|Baylor (13-7, 1-6) at 8/10 Oklahoma State (16-4, 4-3)
Feb. 1, 2014 | 1:00 p.m. CT
Stillwater, Okla. | Gallagher-Iba Arena (13,611)
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• Saturday is the 73rd all-time meeting between Baylor and OSU, a series that dates back to 1917-18.
• BU is 3-16 all-time against ranked Oklahoma State teams and 4-25 against OSU in games played in Stillwater.
• Last season, Baylor beat OSU by 10 points in Waco (Jan. 21), lost an OT game in Stillwater by 2 points (Feb. 6) and rallied from a 20-point halftime deficit before losing by 2 against OSU at the Big 12 Championship (March 14).
• Baylor is 8-6 in its last 14 games against OSU -- the Bears had lost 18 of 19 in the series before that stretch.
• Baylor is looking to avoid its first six-game losing streak since losing six straight in 2009.
• 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 18-7 in its last 25 games, with four of the seven losses against ranked teams.
• Baylor has out-shot 16 of 20 opponents this season and has been out-rebounded only three times in 20 games.
• Nine Baylor players average 12+ minutes per game, and Baylor's bench is averaging 30.2 points per game, while holding opposing benches to 15.9 points per game, providing the difference in BU's 8.0 average scoring margin.
• Baylor is 2-38 all-time in road games against AP top 10-ranked teams; the wins were at No. 6 Texas in 2010 and at No. 8 Kentucky last season. BU is 11-72 all-time against AP top-10 teams (5-17 since 2009-10).
• 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 15-35 against AP ranked teams since 2007-08 after going 17-122 vs. ranked opponents in its first 101 seasons.
• Baylor is 20-33 in Big 12 road games over the last seven seasons after going 8-80 over the league's first 11 years.
• Baylor leads the Big 12 in 3-point percentage (39.6), rebounding margin (+8.7), offensive rebounds (14.3) and offensive rebounding percentage (42.4), and BU ranks 2nd in rebounding defense (30.8).
• Baylor is 5-2 this season in games decided by 5 points or less or in OT -- BU was 3-8 in those games last year.
• Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 157-76 (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 (54-53) 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.
• According to RealTimeRPI.com, Baylor has the nation's No. 64 RPI and No. 26 SOS as of Jan 30.
• 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 Oklahoma State game will be Baylor's 86th consecutive televised contest.
• Baylor ranks 6th nationally in offensive rebound percentage (39.9%) and 14th in total rebound percentage (55.4).
• 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 714 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 (82-30) is 5th on Baylor's career wins list and has the highest winning percentage (.732) in BU history.
• Head coach Scott Drew is coaching his 337th game at Baylor (191-145). His .568 winning percentage is best in BU history among coaches with four or more seasons, and his teams have a .674 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).
• Saturday's game is the 73rd all-time meeting between Baylor and Oklahoma State.
• Baylor is 8-6 in its last 14 games against OSU dating back to the team's second meeting in 2007. Prior to the recent 14-game stretch, BU had lost 18 of 19 games against Oklahoma State.
• Baylor is 4-25 all-time in Stillwater, with wins in 1959, 1972, 2003 and 2012.
• The Bears are 3-16 all-time against ranked Oklahoma State teams -- BU beat No. 20 OSU in Waco in 1958, defeated No. 25 OSU in Waco in 1998 and won against No. 13 OSU in Stillwater in 2003.
• BU went 1-2 against Oklahoma State last season. The Bears notched a 10-point victory at home on Jan. 21, then lost by two in overtime in Stillwater on Feb. 4. BU rallied from a 20-point deficit before losing by two against OSU in the Big 12 Championship on March 14 -- Pierre Jackson missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.
A WIN WOULD ...
• Improve Baylor's all-time record in road games against AP top 10 teams to 3-38.
• Be the seventh straight season Baylor has defeated multiple AP Top-25 ranked teams.
• Prevent Baylor from having its first six-game losing streak since losing six straight in 2009 (Jan. 24-Feb. 11).
