|Baylor (15-9, 3-8) vs. Kansas State (17-7, 7-4)
Feb. 15, 2014 | 6:00 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
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• Saturday is the 29th series meeting. BU is 12-16 all-time vs. K-State, including a 5-5 mark in games played in Waco.
• Baylor was swept by K-State last season, falling 81-61 in Manhattan and 64-61 on a buzzer-beater in Waco.
• Baylor has lost four straight home games after having a 13-game home winning streak snapped. That winning streak was the 2nd-longest in arena history, and it started after losing to K-State on March 2 last season.
• Baylor is looking to avoid its first 5-game home losing streak since losing six straight at home in 2005.
• Brady Heslip needs 20 points to become the 27th 1,000-point scorer in Baylor history (9th of Drew era).
• Baylor is 68-16 at home since 2009-10, posting an .810 winning percentage.
• Baylor is 54-3 when leading at the half since 2011-12 -- 11-1 in 2013-14, 17-1 in 2012-13 and 26-1 in 2011-12.
• BU has led at the half in 57 of 99 games over the last three seasons, but the Bears have won 68 of those 99 games.
• Baylor is 20-9 in its last 29 games, with six of the nine losses against ranked teams.
• Baylor has out-shot 18 of 24 opponents this season and has been out-rebounded only five times in 24 games.
• Nine Baylor players average 11+ minutes per game, and Baylor's bench is averaging 28.6 points per game, while holding opponents to 15.0 bench points per game. BU's bench has out-scored opposing benches in 20 of 24 games.
• 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 (.407), rebounding margin (+7.8) and offensive rebound percentage (.411).
• 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 159-78 (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 11 more Big 12 wins in the last seven years (56-55) than its first 11 years in the league combined (45-131).
• This is the 8th straight season Baylor has reached 15 wins -- 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 194th win at Baylor, which would place him seven 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 K-State game will be Baylor's 90th 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 718 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 (84-32) is 5th on Baylor's career wins list and has the highest winning percentage (.724) in BU history.
• Head coach Scott Drew is coaching his 341st game at Baylor (193-147). His .568 winning percentage is best in BU history among coaches with four or more seasons, and his teams have a .671 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).
• Saturday is the 29th all-time meeting in the series. Baylor is 12-16 all-time against K-State, including a 5-5 mark in games played in Waco and a 5-9 mark under Scott Drew.
• K-State has won its last three games in Waco, including a 64-61 victory last season on a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
• Baylor's last win against K-State in Waco came on Feb. 23, 2008, a 92-86 victory over the 24th-ranked Wildcats.
• BU is 4-6 in its last 10 games against K-State, and the Bears are 11-11 against the Wildcats as Big 12 members.
A WIN WOULD ...
• Be the first Baylor victory over K-State in Waco since 2008, snapping a 3-game home losing streak in the series.
• Prevent Baylor from having its first 5-game home losing streak since losing six straight at home in 2005.
• Give Baylor a 7th straight season with at least 16 wins. Prior to the current streak, Baylor had never gone more than two consecutive seasons with at least 16 victories.
• Be Scott Drew's 194th career win as Baylor head coach -- seven shy of Bill Henderson's school record.
• Improve Baylor's record to 33-51 in the month of February in the Drew era, including a 22-16 record since 2010.
• Make Baylor 21-9 in its last 20 games dating back to 2012-13, with six of the nine losses to ranked teams.
KEYS TO VICTORY
• Baylor is 11-0 when recording more assists than its opponent and 4-9 when posting equal/fewer assists.
• BU is 15-4 when holding opponents under 50% shooting and 0-5 when allowing 50% or better.
• Baylor is 13-3 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 5-7 when shooting 20+ treys.
• BU is 12-3 when holding opponents under 70 points and 3-6 when allowing 70+ points. Conversely, BU is 11-3 when scoring 70+ points and 4-6 when being held under 70 points.
• The Bears are 12-5 this season when blocking four shots or more, and 3-4 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 54-3 when leading through the first 20 minutes in that stretch, including 11-1 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 57 of 99 games over the last three seasons, but the Bears have won 68 of those 99 games.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
• Brady Heslip has made at least four 3-pointers in all five games as a starter and is a combined 26-of-49 in those games. He's made multiple 3-pointers in 20 of 22 games this season in which he's attempted at least three treys.
• Heslip (980 career points) needs 20 points to become Baylor's 27th 1,000-point scorer (9th of Drew era).
• Heslip has started the last 5 games after coming off the bench in the first 19 contests.
• As a starter, Heslip has played 33.4 minutes and averaged 16.2 points per game after playing only 22.4 minutes and averaging 10.7 points per game as a reserve.
• Taurean Prince has combined for 122 points in the last 13 games (9.4 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 (184) as all of last season (88).
• Gary Franklin has hit 39% of his 3-pointers over the last 51 games (64-of-164). He began his BU career shooting 30% from 3-point range in his first 37 games (25-of-82).
• Franklin has scored in double figures in 7 of the last 20 games after doing so in 2 of 68 previous games at BU.
• Rico Gathers has scored in double figures in 8 of his last 15 games after scoring in double figures just 5 times in his first 47 career games.
• Gathers leads the nation in offensive rebounds per minute (0.19) and ranks 2nd in total rebounds per minute (0.43).
• Kenny Chery has posted a 2-to-1 or better assist-to-turnover ratio in 15 of his last 16 games started.
• Chery has 49 assists and 16 turnovers in his last 10 starts, and he ranks 4th in the Big 12 with a 2.4 AST-TO ratio.
• Cory Jefferson has scored in double figures in 25 of his last 31 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 11-of-29 from 3-point range in his last eight games, including a 4-for-8 performance at Kansas.
