12's top 12 in scoring -- Jackson (1st, 18.7), Austin (6th, 14.5) and Jefferson (12th, 12.8).
• Jefferson also leads the Big 12 in FG percentage (59.2), ranks 2nd in blocks (2.3/gm) and 3rd in rebounding (8.4/gm).
• Jefferson has scored 243 points in 19 games this season after scoring 148 points in 55 games over his first two seasons.
• Austin leads all Big 12 true freshmen in scoring (14.5), rebounding (8.8) and FG percentage (50.2).
• Austin ranks 2nd in the Big 12 in rebounding (8.8), 2nd in double-doubles (7), 2nd in FG percentage (50.2) and 6th in scoring (14.5).
• Brady Heslip has made a 3FG in 51 of 56 games in his career. He has 36 games with 2+ 3FG and 23 with 3+ 3FG.
• Heslip is tied for 10th on Baylor's all-time 3-point FGs made list (138) -- he needs 6 3FGs to tie Willie Sublett (144) for 9th.
• A.J. Walton ranks 3rd in the Big 12 in AST/TO ratio (2.0), 3rd in steals (1.8/gm) and 7th in assists (4.1/gm).
• Walton (89-34) needs 2 more wins to tie former teammate Anthony Jones (91-38) for 2nd place on Baylor's all-time wins list.
• Walton needs 3 assists to become the 5th player in program history with 400+ career assists.
• Rico Gathers has recorded 10+ rebounds in all 5 games in which he's played 18+ minutes this season.
• Gathers ranks 4th in the Big 12 in with 8.5 rebs/gm in league play. His 6.0 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 (76/3), scoring margin (+13.8), field goal percentage (46.2), 3-point field goal percentage (36.2), rebounding (39.0) and assist-to-turnover ratio (1.2).
• Baylor has the Big 12's 2nd-longest active streak with at least one 3-point field goal made in 676 consecutive games.
• Wednesday is the 48th series meeting and the 34th in the Big 12 era. Oklahoma leads the series 37-10, with all five of Baylor's Big 12 series wins coming since 2009-10.
• Baylor is looking to win three games in a row against Oklahoma for the third time in the all-time series. The Bears also won three in a row in 1953-54 and in 2010-11, but the Bears have never won four consecutive games against the Sooners.
• Baylor has won five of the last seven series meetings after snapping a 30-game losing streak against the Sooners. Baylor's last win before the 30-game losing streak was on Dec. 6, 1977, and the Bears' snapped the streak on Jan. 9, 2010.
• Wednesday's game will be televised on ESPNU at 6 p.m. CT. It's the 12th of a school-record 21 regular season games the Bears will play on ESPN networks this season. Mitch Holthus (play-by-play) and Matt Doherty (analyst) will serve as talent.
A WIN WOULD ...
• Be Scott Drew's 170th career victory as Baylor head coach -- 31 shy of Bill Henderson's Baylor record.
• Mark the first time the Bears have had a 6-1 or better record through their first 7 Big 12 games.
• Be the first time the Bears have had a 6-1 or better record through their first 7 conference games since starting 6-1 in Southwest Conference play in 1968-69.
• Improve Baylor's record to 136-60 since the start of the 2007-08 season, surpassing its number of wins from the Big 12's first 11 seasons combined (135-176).
• Give Baylor a 50-39 record in Big 12 games since 2007-08, 5 more wins than the Bears had in the Big 12's first 11 years (45-131).
• Make Baylor 6-2 in its last 8 games against Oklahoma. That stretch started with Baylor snapping a 30-game losing streak vs. OU.
• Give Baylor a 3-game winning streak against OU for the 3rd time in program history.
• Improve Baylor's record to 40-40 in the month of January in the Drew era, including a 25-9 record over the last 4 seasons.
• Give Baylor a 15-5 or better record through its first 20 games for the 5th time in the last 6 seasons.
STEPPING UP DEFENSE IN BIG 12 PLAY
• Baylor leads the Big 12 in scoring defense in conference play, allowing just 56.3 points per game.
