||Wednesday, Feb. 12 | 6:00 p.m. CT
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||Baylor | TCU
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||Career: 212-158 (12th season)
||BU Record: 192-147 (11th season)
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||Career: 246-219 (15th season)
||TCU Record: 20-34 (2nd season)
• Wednesday is the 174th series meeting, with Baylor leading 92-81, including all three Big 12 Conference meetings.
• Baylor is 37-40 all-time in Fort Worth, including an 82-56 win on Jan. 26 last season.
• Baylor won 88-62 when the teams met on Jan. 11, as BU out-rebounded TCU 54-25. The Bears had 24 offensive rebounds in that game, while TCU had only 25 total rebounds.
• BU has won the three games in the series since TCU joined the Big 12 by average of 20.3 points per game.
• Baylor is 19-3 against in-state opponents since the start of the 2011-12 season.
• 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.
• BU has led at the half in 56 of 98 games over the last three seasons, but the Bears have won 67 of those 98 games.
• Baylor is 19-9 in its last 28 games, with six of the nine losses against ranked teams.
• Baylor has out-shot 17 of 23 opponents this season and has been out-rebounded only five times in 23 games.
• Nine Baylor players average 12+ minutes per game, and Baylor’s bench is averaging 28.6 points per game, while holding opponents to 15.3 bench points per game. BU’s bench has out-scored opposing benches in 19 of 23 games.
• Baylor is 21-34 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 16-37 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 (.395) and offensive rebound percentage (.403).
• 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 158-78 (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 (55-55) than its first 11 years in the league combined (45-131).
• Baylor can record its 8th straight 15-win season with a victory vs. TCU — the program had only one previous streak of more than two consecutive 15-win seasons, when it went four straight from 1967-68 through 1970-71.
• 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 TCU game will be Baylor’s 89th consecutive televised contest.
• 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 717 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 (83-32) is 5th on Baylor’s career wins list and has the highest winning percentage (.722) in BU history.
• Head coach Scott Drew is coaching his 340th game at Baylor (192-147). His .566 winning percentage is best in BU history among coaches with four or more seasons, and his teams have a .669 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’s game marks the 174th meeting in the series with TCU. Baylor leads the all-time series, 92-81, which dates back to a 37-6 Baylor win in Waco on Dec. 18, 1908.
• Baylor swept TCU last year, winning 51-40 in Waco on Jan. 12 and 82-56 in Fort Worth on Jan. 26.
• Baylor has won the three series meetings since TCU joined the Big 12 by an average of 20.3 points per game.
• TCU (173 games) is Baylor’s 4th-most played rival behind Texas (241), Texas A&M (205) and Rice (175).
A WIN WOULD ...
• Improve Baylor’s record in Big 12 road games to 11-13 since the 2011-12 season and 22-34 since 2007-08.
• Give Baylor a 4-game winning streak in the series, improving BU’s record to 11-4 in the last 15 series meetings.
• Be Baylor’s 8th straight season with at least 15 wins after snapping a streak of five straight seasons without reaching 15 wins. The longest previous streak of 15-win season was four straight (1967-68 — 1970-71).
• Be Scott Drew’s 193rd career win as Baylor head coach — eight shy of Bill Henderson’s school record.
• Improve Baylor’s record to 32-51 in the month of February in the Drew era, including a 21-16 record since 2010.
• Make Baylor 20-9 in its last 29 games dating back to 2012-13, with six of the nine losses to ranked teams.
KEYS TO VICTORY
• Baylor is 10-0 when recording more assists than its opponent and 4-9 when posting equal/fewer assists.
• BU is 14-4 when holding opponents under 50% shooting and 0-5 when allowing 50% or better.
• Baylor is 12-3 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 4-7 when shooting 20+ treys.
• BU is 11-3 when holding opponents under 70 points and 3-6 when allowing 70+ points. Conversely, BU is 10-3 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 2-5 when recording three or fewer blocks.
HALFTIME ADJUSTMENTS PAYING OFF
• Baylor has won 95% of its games when leading at the half since 2011-12. The Bears are 53-3 when leading through the first 20 minutes in that stretch, including 10-1 this season, 17-1 in 2012-13 and 26-1 in 2011-12.
• BU has won 33% of games in which its been tied or trailing at the half since 2011-12, going 14-28 in those.
• BU has led at the half in 56 of 98 games over the last three seasons, but the Bears have won 67 of those 98 games.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
• Brady Heslip has made at least four 3-pointers in all four games as a starter and is a combined 18-of-37 in those games. He’s made multiple 3-pointers in 19 of 21 games this season in which he’s attempted at least three treys.
• Heslip has started the last 4 games after coming off the bench in the first 19 contests. As a starter, he’s played 34.3 minutes per game after playing only 22.4 minutes per game as a reserve.
• Heslip is ranked No. 4 nationally in offensive rating (138.87). He is also one of the nation’s least turnover-prone players, averaging one turnover every 62.6 minutes played.
• Taurean Prince has combined for 117 points in the last 12 games (9.8 pgg) after scoring 62 points in the first 11 games (5.6 ppg) this season.
• Prince has already scored more than twice as many points this season (179) as all of last season (88).
• Gary Franklin has hit 38.8% of his 3-pointers over the last 50 games (62-of-160). 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 19 games after doing so in 2 of 68 previous games at BU.
• Rico Gathers has scored in double figures in seven of his last 14 games after scoring in double figures just five times in his first 47 career games.
• Gathers leads the nation in offensive rebounds per minute (0.18) and ranks 2nd in total rebounds per minute (0.40).
• Kenny Chery has posted a 2-to-1 or better assist-to-turnover ratio in 14 of his last 17 games.