• Austin has scored in double figures in the first half in each of the last two games. He had 16 first-half points at OU last Saturday and 14 first-half points on Tuesday at TCU.
• Royce O'Neale has multiple assists in 19 of 24 games. He ranks 13th in the Big 12 with 2.8 assists per game.
• Ish Wainright has 18 assists and 5 turnovers in 126 minutes played over the last 13 games. Prior to that, he had 15 assists and 20 turnovers in 148 minutes played over his first 11 collegiate games.
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 five games and played 30, 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 five starts.
• The increased playing time has led to a larger role in the offense, as Heslip's shots per game has jumped from 7.2 as a reserve to 11.0 as a starter. He's Baylor's leading scorer in Big 12 play, averaging 13.0 points per game.
• Heslip has combined to go 26-of-49 from 3-point range and is averaging 16.2 points per game in his five 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 (4.7/gm).
• Chery has posted a 2-to-1 or better assist-to-turnover ratio in 15 of his last 16 games started. He came off the bench twice while recovering from a turf toe injury and was limited to 9 and 11 minutes in those games, recording 0 assists.
• He's recorded 49 assists and only 16 turnovers in his last 10 starts.
PRINCE EMERGING WITH DOUBLED PLAYING TIME
• Sophomore forward Taurean Prince has already played 184 minutes in Big 12 play this season after playing only 42 minutes in conference games last year, including 10 DNPs.
• Prince has scored 122 points (9.4 ppg) in the last 13 games after scoring 62 (5.6 ppg) in this season's first 11 games.
• Over the last 10 games, Prince ranks 5th on the team in scoring (8.2) despite ranking 8th in minutes (16.4).
• 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 (20.6%) and ranks 2nd nationally in total rebounds per minute (0.41).
• Gathers has played 1,078 career minutes and grabbed 393 rebounds (0.365/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 8 of the last 15 games, surpassing his number of double-figure scoring games from his previous 46 collegiate games (6).
JEFFERSON AND HESLIP IN RACE TO 1,000
• Brady Heslip (980) and Cory Jefferson (935) 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 (10.0--8.1), but Jefferson averages more points per minute (0.438--0.382).
• To reach the 1,000-point milestone prior to the Big 12 Championship, Heslip needs to average 2.9 points per game over the final seven 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 11 minutes.
• Over the last 10 games, eight Baylor players are averaging at least 16 minutes per game. Six of those players are averaging between 7.7 and 12.8 points per game over the last 10 contests.
• BU's bench is averaging 28.6 ppg, which is 13.6 points better than opposing benches are averaging against the Bears (15.0). Baylor has come out on top in bench points in 20 of 24 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 40.7% 3-point shooting as a team.
• Heslip leads the league in 3-point field goal percentage (.484) and 3-pointers made per game (3.3).
• Heslip's 43.8% career 3-point shooting is the best in program history (min. 200 attempts), and with 261 career treys, he ranks 4th on Baylor's all-time list. Next up is Aundre Branch in 3rd place at 267.
• Franklin ranks 8th in the Big 12 in 3-point FG percentage (.381) and 12th 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 .381 (37-of-97) this year.
• Both players do most of their damage from long range, with 83.1% of Heslip's career made field goals from downtown (261-of-314) and 77.4% of Franklin's field goals made coming from 3-point range (89-of-115).
• Sophomore center Isaiah Austin leads the Big 12 in blocks per game (2.8), which is a significant improvement from his 1.7 blocks per game from a season ago, despite playing 3.6 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 36 total 3-pointers in 24 games after shooting 90 treys in 35 games last year. He's also improved his free throw shooting from .634 to .716.
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 2.10 blocks per game and Jefferson is 5th at 1.29 blocks per game.
• Jefferson's 150 blocks are 3rd-most in BU history and 27 behind Quincy Acy (177) in 2nd place, while Austin is 6th with 124 blocks, and needs 10 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 3rd in the Big 12 with seven double-doubles this season.
• Jefferson ranks 4th in program history in career blocks (150), 5th in career blocks per game (1.29), 5th in career wins (84), tied for 4th in career Big 12 wins (31) and 9th in career field goal percentage (.559).
• Jefferson has scored in double figures in 25 of his last 31 games dating back to the 2012-13 season.
WINNING BATTLE OF THE BOARDS
• BU has been out-rebounded just five times in 24 games this season.
• The Bears have grabbed 40+ rebounds in 11 games, and with wins in nine of those 11, BU is now 73-19 in the Drew era when recording 40 or more rebounds in a game.
• The Bears' frontcourt trio of Cory Jefferson (7.8), Rico Gathers (7.6) and Isaiah Austin (5.5) 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 2nd in total rebounds per minute (0.41).
RECENT SUCCESS IN THE BIG 12
• Baylor is 56-55 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 EIGHT WINS BACK OF SCHOOL RECORD
DREW EIGHT WINS BACK OF SCHOOL RECORD
• Scott Drew ranks 2nd in Baylor history with 193 career wins as the Bears' head coach. Drew needs eight 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 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 16-37 vs. AP Top 25 teams since 2007-08 after going 17-122 in their first 101 seasons.
• Baylor is 33-159 all-time against AP Top 25 teams (2-6 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 159-78 (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 stays home to host Oklahoma State at 8 p.m. CT Monday as part of ESPN's Big Monday.
• BU won in Stillwater on Feb. 1, defeating No. 8 Oklahoma State, 76-70, to earn the 3rd road win over an AP top-10 team in program history.
• Baylor and OSU has split the four meetings over the last two seasons. BU defeated OSU by 10 points on Big Monday in Waco last season, but the Bears fell in overtime in Stillwater and lost by two points against OSU in the Big 12 Championship in Kansas City.