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Men's Hoops Hosts No. 13 K-State


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Baylor (17-11, 8-7) vs. Kansas State (23-5, 12-3)
March 2, 2013 | 6:00 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)

TV: ESPN2 & WatchESPN
Radio: ESPN Central Texas 1660 AM / Sirius 85 / XM 85
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MEDIA INFORMATION
Date Sat., March 2 | 6:00 p.m. CT
Location Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
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TV ESPN2
TV Talent Mark Neely (pxp), Bob Knight (color)
Web Stream WatchESPN
Radio ESPN Central Texas | Listen Online
Radio Talent John Morris (pxp), Pat Nunley (color)
Satellite Radio Sirius 85 / XM 85
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Game Notes Baylor | Kansas State
Twitter @BaylorMBB
BAYLOR BEARS
Record 17-11, 8-7
Ranking NR (AP), NR (Coaches)
Last Game Won at West Virginia, 65-62
Head Coach Scott Drew
Career: 192-146 (11th season)
BU Record: 172-135 (10th season)
KANSAS STATE WILDCATS
Record 23-5, 12-3
Ranking 13 (AP), 13 (Coaches)
Last Game Won vs. Texas Tech, 75-55
Head Coach Bruce Weber
Career: 336-160 (15th season)
KSU Record: 23-5 (1st season)

STORY LINES
• Saturday's game will be televised on ESPN with Mark Neely (pxp) and Bob Knight (analyst) serving as talent.
• Saturday is the 28th series meeting between Baylor and K-State. The Bears are 5-4 all-time vs. KSU in Waco.
• Baylor is 1-6 in games decided by 5 or fewer points, and BU shot below 70% from the free throw line in all six losses.
• Baylor is playing a ranked opponent at home for the first time this season -- BU has played 5 road games vs. ranked teams.
• Baylor has won 18 straight and 39 of its last 40 games when leading at the half over the last two seasons.
• Baylor is 23-9 in Big 12 home games since the start of the 2010 conference season.
• Baylor is 55-11 at home since the start of the 2009-10 season and 81-20 at home since the start of the 2007-08 season.
• 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 (52-45) than its first 11 years in the league combined (45-131).
• Baylor has accounted for 26% of double-doubles by Big 12 players this season (24-of-91). Isaiah Austin (9) and Cory Jefferson (9) each have more double-doubles than six Big 12 teams (WVU-5, TCU-4, OU-4, KSU-4, UT-3, OSU-3).
• Baylor is 10-3 when shooting 20+ free throws and 7-8 when going to the free throw line less than 20 times.
• The Bears are 9-1 when recording 16+ assists and 8-10 when posting 15 or fewer assists.
• Baylor is 11-0 when scoring 37+ points in the first half and 6-11 when scoring 36 or fewer points in the first 20 minutes.
Pierre Jackson (1,038 career points) is one of five players in Baylor history to reach 1,000 points in his first two seasons.
• Jackson has made a 3FG in 39 consecutive games, which is the 2nd-longest streak in program history (LaceDarius Dunn-45).
• Jackson leads the Big 12 in scoring (19.1) 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 3rd in AST/TO ratio (1.8) and 6th in steals (1.5).
• Three Baylor players are in the Big 12's top 16 in scoring -- Jackson (1st, 19.1), Austin (10th, 13.7) and Jefferson (16th, 11.8).
• Jefferson ranks 2nd in the Big 12 in FG% (58.2), 3rd in blocks (1.9/gm) and double-doubles (9) and 4th in rebounding (8.3/gm).
• Jefferson has scored more than twice as many points in 26 games this season (330) than in 55 games over his first two years (148).
• Austin ranks 2nd in the Big 12 in rebounding (8.8), 3rd in double-doubles (9), 6th in blocks (1.5) and 10th in scoring (13.7).
• Austin is tied for 4th nationally among freshmen with 9 double-doubles -- the most of any power-6 conference freshman.
Brady Heslip has made a 3FG in 59 of 65 games in his career. He has 43 games with 2+ 3FG and 30 games with 3+ 3FG.
• Heslip has made 43% of his 3-point attempts in his last 12 games (34-of-79) after shooting 35% in his first 15 games (30-of-85).
• Heslip is 7th on Baylor's all-time 3-point FGs made list (161) and he ranks 2nd with a 42.7 career 3-point field goal percentage.
A.J. Walton is 1 of 2 players in program history with 200+ career steals (212) and 1 of 5 with 400+ career assists (417).
• Walton (92-40) ranks 2nd on Baylor's all-time wins list, five shy of Quincy Acy's school record 97 career victories.
• Rico Gathers is averaging one rebound every 2.91 minutes played, which averages out to 13.8 rebounds per 40 minutes.
• Gathers ranks 9th in the Big 12 in with 6.6 rebs/gm in league play. His 5.8 rpg in all games ranks 2nd among Big 12 freshmen.
• Baylor has 3 of the Big 12's top 4 in offensive rebounding -- Jefferson (2nd, 2.9), Austin (3rd, 2.8) and Gathers (4th, 2.5).
• Jefferson (63-20) needs 1 more win to tie Curtis Jerrells (64-55) for 8th on Baylor's all-time wins list -- Jefferson has the highest winning percentage (.759) of any player among the Bears' top 10 in career victories.
• Head coach Scott Drew is coaching his 308th game at Baylor (172-135). His .560 winning percentage is best in program history among coaches with 4 or more seasons, and his teams have a .676 winning percentage since the start of the 2007-08 season.
• Baylor is 138-66 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 685 consecutive games.

