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MBB Meets West Virginia for First Time in Big 12


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Baylor (15-8, 6-4) vs. West Virginia (12-11, 5-5)
Feb. 13, 2013 | 8:00 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)

TV: ESPN2 & WatchESPN
Radio: ESPN Central Texas 1660 AM, Sirius 134, XM 192
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MEDIA INFORMATION
Date Wed., Feb. 13 | 8:00 p.m. CT
Location Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
Tickets Purchase Tickets Online
TV ESPN2
TV Talent Bob Wischusen (pxp), Stephen Bardo (color)
Web Stream WatchESPN
Radio ESPN Central Texas | Listen Online
Radio Talent John Morris (pxp), Pat Nunley (color)
Satellite Radio Sirius 137 / XM 192
Live Stats Gametracker
Game Notes Baylor | West Virginia
Twitter @BaylorMBB
BAYLOR BEARS
Record 15-8, 6-4
Ranking NR (AP), NR (Coaches)
Last Game Won vs. Texas Tech, 75-48
Head Coach Scott Drew
Career: 190-143 (11th season)
BU Record: 170-132 (10th season)
WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS
Record 12-11, 5-5
Ranking NR (AP), NR (Coaches)
Last Game Won at TCU, 63-50
Head Coach Bob Huggins
Career: 722-378 (31st season)
WVU Record: 132-67 (6th season)

STORY LINES
• Wednesday's game will be televised on ESPN2 with Bob Wischusen (pxp) and Stephen Bardo (analyst) serving as talent.
• Wednesday is the 2nd series meeting between Baylor and WVU -- Baylor won the only previous meeting, in Las Vegas in 2011.
• With a win vs. WVU, Baylor would tie its 4th-most wins in Big 12 play in the conference's 17 seasons.
• Baylor is 22-8 in Big 12 home games since the start of the 2010 conference season.
• Baylor is 54-10 at home since the start of the 2009-10 season and 80-19 at home since the start of the 2007-08 season.
• Baylor has held Big 12 teams under 50 points 3 times in 2013 after doing so only 3 times in the league's first 16 years combined.
• Baylor has more Big 12 wins in the last 5+ seasons (50-42) than its first 11 years in the league combined (45-131).
• In Big 12 play, Baylor leads the league in scoring defense (60.8), rebounding (40.8), FG% defense (37.6), 3-point FG defense (22.3), scoring margin (+8.5), offensive rebounding (13.2) and defensive rebounding (27.6).
• Baylor ranks 2nd in the league in blocks (4.9), 3rd in scoring (69.3) and 3rd in assists (13.8) in conference play.
• Baylor has accounted for 30% of double-doubles by Big 12 players this season (23-of-77). Isaiah Austin (9) and Cory Jefferson (8) each have more double-doubles than 7 Big 12 teams (TTU-7, WVU-5, TCU-4, UT-3, OSU-2, OU-2, KSU-2).
Pierre Jackson has scored in double figures in 30 straight games, averaging 18.6 pts/gm and 6.1 assts/gm during the streak.
• Jackson has made a 3FG in 34 consecutive games, which is the 2nd-longest streak in program history (LaceDarius Dunn-45).
• Jackson leads the Big 12 in scoring (19.1) and assists (6.0); he's on pace to be the first player to lead a power-6 conference in scoring and assists since Arizona's Jason Terry in 1998-99. Jackson also ranks 4th in steals (1.6) and 5th in AST/TO ratio (1.7).
• Jackson is 2nd in the Big 12 in 3FGM (2.6/gm), 3rd in minutes (34.0), 4th in 3FG% (36.8) and 6th in FT% (78.9).
• Three Baylor players are in the Big 12's top 15 in scoring -- Jackson (1st, 19.1), Austin (8th, 14.0) and Jefferson (12th, 12.7).
• Jefferson leads the Big 12 in FG% (59.6), ranks 2nd in blocks (2.0/gm) and 3rd in rebounding (8.4/gm) and double-doubles (8).
• Jefferson has scored 291 points in 23 games this season after scoring 148 points in 55 games over his first two seasons.
• Austin leads the Big 12 in double-doubles (9) and rebounding (9.7), ranks 8th in scoring (14.0) and 10th in FG percentage (48.2).
• Austin is tied for 2nd nationally among freshmen with 9 double-doubles -- he has 8 double-doubles in his last 14 games.
Brady Heslip has made a 3FG in 55 of 60 games in his career. He has 39 games with 2+ 3FG and 26 games with 3+ 3FG.
• Heslip is 8th on Baylor's all-time 3-point FGs made list (148) -- he needs 10 made 3FGs to tie Henry Dugat (158) for 7th.
A.J. Walton ranks 2nd in the Big 12 in AST/TO ratio (1.9), 3rd in steals (1.9) and 7th in assists (3.8).
• Walton is 1 of 2 players in program history with 200+ career steals (204) and 1 of 5 with 400+ career assists (408).
• Walton (90-37) needs 1 more win to tie former teammate Anthony Jones (91-38) for 2nd place on Baylor's all-time wins list.
• Rico Gathers has recorded 10+ rebounds in 4 of 5 games in which he's played 20+ minutes this season.
• Gathers ranks 5th in the Big 12 in with 7.6 rebs/gm in league play. His 6.0 rpg in all games ranks 2nd among Big 12 freshmen.
• Gathers is averaging one rebound every 2.85 minutes played, which averages out to 14.0 rebounds per 40 minutes.
• Baylor has 3 of the Big 12's top 4 in offensive rebounding -- Austin (1st, 3.1), Jefferson (3rd, 2.9) and Gathers (4th, 2.8).
• Jefferson (61-17) needs 1 more win to tie Henry Dugat (62-55) for 10th on Baylor's all-time wins list -- Jefferson would have the highest winning percentage of any player among the Bears' top 10 in career victories.
• Head coach Scott Drew is coaching his 303rd game at Baylor (170-132). His .563 winning percentage is best in program history among coaches with 4 or more seasons, and he has a .683 winning percentage since the start of the 2007-08 season.
• Baylor is 136-63 since the start of the 2007-08 season, including four 20-win seasons in the last five years. The Bears had fewer of wins in the first 11 seasons of the Big 12 Conference (135-176).
• Baylor has the Big 12's 2nd-longest active streak with at least one 3-point field goal made in 680 consecutive games.