• The Bears also lead the Big 12 with 6.0 blocks per game, 39.5 rebounds per game and a 24.1% 3-point defense in league play.
• Baylor defeated TCU by 26 points on Jan. 26, handing TCU its largest defeat of the season.
• 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.
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 13 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.
PILING UP WINS AGAINST HISTORIC RIVALS
• Baylor went a perfect 10-0 against former Big 12 South Division members in 2011-12. The Bears swept Oklahoma and Oklahoma State for the first time in program history, they swept Texas and Texas A&M in the same season for the first time since 1970-71, and BU swept Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech in the same season for the first time ever.
• Baylor now has a 13-game winning streak against former Big 12 South teams after beating Texas (1/5/13), Texas Tech (1/8/13) and Oklahoma State (1/21/13) this season.
BAYLOR'S RECENT SUCCESS IN THE BIG 12
• Baylor is 49-39 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.
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
• Baylor is 53-9 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 79-18 in the last 5-plus seasons at home, an .814 winning percentage.
JACKSON'S DOUBLE-FIGURE STREAK REACHES 26
• Pierre Jackson has scored in double figures in 26 straight games, averaging 18.3 points and 6.0 assists per game during the streak.
• Jackson's is the Big 12's longest active double-figure scoring streak, 9 ahead of the next closest -- Kansas' Travis Releford (17).
• Jackson has scored 475 points and dished out 157 assists during the 26-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.
• Freshman Isaiah Austin has shown significant improvement over his last 10 games played.
• Austin has scored in double figures in 10 straight games, averaging 15.7 points, 9.9 rebounds and 1.9 blocks during the streak.
• Prior to the 10-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 10 games.
• Kevin Durant (Texas) and Michael Beasley (Kansas State) are the only other Big 12 freshmen to reach those numbers in a game.
• Freshman Rico Gathers has recorded at least 10 rebounds in all 5 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 14th in the Big 12 with 6.0 rebounds per game, which trails only teammate Isaiah Austin (8.8) among freshmen.
• Gathers is 4th in the Big 12 with 2.7 offensive rebounds per game, despite playing just 16.7 minutes per game.
• In Big 12 play, Gathers ranks 4th in the league with 8.5 rebounds per game and 3rd with 3.3 offensive rebounds per game.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES ALL AROUND
• Baylor has accounted for 27% of the double-doubles by Big 12 players this season (19-of-70) -- Baylor 19, Iowa State 15, Kansas 11, Texas Tech 7, West Virginia 5, TCU 4, Texas 3, Oklahoma State 2, Oklahoma 2, Kansas State 2.
• Isaiah Austin (7) and Cory Jefferson (6) each have more double-doubles than 6 Big 12 teams (WVU, TCU, UT, OSU, OU, KSU).
• Rico Gathers (3), 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 7 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.
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 19 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 19 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).
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 10 games after recording 1 in his first 7 games played.
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 30-game streak dating back to the last 12 games of the 2011-12 season, which is 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.
WALTON 3RD ON BAYLOR WINS CHART, JEFFERSON 2 SHY OF TOP 10
• Senior G A.J. Walton is now 2 wins behind former teammate Anthony Jones (91) for 2nd on Baylor's all-time wins list.
• Walton has a .724 career winning percentage in games played (89-34), which is best among players in Baylor's top 10 in wins.
• Cory Jefferson (60) needs 2 more wins to tie Henry Dugat (62) for 10th on the Bears' career wins list.
• Jefferson has an .811 career winning percentage in career games played (60-14).
BAYLOR ONLY UNRANKED TEAM FROM TOP-8 RPI CONFERENCE WITH 1 LOSS
• There are 12 teams in the nation's top-8 RPI conferences (Big Ten, Mountain West, Big East, ACC, Big 12, Pac 12, Atlantic 10, SEC, according to WarrenNolan.com) with 0 or 1 conference losses, and Baylor is the only one currently unranked.