SERIES HISTORY
• Saturday is the 28th meeting in the series with Kansas State and the 10th in Waco. K-State holds a 15-12 advantage in the all-time series, but Baylor leads 5-4 in games played in Waco.
Pierre Jackson had 7 points and 9 assists when the teams met on Feb. 16, snapping his streak of consecutive games scoring in double figures at 31 straight. A.J. Walton (14 points) led Baylor in scoring for the only time in his 132 career games played.

TELEVISION COVERAGE
• Saturday's game will be televised on ESPN2 at 6 p.m. CT, marking the 19th of a school-record 21 times the Bears will play on ESPN networks during the regular season. Mark Neely (play-by-play) and Bob Knight (analyst) will serve as talent.
• The game is also available on WatchESPN at http://es.pn/mbb-KSUvsBAYLOR.

A WIN WOULD ...
• Be Scott Drew's 173rd career victory as Baylor head coach -- 28 shy of Bill Henderson's Baylor record.
• Give Baylor multiple wins vs. AP Top 25 teams for the 6th consecutive season.
• Tie for the 3rd-most Big 12 wins in school history (9-7 in 2007-08).
• Improve Baylor's all-time record vs. Kansas State to 13-15, including a 6-4 record in games played in Waco.
• Move A.J. Walton (93) within four wins of Quincy Acy's school record 97 career victories.
• Improve Baylor's record to 139-66 since the start of the 2007-08 season, giving the Bears four more victories in the last six years than in the Big 12's first 11 seasons combined (135-176).
• Make Baylor 53-45 in Big 12 games since 2007-08, eight more wins than the Bears had in the Big 12's first 11 years (45-131).
• Improve Baylor's record to 24-22 in the month of March in the Drew era, including a 19-11 record since 2008-09.

FREE THROWS MAKING DIFFERENCE IN CLOSE GAMES
• Baylor is 1-6 this season in games decided by 5 points or less, and BU has shot below 70% on free throws in all six losses.
• The Bears have combined to shoot 58% from the free throw line in those six losses (63-of-109).
• In its 17 wins, Baylor has shot 71% from the free throw line (259-of-366).
• Baylor's 5 losses by more than 5 points were all road games (Gonzaga, Kansas, Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma).

HALF THE BATTLE
• Baylor has won 18 straight and 39 of its last 40 games when leading at the half over the last two seasons.
• The Bears are 13-0 this season and 141-25 during the Scott Drew era when leading or tied at the break.
• Baylor is 9-28 when trailing at the half over the last three seasons, including a 4-11 mark this season.

