|Baylor (14-7, 2-6) vs. 8/9 Kansas (16-5, 7-1)
Feb. 4, 2014 | 6:00 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
Web Video: WatchESPN
Radio: ESPN Central Texas
| Baylor Radio | Gametracker | Tickets | BU Notes | KU Notes
Tuesday is the 25th meeting between Baylor and Kansas. KU leads 20-4, but the teams have split the last four.
Baylor is looking to win back-to-back games against AP-ranked teams for the first time in program history -- the Bears are 0-6 all-time when facing a ranked opponent the first game after defeating a ranked team.
BU trailed 43-42 with 15:30 remaining, but Kansas pulled away for a 78-68 win when the teams met on Jan. 20.
Last season, Baylor beat Kansas 81-58 in Waco on March 9, and BU lost at KU 61-44 on Jan. 14.
Baylor is the nation's only team to beat Kansas during both the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.
Baylor is 2-8 against KU in Waco, but the wins were vs. top-10 Kansas teams (No. 6 in 2001, No. 4 in 2013).
Baylor is 53-3 when leading at the half since 2011-12 -- 10-1 in 2013-14, 17-1 in 2012-13 and 26-1 in 2011-12.
Baylor has won 13 of its last 16 home games, but the Bears have lost their last three games at the Ferrell Center.
Baylor is looking to avoid its first four-game home losing streak since losing six straight at home in 2005.
Baylor is 68-15 at home since 2009-10, posting an .819 winning percentage.
Baylor is 19-7 in its last 26 games, with four of the seven losses against ranked teams.
Baylor has out-shot 17 of 21 opponents this season and has been out-rebounded only three times in 21 games.
Nine Baylor players average 12+ minutes per game, and Baylor's bench is averaging 29.7 points per game, while holding opponents to 15.2 bench points per game. BU's bench has out-scored opposing benches in 18 of 21 games.
With Saturday's win, Baylor has now won multiple games against AP Top 25 teams for a 7th straight season.
16 of Baylor's 33 all-time wins versus AP Top 25 teams have come in the last seven seasons. BU is 16-35 against AP ranked teams since 2007-08 after going 17-122 vs. ranked opponents in its first 101 seasons.
Baylor leads the Big 12 in 3-point percentage (40.1), rebounding margin (+8.6) and offensive rebound percentage (.419). In Big 12 play, BU leads the league in offensive (.395) and defensive (.716) rebounding percentage.
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 158-76 (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 (55-53) than its first 11 years in the league combined (45-131).
Head coach Scott Drew is seeking his 193rd win at Baylor, which would place him eight 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 Kansas game will be Baylor's 87th consecutive televised contest.
Baylor ranks 8th nationally in offensive rebound percentage (39.4%) 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 715 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 (83-30) is 5th on Baylor's career wins list and has the highest winning percentage (.735) in BU history.
Head coach Scott Drew is coaching his 338th game at Baylor (192-145). His .570 winning percentage is best in BU history among coaches with four or more seasons, and his teams have a .675 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 is the 25th all-time series meeting between Baylor and Kansas. Baylor trails 4-20 in the series.
Baylor has defeated Kansas in two of the last four meetings, winning vs. No 4 KU in Waco last season and at the 2012 Big 12 Championship against No. 3 Kansas.
Baylor is the nation's only team to defeat Kansas in both the 2011-12 and 2012-13 seasons.
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 ...
Give Baylor wins against AP Top-10 teams in back-to-back games for the first time in program history.
Make Baylor the only team to beat Kansas in each of the last three seasons.
Prevent Baylor from having its first four-game home losing streak since losing six straight at home in 2005.
Be Scott Drew's 193rd career win as Baylor head coach -- eight shy of Bill Henderson's school record.
Improve Baylor's all-time record against Kansas to 5-20, including a 3-2 mark in the five most recent games.
Be Baylor's 17th win vs. an AP Top 25 team in the last seven seasons (17-35); BU was 17-122 vs. ranked opponents in its first 101 seasons of basketball.
Improve Baylor's all-time record against AP Top 10 teams to 13-72, including 7-23 in home games.
Improve Baylor's record to 32-49 in the month of February in the Drew era, including a 21-14 record since 2010.
