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No. 6 MBB Aims to Bounce Back at No. 4 Mizzou

Perry Jones III and Baylor lost 89-88 in earlier meeting this season.


Perry Jones III and Baylor lost 89-88 in earlier meeting this season.


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6/6 Baylor at 4/4 Missouri
Feb. 11, 2012 | 12:47 p.m. CST
Columbia, Mo. | Mizzou Arena (15,061)

TV: Big 12 Network
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MEDIA INFORMATION
Date Sat., Feb. 11 | 12:47 p.m. CST
Location Columbia, Mo. | Mizzou Arena (15,061)
TV Big 12 Network | Clearances
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6/6 BAYLOR BEARS
Record 21-3, 8-3 (Big 12)
Ranking 6 (AP), 6 (Coaches), 6 (RPI)
Last Game Feb. 8 in Waco
L, 54-68 to No. 7/10 Kansas
Head Coach Scott Drew (Butler, 1993)
Career: 167-130 (10th season)
BU Record: 147-119 (9th season)
4/4 MISSOURI TIGERS
Record 22-2, 9-2 (Big 12)
Ranking 4 (AP), 4 (Coaches), 9 (RPI)
Last Game Feb. 6 in Norman
W, 71-68 at Oklahoma
Head Coach Frank Haith (Elon, 1988)
Career: 151-103 (8th season)
MU Record: 22-2 (1st season)

STORY LINES
• For the fourth time this season and for the second straight game, Baylor finds itself in a Top 10 matchup. No. 6/6 Baylor and No. 4/4 Missouri will meet for the final time in the regular season as Big 12 Conference rivals. Saturday's game will tip at 12:47 p.m. CST on the Big 12 Network.
• Saturday marks the 25th series meeting and the 19th in the Big 12 era. Missouri leads the series 14-10 and has won four of the last five meetings. Baylor, which is 2-10 all-time at Missouri, has lost 10 straight trips to Columbia. Baylor's last win at Missouri was a 49-42 decision Dec. 17, 1948.
• No. 4/4 Missouri is Baylor's sixth Top 25 opponent of the 2011-12 season. Baylor has lost 8 straight games to Top 10 teams (last win vs. a Top 10 team Jan. 30, 2010, an 80-77 OT win at No. 6 Texas).
Baylor is 21-4 all-time when ranked in the Top 10 -- 18 of those wins have come this season. Baylor has been ranked in the Top 10 for a program-record 12 consecutive weeks.
• With its 63-60 win Feb. 1 at Texas A&M, Baylor secured its fourth 20-win campaign in the last five seasons under head coach Scott Drew -- 2007-08 (21-11), 2008-09 (24-15), 2009-10 (28-8) and 2011-12 (21-3).
• Baylor is 7-1 in games decided by 5 points or fewer this season -- 6 of the 7 wins have been away from home.
• Baylor has made at least one 3-point field goal in 643 consecutive games -- the second-longest active streak in the Big 12.
• Bob Cousy Award finalist Pierre Jackson has a knack for making big play after big play. In his first season at Baylor, Jackson has been a part of six go-ahead, game-tying or game-winning plays, including the game-winning 3-pointer Feb. 1 at Texas A&M.
• Jackson has 79 assists in the last 10 games; he had 61 assists in his first 14 games.
Perry Jones III is one of 20 players named to the 2012 Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason watch list.
• Senior F Quincy Acy ranks 17th in school history with 1,202 points. He also ranks second in career FG percentage (60.7), second in career blocks (160) and 8th in career rebounding (717).
• Baylor has held 18 opponents to fewer than 70 points. Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 71-10 when holding opponents below the 70-point mark. Baylor is 104-26 in the Scott Drew era when holding opponents to fewer than 70 points.
• In his last 55 games, Acy has swatted 98 shots. By comparison, Acy blocked 62 shots in his first 70 games.
• 58 of sophomore G Brady Heslip's 70 field goals have been from 3-point range. Heslip has made at least one 3FG in 22 games.

UP NEXT
• Baylor returns home Monday to host Iowa State on ESPNU. By the time the Bears and Cyclones meet for the first time, Baylor will have completed four regular-season Big 12 series (Texas A&M, Oklahoma State, Kansas and Missouri).
• Iowa State leads the all-time series 12-8, but Baylor has won the last five meetings in Waco.

TELEVISION COVERAGE
• Saturday's Big 12 game between Baylor and Missouri will be televised live on the Big 12 Network (rebranded ESPN Plus) at 12:47 p.m. CST. Mitch Holthus (play-by-play) and Jon Sundvold (analyst) will serve as the Big 12 Network talent.
• The game will be available in Central Texas on CWTX / The CW (Time Warner 165, Grande 15), KBTX, ESPN Full Court (pay-per-view) and WatchESPN.com (ESPN3).

SERIES HISTORY
• Saturday marks the 25th series meeting, the 19th in the Big 12 era and the last regular-season series meeting at Big 12 Conference rivals. Missouri leads the series 14-10 and has won four of the last five meetings. Baylor, which is 2-10 all-time at Missouri, has lost 10 straight trips to Columbia. Baylor's last win at Missouri was a 49-42 decision Dec. 17, 1948.
• Baylor / Missouri is the fourth Top 10 matchup in program history. In their first series meeting this season, it was the first Top 5 matchup in Baylor program history. Saturday will mark the second series meeting with both teams ranked in the Top 25.

