|Baylor (19-10, 7-9) vs. Iowa State (22-6, 10-6)
March 4, 2014 | 6:00 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
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• Tuesday is the 26th series meeting between Baylor and Iowa State. Baylor is 8-2 against ISU in Waco, and the home team has won 20 of the 22 all-time regular season meetings in the series.
• BU has lost four straight to Iowa State, tying the longest losing streak in the series.
• ISU swept the season series last year, including its second all-time win in Waco (2000 and 2013).
• The Cyclones won 87-72 when the teams met in Ames as top-10 foes on Jan. 7 this season. Baylor trailed by one point with 17 minutes remaining, but Iowa State closed the game on a 41-27 run.
• BU shot 30.2% in Saturday’s win vs. Texas Tech, which was the lowest in a win in the Drew era. It was also the first time all season Baylor won despite shooting a lower percentage than its opponent (1-7).
• Baylor is 71-16 at home since 2009-10, posting an .816 winning percentage.
• Baylor will honors its three seniors prior to the game. Cory Jefferson (Killeen, Texas) is a fifth-year senior, while Brady Heslip (Burlington, Ontario) and Gary Franklin (Inglewood, Calif.) are both in their third seasons at BU.
• Jefferson has double-doubles in 4 of his last 5 games, and he leads the Big 12 with 11 this season.
• Baylor is 55-3 when leading at the half since 2011-12 — 12-1 in 2013-14, 17-1 in 2012-13 and 26-1 in 2011-12.
• BU has led at halftime in 58 of 104 games over the last three seasons, but BU has won 72 of those 104 games.
• 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 24-10 in its last 34 games, with seven of the 10 losses against ranked teams.
• Baylor has out-shot 21 of 29 opponents this season and has been out-rebounded only six times in 29 games.
• Nine Baylor players average 11+ minutes per game, and Baylor’s bench is averaging 25.4 points per game, while holding opponents to 14.0 bench points per game. BU has been out-scored in bench points only five times this season.
• Baylor leads the Big 12 in 3-point percentage (.389), rebounding margin (+8.1) and offensive rebound percentage (.422).
• Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 163-79 (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 15 more Big 12 wins in the last seven years (60-56) than its first 11 years in the league combined (45-131).
• Baylor is 3-0 in overtime games this season and 14-3 in OT games under Drew.
• With one more win, Baylor will have its sixth 20-win season in the last seven years (third consecutive). Baylor had only three 20-win seasons prior to Drew’s arrival.
• Baylor is 28-25 in March/April games under Drew, including a 25-15 mark over the last six seasons (since 2008-09).
• Head coach Scott Drew is seeking his 198th win at Baylor, which would place him three back of the school record.
• 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 16-38 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.
• Baylor is coming off a 2013 NIT title, which was the program’s first-ever national tournament championship.
• The Iowa State game will be Baylor’s 95th 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 723 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 (88-33) is 4th on Baylor’s career wins list and has the highest winning percentage (.727) in BU history.
• Jefferson is tied for 2nd in program history with 35 career wins in Big 12 Conference play.
• Head coach Scott Drew is coaching his 346th game at Baylor (197-148). His .571 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).
• Tuesday marks the 26th series meeting, and Baylor trails 9-16 in the all-time series.
• Baylor is 8-2 all-time against Iowa State in Waco, with the only losses in 2000 and 2013.
• The home team has won 20 of 22 games in the all-time series, and Baylor is 1-2 vs. ISU at neutral sites.
HONORING TRIO OF SENIORS
• Baylor will recognize its three seniors prior to the game. Cory Jefferson (Killeen, Texas) is a fifth-year senior, while Brady Heslip (Burlington, Ontario) and Gary Franklin (Inglewood, Calif.) have both played three seasons.
• Jefferson ranks 7th in Baylor history with 22 career double-doubles, including a Big 12-leading 11 this season. He’s 3rd on Baylor’s career blocked shots list with 157, 5th in career blocks per game at 1.30, 4th in career wins (88), tied for 2nd in career Big 12 wins (35) and 9th in field goal percentage (.550). He’s one of only three players in Baylor history with 1,000 points, 600 rebounds and 150 blocks, joining Brian Skinner and Quincy Acy.
• Heslip is Baylor’s all-time leader in 3-point field goal percentage at .433, and he’s 3rd in program history with 273 career 3-pointers made. He’s recorded one of the top-10 single-season totals for 3-pointers made in each of his three seasons at Baylor, including a Big 12-leading 90 made treys this season. He reached 1,000 career points on Feb. 22, becoming the 18th Baylor player to achieve the milestone in three seasons and the 27th overall.
• Franklin has played in 93 games, including 23 starts, over his three years at Baylor. He’s posted 376 points and 144 assists while draining 90 3-pointers. Franklin has stepped up as a veteran leader of the team this season, making 20 starts, including when he filled in for injured point guard Kenny Chery on Feb. 1 and led the Bears to a win at No. 8 Oklahoma State. He scored nine straight points in the final four minutes of that game, guiding the Bears to their third all-time road win against a top-10 ranked team.
A WIN WOULD ...
• Give Baylor a 3rd straight 20-win season and mark the sixth time in the last seven years the Bears have reached 20 wins. BU had only three 20-win seasons prior to Drew’s arrival.
• Assure Baylor will be the No. 6, 7 or 8 seed in the 2014 Big 12 Conference Championship.
• Improve Baylor’s all-time record against Iowa State to 10-16, including a 6-9 mark in the Drew era.
• Give Baylor eight Big 12 wins, break a tie for the program’s 5th-most in the league’s 18 seasons.
• Make Baylor 9-2 in home games against Iowa State and make the home team 21-2 in the all-time series.