RECENT SUCCESS IN THE BIG 12
• Baylor is 52-45 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, 8 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.

JACKSON CLIMBING ALL-TIME SCORING CHART
Pierre Jackson (1,038 career points) became the 26th 1,000-point scorer in Baylor history on Feb. 23.
• Jackson became the 5th Baylor player to reach 1,000 points in his first two seasons, joining LaceDarius Dunn, Terry Teagle, Vinnie Johnson and William Chatmon.
• Jackson needs 3 points to pass Don Heathington for 25th, 8 points to pass Kelvin Chalmers for 24th, 9 points to pass Winston Moore for 23rd, 16 points to pass Jerry Mallett for 22nd and 25 points to pass Arthur Edwards for 21st.

JACKSON ON TRACK TO MAKE HISTORY
• Bob Cousy Award finalist Pierre Jackson leads the Big 12 in scoring (19.1) 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 (14th in assists, 26th in scoring as of Feb. 27).

HESLIP HEATING UP
Brady Heslip is shooting 43% from 3-point range over his last 12 games (34-of-79), including 8 games with 3+ made 3-pointers.
• Heslip started the season shooting 35% from 3-point range in his first 15 games (30-of-85).
• Heslip has at least three 3-pointers in 6 of his last 7 games, combining to hit 22-of-53 attempts in that span (42%).
• Heslip ranks 3rd in the Big 12 in 3-pointers made per game (2.4) and 5th in 3-point FG percentage (39.0).
• Heslip is the only player in Baylor history to make 100+ 3-pointers while shooting at least 40% (42.6).

CRASHING THE BOARDS
• Baylor has three of the Big 12's top four offensive rebounders.
• Cory Jefferson (2.9) ranks 2nd, while Isaiah Austin (2.8) is 3rd and Rico Gathers (2.5) is 4th in the conference.
• All three rank in the Big 12's top 15 in total rebounding, with Austin 2nd (8.8), Jefferson 4th (8.3) and Gathers 14th (5.8).
• Austin, Gathers and Jefferson are all in the Big 12's top 10 in offensive, defensive and total rebounding in conference play.

HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
• Baylor is 55-11 at home in the last 3-plus seasons, winning a Ferrell Center-record 15 home games in both 2009-10 and 2010-11, and going 14-3 at the Ferrell Center a season ago. Baylor is 81-20 in the last 5-plus seasons at home, an .802 winning percentage.

COMPARING WINS AND LOSSES
• Baylor is 10-3 when shooting 20+ free throws and 7-8 when going to the free throw line less than 20 times.
• The Bears are 9-1 when recording 16+ assists and 8-10 when posting 15 or fewer assists.
• Baylor is 11-0 when scoring 37+ points in the first half and 6-11 when scoring 36 or fewer points in the first 20 minutes.

AUSTIN'S IMPROVEMENT
• Freshman Isaiah Austin is averaging 14.1 points, 9.5 rebounds and 1.9 blocks over his last 19 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, 15 double-figure scoring games and 10 double-figure rebounding games in his last 19 contests.
• The streak started with a 23-point, 17-rebound performance on Dec. 12, marking the 5th time a Bu player has reached those numbers.
• Kevin Durant (Texas) and Michael Beasley (Kansas State) are the only other Big 12 freshmen to reach those numbers in a game.

RICO'S REBOUNDS
• Freshman Rico Gathers is averaging one rebound every 2.91 minutes, which averages out to 13.8 rebounds per 40 minutes.
• Gathers ranks 14th in the Big 12 with 5.8 rebounds per game, which trails only teammate Isaiah Austin (9.0) among freshmen.
• Gathers is 4th in the Big 12 with 2.5 offensive rebounds per game, despite playing just 16.8 minutes per game.
• In Big 12 play, Gathers ranks 9th in the league with 6.6 rebounds per game and 8th with 2.5 offensive rebounds per game.