SERIES NOTES: Baylor won the first three meetings in the series, posting its only two wins in Columbia (1948) ... Behind Curtis Jerrells' 28 points, Baylor posted its second straight Big 12 win during 2005-06 season ... Baylor knocked off Missouri in first round of 2007 Big 12 Championship, its first Big 12 tournament win since 2001 ... In 2008, Baylor overcome a 13-point second-half deficit and had seven players in double figures for a 100-89 home win ... Missouri ended Baylor's historic 2009 Big 12 Championship run with a 73-60 win over the Bears in the finals ... In 2010, Ekpe Udoh's tip-in with 1.3 seconds remaining gave No. 24 Baylor a 64-62 home win ... Last month in Waco, Pierre Jackson dished out a career-high 15 assists which tied the Big 12 record for assists in a conference game and tied for the fourth-most ever by a Big 12 player in any game ... Jackson's 15 assists were the sixth-most in a single game in program history (most by a Baylor player in the Big 12 era) and the most since Nelson Haggerty had 18 in 1995 ... Freshman Quincy Miller had a career-high 29 points against Mizzou ... Scott Drew is 4-8 all-time against Missouri.

ROAD -- AND NEUTRAL -- WARRIORS
• Baylor is 10-1 away from home this season. In the last five seasons under ninth-year head coach Scott Drew, Baylor has won 25 true road and 20 neutral-site games -- a combined 45-34 record away from home.
• In Baylor's first 11 seasons in the Big 12, the Bears won a combined 28 games away from Waco (15 neutral and 13 true road).

BIG 12 ROAD IMPROVEMENT
• In the first 11 seasons of the Big 12 Conference era, Baylor won only 8 conference road games. Since then, Baylor has won 16 conference road games in the last five seasons. 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 and 5-1 this season.
• Baylor's current 3-game Big 12 road winning streak is the longest of the Scott Drew era.

BAYLOR AGAINST THE TOP 25
• No. 4/4 Missouri is Baylor's sixth Top 25 opponent of the 2011-12 season. Baylor has lost 8 straight games to Top 10 teams (last win vs. a Top 10 team Jan. 30, 2010, an 80-77 OT win at No. 6 Texas).
• Saturday marks the fourth Top 10 matchup in program history -- all this season.
• Baylor is 28-143 all-time against Top 25 teams, including an 11-49 mark in the Scott Drew era. Baylor is 7-64 all-time against Top 10 opponents.

BAYLOR 20-WIN SEASONS
• In the program's first 101 seasons, Baylor posted 20+ wins just three times -- 1945-46 (25-5, NCAA West Regional), 1947-48 (24-8, NCAA Runner-Up) and 1987-88 (23-11, NCAA First Round).
• With its 63-60 win Feb. 1 at Texas A&M, Baylor secured its fourth 20-win campaign in the last five seasons under head coach Scott Drew -- 2007-08 (21-11), 2008-09 (24-15), 2009-10 (28-8) and 2011-12 (21-3).

BIG PLAYS COME IN 5'S
• Bob Cousy Award finalist Pierre Jackson has a knack for making big play after big play. In his first season at Baylor, Jackson has been a part of six go-ahead, game-tying or game-winning plays:

• He blocked BYU's 3-point attempt at the buzzer to clinch Baylor's 86-83 road win Dec. 17;
• He hit a game-tying 3-pointer to force overtime Dec. 23 vs. West Virginia;
• He hit the GW layup with 28 seconds remaining and grabbed a rebound as time expired Dec. 29 vs. Mississippi State;
• He hit the go-ahead 3-pointer to put Baylor up for good Jan. 28 vs. Texas;
• He hit the GW 3-pointer with 17 seconds remaining and sealed the game with two free throws Feb. 1 at Texas A&M; and
• He had the assist on Quincy Acy's go-ahead layup with 1:29 remaining Feb. 4 at Oklahoma State.

#THECARDIACBEARS
• Baylor's 64-60 win Feb. 4 at Oklahoma State was the fifth time this season that the Bears made the game-tying, go-ahead or game-winning basket in the final 3 minutes of regulation or overtime.
• Four of those five belong to PG Pierre Jackson, who has five go-ahead, game-tying or game-winning plays to his credit this season. In Baylor's 83-80 OT win Dec. 23 vs. West Virginia, Jackson's 3-pointer with 27 seconds left in the second half tied the game and ultimately forced overtime. Five days later, Jackson provided the game-winning layup with 28 seconds left to give Baylor a 54-52 win Dec. 28 vs. Mississippi State.
• In Big 12 play, Jackson has drained both a go-ahead (Jan. 28 vs. Texas, 2:36 remaining) and a game-winning (Feb. 1 at Texas A&M, 17 seconds left) 3-pointer.
Quincy Acy's layup (assist from Jackson) with 1:29 remaining in the second half put Baylor up for good en route to a 64-60 road win Feb. 4 at Oklahoma State.

#CLUTCH IN CLOSE GAMES
• Baylor entered the season with a sub-.500 record in games decided by 5 points or fewer in the Scott Drew era. This season, Baylor is 7-1 in such games with six wins coming away from home.
• Five of the seven wins have been decided by 3 points or fewer -- Dec. 17 at BYU (86-83), Dec. 23 vs. West Virginia (83-81, OT) in Las Vegas, Dec. 28 vs. No. 14 Mississippi State (54-52) in Dallas, Jan. 10 at No. 18 Kansas State (75-73) and Feb. 1 at Texas A&M (63-60).
• Baylor's lone loss decided by 5 points or fewer this season was a 1-point loss Jan. 21 to Missouri (89-88).


 

 

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