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Saturday is the 128th all-time meeting between Baylor and Texas Tech. TTU leads 76-51 in the series, but the Bears are 32-26 against Tech in games played in Waco, and BU is 12-9 against Tech under Scott Drew.
BU is 10-3 against Texas Tech since 2007-08, including season sweeps in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2013.
Baylor swept the season series last year, recording an 82-48 win in Lubbock and a 75-48 win in Waco, but Tech defeated Baylor, 82-72, when the teams met in Lubbock on Jan. 15 this season.
Baylor is 70-16 at home since 2009-10, posting an .814 winning percentage.
Brady Heslip (1,011 career points) and Cory Jefferson (1,010) joined Baylor's 1,000-point club in the last week. Heslip is 27th on BU's all-time scoring list, while Jefferson is one point back in 28th.
Jefferson has double-doubles in each of the last four games, and he leads the Big 12 with 11 this season.
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 103 games over the last three seasons, but BU has won 71 of those 103 games.
Baylor has trailed at the half in each of its last four games (by 9, 5, 6 and 15 points), but the Bears have come back to win three of those four games. The lone loss was the 15-point deficit at Texas, which BU cut to 1 point.
Baylor is 20-4 against in-state opponents since the start of the 2011-12 season, with one of the losses to Tech.
Baylor is 7-3 this season in games decided by 5 points or less or in OT -- BU was 3-8 in those games last year.
Baylor is 23-10 in its last 33 games, with seven of the 10 losses against ranked teams.
Baylor has out-shot 21 of 28 opponents this season and has been out-rebounded only six times in 28 games.
Nine Baylor players average 11+ minutes per game, and Baylor's bench is averaging 25.9 points per game, while holding opponents to 14.0 bench points per game. BU's bench has out-scored opposing benches in 22 of 28 games.
Baylor leads the Big 12 in 3-point percentage (.398), rebounding margin (+7.8) and offensive rebound percentage (.416).
Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 162-79 (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 14 more Big 12 wins in the last seven years (59-56) than its first 11 years in the league combined (45-131).
Baylor is 3-0 in overtime games this season, including its last two home games, and 14-3 in OT games under Drew.
This is the 7th straight season Baylor has reached 18 wins -- BU reached 18 wins in consecutive seasons only one time prior to the current stretch (1986-87 and 1987-88).
Baylor has won multiple games against AP Top 25 teams for a 7th straight season (No. 3 Kentucky & No. 8 OSU).
Head coach Scott Drew is seeking his 197th win at Baylor, which would place him four back of the school record.
16 of Baylor's 33 all-time wins versus AP Top 25 teams have come in the last seven seasons. BU is 16-38 against AP ranked teams since 2007-08 after going 17-122 vs. ranked opponents in its first 101 seasons.
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 Texas Tech game will be Baylor's 94th 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 722 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 (87-33) is 4th on Baylor's career wins list and has the highest winning percentage (.725) in BU history.
Jefferson is 3rd in program history with 34 career wins in Big 12 Conference play.
Head coach Scott Drew is coaching his 345th game at Baylor (196-148). His .570 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).
Baylor is 51-76 in the all-time series against Texas Tech, including a 32-26 mark in games played in Waco, but the Bears are 10-3 against the Red Raiders since 2007-08.
Baylor is looking to avoid being swept in the season series for the first time since 2005.
A WIN WOULD ...
Improve Baylor's all-time record against Texas Tech to 52-76, including a 13-9 mark in the Drew era.
Make Baylor 21-4 against in-state opponents since the start of the 2011-12 season.
Give Baylor seven Big 12 wins, tying the program's 5th-most in the league's 18 seasons.
Make Baylor 8-1 in its last nine home games against Texas Tech and 11-3 in its last 14 games vs. Tech overall.
Give Baylor a 3rd straight season with 19 or more wins and mark the 6th time in the last seven years the Bears have reached 19 wins. Prior to that stretch, BU had never gone consecutive seasons with 19+ wins.
Be Scott Drew's 197th career win as Baylor head coach -- four shy of Bill Henderson's school record.
Make Baylor 24-10 in its last 34 games dating back to 2012-13, with seven of the 10 losses to ranked teams.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
Brady Heslip (1,011 career points) and Cory Jefferson (1,010 points) are 27th and 28th on Baylor's all-time scoring list, and both reached the 1,000-point milestone in the last week.
Jefferson has posted double-doubles in each of his last four games, averaging 18.8 points, 12.0 rebounds and 1.8 blocks in 34.2 minutes per game. He leads the Big 12 with 11 double-doubles this season, and his 22 career double-doubles rank 7th in BU history. With one more, Jefferson will tie for 8th on Baylor's single-season double-doubles list.
Heslip has started the last 9 games after coming off the bench in the first 19 contests. As a starter, Heslip has averaged 12.4 points per game in 33 minutes per game after playing only 22 minutes and averaging 10.7 points per game as a reserve. He's also hit at least four 3-pointers in six of the nine starts.
