|Baylor (16-10, 7-6) vs. Oklahoma (17-8, 8-5)
Feb. 23, 2013 | 4:00 p.m. CT
Norman, Okla. | Lloyd Noble Center (12,000)
TV: ESPNU & WatchESPN
Radio: ESPN Central Texas 1660 AM, Sirius 92, XM 190
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Saturday's game will be televised on ESPNU with Brad Sham (pxp) and Bob Valvano (analyst) serving as talent.
Saturday is the 49th series meeting between Baylor and Oklahoma. The Bears have won 5 of 8 after a 30-game losing streak.
Baylor is above .500 through 13 Big 12 games for the 4th time -- BU made the NCAA Tournament each of the previous times.
Baylor is 10-5 in its last 15 games against Oklahoma Big 12 schools after going 6-48 in the Big 12's first 13 seasons.
Baylor is 14-2 in its last 16 games against founding members of the Big 12 South Division (UT, TTU, A&M, OU, OSU).
Baylor is 19-28 in Big 12 road games over the last six seasons after going 8-80 in road games over the league's first 11 years.
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 (51-44) than its first 11 years in the league combined (45-131).
Baylor is the only team ranked in the top 4 of the Big 12 in scoring offense (70.5; 3rd) and scoring defense (64.3; 4th) in league play.
Baylor is 13-0 this season when leading or tied at halftime, but the Bears are 0-6 in games decided by 5 or fewer points.
Baylor has accounted for 27% of double-doubles by Big 12 players this season (24-of-88). Isaiah Austin (9) and Cory Jefferson (9) each have more double-doubles than seven Big 12 teams (TTU-8, WVU-5, TCU-4, OU-4, KSU-4, UT-3, OSU-3).
Pierre Jackson needs 5 points to become the 26th player in program history to reach 1,000 career points. Jackson would be the 5th player to reach 1,000 points in his first 2 seasons (LaceDarius Dunn, Terry Teagle, Vinnie Johnson and William Chatmon).
Jackson has made a 3FG in 37 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 (6.4); 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 4th in AST/TO ratio (1.8).
Three Baylor players are in the Big 12's top 15 in scoring -- Jackson (1st, 18.9), Austin (10th, 13.4) and Jefferson (14th, 12.2).
Jefferson ranks 2nd in the Big 12 in FG% (58.6) and blocks (2.0/gm) and 3rd in rebounding (8.3/gm) and double-doubles (9).
Jefferson has scored more than twice as many points in 25 games this season (317) than in 55 games over his first two years (148).
Austin ranks 2nd in the Big 12 in rebounding (9.2), 3rd in double-doubles (9), 10th in scoring (13.4) and 11th in FG percentage (46.8).
Austin is tied for 4th nationally among freshmen with 9 double-doubles -- he has 8 double-doubles in his last 17 games.
Brady Heslip has made a 3FG in 58 of 63 games in his career. He has 42 games with 2+ 3FG and 29 games with 3+ 3FG.
Heslip is 7th on Baylor's all-time 3-point FGs made list (161) and he ranks 2nd with a 43.5 career 3-point field goal percentage.
Heslip has made 48.4% of his 3-point attempts in his last 10 games (31-of-64) after shooting 35% in his first 15 games (30-of-85).
A.J. Walton ranks 3rd in the Big 12 in AST/TO ratio (1.8), 3rd in steals (1.8) and 7th in assists (3.7).
Walton is 1 of 2 players in program history with 200+ career steals (208) and 1 of 5 with 400+ career assists (416).
Walton (91-39) 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 every 2.80 minutes played, which averages out to 14.3 rebounds per 40 minutes.
Gathers ranks 6th in the Big 12 in with 7.3 rebs/gm in league play. His 6.1 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, 2.8), Jefferson (3rd, 2.8) and Gathers (4th, 2.6).
Jefferson (62-19) 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 (.765) of any player among the Bears' top 10 in career victories.
Head coach Scott Drew is coaching his 306th game at Baylor (171-134). His .561 winning percentage is best in program history among coaches with 4 or more seasons, and his teams have a .678 winning percentage since the start of the 2007-08 season.
Baylor is 137-65 since the start of the 2007-08 season, including four 20-win seasons in the last five years. The Bears have more wins in those 6 seasons than 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 683 consecutive games.