• Chery has 42 assists and 15 turnovers in his last 11 games, and he ranks 4th in the Big 12 with a 2.4 AST-TO ratio.
• Cory Jefferson has scored in double figures in 24 of his last 30 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.
• Isaiah Austin attempted only seven 3-pointers in this season’s first 16 games, but he’s 10-of-26 from 3-point range in his last seven games, including a 4-for-8 performance at Kansas.
• Austin scored a season-high 21 points in 35 minutes Saturday at OU. He scored 16 points before halftime, which was the most by a BU player in the 1st half of a game this season.hthe the O’Neale has multiple assists in 18 of 23 games. He ranks 14th in the Big 12 with 2.7 assists per game.
• Ish Wainright has 17 assists and 4 turnovers in 118 minutes played over the last 12 games. Prior to that, he had 15 assists and 20 turnovers in 148 minutes played over his first 11 collegiate games.
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 21 conference road games in the last seven seasons (21-34).
• 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 1-4 in Big 12 road contests this season.
BEST IN TEXAS
• Baylor is 19-3 against in-state opponents since the start of the 2011-12 season, including a 2-2 mark this season. The losses in that stretch came at Texas in 2013, at Texas Tech in 2014 and home vs. Texas in 2014.
• BU is a combined 33-7 against Lone Star State teams over the last four seasons after going 10-27 vs. in-state teams in Scott Drew’s first six seasons at Baylor. (7-1 in 2012-13, 10-0 in 2011-12, 5-3 in 2010-11, 9-1 in 2009-10).
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 58.8% (70-of-119) from the free throw line during the 5-game skid.
• 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 four games and played 32, 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 two of the last three games. He’s Baylor’s leading scorer in Big 12 play, averaging 11.9 points per game.
• Heslip has combined to go 18-of-37 from 3-point range and is averaging 14.3 points per game in his four starts.
CHERY PICKING HIS SPOTS
• Point guard Kenny Chery ranks 4th in the Big 12 in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.4) and 6th in assists (4.5/gm).
• Chery has posted a 2-to-1 or better assist-to-turnover ratio in 14 of his last 17 games played, but two of the games when he failed to meet the 2:1 ratio were the last two, when he’s come off the bench and been limited to 10.0 minutes per game while recovering from a turf toe injury.
• He’s recorded 42 assists and only 15 turnovers in his last 11 games.
PRINCE EMERGING WITH DOUBLED PLAYING TIME
• Sophomore forward Taurean Prince has already played 178 minutes in Big 12 play this season after playing only 42 minutes in conference games last year, including 10 DNPs.
• Prince has scored 117 points (9.8 ppg) in the last 12 games after scoring 62 (5.6 ppg) in this season’s first 11 games.
• Over the last 10 games, Prince ranks 4th on the team in scoring (8.6) despite ranking 8th in minutes (17.8).
• 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 (20.3%) and ranks 2nd nationally in total rebounds per minute (0.40).
• Gathers has played 1,060 career minutes and grabbed 382 rebounds (0.360/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 14 games, surpassing his number of double-figure scoring games from his previous 46 collegiate games (six).
JEFFERSON AND HESLIP IN RACE TO 1,000
• Brady Heslip (956) and Cory Jefferson (925) 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 (9.9—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 5.5 points per game over the final eight regular season games, while Jefferson needs to average 9.4 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 18 minutes per game. Six of those players are averaging between 7.5 and 11.9 points per game over the last 10 contests.
• BU’s bench is averaging 28.6 ppg, which is 13.3 points better than opposing benches are averaging against the Bears (15.3). Baylor has come out on top in bench points in 19 of 23 games this season.
• Baylor snapped a 5-game losing streak with a 76-70 at No. 8 Oklahoma State on Feb. 1.
• 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 39.5% 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 (.470).
• Heslip’s 43.3% career 3-point shooting is the best in program history (min. 200 attempts), and with 253 career treys, he ranks 4th on Baylor’s all-time list. Next up is Aundre Branch in 3rd place at 267.
• Franklin ranks 10th in the Big 12 in 3-point FG percentage (.376) 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 .376 (35-of-93) this year.
• Both players do most of their damage from long range, with 82.7% of Heslip’s career made field goals from downtown (253-of-306) and 77.0% of Franklin’s field goals made coming from 3-point range (87-of-113).
• 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 3.8 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 33 total 3-pointers in 23 games after shooting 90 treys in 35 games last year. He’s also improved his free throw shooting from .634 to .707.
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 149 blocks are 3rd-most in BU history and 28 behind Quincy Acy (177) in 2nd place, while Austin is 6th with 120 blocks, and needs 14 more to pass Ekpe Udoh (133) for 5th place.
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 (149), 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 (.558).
• Jefferson has scored in double figures in 24 of his last 30 games dating back to the 2012-13 season.
WINNING BATTLE OF THE BOARDS
• BU has been out-rebounded just five times in 23 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 (7.9), Rico Gathers (7.4) and Isaiah Austin (5.6) combine to average 20.9 rebounds per game, including 7.5 offensive rebounds per game.
• Gathers ranks 1st nationally in offensive rebounds per minute (0.18) and 2md in total rebounds per minute (0.40).
RECENT SUCCESS IN THE BIG 12
• Baylor is 55-55 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 .566 winning percentage is the best ever by a Baylor coach with four or more years at the helm.
• 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 158-78 (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.
• Baylor returns home to host Kansas State at 6 p.m. CT Saturday on ESPNU. K-State is the only Big 12 team the Bears have yet to face this season.
• BU was swept by Kansas State last season, including a 64-61 loss when the Wildcats hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer in Waco. That loss was BU’s last before starting a 13-game home winning streak, which was snapped with the current four-game home losing streak.