Make Baylor 20-7 in its last 27 games dating back to 2012-13, with four of the seven losses to ranked teams.
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 his last 15 games played.
He's recorded 42 assists and only 13 turnovers in his last nine games.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Taurean Prince has combined for 108 points on only 71 field goal attempts in his last 10 games.
Prince has already scored nearly twice as many points this season (170) as all of last season (88).
Rico Gathers has scored in double figures in seven of his last 12 games after scoring in double figures just five times in his first 47 career games. He's averaging 9.8 points and 8.4 rebounds over the last 14 contests.
Gathers ranks 3rd nationally in offensive rebounds per minute (0.18) and total rebounds per minute (0.41).
Kenny Chery has posted a 2-to-1 or better assist-to-turnover ratio in 14 of his 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 AST-TO ratio.
Cory Jefferson has scored in double figures in 23 of his last 28 games. He's gone scoreless in the first halves in each of the last three games, but he's averaged 8.3 points in the second halves of those games.
Jefferson has 18 career double-doubles (7 this season), which is tied for 10th in BU history and one back of tying Willie Sublett and Jerome Lambert in 8th place.
Brady Heslip has made multiple 3-pointers in 17 of 19 games this season in which he's attempted at least three treys. He holds the program record with a .433 career 3FG% and ranks 4th with 245 career 3-pointers made.
Heslip is ranked No. 2 nationally in offensive rating (142.05) behind only Duquesne's Micah Mason (158.84). He is also one of the nation's least turnover-prone players, averaging one turnover every 55.1 minutes played.
Isaiah Austin attempted only seven 3-pointers in this season's first 16 games, but he's 7-of-16 from 3-point range in his last five games, including a 4-for-8 performance at Kansas.
Austin has gone three consecutive games without scoring in double figures for the first time in his career. Prior to this current stretch he had only been held to single figures in back-to-back games once.
Royce O'Neale has multiple assists in 16 of 21 games. He played 31 minutes Saturday at OSU after playing a season-low 7 minutes in Tuesday's game against West Virginia.
Ish Wainright has 16 assists and 4 turnovers in 104 minutes played over his last 10 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 40.0% of his 3-pointers over the last 48 games (60-of-150). 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 7 of the last 17 games after doing so in 2 of 68 previous games at BU.
KEYS TO VICTORY
Baylor is 10-0 when recording more assists than its opponent and 4-7 when posting equal/fewer assists.
BU is 14-3 when holding opponents under 50% shooting and 0-4 when allowing 50% or better.
Baylor is 12-2 when recording more points in the paint than opponents and 2-5 with equal/fewer points in paint.
Baylor is 10-2 when attempting fewer than 20 3-pointers and 4-5 when shooting 20+ treys.
BU is 11-2 when holding opponents under 70 points and 3-5 when allowing 70+ points. Conversely, BU is 10-2 when scoring 70+ points and 4-5 when being held under 70 points.
The Bears are 11-4 this season when blocking four shots or more, and 2-4 when recording three or fewer blocks.
MISSED FREE THROWS PROVE COSTLY IN PAIR OF LOSSES
During Baylor's 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 two losses.
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.
PRINCE EMERGING WITH DOUBLED PLAYING TIME
Sophomore forward Taurean Prince has already played 153 minutes in Big 12 play this season after playing only 42 minutes in conference games last year, including 10 DNPs.
Over the last 10 games, Prince has scored 108 points (10.8 ppg) on only 71 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 2nd on the team in scoring (10.7) despite ranking 8th in minutes (20.0).
Sophomore power forward Rico Gathers has been labeled one of the nation's best frontcourt reserves.
Gathers ranks 2nd nationally in offensive rebound percentage (20.4%), 3rd in offensive rebounds per minute (0.18) and 3rd in total rebounds per minute (0.41).
Gathers has played 1,026 career minutes and grabbed 371 rebounds (0.362/minute). By comparison, Dennis 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 seven of the last 12 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 for the majority of the season, and all nine players average at least 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 11,3 points per game over the last 10 contests.
BU's bench is averaging 29.7 ppg, which is 14.5 points better than opposing benches are averaging against the Bears (15.9). Baylor has come out on top in bench points in 18 of 21 games this season.
