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||Career: 215-158 (12th season)
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• Saturday is the 5th series meeting. BU is 3-1 all-time against WVU, with all games in the last three seasons.
• Baylor won the first three series meetings, including a 65-62 win in the lone game in Morgantown on Feb. 27, 2013, but West Virginia won 66-64 when the teams met in Waco on Jan. 28 this season.
• Brady Heslip needs 7 points and Cory Jefferson needs 19 points to join Baylor’s 1,000-point club. The first to reach that number will become the 27th 1,000-point scorer in Baylor history (9th of Drew era).
• Baylor is looking for its 4th straight win in Big 12 play, which would be the Bears’ 2nd-longest single-season conference winning streak in the Big 12 era, trailing only the 5 straight wins in January 1998.
• 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 101 games over the last three seasons, but BU has won 70 of those 101 games.
• Baylor is 7-2 this season in games decided by 5 points or less or in OT — BU was 3-8 in those games last year.
• Baylor is 22-9 in its last 31 games, with six of the nine losses against ranked teams.
• Baylor has out-shot 20 of 26 opponents this season and has been out-rebounded only five times in 26 games.
• Nine Baylor players average 11+ minutes per game, and Baylor’s bench is averaging 27.3 points per game, while holding opponents to 14.6 bench points per game. BU’s bench has out-scored opposing benches in 21 of 26 games.
• Baylor leads the Big 12 in 3-point percentage (.398), rebounding margin (+8.3) and offensive rebound percentage (.416).
• Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 161-78 (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 13 more Big 12 wins in the last seven years (58-55) than its first 11 years in the league combined (45-131).
• Baylor is 22-34 in Big 12 road games over the last seven seasons after going 8-80 over the league’s first 11 years.
• Baylor is 23-16 in the month on February since the 2010 season.
• This is the 7th straight season Baylor has reached 17 wins — BU reached 17 wins in consecutive seasons only one time prior to the current stretch (1986-87 and 1987-88).
• Head coach Scott Drew is seeking his 196th win at Baylor, which would place him five 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 West Virginia game will be Baylor’s 92nd 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 720 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 (86-32) is 5th on Baylor’s career wins list and has the highest winning percentage (.729) in BU history.
• Jefferson is 3rd in program history with 33 career wins in Big 12 Conference play.
• Head coach Scott Drew is coaching his 343rd game at Baylor (195-147). His .570 winning percentage is best in BU history among coaches with four or more seasons, and his teams have a .674 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’s game is the 5th all-time meeting between Baylor and West Virginia.
• Baylor won the inaugural meeting, 83-81 in overtime, in the 2011 Las Vegas Classic championship game.
• Baylor swept West Virginia a season ago in the Mountaineers’ Big 12 debut, winning 80-60 in Waco on Feb. 13 and 65-62 in Morgantown on Feb. 27.
• West Virginia beat Baylor for the first time, 66-64, when the teams met in Waco on Jan. 28 this season. Baylor left 9 points at the free throw line in that game, shooting 14-of-23. It was also the final game in a 5-game losing streak that was Baylor’s longest since 2009.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
• Brady Heslip (993 career points) and Cory Jefferson (981 career points) are in a close race to become Baylor’s 27th 1,000-point scorer (9th of Drew era). Heslip needs 7 points and Jefferson needs 19 points.
• Heslip has started the last 7 games after coming off the bench in the first 19 contests.
• As a starter, Heslip has played 34 minutes and averaged 13.4 points per game after playing only 22.4 minutes and averaging 10.7 points per game as a reserve.
• Jefferson has scored in double figures in 27 of his last 33 games.
• Jefferson has 20 career double-doubles (9 this season), which ties Lawrence Roberts for 7th in BU history.
• Taurean Prince has combined for 137 points in the last 15 games (9.1 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 (199) as all of last season (88).
• Gary Franklin has hit 39% of his 3-pointers over the last 53 games (66-of-171). 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 22 games after doing so in 2 of 68 previous games at BU.
• Rico Gathers has scored in double figures in 8 of his last 17 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 17 of his last 18 games started.
• Chery has 65 assists and 23 turnovers in his last 12 starts, and he ranks 4th in the Big 12 with a 2.4 AST-TO ratio.
• Isaiah Austin attempted only seven 3-pointers in this season’s first 16 games, but he’s 13-of-33 (39%) from 3-point range in his last 10 games, including a 4-for-8 performance at Kansas.
• Austin had a career-high 9 blocks last Saturday vs. K-State (4th-most in a game in BU history). He’s 5th in program history with 138 career blocks, and he needs 8 blocks to pass Mamadou Diene (145) for 4th place. Next on the list after Diene is Jefferson in 3rd place with 153 blocks.
• Royce O’Neale has multiple assists in 21 of 26 games. He ranks 14th in the Big 12 with 2.7 assists per game.
• Ish Wainright has 18 assists and 5 turnovers in 134 minutes played over the last 15 games. Prior to that, he had 15 assists and 20 turnovers in 148 minutes played over his first 11 collegiate games.
