|Baylor (14-8, 2-7) at 21/23 Oklahoma (17-6, 6-4)
Feb. 8, 2014 | 6:00 p.m. CT
Norman, Okla. | Lloyd Noble Center (12,000)
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• Saturday is the 51st game in the all-time series. OU leads 40-10, but the teams have split the last 10 meetings.
• Baylor is looking to win back-to-back road games against AP-ranked teams for the first time in program history
• The Bears are 8-79 all-time in road contests against AP Top 25 teams, including a 1-2 mark this season.
• OU has won three straight in the series, including a 66-64 win in Waco on Jan. 18.
• Last season, OU won 74-71 in Waco on Jan. 30 and won 90-76 in Norman on Feb. 23.
• Baylor is 4-19 against OU in Norman, with wins in 1954, 1977, 2010 and 2012.
• BU is 0-15 all-time against ranked Oklahoma teams, and the average scoring margin in those games is 20.9 points.
• 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 is 19-8 in its last 27 games, with five of the eight losses against ranked teams.
• Baylor has out-shot 17 of 22 opponents this season and has been out-rebounded only four times in 22 games.
• Nine Baylor players average 12+ minutes per game, and Baylor's bench is averaging 29.0 points per game, while holding opponents to 15.0 bench points per game. BU's bench has out-scored opposing benches in 19 of 22 games.
• Baylor is 11-7 in its last 18 games against the Big 12's Sooner State schools (6-48 in first 13 seasons of Big 12).
• Baylor has only defeated both Oklahoma and Oklahoma State on the road once in the Big 12's first 17 years (2012).
• Baylor is 21-33 in Big 12 road games over the last seven seasons after going 8-80 over the league's first 11 years.
• Baylor has won multiple games against AP Top 25 teams for a 7th straight season (No. 3 Kentucky & No. 8 OSU).
• 16 of Baylor's 33 all-time wins versus AP Top 25 teams have come in the last seven seasons. BU is 16-36 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 (.396) and offensive rebound percentage (.407).
• 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 158-77 (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 (55-54) 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 Oklahoma game will be Baylor's 88th consecutive televised contest.
• Baylor ranks 12th nationally in offensive rebound percentage (38.1%) and 19th in total rebound percentage (54.6).
• 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 716 consecutive games.
• Cory 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 (83-31) is 5th on Baylor's career wins list and has the highest winning percentage (.728) in BU history.
• Head coach Scott Drew is coaching his 339th game at Baylor (192-146). His .568 winning percentage is best in BU history among coaches with four or more seasons, and his teams have a .672 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).
• 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 is 5-5 in its last 10 games against OU since snapping a 30-game losing streak in the series in 2010.
• Baylor won only two of its first 17 games against OU in Norman, but the Bears have split the last four contests.
• Baylor is 0-15 all-time against ranked Oklahoma teams, and the average scoring margin is 20.9 in those games.
A WIN WOULD ...
• Give Baylor wins wins in consecutive road games against ranked teams for the first time in program history.
• Be the first time Baylor has ever defeated a ranked Oklahoma team after losing the first 15 meetings against ranked OU squads by an average of 20.9 points per game.
• Be the second time in 18 years of the Big 12 Conference that Baylor defeated OU and OSU on the road (2012).
• Snap Baylor's 3-game losing streak in the series and give BU a 6-5 advantage in the last 11 meetings.
• 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 Oklahoma to 11-40, including a 5-19 mark in Norman.
• Be Baylor's 17th win vs. an AP Top 25 team in the last seven seasons (17-36); BU was 17-122 vs. ranked opponents in its first 101 seasons of basketball.
• Improve Baylor's record to 32-50 in the month of February in the Drew era, including a 21-15 record since 2010.
• Make Baylor 20-8 in its last 28 games dating back to 2012-13, with five of the eight losses to ranked teams.