SATURDAY'S STILLWATER STATEMENT
Baylor snapped a 5-game losing streak with a 76-70 at No. 8 Oklahoma State on Saturday.
BU won on the road against an AP Top 10 team for the third time in program history (3-38). It was the 8th road win against an AP Top 25 ranked team in BU history (8-79).
Brady Heslip led the way with a season-high 20 points, while Rico Gathers scored 12 first half points off the bench.
Gary Franklin filled in admirably for starting PG Kenny Chery, who was a game-time scratch with a turf toe injury. Franklin had 11 points, 5 assists, 3 steals and only 2 turnovers in 33 minutes.
Franklin also scored nine straight BU points by hitting a trio of 3-pointers in the final four minutes. The first gave BU a 2-point lead, the second came with :03 on the shot clock and extended the lead to 69-65 with 2:06 remaining, and the third was with :04 on the shot clock and gave Baylor a 72-67 lead with 45 seconds remaining.
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 40.1% 3-point shooting as a team.
Heslip leads the league in 3-pointers made per game (3.0) and ranks 2nd in 3-point field goal percentage (.473).
Heslip's 43.3% career 3-point shooting is the best in program history (min. 200 attempts), and with 245 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 (142.05) behind only Duquesne's Micah Mason (158.84).
Franklin ranks 6th in the Big 12 in 3-point FG percentage (.398) and 11th in 3-pointers made per game (1.6).
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 .398 (33-of-93) this year.
Both players do most of their damage from long range, with 82.2% of Heslip's career made field goals from downtown (245-of-298) and 77.3% of Franklin's field goals made coming from 3-point range (85-of-110).
Sophomore center Isaiah Austin leads the Big 12 in blocks per game (2.7), which is a significant improvement from his 1.7 blocks per game from a season ago, despite playing 4.4 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 .701, 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 18 career double-doubles, and he needs one more to tie Willie Sublett and Jerome Lambert (19) for 8th on Baylor's all-time list. He ranks 2nd in the Big 12 with seven double-doubles this season.
Jefferson ranks 4th in program history in career blocks (148), 5th in career blocks per game (1.31), 5th in career wins (83), 5th in career Big 12 wins (30) and 9th in career field goal percentage (.564).
Jefferson has scored in double figures in 23 of his last 28 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 2.09 blocks per game and Jefferson is 5th at 1.31 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 21 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 (8.4), Rico Gathers (7.6) and Isaiah Austin (5.5) combine to average 21.6 rebounds per game, including 7.7 offensive rebounds per game.
Gathers ranks 3rd nationally in offensive rebounds per minute (0.18) and 3rd in total rebounds per minute (0.41).
RECENT SUCCESS IN THE BIG 12
Baylor is 55-53 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 NINE WINS BACK OF SCHOOL RECORD
Scott Drew ranks 2nd in Baylor history with 192 career wins as the Bears' head coach. Drew needs nine 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.
MULTIPLE AP TOP 25 WINS IN SEVEN STRAIGHT SEASONS
Baylor has won multiple games vs. AP Top 25 teams in each of the last seven seasons.
Prior to winning multiple games vs. ranked teams in each of the last seven seasons, Baylor had only four seasons with multiple AP Top 25 victories in its first 101 years of basketball (1958-59, 1981-82, 1996-97, 2000-01).
This season, BU has won against No. 3 Kentucky (neutral site; AT&T Stadium) and at No. 8 Oklahoma State.
The Bears are 16-35 vs. AP Top 25 teams since 2007-08 after going 17-122 in their first 101 seasons.
Baylor is 33-156 all-time against AP Top 25 teams (2-4 this season).
Last season, the Bears won at No. 8 Kentucky on Dec. 1 and vs. No. 4 Kansas on March 9.
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 158-76 (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 head back to the Sooner State to face Oklahoma in Norman at 6 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2.
Baylor is 5-5 in its last 10 games against OU since snapping a 30-game losing streak in the series in 2010.
Baylor trails 10-40 in the all-time series, including a 4-19 mark in games played in Norman. The BU wins in Norman came in 1954, 1977, 2010 and 2012.
Baylor won only two of its first 17 games against OU in Norman, but the Bears have split the last four contests.