Heslip has made 86 3-pointers this season (9th on BU single-season list), and he has three of the top-10 single-season 3-pointers made totals in BU history (4th, 100 in 11-12; 10th, 83 in 12-13). He's one back of Kenny Taylor (87) in 8th, two back of Pierre Jackson (88) in 7th and three back of LaceDarius Dunn (89) in 6th.
With five 3-pointers made, Heslip will tie Tweety Carter (274) for 2nd on Baylor's career list.
Kenny Chery has posted a 2-to-1 or better assist-to-turnover ratio in 19 of his last 20 games started.
Chery has 74 assists and 23 turnovers in his last 14 starts, and he ranks 4th in the Big 12 with a 2.6 AST-TO ratio.
Chery ranks 5th in Baylor history with 4.89 assists per game.
Isaiah Austin has 89 blocks this season, the 4th-most in BU history. He trails only Brian Skinner (97 in 96-97; 98 in 97-98) and Ekpe Udoh (133 in 09-10). Austin's 3.18 blocks per game is currently 5th on BU's single-season list.
Austin is 4th program history with 147 career blocks, and he is 10 behind teammate Jefferson for 3rd. Austin also ranks 3rd in BU history with 2.33 career blocks per game.
Royce O'Neale has multiple assists in 23 of 28 games. He ranks 14th in the Big 12 with 2.8 assists per game.
O'Neale made all 8 shots (including 4 treys), had 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 0 turnovers in Saturday's win at WVU.
Taurean Prince has played 224 minutes in Big 12 play this season, more than five times his 42 minutes of action in league play as a freshman last year, including 10 games DNPs (coaches decision).
Prince has already scored more than twice as many points this season (204) as all of last season (88).
Gary Franklin has scored in double figures seven times this season after doing so in only two of 64 games in his first two seasons at BU.
Rico Gathers has scored in double figures in eight of his last 19 games after scoring in double figures just five 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 (0.40).
Ish Wainright has 18 assists and 5 turnovers in 137 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 12-0 when recording more assists than its opponent and 6-10 when posting equal/fewer assists.
BU is 18-5 when holding opponents under 50% shooting and 0-5 when allowing 50% or better.
Baylor is 15-3 when recording more points in the paint than opponents and 3-7 with equal/fewer points in paint.
Baylor is 10-2 when attempting fewer than 20 3-pointers and 8-8 when shooting 20+ treys.
BU is 13-3 when holding opponents under 70 points and 5-7 when allowing 70+ points. Conversely, BU is 14-3 when scoring 70+ points and 4-7 when being held under 70 points.
HALFTIME ADJUSTMENTS PAYING OFF
Baylor trailed at the half in each of its last four games (by 9, 5, 6 and 15 points), but the Bears rallied to win three of those four. The lone loss was a 15-point halftime deficit at Texas, which the Bears cut to 1 in the final minute.
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 37% of games in which its been tied or trailing at the half since 2011-12, going 17-29 in those.
BU has led at halftime in 57 of 103 games over the last three seasons, but Baylor has won 71 of those 103 games.
BEST IN TEXAS
Baylor is 20-4 against in-state opponents since the start of the 2011-12 season, including a 3-3 mark this season. The losses in that stretch came at Texas in 2013 and 2014, at Texas Tech in 2014 and home vs. Texas in 2014.
BU is a combined 34-8 against Lone Star State teams over the last four seasons after going 10-27 vs. in-state teams in Scott Drew's first six seasons at Baylor. (7-1 in 2012-13, 10-0 in 2011-12, 5-3 in 2010-11, 9-1 in 2009-10).
HESLIP'S ROLE INCREASING
Brady Heslip has started the last nine games and played 30+ minutes eight times (33 minutes/game).
Heslip came off the bench and averaged 22.4 minutes per game prior to earning those nine starts.
Heslip is Baylor's 2nd-leading scorer in Big 12 play, averaging 11.6 points per game.
Heslip has combined to go 34-of-72 (47%) from 3-point range and is averaging 12.4 points in his nine starts.
CHERY PICKING HIS SPOTS
Point guard Kenny Chery ranks 4th in the Big 12 in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.6) and 4th in assists (4.9/gm).
Chery has posted a 2-to-1 or better assist-to-turnover ratio in 19 of his last 20 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 74 assists and only 23 turnovers in his last 14 starts, good for a 3.2 assist-to-turnover ratio.
DREW FIVE WINS BACK OF SCHOOL RECORD
Scott Drew ranks 2nd in Baylor history with 196 career wins as the Bears' head coach. Drew needs five 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.
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.
JEFFERSON AND HESLIP JOIN 1,000-POINT CLUB
Brady Heslip and Cory Jefferson became the 27th and 28th players in program history to reach 1,000 points.
Heslip (1,011 career points) became the 18th player in BU history to reach the milestone in three seasons of play when he achieved the milestone on Feb. 22 at West Virginia.
