|Baylor (16-9, 4-8) vs. Oklahoma State (16-9, 4-8)
Feb. 17, 2014 | 8:00 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
TV: ESPN Big Monday
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• Monday is the 74th series meeting. BU is 21-52 all-time against OSU, including a 9-13 record in the Drew era.
• Baylor has won in each of OSU's last seven trips to Waco, and the Bears are 15-15 all-time against OSU at home.
• Baylor is 3-8 all-time on ESPN Big Monday, including a 2-2 mark in Waco and a 1-0 mark vs. OSU.
• Brady Heslip needs 13 points to become the 27th 1,000-point scorer in Baylor history (9th of Drew era).
• Baylor won at No. 8 OSU, 76-70, on Feb. 1, recording its 3rd all-time road win vs. an AP Top 10 team. Starting PG Kenny Chery sat out (turf toe), and replacement Gary Franklin scored 9 straight BU points in the final 4 minutes.
• Last season, Baylor beat OSU by 10 points in Waco (Jan. 21), lost an OT game in Stillwater by 2 points (Feb. 6) and rallied from a 20-point halftime deficit before losing by 2 against OSU at the Big 12 Championship (March 14).
• Baylor is 9-6 in its last 15 games against OSU -- the Bears had lost 18 of 19 in the series before that stretch.
• Baylor is 11-8 in its last 19 games against the Big 12's Sooner State schools (6-48 in first 13 seasons of Big 12).
• Baylor is 69-16 at home since 2009-10, posting an .812 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 halftime in 57 of 100 games over the last three seasons, but BU has won 69 of those 100 games.
• Baylor is 21-9 in its last 30 games, with six of the nine losses against ranked teams.
• Baylor has out-shot 19 of 25 opponents this season and has been out-rebounded only five times in 25 games.
• Nine Baylor players average 11+ minutes per game, and Baylor's bench is averaging 28.1 points per game, while holding opponents to 15.0 bench points per game. BU's bench has out-scored opposing benches in 20 of 25 games.
• Baylor leads the Big 12 in 3-point percentage (.398), rebounding margin (+8.1) and offensive rebound percentage (.413).
• Baylor is 6-2 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 160-78 (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 12 more Big 12 wins in the last seven years (57-55) than its first 11 years in the league combined (45-131).
• This is the 7th straight season Baylor has reached 16 wins -- BU had never gone more than two straight years with 16 or more wins prior to the current streak.
• Head coach Scott Drew is seeking his 195th win at Baylor, which would place him six 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 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 is coming off a 2013 NIT title, which was the program's first-ever national tournament championship.
• The Oklahoma State game will be Baylor's 91st 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 719 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 (85-32) is 5th on Baylor's career wins list and has the highest winning percentage (.726) in BU history.
• Jefferson is tied for 3rd in program history with 32 career wins in Big 12 Conference play.
• Head coach Scott Drew is coaching his 342nd game at Baylor (194-147). His .569 winning percentage is best in BU history among coaches with four or more seasons, and his teams have a .672 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).
• Monday's game is the 74th all-time meeting between Baylor and Oklahoma State.
• Baylor is 9-6 in its last 15 games against OSU dating back to the team's second meeting in 2007. Prior to the recent 15-game stretch, BU had lost 18 of 19 games against Oklahoma State.
• Baylor has won seven straight series meetings in Waco, and the Bears are 15-15 all-time against OSU at home.
• BU went 1-2 against Oklahoma State last season. The Bears notched a 10-point victory at home on Jan. 21, then lost by two in overtime in Stillwater on Feb. 4. BU rallied from a 20-point deficit before losing by two against OSU in the Big 12 Championship on March 14 -- Pierre Jackson missed a potential game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer.
• 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. Gary Franklin filled in for starting point guard Kenny Chery, who missed that game with a turf toe injury. Franklin scored nine straight Baylor points in the final four minutes to seal the win.
A WIN WOULD ...
• Be Baylor's 8th straight win vs. Oklahoma State in Waco, improving BU's record to 16-15 in home games vs. OSU.
• Make Baylor 10-6 in its last 16 games against Oklahoma State after snapping a 1-18 skid in the series.
• Give Baylor a 7th straight season with at least 17 wins. BU had only nine 17-win seasons in its first 101 years of basketball, and the longest previous streak of 17-win seasons was two (1986-87--1987-88).
• Be Scott Drew's 195th career win as Baylor head coach -- six shy of Bill Henderson's school record.
• Improve Baylor's record to 34-51 in the month of February in the Drew era, including a 23-16 record since 2010.
• Make Baylor 22-9 in its last 31 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 5-9 when posting equal/fewer assists.
