|Baylor (16-8, 7-4) at No. 10/11 Kansas State (19-5, 8-3)
Feb. 16, 2013 | 6:00 p.m. CT
Manhattan, Kan. | Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)
TV: ESPNU & WatchESPN
Radio: ESPN Central Texas 1660 AM, Sirius 92, XM 192
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• Saturday's game will be televised on ESPNU with Brad Sham (pxp), Bob Valvano (analyst) and Jason King (reporter).
• Saturday is the 27th series meeting between Baylor and K-State. The Bears are 5-8 all-time in Manhattan.
• With a win vs. K-State, Baylor would tie its best-ever record through 12 Big 12 games (8-4 in 2011-12).
• 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 is seeking multiple road wins vs. AP Top 25 teams in the same season for the first time in program history (7-76 all-time).
• Baylor has more Big 12 wins in the last 5+ seasons (51-42) than its first 11 years in the league combined (45-131).
• Baylor is 19-27 in Big 12 road games over the last six seasons after going 8-80 in road games over the league's first 11 years.
• In Big 12 play, Baylor leads the league in scoring defense (60.7), rebounding (39.2), FG% defense (38.0), 3-point FG defense (23.1), scoring margin (+9.5), offensive rebounding (12.5) and defensive rebounding (26.7).
• Baylor ranks 2nd in the league in blocks (4.7), 3rd in scoring (70.3) and 3rd in assists (14.6) in conference play.
• Baylor is 13-0 this season when leading or tied at halftime, but the Bears are 0-5 in games decided by 5 or fewer points.
• Baylor has accounted for 29% of double-doubles by Big 12 players this season (23-of-79). 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-3, OU-2, KSU-2).
• Pierre Jackson has scored in double figures in 31 straight games, averaging 18.5 pts/gm and 6.2 assts/gm during the streak.
• Jackson has made a 3FG in 35 consecutive games, which is the 2nd-longest streak in program history (LaceDarius Dunn-45).
• Jackson leads the Big 12 in scoring (18.9) and assists (6.2); 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 (1.7) and 4th in AST/TO ratio (1.7).
• Three Baylor players are in the Big 12's top 15 in scoring -- Jackson (1st, 18.9), Austin (9th, 13.6) and Jefferson (13th, 12.3).
• Jefferson is 2nd in the Big 12 in FG% (59.4) and blocks (2.0/gm), and he ranks 3rd in rebounding (8.3/gm) and double-doubles (8).
• Jefferson has scored twice as many points in 24 games this season (296) than in 55 games over his first two years (148).
• Austin ranks 2nd in the Big 12 in double-doubles (9) and rebounding (9.3), 9th in scoring (13.6) and 11th in FG percentage (47.5).
• Austin is tied for 2nd nationally among freshmen with 9 double-doubles -- he has 8 double-doubles in his last 15 games.
• Brady Heslip has made a 3FG in 56 of 61 games in his career. He has 40 games with 2+ 3FG and 27 games with 3+ 3FG.
• Heslip is 8th on Baylor's all-time 3-point FGs made list (154) -- he needs 4 made 3FGs to tie Henry Dugat (158) for 7th.
• Heslip has made 47% of his 3-point attempts in his last 8 games (24-of-51) after shooting 35% in his first 15 games (30-of-85).
• A.J. Walton ranks 2nd in the Big 12 in AST/TO ratio (1.9), 3rd in steals (1.9) and 7th in assists (3.9).
• Walton is 1 of 2 players in program history with 200+ career steals (205) and 1 of 5 with 400+ career assists (413).
• Walton (91-37) needs 1 more win pass former teammate Anthony Jones (91-38) for 2nd place on Baylor's all-time wins list.
• Rico Gathers is averaging one rebound ever. 2.78 minutes played, which averages out to 14.4 rebounds per 40 minutes.
• Gathers ranks 4th in the Big 12 in with 7.7 rebs/gm in league play. His 6.2 rpg in all games ranks 2nd among Big 12 freshmen.
• Baylor has 3 of the Big 12's top 4 in offensive rebounding -- Austin (2nd, 3.0), Jefferson (3rd, 2.8) and Gathers (4th, 2.7).
• Jefferson (62-17) needs 1 more win to tie Kevin Rogers (63-55) for 9th on Baylor's all-time wins list -- Jefferson has the highest winning percentage (.785) of any player among the Bears' top 10 in career victories.
• Head coach Scott Drew is coaching his 304th game at Baylor (171-132). His .564 winning percentage is best in program history among coaches with 4 or more seasons, and he has a .685 winning percentage since the start of the 2007-08 season.
• Baylor is 137-63 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 681 consecutive games.
• Saturday is the 27th meeting in the series with Kansas State and the 14th in Manhattan. K-State holds a 14-12 advantage in the all-time series, but Baylor won two of three vs. the Wildcats last season.
• Baylor is 5-8 all-time in Manhattan, but is 4-3 in its last seven trips to the "Little Apple," including last year's 75-73 win.
• Pierre Jackson had a double-double (10 pts, 11 assts) in 33 minutes off the bench in last year's game in Manhattan (Jan. 10).
• Saturday's game will be televised on ESPNU at 6 p.m. CT. It's the 16th of a school-record 21 times the Bears are scheduled to play on an ESPN network this season. Brad Sham (play-by-play), Bob Valvano (analyst) and Jason King (reporter) will serve as talent.
A WIN WOULD ...
• Be Scott Drew's 172nd career victory as Baylor head coach -- 29 shy of Bill Henderson's Baylor record.
• Give Baylor two road victories over AP Top 25 teams in the same season for the first time in program history.
• Be Baylor's 8th-ever road win (6th since 2008) against an AP Top 25 team (7-76 entering game).