SERIES HISTORY
• Saturday's game is the 2nd all-time series meeting between Baylor and West Virginia and the first as Big 12 members.
• Baylor won the only previous series meeting, 83-81 in overtime, when the teams met in the 2011 Las Vegas Classic championship game on Dec. 23, 2011.
Pierre Jackson came off the bench and had 23 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in 38 minutes played.
• Jackson, who was returning to his hometown, scored 8 consecutive points between regulation and overtime, including the game-tying 3-pointer with 18 seconds left in regulation.

TELEVISION COVERAGE
• Wednesday's game will be televised on ESPN2 at 8 p.m. CT. It's the 15th of a school-record 21 times the Bears are scheduled to play on an ESPN network this season. Bob Wischusen (play-by-play) and Stephen Bardo (analyst) will serve as talent.

A WIN WOULD ...
• Be Scott Drew's 171st career victory as Baylor head coach -- 30 shy of Bill Henderson's Baylor record.
• Tie the 4th-most wins the Bears have ever had in Big 12 play (7 in 2010-11).
• Give Baylor a 2-0 record all-time against West Virginia.
• Move A.J. Walton (91) into a tie for 2nd and Cory Jefferson (62) into a tie for 10th on Baylor's career wins list.
• Make Baylor 7-4 or better through its first 11 Big 12 games for the 3rd time in the league's 17-year history (2009-10, 2011-12, 2012-13) -- the Bears didn't win seven of their first 11 games in any of the Big 12's first 13 seasons.
• Improve Baylor's record to 137-63 since the start of the 2007-08 season, giving the Bears two more victories than in the Big 12's first 11 seasons combined (135-176).
• Give Baylor a 51-42 record in Big 12 games since 2007-08, six more wins than the Bears had in the Big 12's first 11 years (45-131).
• Improve Baylor's record to 29-46 in the month of February in the Drew era, including an 18-11 record since 2009-10.

STEPPING UP DEFENSE IN CONFERENCE PLAY
• Baylor has held opponents to less than 50 points in three Big 12 games this year -- the Bears held conference opponents under 50 points only three times in the Big 12's first 16 seasons combined.
• Baylor leads the Big 12 in scoring defense in conference play, allowing just 60.8 points per game. Baylor also leads the Big 12 with 40.8 rebounds per game, 37.6% FG defense, 22.3% 3-point defense and +8.5 scoring margin in league play.
• The Bears held Texas Tech to 48 points for the 2nd time this season when the teams met in Waco on Feb. 9.
• Baylor limited Oklahoma State to a season-low 54 points on Jan. 21, which was 8 points below the Cowboys' previous season low, and the lowest point total the Bears had allowed against OSU since Baylor won 53-50 on Dec. 4, 1959.
• Baylor held Kansas to 61 points on Jan. 14, the Jayhawks' lowest point total at Allen Fieldhouse since Feb. 5, 2006.
• Baylor held TCU to 40 points on Jan. 12, the fewest points any Big 12 opponent has ever scored against the Bears.
• Baylor beat Texas Tech 82-48 on Jan. 8, marking the Bears' largest-ever margin of victory in a Big 12 road game.