• BU is 16-4 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 3-6 with equal/fewer points in paint.
• Baylor is 10-2 when attempting fewer than 20 3-pointers and 6-7 when shooting 20+ treys.
• BU is 12-3 when holding opponents under 70 points and 4-6 when allowing 70+ points. Conversely, BU is 12-3 when scoring 70+ points and 4-6 when being held under 70 points.
• The Bears are 13-5 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 35% of games in which its been tied or trailing at the half since 2011-12, going 15-28 in those.
• BU has led at halftime in 57 of 100 games over the last three seasons, but Baylor has won 69 of those 100 games.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
• Brady Heslip (987 career points) needs 13 points to become Baylor's 27th 1,000-point scorer (9th of Drew era).
• Heslip has started the last 6 games after coming off the bench in the first 19 contests.
• As a starter, Heslip has played 33.7 minutes and averaged 14.7 points per game after playing only 22.4 minutes and averaging 10.7 points per game as a reserve.
• Taurean Prince has combined for 134 points in the last 14 games (9.6 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 (196) as all of last season (88).
• Gary Franklin has hit 38.3% of his 3-pointers over the last 51 games (64-of-167). 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 21 games after doing so in 2 of 68 previous games at BU.
• Rico Gathers has scored in double figures in 8 of his last 16 games after scoring in double figures just 5 times in his first 47 career games.
• Gathers leads the nation in offensive rebounds per minute (0.18) and ranks 2nd in total rebounds per minute (0.41).
• Kenny Chery has posted a 2-to-1 or better assist-to-turnover ratio in 16 of his last 17 games started.
• Chery has 61 assists and 21 turnovers in his last 11 starts, and he ranks 4th in the Big 12 with a 2.4 AST-TO ratio.
• Cory Jefferson has scored in double figures in 26 of his last 32 games.
• Jefferson has 19 career double-doubles (6 this season), which is tied for 8th in BU history and one back of tying Lawrence Roberts (20) for 7th on Baylor's career double-doubles list.
• Isaiah Austin attempted only seven 3-pointers in this season's first 16 games, but he's 12-of-31 from 3-point range in his last nine games, including a 4-for-8 performance at Kansas.
• Austin had a career-high 9 blocks on Saturday vs. K-State (4th-most in a game in BU history). He's tied with Ekpe Udoh (133) for 5th on Baylor's career blocks list. Austin also made his last 6 shots after starting 1-for-6 vs. K-State.
• Royce O'Neale has multiple assists in 20 of 25 games. He ranks 13th in the Big 12 with 2.8 assists per game.
• Ish Wainright has 18 assists and 5 turnovers in 132 minutes played over the last 14 games. Prior to that, he had 15 assists and 20 turnovers in 148 minutes played over his first 11 collegiate games.
FREE THROWS MAKE DIFFERENCE IN THREE CLOSE GAMES
• BU lost 66-64 against Oklahoma on Jan. 18, and the Bears shot 50% (10-of-20) at the line in that game.
• BU fell 66-64 against West Virginia on Jan. 28, and the Bears shot 61% (14-of-23) at the line in that contest. Baylor also committed 17 turnovers vs. WVU and trailed 18-0 in points off turnovers.
• Baylor shot 70% (13-of-20) in regulation of its double-overtime win vs. K-State on Feb. 15, including 11-of-13 in the 2nd half, when BU had to rally from a 10-point deficit.
HESLIP'S ROLE INCREASING
• Brady Heslip has started each of the last six games and played 30+ minutes in all six games (33.7 minutes/game).
• Heslip came off the bench and averaged 22.4 minutes per game prior to earning those six 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 10.8 as a starter. He's Baylor's leading scorer in Big 12 play, averaging 12.5 points per game.
• Heslip has combined to go 27-of-57 from 3-point range and is averaging 14.7 points per game in his six starts.
CHERY PICKING HIS SPOTS
• Point guard Kenny Chery ranks 4th in the Big 12 in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.4) and 4th in assists (5.0/gm).
• Chery has posted a 2-to-1 or better assist-to-turnover ratio in 16 of his last 17 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 61 assists and only 21 turnovers in his last 11 starts.
• Kenny Chery posted the 6th triple-double in Baylor history with 20 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds in a career-high 44 minutes of the Bears' double-overtime win vs. K-State on Feb. 15.
• Chery's was Baylor's first-ever triple-double in a conference game, and his was the 14th in Big 12 history (7th in conference play). He joined Brian Skinner as the only BU players to score 20 points in a triple-double.
• Chery joined David Wesley, Skinner (2), Curtis Jerrells and Ekpe Udoh as the only BU players with triple-doubles.