• Tie Baylor's best-ever record through 12 games of Big 12 play (8-4 in 2011-12).
• Give the Bears eight Big 12 wins for the 4th time in program history (all in last six seasons).
• Improve Baylor's all-time record vs. K-State to 13-14, including a 6-8 record in Manhattan and a 6-7 record under Drew.
• Move A.J. Walton (92) into sole possession of 2nd and Cory Jefferson (63) into a tie for 9th on Baylor's career wins list.
• Improve Baylor's record to 138-63 since the start of the 2007-08 season, giving the Bears three more victories than in the Big 12's first 11 seasons combined (135-176).
• Make Baylor 52-42 in Big 12 games since 2007-08, seven more wins than the Bears had in the Big 12's first 11 years (45-131).
• Improve Baylor's record to 30-46 in the month of February in the Drew era, including a 19-11 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 60.7 points per game. Baylor also leads the Big 12 with 39.2 rebounds per game, 38.0% FG defense, 23.1% 3-point defense and +9.5 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 51-42 in Big 12 games in the last five-plus seasons 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, and 7 in 2010-11 and 2012-13.
• 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.
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 19 conference road games in the last six seasons (19-27).
• 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 2-3 this season.
JACKSON ON TRACK TO MAKE HISTORY
• Bob Cousy Award finalist Pierre Jackson leads the Big 12 in scoring (18.9) and assists (6.2), 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 (29th) and assists (18th) per game (as of Feb. 13).
JACKSON'S DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING STREAK AT 31 GAMES
• Pierre Jackson has scored in double figures in 31 straight games, averaging 18.5 points and 6.2 assists per game during the streak.
• Jackson's is the Big 12's longest active double-figure scoring streak, 19 ahead of the next closest -- Kansas' Ben McLemore (12) and Iowa State's Will Clyburn (12).
• Jackson has scored 574 points and dished out 193 assists during the 31-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 (3.0) ranks 2nd, while Cory Jefferson (2.8) is 3rd and Rico Gathers (2.7) is 4th in the conference.
• Austin (6.4) also ranks 2nd in the league in defensive rebounds and Jefferson (5.5) ranks 4th in defensive rebounding.
• In Big 12 play, Baylor leads the league in total (39.2), offensive (12.5) and defensive rebounding (26.7).
HESLIP HEATING UP
• Brady Heslip is shooting 47% from 3-point range over his last 8 games (24-of-51), averaging 3.0 3FGM per game.
• Heslip started the season shooting 35% from 3-point range in his first 15 games (30-of-85).
• Heslip ranks 4th in the Big 12 in both 3-point FG percentage (39.7) and 3-pointers made per game (2.3).
• Heslip is the only player in Baylor history to make 100+ 3-pointers while shooting at least 40% (43.3). He is currently 8th on Baylor's 3-point FGs made list (154), and he needs five made 3-pointers to pass Henry Dugat (158) for 7th place.
• Heslip hit 6-of-9 from downtown in Wednesday's win vs. WVU, his 7th career game with 5+ 3-pointers made.
• Freshman Isaiah Austin is averaging 14.0 points, 10.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks over his last 15 games.
• Austin averaged 12.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 0.6 blocks over his first 7 collegiate games prior to the recent streak.
• Austin has 8 double-doubles, 12 double-figure scoring games and 10 double-figure rebounding games in his last 15 contests.
• The streak started with a 23-point, 17-rebound performance on Dec. 12, marking the 5th time a Baylor player has ever reached those numbers. That game was his 2nd career double-double, and 7 of his 8 double-doubles have been in the last 11 games
• Kevin Durant (Texas) and Michael Beasley (Kansas State) are the only other Big 12 freshmen to reach those numbers in a game.
• Freshman Rico Gathers is averaging one rebound every 2.78 minutes, which averages out to 14.4 rebounds per 40 minutes.
• Gathers ranks 13th in the Big 12 with 6.2 rebounds per game, which trails only teammate Isaiah Austin (9.3) among freshmen.
• Gathers is 4th in the Big 12 with 2.7 offensive rebounds per game, despite playing just 17.2 minutes per game.
• In Big 12 play, Gathers ranks 4th in the league with 7.7 rebounds per game and 3rd with 3.1 offensive rebounds per game.
• Gathers led the Bears in points (22) and rebounds (9) in Wednesday's win over West Virginia, playing 22 minutes off the bench.
JEFFERSON'S BREAKOUT CAMPAIGN
• Cory Jefferson started just one game in his first two seasons playing at Baylor (2009-10, 2011-12; redshirted 2010-11), while playing behind four frontcourt players currently in the NBA (Ekpe Udoh, Perry Jones III, Quincy Acy and Quincy Miller).
• Jefferson has exactly twice as many points this season (296) than in 55 career games over his first two years (148).
• Jefferson has scored in double figures in 16 of 24 games this year, including three 20-point games and 8 double-doubles.
• Jefferson entered the season with a career high of 25 minutes, but he's played at least 27 minutes in 17 of 24 games this season.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES ALL AROUND
• Baylor has accounted for 29% of the double-doubles by Big 12 players this season (23-of-79) -- Baylor 23, Iowa State 17, Kansas 12, Texas Tech 7, West Virginia 5, TCU 4, Texas 3, Oklahoma State 3, 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 17 career double-digit assist games, and Jackson (6), A.J. Walton (2) and Rose (1) have combined for 9 of those 17 games with 10 or more assists.
JACKSON NEEDS 42 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 42 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 6.0 points per game over the next 7 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.
• Baylor returns home to host Iowa State at 8 p.m. CT Wednesday on ESPNU.
• The Bears lost 79-71 when the teams met in Ames on Feb. 2, but the Bears are 8-1 all-time against ISU in Waco.