Saturday is the 49th series meeting and the 35th in the Big 12 era. Oklahoma leads the series 38-10, with all five of Baylor's Big 12 series wins coming since 2009-10.
Baylor has won 5 of the last 8 series meetings after snapping a 30-game losing streak against the Sooners. Baylor's last win before the 30-game losing streak was on Dec. 6, 1977, and the Bears' snapped the streak on Jan. 9, 2010.
Saturday's game will be televised on ESPNU at 4 p.m. CT. It's the 18th of a school-record 21 times the Bears are scheduled to play on an ESPN network this season. Brad Sham (play-by-play) and Bob Valvano (analyst) will serve as talent.
The game is also available on WatchESPN at http://es.pn/mbb-BAYLORvsOK.
A WIN WOULD ...
Be Scott Drew's 172nd career victory as Baylor head coach -- 29 shy of Bill Henderson's Baylor record.
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. Oklahoma to 11-38, including a 5-18 record in Norman and a 6-15 record under Drew.
Make Baylor 11-5 in its last 16 games against Oklahoma Big 12 schools after going 6-48 in the Big 12's first 13 seasons.
Give Baylor a 15-2 record in its last 17 games vs. founding members of the Big 12 South Division (UT, TTU, A&M, OU, OSU).
Make Baylor 20-28 in Big 12 road games over the last six seasons after going 8-80 in road games over the league's first 11 years.
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 138-65 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 52-44 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 30-48 in the month of February in the Drew era, including a 19-13 record since 2009-10.
JACKSON NEEDS 5 POINTS TO JOIN 1,000-POINT CLUB
Pierre Jackson needs 5 points to become the 26th 1,000-point scorer in Baylor history.
Jackson would be the 5th player to reach 1,000 points in his first two seasons, joining LaceDarius Dunn, Terry Teagle, Vinnie Johnson and William Chatmon.
Jackson would become the 8th 1,000-point scorer in the Scott Drew era, joining Aaron Bruce, Curtis Jerrells, Henry Dugat, Kevin Rogers, Dunn, Tweety Carter and Quincy Acy.
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 10 of its last 15 against the league's Sooner State schools.
13 of Baylor's 16 Big 12 wins against the Oklahoma schools have come under head coach Scott Drew.
PILING UP WINS AGAINST HISTORIC RIVALS
Baylor went a perfect 10-0 against former Big 12 South Division members in 2011-12. The Bears swept Oklahoma and Oklahoma State for the first time in program history, they swept Texas and Texas A&M in the same season for the first time since 1970-71, and BU swept Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech in the same season for the first time ever.
Baylor extended its winning streak to 13 games against former Big 12 South teams before losing to OU and OSU.
The Bears have won 14 of their last 16 against former Big 12 South teams, including a 4-2 mark this season.
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 (19-28).
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 2-4 this season.
IMPROVED DEFENSE IN CONFERENCE PLAY
In conference play, Baylor leads the Big 12 in 3-point defense (.275), ranks 2nd in field goal defense (.399) and blocked shots (4.5 bpg), and 3rd in scoring offense (70.5), scoring margin (+6.2) and assists (14.2).
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.
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.
BAYLOR'S RECENT SUCCESS IN THE BIG 12
Baylor is 51-44 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.
JACKSON ON TRACK TO MAKE HISTORY
Bob Cousy Award finalist Pierre Jackson leads the Big 12 in scoring (18.9) and assists (6.4), 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 led the Pac-10 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 and assists. He is 16th in assists and 29th in scoring (as of Feb. 21).
HESLIP HEATING UP
Brady Heslip is shooting 48.4% from 3-point range over his last 10 games (31-of-64), averaging 3.1 3FGM per game.
Heslip started the season shooting 35% from 3-point range in his first 15 games (30-of-85).
Heslip ranks 3rd in the Big 12 in 3-pointers made per game (2.4) and 4th in 3-point FG percentage (40.9).
Heslip is the only player in Baylor history to make 100+ 3-pointers while shooting at least 40% (43.5).
Heslip has at least three 3-pointers in each of his last five games, combining to hit 19-of-38 attempts in that span.
CRASHING THE BOARDS
Baylor has three of the Big 12's top four offensive rebounders.
Isaiah Austin (2.8) ranks 2nd, while Cory Jefferson (2.8) is 3rd and Rico Gathers (2.6) is 4th in the conference.