KEYS TO VICTORY
• Baylor is 10-0 when recording more assists than its opponent and 4-8 when posting equal/fewer assists.
• BU is 14-4 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 2-6 with equal/fewer points in paint.
• Baylor is 10-2 when attempting fewer than 20 3-pointers and 4-6 when shooting 20+ treys.
• BU is 11-3 when holding opponents under 70 points and 3-5 when allowing 70+ points. Conversely, BU is 10-2 when scoring 70+ points and 4-6 when being held under 70 points.
• The Bears are 11-5 this season when blocking four shots or more, and 2-4 when recording three or fewer blocks.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
• Taurean Prince has combined for 110 points on only 73 field goal attempts in his last 11 games.
• Prince has already scored nearly twice as many points this season (172) as all of last season (88).
• Rico Gathers has scored in double figures in seven of his last 13 games after scoring in double figures just five times in his first 47 career games. He's averaging 9.7 points and 8.4 rebounds over the last 15 contests.
• Gathers leads the nation in offensive rebounds per minute (0.18) and ranks 3rd in total rebounds per minute (0.41).
• Kenny Chery has posted a 2-to-1 or better assist-to-turnover ratio in 15 of his last 16 games.
• Chery has 42 assists and 14 turnovers in his last 10 games, and he ranks 3rd in the Big 12 with a 2.5 AST-TO ratio.
• Cory Jefferson has scored in double figures in 24 of his last 29 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 18 of 29 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 249 career 3-pointers made.
• Heslip is ranked No. 6 nationally in offensive rating (138.61 -- 1st among high-major players). He is also one of the nation's least turnover-prone players, averaging one turnover every 59 minutes played.
• Isaiah Austin attempted only seven 3-pointers in this season's first 16 games, but he's 7-of-18 from 3-point range in his last six games, including a 4-for-8 performance at Kansas.
• Austin has gone four 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 17 of 22 games. He ranks 15th in the Big 12 with 2.6 assists per game.
• Ish Wainright has 16 assists and 4 turnovers in 104 minutes played over the last 11 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 39.2% of his 3-pointers over the last 49 games (60-of-153). 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 18 games after doing so in 2 of 68 previous games at BU.
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 11 of its last 18 against the league's Sooner State schools.
• 14 of Baylor's 17 Big 12 wins against the Oklahoma schools have come under head coach Scott Drew.
• Baylor is looking to win on the road against both OU and OSU for the second time in 18 years of Big 12 play (2012).
MISSED FREE THROWS 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.
HESLIP'S ROLE INCREASING
• Brady Heslip has started each of the last three games and played 34, 35 and 36 minutes in those contests.
• Heslip came off the bench and averaged 22.4 minutes per game prior to earning those three starts.
• The increased playing time has led to a bigger role in the offense, as Heslip has attemped a career-high 14 field goals in each of the last two games. He's Baylor's leading scorer in Big 12 play, averaging 11.9 points per game.
• Heslip has combined to go 14-of-29 from 3-point range and is averaging 15.0 points per game in his three starts.
CHERY PICKING HIS SPOTS
• Point guard Kenny Chery ranks 3rd in the Big 12 in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5) and 4th in assists (4.8/gm).
• Chery has posted a 2-to-1 or better assist-to-turnover ratio in 14 of his last 16 games played.
• He's recorded 42 assists and only 14 turnovers in his last 10 games.
PRINCE EMERGING WITH DOUBLED PLAYING TIME
• Sophomore forward Taurean Prince has already played 165 minutes in Big 12 play this season after playing only 42 minutes in conference games last year, including 10 DNPs.
• Over the last 11 games, Prince has scored 110 points (10.0 ppg) on only 73 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 (10.0) despite ranking 8th in minutes (18.9).
• Sophomore power forward Rico Gathers has been labeled one of the nation's best frontcourt reserves.
• Gathers leads the nation in offensive rebounds per minute (0.18), ranks 2nd nationally in offensive rebound percentage (20.5%) and ranks 3rd nationally in total rebounds per minute (0.41).