KEYS TO VICTORY
• Baylor is 11-0 when recording more assists than its opponent and 6-9 when posting equal/fewer assists.
• BU is 17-4 when holding opponents under 50% shooting and 0-5 when allowing 50% or better.
• Baylor is 14-3 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 7-7 when shooting 20+ treys.
• BU is 13-3 when holding opponents under 70 points and 4-6 when allowing 70+ points. Conversely, BU is 13-3 when scoring 70+ points and 4-6 when being held under 70 points.
• The Bears are 14-5 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 36% of games in which its been tied or trailing at the half since 2011-12, going 16-28 in those.
• BU has led at halftime in 57 of 101 games over the last three seasons, but Baylor has won 70 of those 101 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 the last seven games and played 30+ minutes in all of them (34 minutes/game).
• Heslip came off the bench and averaged 22.4 minutes per game prior to earning those seven 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 10.0 as a starter. He’s Baylor’s leading scorer in Big 12 play, averaging 12.0 points per game.
• Heslip has combined to go 28-of-61 from 3-point range and is averaging 13.4 points per game in his seven 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 (4.9/gm).
• Chery has posted a 2-to-1 or better assist-to-turnover ratio in 17 of his last 18 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 65 assists and only 23 turnovers in his last 12 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.
PRINCE EMERGING WITH INCREASED PLAYING TIME
• Sophomore forward Taurean Prince has already played 211 minutes in Big 12 play this season after playing only 42 minutes in conference games last year, including 10 DNPs.
• Prince has scored 137 points (9.1 ppg) in the last 15 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 total rebounds per minute (0.41) and ranks 3rd nationally in offensive rebound percentage (20.1%).
• Gathers has played 1,107 career minutes and grabbed 403 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 17 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 (993) and Cory Jefferson (981) 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—8.3), but Jefferson averages more points per minute (0.444—0.377).
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 27.3 ppg, which is 12.7 points better than opposing benches are averaging against the Bears (14.6). Baylor has come out on top in bench points in 21 of 26 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 (.462) and 3-pointers made per game (3.1).
• Heslip’s 43.3% career 3-point shooting is the best in program history (min. 200 attempts), and with 263 career treys, he ranks 4th on Baylor’s all-time list. Next up is Aundre Branch in 3rd place at 267.
• Franklin ranks 7th in the Big 12 in 3-point FG percentage (.375) 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 .375 (39-of-104) this year.
• Both players do most of their damage from long range, with 82.7% of Heslip’s career made field goals from downtown (263-of-318) and 77.7% of Franklin’s field goals made coming from 3-point range (91-of-117).
• Sophomore center Isaiah Austin leads the Big 12 in blocks per game (3.1), which is a significant improvement from his 1.7 blocks per game from a season ago, despite playing 2.8 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 40 total 3-pointers in 26 games after shooting 90 treys in 35 games last year. He’s also improved his free throw shooting from .634 to .698.
• 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 5 in program history in blocked shots.
• Austin is 3rd with 2.26 blocks per game and Jefferson is 5th at 1.30 blocks per game.
• Jefferson’s 153 blocks are 3rd-most in BU history and 24 behind Quincy Acy (177) in 2nd place, while Austin is 5th with 138 blocks, and needs 8 more to pass Mamadou Diene (145) for 4th place.
JEFFERSON AMONG BAYLOR CAREER LEADERS
• Cory Jefferson has 20 career double-doubles, tying him with Lawrence Roberts for 7th on Baylor’s all-time list. He ranks 2nd in the Big 12 with 9 double-doubles this season.
• Jefferson ranks 4th in program history in career blocks (153), 5th in career blocks per game (1.30), 5th in career wins (86), 3rd in career Big 12 wins (33) and 9th in career field goal percentage (.560).
• Jefferson has scored in double figures in 27 of his last 33 games dating back to the 2012-13 season.
WINNING BATTLE OF THE BOARDS
• BU has been out-rebounded just five times in 26 games this season.
• The Bears have grabbed 40+ rebounds in 13 games, and with wins in 11 of those 13, BU is now 75-19 in the Drew era when recording 40 or more rebounds in a game.
• The Bears’ frontcourt trio of Cory Jefferson (8.2), Rico Gathers (7.4) and Isaiah Austin (5.8) combine to average 21.4 rebounds per game, including 7.9 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 58-55 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 SIX WINS BACK OF SCHOOL RECORD
• Scott Drew ranks 2nd in Baylor history with 195 career wins as the Bears’ head coach. Drew needs six wins to tie Bill Henderson (201 wins; 1941-43 and 1945-61) for the all-time wins record.
• Drew’s .570 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 161-78 (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 on the road when it travels to Austin to face Texas at 8 p.m. Wednesday on ESPNU.
• The Bears are 7-4 in their last 11 games against Texas, including wins in two of their last four trips to Austin — 2010 and 2012, the two seasons Baylor advanced to the Elite Eight.
• Baylor is 20-3 against in-state opponents since the start of the 2011-12 season, but the Bears lost 74-60 when Texas came to Waco on Jan. 25 this season. That game was the 4th in Baylor’s 5-game losing streak.