All three rank in the Big 12's top 15 in total rebounding, with Austin 2nd (9.2), Jefferson 4th (8.3) and Gathers 14th (6.1).
Austin (6.3) also ranks 2nd in the league in defensive rebounds and Jefferson (5.5) ranks 4th in defensive rebounding.
Freshman Isaiah Austin is averaging 13.6 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks over his last 17 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, 13 double-figure scoring games and 10 double-figure rebounding games in his last 17 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.
JACKSON'S DOUBLE-FIGURE SCORING STREAK SNAPPED AT 31
Pierre Jackson has scored double figures in 32 of his last 33 games. He had a streak of 31 consecutive double-figure scoring games snapped when he was held to 7 points at Kansas State on Feb. 16, but he had 9 assists in that game.
Jackson's streak was the longest by a Baylor player since LaceDarius Dunn went 32 games March 6, 2010--Feb. 26, 2011.
Jackson scored 574 points (18.5 ppg) and dished out 193 assists (6.2 apg) during the 31-game streak.
Freshman Rico Gathers is averaging one rebound every 2.8 minutes, which averages out to 14.3 rebounds per 40 minutes.
Gathers ranks 14th in the Big 12 with 6.1 rebounds per game, which trails only teammate Isaiah Austin (9.2) among freshmen.
Gathers is 4th in the Big 12 with 2.6 offensive rebounds per game, despite playing just 17.0 minutes per game.
In Big 12 play, Gathers ranks 6th in the league with 7.3 rebounds per game and 3rd with 2.8 offensive rebounds per game.
Gathers led the Bears in points (22) and rebounds (9) in the Feb. 13 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 more than twice as many points this season (317) than in 55 career games over his first two years (148).
Jefferson has scored in double figures in 17 of 26 games this year, including three 20-point games and 9 double-doubles.
Jefferson entered the season with a career high of 25 minutes, but he's played at least 26 minutes in 19 of 26 games this season.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES ALL AROUND
Baylor has accounted for 27% of the double-doubles by Big 12 players this season (24-of-88) -- Baylor 24, Iowa State 19, Kansas 14, Texas Tech 8, West Virginia 5, Kansas State 4, Oklahoma 4, TCU 4, Texas 3, Oklahoma State 3.
Isaiah Austin (9) and Cory Jefferson (9) each have more double-doubles than seven Big 12 teams (TT, WV, 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 18 career double-digit assist games, and Jackson (6), A.J. Walton (2) and Rose (1) have combined for 9 of those 18 games with 10 or more assists.
WALTON 2ND ON BAYLOR WINS LIST, JEFFERSON 10TH
Senior G A.J. Walton is tied with former teammate Anthony Jones (91) for 2nd on Baylor's all-time wins list.
Walton has a .700 career winning percentage in games played (91-39), which is 2nd-best among players with 100 or more games.
Cory Jefferson (62) needs 1 more win to tie Kevin Rogers (63) for 9th on the Bears' career wins list.
Jefferson has a .765 career winning percentage in career games played (62-19), which is best among Baylor's top 10 in wins.
2ND-LONGEST 3-POINT STREAK IN BAYLOR HISTORY
Baylor guards Pierre Jackson has hit at least one 3-pointer in 37 consecutive games dating back to the last 12 games of the 2011-12 season. His streak is the 2nd-longest in Baylor history, eight behind LaceDarius Dunn (45).
Brady Heslip had a 20-game 3-pointer streak snapped on Jan. 12, but it was the 7th-longest streak in Baylor history.
JEFFERSON CLIMBING BLOCKS CHART
Cory Jefferson (98) needs 3 more blocks to tie Joey Fatta (101) for 6th on Baylor's all-time blocks list.
Jefferson needs 2 blocks to become the 7th player in program history with 100 or more career blocks and the 5th player in program history to record 100 or more career blocks while averaging at least 1.00 blocks per game.
Among players on Baylor's top 10 blocks list, only Ekpe Udoh (36) has played fewer career games than Jefferson.
Baylor makes its first-ever trip to Morgantown, W.Va. to face West Virginia at 7 p.m. CT Wednesday on Big 12 Network.
The Bears are 2-0 all-time against the Mountaineers. Baylor beat WVU in the 2011 Las Vegas Classic championship game, and the Bears won the first-ever Big 12 meeting, 80-60, in Waco on Feb. 13.