• Michigan (6-1), Indiana (6-1), New Mexico (4-1), Syracuse (6-1), Marquette (6-1), Miami (6-0), Kansas (7-0), Oregon (7-0), Butler (4-1), Ole Miss (6-0) and Florida (6-0) are all ranked in both the AP and coaches' polls.
DOMINATING POINTS IN THE PAINT
• Despite losing three frontcourt players to the 2012 NBA Draft, Baylor is averaging 35.6 points in the paint per game this season, and the Bears are holding opponents to 28.6 PIP per game.
• Frontcourt players Cory Jefferson (8.9 PIP/game), Isaiah Austin (8.7 PIP/game) and Rico Gathers (4.6 PIP/game) do most of the damage, along with point guard Pierre Jackson (5.1 PIP/game) and guard A.J. Walton (3.5 PIP/game).
• Jefferson has scored double figure points in the paint in 10 of 19 games, while Austin has done so in 7 of 17 games.
• Baylor set a Scott Drew era record with 68 points in the paint in its season-opening win against Lehigh.
JACKSON NAMED BIG 12 PLAYER OF THE WEEK (JAN. 27)
• Pierre Jackson was named Big 12 Player of the Week on Jan. 27, marking his first career Player of the Week honor.
• Jackson earned Big 12 Rookie of the Week three times last season, and his Player of the Week honor makes him one of seven players in program history to earn both Big 12 Rookie and Player of the Week honors.
• Jackson led Baylor to wins vs. Oklahoma State (18 pts, 3 assts) and at TCU (20 pts, 5 assts) during the week.
• Cory Jefferson (Nov. 12) was previously named Player of the Week this season, and combined with Jackson, the Bears have had multiple Player of the Week honorees in four of the last five seasons after doing so only once in the league's first 12 years.
• The Bears have had 12 Big 12 Player of the Week winners in the last six seasons after earning just seven such honors in the Big 12's first 11 years.
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 141 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 needs to average 11.8 points per game over the next 12 games to reach 1,000 points prior to the postseason.
• 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.
UNDEFEATED WHEN OUT-REBOUNDING OPPONENT
• The Bears are 11-0 this season and 123-32 during the Scott Drew era when outrebounding their opponent.
• Baylor is 8-2 this season and 62-15 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 out-rebound the opponent.
• Isaiah Austin (2nd, 8.8 rpg) and Cory Jefferson (3rd, 8.4 rpg) both rank in the Big 12's top 5 in rebounding.
• Rico Gathers is 14th in the Big 12 in rebounding (6.0) and 4th in offensive rebounding (2.7/game), despite averaging 16.7 minutes.
JEFFERSON CLIMBING BLOCKS CHART
• Cory Jefferson (89) needs 10 blocks to move past Alex Holcombe (98) for 7th on Baylor's all-time list.
• Jefferson needs 11 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 8-4 this season and 83-120 in the Drew era when missing more shots than they make.
• The same goes for holding opponents under 50% -- Baylor is 14-3 this season (164-62 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.
DREW CLIMBING BAYLOR CAREER WINS CHART
• Scott Drew currently ranks 2nd in Baylor history with 169 career wins as the Bears' head coach. Drew needs 32 wins to tie Bill Henderson (201) for the all-time wins record.
• Drew's .567 winning percentage is the best ever by a Baylor coach with four or more years at the helm. He ranks fourth overall, trailing only Ralph Glaze (.788; 1910-13), Enoch Mills (.655; 1908-10) and Darrel Johnson (.593; 1992-94).
• Drew is tied with Kansas' Bill Self as the Big 12 Conference's second-longest tenured head coach. Drew, who enters his 10th season at Baylor in 2011-12, is second only to Texas' Rick Barnes, who enters his 15th season in Austin.
• Baylor heads back out on the road to face Iowa State at 7 p.m. Saturday in Ames, Iowa. The game will be televised on ESPN2.
• The Bears will be looking for their first-ever win in Ames after dropping each of their previous 10 games on ISU's home court.