• Prevent BU from dropping six 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.
• Give BU its first true road win of the season (1-3).
• Improve Baylor's all-time record against Oklahoma State to 21-52, including a 9-6 mark in the last 15 meetings.
• Be Baylor's 16th win vs. an AP Top 25 team in the last seven seasons (16-35); BU was 17-122 vs. ranked opponents in its first 101 seasons of basketball.
• Improve Baylor's record to 31-49 in the month of February in the Drew era, including a 20-14 record since 2010.
• Move Cory Jefferson (82-30) past Josh Lomers (82-47) for sole possession of 5th on Baylor's career wins list.
• Place Jefferson (29-23) 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 105 points on only 69 field goal attempts in his last nine games.
• Prince has already scored almost twice as many points this season (167) than all of last season (88), and he's grabbed more rebounds (68) than all of last year (52).
• Rico Gathers has scored in double figures in six of his last 11 games after scoring in double figures just five times in his first 47 career games. He's averaging 9.5 points and 8.6 rebounds over the last 13 contests.
• Gathers leads the nation in offensive rebounding percentage (21.3), meaning he rebounds 21.3% 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 14 of the last 15 games.
• Chery has 42 assists and 13 turnovers in his last nine games, and he ranks 3rd 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 27 games, but he's gone two straight games without scoring in double figures since Feb. 23 and Feb. 27 last season.
• 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 16 of 18 games this season in which he's attempted at least three treys. He holds the program record with a .432 career 3FG% and ranks 4th with 239 career 3-pointers made.
• Heslip is ranked No. 2 nationally in offensive rating (143.32) behind only OSU's Phil Forte (143.44). He is also one of the nation's least turnover-prone players, averaging one turnover every 65.7 minutes played.
• Isaiah Austin attempted only seven 3-pointers in this season's first 16 games, but he's 7-of-15 from 3-point range in his last four games, including a 4-for-8 performance at Kansas.
• Austin has gone consecutive games without scoring in double figures for just the second time in his career. He did so on Feb. 2 and Feb. 6 last season, then bounced back with 13 points, 13 boards and 4 blocks in the next game.
• Royce O'Neale has multiple assists in 15 of 20 games and 21 assists and 11 turnovers over the last nine games.
• Ish Wainright has 15 assists and 3 turnovers in 93 minutes played over his last nine 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 39.3% of his 3-pointers over the last 47 games (57-of-145). 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 16 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 3-7 when posting equal/fewer assists.
• BU is 13-3 when holding opponents under 50% shooting and 0-4 when allowing 50% or better.
• The Bears are 11-4 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 3-5 when shooting 20+ treys.
• BU is 11-2 when holding opponents under 70 points and 2-5 when allowing 70+ points. Conversely, BU is 9-2 when scoring 70+ points and 4-5 when being held under 70 points.
• Baylor is 11-2 when recording more points in the paint than opponents and 2-5 with equal/fewer points in paint.
MISSED FREE THROWS COSTLY IN PAIR OF LOSSES
• During Baylor's current 5-game losing streak, two of the losses were by 2 points, and BU shot a combined 55.8% (24-of-43) at the free throw line in those games.
• BU lost 66-64 against Oklahoma on Jan. 18, and the Bears went 10-of-20 at the line in that game.
• BU fell 66-64 against West Virginia on Jan. 28, and the Bears went 14-of-23 at the line in that contest. Baylor also committed 17 turnovers vs. WVU and trailed 18-0 in points off turnovers.
CHERY PICKING HIS SPOTS
• Point guard Kenny Chery ranks 3rd in the Big 12 in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.6) and 4th in assists (5.0/gm).
• Chery has posted a 2-to-1 or better assist-to-turnover ratio in 14 of the last 15 games.
• He's recorded 42 assists and only 13 turnovers in his last nine games.
PRINCE EMERGING WITH DOUBLED PLAYING TIME
• Sophomore forward Taurean Prince has already played 142 minutes in Big 12 play this season after playing only 42 minutes in conference games last year, including 10 DNPs.