BEARS HONORING "BILLY BASKETBALL"
• Former Baylor head coach Bill Menefee will be honored as a Baylor Basketball Legend during a halftime ceremony.
• Menefee coached Baylor for 12 seasons from 1961-73, posting the 4th-most wins in program history (149-144)
• Menefee is one of four coaches in Baylor history to lead the team for 10+ seasons, joining Bill Henderson (19 years; 1941-43; 1945-61), Ralph Wolf (15 years; 1926-41) and Scott Drew (10 years; 2003-present).
• Numerous former players will be in attendance, including 1,000-point scorers Darrell Hardy and Larry Gatewood.

IMPROVED DEFENSE IN CONFERENCE PLAY
• In conference play, Baylor leads the Big 12 in 3-point FG percentage defense (.281) and ranks 2nd in field goal defense (.399), rebounding (37.7 rpg) and blocked shots (4.6 bpg).
• 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 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.

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 scored more than twice as many points (330) and grabbed more than twice as many rebounds (232) this year than in 55 career games over his first two seasons (148 points, 115 rebounds).
• Jefferson has scored in double figures in 17 of 28 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 times this season.

DOUBLE-DOUBLES ALL AROUND
• Baylor has accounted for 26% of the double-doubles by Big 12 players this season (24-of-91) -- Baylor 24, Iowa State 20, Kansas 15, Texas Tech 9, 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 six Big 12 teams (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 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.

1 OF 6 PROGRAMS TO RECEIVE ADIDAS POSTSEASON UNIFORMS
• For the second consecutive season, Baylor will wear specially made adidas "electricity" uniforms in postseason play.
• Baylor, Cincinnati, Kansas, Louisville, Notre Dame and UCLA are the only schools to receive the adidas "adizero" uniforms.
• The Bears will debut the uniforms during the Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Championship in Kansas City.

2ND-LONGEST 3-POINT STREAK IN BU HISTORY
• Baylor guard Pierre Jackson has hit at least one 3-pointer in 39 consecutive games dating back to the last 12 games of the 2011-12 season. His streak is the 2nd-longest in Baylor history, six behind LaceDarius Dunn (45).
Brady Heslip had a 20-game 3-pointer streak snapped on Jan. 12, finishing as the 7th-longest streak in Baylor history.

WALTON 2ND ON WINS LIST, JEFFERSON 9TH
• Senior G A.J. Walton (92 wins) ranks 2nd on Baylor's all-time wins list, five behind former teammate Quincy Acy (97).
• Walton has a .697 career winning percentage in games played (92-40), which is 3rd-best among players with 100 or more games.
• Cory Jefferson (63 wins) needs 1 more victory to tie Curtis Jerrells (64) for 8th on the Bears' career wins list.
• Jefferson has a .759 career winning percentage in career games played (63-20), which is best among Baylor's top 10 in wins.

POURING IN POINTS IN THE PAINT
• Despite losing three frontcourt players to the 2012 NBA Draft, Baylor is averaging 34.3 points in the paint per game.
• Frontcourt players Cory Jefferson (8.3 PIP/game), Isaiah Austin (8.0 PIP/game) and Rico Gathers (4.6 PIP/game) do most of the damage, along with guards Pierre Jackson (5.7 PIP/game) and A.J. Walton (3.8 PIP/game).
• Baylor set a Scott Drew era record with 68 points in the paint in its season-opening win against Lehigh.

NATIONAL RADIO COVERAGE
• Saturday's game can be heard on ESPN Central Texas 1660 AM, and fans not in the Central Texas area can hear the game online at www.BaylorBears.com. John Morris (play-by-play) and Pat Nunley (analyst) will serve as talent.
• Baylor's radio broadcast is available nationally through satellite radio on Sirius 85 and XM 85.

JEFFERSON CLIMBING BLOCKS CHART
Cory Jefferson (100) needs 1 more block to tie Joey Fatta (101) for 6th on Baylor's all-time blocks list.
• Jefferson is 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.

UP NEXT
• Baylor plays its final regular-season road game when the Bears travel to Austin to face Texas at 8 p.m. on ESPN Big Monday.
• The Bears then host Kansas for senior night on March 9, honoring seniors A.J. Walton, Pierre Jackson and Jacob Neubert.

 

 

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