Jefferson (1,010 career points) achieved the feat on Feb. 26 at Texas.
Ten players in the Drew era have reached the milestone: Aaron Bruce, Curtis Jerrells, Henry Dugat, Kevin Rogers, LaceDarius Dunn, Tweety Carter, Quincy Acy, Pierre Jackson, Heslip and Jefferson.
Heslip has a higher career scoring average (9.9--8.4), but Jefferson averages more points per minute (0.445--0.376).
FREE THROWS MAKE DIFFERENCE IN FOUR 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.
Baylor shot 63% and missed 10 free throws (17-of-27) in a 5-point loss at Texas on Feb. 26. The Bears cut a 15-point halftime deficit to 1 in the final minute, but UT scored the final 4 points, including a pair of free throws.
RECENT SUCCESS IN THE BIG 12
Baylor is 59-56 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.
PRINCE EMERGING WITH INCREASED PLAYING TIME
Sophomore forward Taurean Prince has already played 224 minutes in Big 12 play this season after playing only 42 minutes in conference games last year, including 10 DNPs.
Prince has scored 142 points (8.4 ppg) in the last 17 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 (0.40) and ranks 2nd nationally in offensive rebound percentage (19.9%).
Gathers has played 1,133 career minutes and grabbed 410 rebounds (0.362/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 9 of the last 19 games, more than doubling his number of double-figure scoring games from his previous 44 collegiate games (4).
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, seven Baylor players are averaging at least 18 minutes per game.
BU's bench is averaging 25.9 ppg, which is 11.9 points better than opposing benches are averaging against the Bears (14.0). Baylor has come out on top in bench points in 21 of 28 games this season.
HESLIP, BAYLOR LEAD BIG 12 IN 3-POINT SHOOTING
Brady Heslip leads the Big 12 in 3-point shooting percentage (.467) and 3-pointers made per game (3.1), providing the majority of Baylor's Big 12-best 39.8% 3-point shooting as a team.
Heslip's 43.5% career 3-point shooting is the best in program history (min. 200 attempts), and with 269 career treys, he ranks 3rd on Baylor's all-time list. Next up is Tweety Carter in 2nd place at 274.
Heslip has made 40% of Baylor's 3-pointers this season (86-of-215). Gary Franklin is 2nd on the team with 39 3-pointers made, followed by Kenny Chery (28), Royce O'Neale (20), Taurean Prince (15) and Isaiah Austin (14).
Heslip and Franklin do most of their damage from long range, with 83% of Heslip's career made field goals from downtown (269-of-324) and 77% of Franklin's field goals made coming from 3-point range (91-of-118).
Sophomore center Isaiah Austin leads the Big 12 in blocks per game (3.2), which is a significant improvement from his 1.7 blocks per game from a season ago, despite playing 2.3 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 44 total 3-pointers in 28 games after shooting 90 treys in 35 games last year. He's also improved his free throw shooting from .634 to .682.
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 2.32 blocks per game and Jefferson is 5th at 1.30 blocks per game.
Jefferson's 155 blocks are 3rd-most in BU history and 22 behind Quincy Acy (177) in 2nd place, while Austin is tied for 4th with 145 blocks, and is 10 behind Jefferson in 3rd place.
JEFFERSON AMONG BAYLOR CAREER LEADERS
Cory Jefferson has 22 career double-doubles, ranking 7th on Baylor's all-time list. He leads the Big 12 with 11 double-doubles this season, which is tied for 10th-most in a season in Baylor history.
Jefferson ranks 3rd in program history in career blocks (157), 5th in career blocks per game (1.31), 4th in career wins (87), 3rd in career Big 12 wins (34) and 9th in career field goal percentage (.554).
Jefferson has scored in double figures in 29 of his last 35 games dating back to the 2012-13 season.
WINNING BATTLE OF THE BOARDS
BU has been out-rebounded just six times in 28 games this season.
The Bears have grabbed 40+ rebounds in 14 games, and with wins in 11 of those 14, BU is now 75-20 in the Drew era when recording 40 or more rebounds in a game.
The Bears' frontcourt trio of Cory Jefferson (8.4), Rico Gathers (7.1) and Isaiah Austin (5.5) combine to average 21.0 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 (0.40).
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 162-79 (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.
20 WINS = POSTSEASON
Baylor, which has won 20-plus games eight times in the program's first 107 seasons, is seeking to win 20 games for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. The Bears have advanced to the postseason in all eight 20-win seasons.
Head coach Scott Drew has led Baylor to 20-win seasons in five of the last six years after the Bears had only three 20-win seasons in the program's first 101 seasons.
Drew is the only Baylor coach to amass five 20-win seasons and five postseason appearances.
Baylor hosts Iowa State for senior night at 6 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN2.
The Bears will be honoring seniors Gary Franklin, Brady Heslip and Cory Jefferson prior to the game.
Baylor will look to snap Iowa State's 4-game winning streak in the series, but the Bears are 8-2 all-time against Iowa State in games played in Waco.