BAYLOR ON BIG MONDAY
• Baylor is 3-8 all-time in ESPN Big Monday contests, including a 2-2 mark in games at the Ferrell Center.
• Baylor and Oklahoma State will meet on ESPN Big Monday for the second time -- BU won 64-54 in the previous meeting on MLK Day last season, which was also played in Waco.
PRINCE EMERGING WITH DOUBLED PLAYING TIME
• Sophomore forward Taurean Prince has already played 198 minutes in Big 12 play this season after playing only 42 minutes in conference games last year, including 10 DNPs.
• Prince has scored 134 points (9.6 ppg) in the last 14 games after scoring 62 (5.6 ppg) in this season's first 11 games.
• Prince out-scored K-State on his own, 8-5, in the 2nd OT period on Feb. 1. He made all three shots after being held to 4 points in 9 minutes in regulation, and he sat out the entire 1st OT before playing all 5 minutes in the 2nd overtime.
• 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 (0.41).
• Gathers has played 1,090 career minutes and grabbed 397 rebounds (0.364/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 16 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 (987) and Cory Jefferson (956) 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--8.2), but Jefferson averages more points per minute (0.440--0.379).
• To reach the 1,000-point milestone prior to the Big 12 Championship, Heslip needs to average 2.2 points per game over the final seven regular season games, while Jefferson needs to average 7.4 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 11 minutes.
• Over the last 10 games, eight Baylor players are averaging at least 15 minutes per game.
• BU's bench is averaging 28.1 ppg, which is 13.1 points better than opposing benches are averaging against the Bears (15.0). Baylor has come out on top in bench points in 20 of 25 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 39.8% 3-point shooting as a team.
• Heslip leads the league in 3-point field goal percentage (.467) and 3-pointers made per game (3.2).
• Heslip's 43.4% career 3-point shooting is the best in program history (min. 200 attempts), and with 262 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 (.370) 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 .370 (37-of-100) this year.
• Both players do most of their damage from long range, with 82.6% of Heslip's career made field goals from downtown (262-of-317) 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 (3.0), which is a significant improvement from his 1.7 blocks per game from a season ago, despite playing 3.1 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 38 total 3-pointers in 25 games after shooting 90 treys in 35 games last year. He's also improved his free throw shooting from .634 to .717.
• Austin had a career-high 9 blocks vs. K-State on Feb. 1, tying the most ever by a BU player in a conference game.
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 2.22 blocks per game and Jefferson is 6th at 1.28 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 tied for 5th with 133 blocks, and needs 13 more to pass Mamadou Diene (145) for 4th place.
JEFFERSON AMONG BAYLOR CAREER LEADERS
• Cory Jefferson has 19 career double-doubles, and he needs one more to tie Lawrence Roberts (20) for 7th on Baylor's all-time list. He ranks 3rd in the Big 12 with eight double-doubles this season.
• Jefferson ranks 4th in program history in career blocks (150), 6th in career blocks per game (1.28), 5th in career wins (85), tied for 3rd in career Big 12 wins (32) and 9th in career field goal percentage (.558).
• Jefferson has scored in double figures in 26 of his last 32 games dating back to the 2012-13 season.
WINNING BATTLE OF THE BOARDS
• BU has been out-rebounded just five times in 25 games this season.
• The Bears have grabbed 40+ rebounds in 12 games, and with wins in 10 of those 12, BU is now 74-19 in the Drew era when recording 40 or more rebounds in a game.
• The Bears' frontcourt trio of Cory Jefferson (8.0), Rico Gathers (7.4) and Isaiah Austin (5.6) combine to average 21.0 rebounds per game, including 7.6 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 57-55 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 SEVEN WINS BACK OF SCHOOL RECORD
• Scott Drew ranks 2nd in Baylor history with 194 career wins as the Bears' head coach. Drew needs seven wins to tie Bill Henderson (201 wins; 1941-43 and 1945-61) for the all-time wins record.
• Drew's .569 winning percentage is the best ever by a Baylor coach with four or more years at the helm.
SOONER STATE SUCCESS
• After posting a combined 6-48 record against Oklahoma and Oklahoma State in the first 13 seasons of the Big 12 Conference, Baylor has won 11 of its last 19 against the league's Sooner State schools.
• 14 of Baylor's 17 Big 12 wins against the Oklahoma schools have come under head coach Scott Drew.
• 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 160-78 (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 heads back out on the road to take on West Virginia in Morgantown at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
• The Bears are 3-1 all-time against WVU, including a 65-62 win on Feb. 27 last season in the lone series meeting in Morgantown. The lone loss was when WVU came to Waco this year and claimed a 66-64 victory.