• Gathers has played 1,046 career minutes and grabbed 379 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 13 games, surpassing his number of double-figure scoring games from his previous 46 collegiate games (six).
JEFFERSON AND HESLIP IN RACE TO 1,000 POINTS
• Brady Heslip (944) and Cory Jefferson (917) are on pace to become the 27th and 28th players in Baylor history to reach the 1,000 career points milestone.
• They're on pace to become the 9th and 10th players in the Drew era to reach the milestone, joining Aaron Bruce, Curtis Jerrells, Henry Dugat, Kevin Rogers, LaceDarius Dunn, Tweety Carter, Quincy Acy and Pierre Jackson.
• Heslip has a higher career scoring average (9.8--8.0), but Jefferson averages more points per minute (0.439--0.377).
• To reach the 1,000-point milestone prior to the Big 12 Championship, Heslip needs to average 6.3 points per game over the final nine regular season games, while Jefferson needs to average 9.3 points per game.
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 19 minutes per game. Six of those players are averaging between 8.2 and 11.6 points per game over the last 10 contests.
• BU's bench is averaging 29.0 ppg, which is 14.0 points better than opposing benches are averaging against the Bears (15.0). Baylor has come out on top in bench points in 19 of 22 games this season.
SATURDAY'S STILLWATER STATEMENT
• Baylor snapped a 5-game losing streak with a 76-70 at No. 8 Oklahoma State last 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 DEEP 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 leads the league in 3-pointers made per game (3.0) and ranks 2nd in 3-point field goal percentage (.468).
• Heslip's 43.2% career 3-point shooting is the best in program history (min. 200 attempts), and with 249 career treys, he ranks 4th on Baylor's all-time list. Next up is Aundre Branch in 3rd place at 267.
• Franklin ranks 9th in the Big 12 in 3-point FG percentage (.383) 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 .384 (33-of-86) this year.
• Both players do most of their damage from long range, with 82.5% of Heslip's career made field goals from downtown (249-of-302) and 76.6% of Franklin's field goals made coming from 3-point range (85-of-111).
• 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 4.2 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 25 total 3-pointers in 22 games after shooting 90 treys in 35 games last year. He's also improved his free throw shooting from .634 to .709, and he's reduced his fouls committed from 2.31 per game as a freshman to 2.05 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 (1.30), 5th in career wins (83), 5th in career Big 12 wins (30) and 9th in career field goal percentage (.562).
• Jefferson has scored in double figures in 24 of his last 29 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 2.07 blocks per game and Jefferson is 5th at 1.30 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 114 blocks, and needs 20 more to pass Ekpe Udoh(133) for 5th place.
WINNING BATTLE OF THE BOARDS
• BU has been out-rebounded just four times in 22 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 (8.0), Rico Gathers (7.6) and Isaiah Austin (5.5) combine to average 21.2 rebounds per game, including 7.6 offensive rebounds per game.
• Gathers ranks 1st 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 55-54 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'sarrival 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 .568 winning percentage is the best ever by a Baylor coach with four or more years at the helm.
MULTIPLE AP TOP 25 WINS FOR SEVENTH STRAIGHT SEASON
• 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 16-36 vs. AP Top 25 teams since 2007-08 after going 17-122 in their first 101 seasons.
• Baylor is 33-157 all-time against AP Top 25 teams (2-5 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 158-77 (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 to Fort Worth to take on TCU at 6 p.m. CT Wednesday on ESPNU.
• Baylor has won all three meetings against TCU since the Horned Frogs joined the Big 12, including an 88-62 victory in Waco on Jan. 11. Last season, BU won 51-40 in Waco and 82-56 in Fort Worth.
• Baylor is 91-81 in the all-time series against TCU, including a 37-40 mark in games played in Fort Worth.
• Prior to last season, the teams hadn't played since Dec. 7, 2002.