RECENT SUCCESS IN THE BIG 12
• Baylor is 50-42 in Big 12 games in the last five-plus seasons and has tallied the four highest Big 12 win totals in program history during that span -- 12 in 2011-12, 11 in 2009-10, 9 in 2007-08, 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.

JACKSON ON TRACK TO MAKE HISTORY
• Bob Cousy Award finalist Pierre Jackson leads the Big 12 in scoring (19.1) and assists (6.0), and he is on track to be the first power-6 conference player to lead his league in points and assists since Arizona's Jason Terry in 1998-99.
• No Big 12 player has ever led the league in points and assists, and Jackson can become the first Baylor player to lead the Big 12 in points and the second to lead the conference in assists (Tweety Carter, 5.9 in 2009-10).
• Jackson is the only player ranked in the nation's top 30 in points (25th) and assists (20th) per game (as of Feb. 11).

JACKSON'S DOUBLE-FIGURE STREAK AT 30
Pierre Jackson has scored in double figures in 30 straight games, averaging 18.6 points and 6.1 assists per game during the streak.
• Jackson's is the Big 12's longest active double-figure scoring streak, 18 ahead of the next closest -- Kansas' Ben McLemore (12).
• Jackson has scored 559 points and dished out 184 assists during the 30-game streak.
• Jackson's streak is the longest by a Baylor player since LaceDarius Dunn went 32 games from March 6, 2010 to Feb. 26, 2011.

CRASHING THE BOARDS
• Baylor has three of the Big 12's top four offensive rebounders.
Isaiah Austin (3.1) leads the Big 12, while Cory Jefferson (2.9) ranks 3rd and Rico Gathers (2.8) is 4th in the conference.
• Austin (6.6) also leads the league in defensive rebounds and Jefferson (5.5) ranks 4th in defensive rebounding.
• In Big 12 play, Baylor leads the league in total (40.8), offensive (13.2) and defensive rebounding (27.6).

DOUBLE-DOUBLES ALL AROUND
• Baylor has accounted for 30% of the double-doubles by Big 12 players this season (23-of-77) -- Baylor 23, Iowa State 16, Kansas 12, Texas Tech 7, West Virginia 5, TCU 4, Texas 3, Oklahoma State 2, Oklahoma 2, Kansas State 2.
Isaiah Austin (9) and Cory Jefferson (8) each have more double-doubles than 7 Big 12 teams (TTU, WVU, TCU, UT, OSU, OU, KSU).
Rico Gathers (3), Pierre Jackson, Taurean Prince and L.J. Rose have also had double-doubles this season.
• Austin is the nation's only freshman from a power conference with 9 double-doubles this season.
• Active Big 12 players have combined for 16 career double-digit assist games, and Jackson (6), A.J. Walton (2) and Rose (1) have combined for 9 of those 16 games with 10 or more assists.

JACKSON NEEDS 57 POINTS TO JOIN 1,000-POINT CLUB
Pierre Jackson entered the 2012-13 season on pace to become the 26th 1,000-point scorer in school history. Jackson, who scored 523 points in his first season in Waco last year, needs 57 more points to become the 8th 1,000-point scorer in the Scott Drew era, joining Aaron Bruce, Curtis Jerrells, Henry Dugat, Kevin Rogers, LaceDarius Dunn, Tweety Carter and Quincy Acy.
• Jackson needs to average 7.2 points per game over the next 8 games to reach 1,000 points prior to the postseason.
• Jackson is on pace to become the Bears' 26th all-time 1,000-point scorer and the 5th to get there in only two seasons, joining Dunn, Terry Teagle, Vinnie Johnson and William Chatmon.

CLIMBING BAYLOR WINS LIST
• Senior G A.J. Walton is now 1 win behind former teammate Anthony Jones (91) for 2nd on Baylor's all-time wins list.
• Walton has a .709 career winning percentage in games played (90-37), which is best among players with 100 or more games.
• Cory Jefferson (61) needs 1 more win to tie Henry Dugat (62) for 10th on the Bears' career wins list.
• Jefferson has an .782 career winning percentage in career games played (61-17).

HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
• Baylor is 54-10 at home in the last 3-plus seasons, winning a Ferrell Center-record 15 home games in both 2009-10 and 2010-11, and going 14-3 at the Ferrell Center a season ago. Baylor is 80-19 in the last 5-plus seasons at home, an .809 winning percentage.

UP NEXT
• Baylor heads back out on the road to face Kansas State in Manhattan, Kan., at 6 p.m. Saturday on ESPNU.
• The Bears won last season's game in Manhattan, 75-73, over No. 18 K-State on Jan. 10, 2012.

 

 

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