• Over the last nine games, Prince has scored 105 points (11.7 ppg) on only 69 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 (10.7) despite ranking 8th in minutes (20.9).
• Sophomore power forward Rico Gathers has been labeled one of the nation's best frontcourt reserves.
• Gathers leads the nation in offensive rebound percentage (21.3%) and offensive rebounds per minute (0.19), and he ranks 3rd nationally in total rebounds per minute (0.42). Gathers' 21.3% ORB% is higher than Dennis Rodman's best season (20.8% in 1994-95) during The Worm's 14-year NBA career.
• Gathers has played 1,000 career minutes and grabbed 365 rebounds (0.365/minute). By comparison, Rodman played 1,155 minutes and had 332 rebounds (0.287/minute) in his rookie season with the Detroit Pistons.
• Gathers has scored in double figures in six of the last 11 games, surpassing his number of double-figure scoring games from his previous 46 collegiate games (six).
DEPTH ON DISPLAY
• Baylor has used a nine-man rotation in each of its first 20 games, with all nine players averaging 12+ minutes.
• Over the last 10 games, eight Baylor players are averaging at least 20 minutes per game. Five of those players are averaging between 9.6 and 10.9 points per game over the last 10 contests.
• BU's bench is averaging 30.2 ppg, which is 14.3 points better than opposing benches are averaging against the Bears (15.9). Those points are the difference behind BU's 8.0 average scoring margin.
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 39.6% 3-point shooting as a team.
• Heslip ranks 2nd in the league in 3-point FG percentage (.475) and in 3FGs made per game (2.8).
• Heslip's 43.2% career 3-point shooting is the best in program history (min. 200 attempts), and with 239 career treys, he ranks 4th on Baylor's all-time list. Next up is Aundre Branch in 3rd place at 267.
• Heslip ranks 2nd nationally in offensive rating (143.32) behind only OSU's Phil Forte (143.44).
• Franklin ranks 7th in the Big 12 in 3-point FG percentage (.385) and 13th in 3-pointers made per game (1.5).
• Franklin has improved his 3-point shooting each season at BU. He shot .333 (18-of-54) from 3-point range in 2011-12, jumped to .358 (34-of-95) last season and is currently at .385 (30-of-78) this year.
• Both players do most of their damage from long range, with 81.8% of Heslip's career made field goals from downtown (239-of-292) and 77.4% of Franklin's field goals made coming from 3-point range (82-of-106).
• Sophomore center Isaiah Austin leads 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 4.2 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 .714, and he's reduced his fouls committed from 2.31 per game as a freshman to 1.95 per game this season.
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 (148), 5th in career blocks per game (1.32), 5th in career wins (82), 5th in career Big 12 wins (29) and 9th in career field goal percentage (.565).
• Jefferson has scored in double figures in 22 of his last 27 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 20 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.
• The Bears' frontcourt trio of Cory Jefferson (8.2), Rico Gathers (7.7) and Isaiah Austin (5.7) combine to average 21.7 rebounds per game, including 7.8 offensive rebounds per game.
• Gathers leads the nation in offensive rebounds per minute (0.19) and ranks 3rd in total rebounds per minute (0.42).
RECENT SUCCESS IN THE BIG 12
• Baylor is 54-53 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 .568 winning percentage is the best ever by a Baylor coach with four or more years at the helm.
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 (20-33).
• 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 0-3 in Big 12 road contests this season.
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 17 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.
• 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 157-76 (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.
• The Bears return home to host Kansas at 6 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN.
• Baylor is 2-2 in its last four games against Kansas, including an 81-58 win over No. 4 KU when the teams met in Waco on March 9 last season. Cory Jefferson had 25 points on 11-of-13 shooting in that game.
• Baylor trailed 37-35 at halftime when the teams met in Lawrence on Jan. 20 this season, and BU cut the deficit to 1 point with 15:30 left in the game, but Kansas pulled away for a 78-68 victory.