• Be Scott Drew’s 198th career win as Baylor head coach — three shy of Bill Henderson’s school record.
• Make Baylor 25-10 in its last 35 games dating back to 2012-13, with seven of the 10 losses to ranked teams.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
• Brady Heslip (1,025 career points) and Cory Jefferson (1,018 points) are 27th and 28th on Baylor’s all-time scoring list, and both will be recognized along with Gary Franklin as part of senior day.
• Jefferson has posted double-doubles in four of his last five games, averaging 16.6 points and 11.0 rebounds in 33.6 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 10 games after coming off the bench in the first 19 contests. As a starter, Heslip has averaged 12.6 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 averaging 8.3 3-point attempts per game since becoming a starter.
• Heslip has made 90 3-pointers this season (6th 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 10 back of a tie for 4th place between his 2011-12 season and Tevis Stukes (100 in 1999-00).
• With two 3-pointers made, Heslip will pass Tweety Carter (274) for 2nd on Baylor’s career 3-pointers made list.
• Kenny Chery has posted a 2-to-1 or better assist-to-turnover ratio in 19 of his last 21 games started.
• Chery has 79 assists and 26 turnovers in his last 15 starts, and he ranks 3rd in the Big 12 with a 2.5 AST-TO ratio.
• Chery ranks 5th in Baylor history with 4.89 assists per game.
• Isaiah Austin has 92 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 3.17 blocks per game is currently 5th on BU’s single-season list.
• Austin is 4th program history with 150 career blocks, and he is 7 behind teammate Jefferson for 3rd. Austin also ranks 3rd in BU history with 2.34 career blocks per game.
• Royce O’Neale has multiple assists in 23 of 29 games. He ranks 15th in the Big 12 with 2.8 assists per game.
• O’Neale is averaging 15.7 points, 7.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists over his last three games.
• Taurean Prince has played 230 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 (207) 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 nine of his last 20 games after scoring in double figures just five times in his first 47 career games.
• Gathers leads the nation in offensive rebounds per minute (0.17) and ranks 2nd in total rebounds per minute (0.39).
• 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.
• Baylor is projected to make the NCAA Tournament for the 8th time in program history (4th in last 7 years).
• The Bears are No. 45 in the NCAA’s latest RPI rankings and No. 48 in ESPN’s BPI.
• Baylor has six wins against RPI top-50 teams (Colorado, Dayton, Kentucky, Oklahoma State (2) and Kansas State.
• Eight of Baylor’s 10 losses are to RPI top-25 teams. Others were vs. No. 89 West Virginia and at No. 118 Texas Tech.
• Here are the latest bracket projections from several national media outlets:
ESPN.com — No. 11 Baylor vs. No. 6 Ohio State; San Antonio (March 3)
USA Today — No. 10 Baylor vs. No. 7 Memphis; Raleigh (March 3)
CBSSports.com — No. 9 Baylor vs. No. 8 New Mexico; San Diego (March 1)
Yahoo! Bracket Big Board — No. 34 overall, 9 seed (March 1)
Sporting News — No. 10 seed (Feb. 24)
KEYS TO VICTORY
• Baylor is 12-0 when recording more assists than its opponent and 7-10 when posting equal/fewer assists.
• BU is 19-5 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 4-7 with equal/fewer points in paint.
• Baylor is 10-2 when attempting fewer than 20 3-pointers and 9-8 when shooting 20+ treys.
• BU is 14-3 when holding opponents under 70 points and 5-7 when allowing 70+ points. Conversely, BU is 15-3 when scoring 70+ points and 4-7 when being held under 70 points.
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.
HALFTIME ADJUSTMENTS PAYING OFF
• Baylor trailed at the half in four of its last five games (by 9, 5, 6 and 15 points), but the Bears rallied to win three of those four (vs. Kansas State, vs. Oklahoma State, at West Virginia). 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 55-3 when leading through the first 20 minutes in that stretch, including 12-1 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 58 of 104 games over the last three seasons, but Baylor has won 72 of those 104 games.
HESLIP'S ROLE INCREASING
• Brady Heslip has started the last 10 games and played 30+ minutes nine 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 11.8 points per game.
• Heslip has combined to go 38-of-83 (46%) from 3-point range and is averaging 12.6 points in his 10 starts.
CHERY PICKING SPOTS
• Point guard Kenny Chery ranks 3rd in the Big 12 in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5) 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 21 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 79 assists and only 26 turnovers in his last 15 starts, good for a 3.0 assist-to-turnover ratio.
DREW FOUR WINS BACK OF SCHOOL RECORD
• Scott Drew ranks 2nd in Baylor history with 197 career wins as the Bears’ head coach. Drew needs four wins to tie Bill Henderson (201 wins; 1941-43 and 1945-61) for the all-time wins record.
• Drew’s .571 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 (1,025 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 (1,018 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 (10.0—8.4), but Jefferson averages more points per minute (0.442—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 60-56 in Big 12 games since 2007-08 and has tallied the six highest Big 12 win totals in program history during that span — 12 in 2011-12, 11 in 2009-10, 9 in 2007-08 and 2012-13 and 7 in 2010-11 and 2013-14.
• 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 230 minutes in Big 12 play this season after playing only 42 minutes in conference games last year, including 10 DNPs.
• 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 (0.17), ranks 2nd nationally in total rebounds per minute (0.39) and ranks 3rd nationally in offensive rebound percentage (19.5%).
• Gathers has played 1,156 career minutes and grabbed 416 rebounds (0.360/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 20 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 25.4 ppg, which is 11.4 points better than opposing benches are averaging against the Bears (14.0). Baylor has only been out-scored in bench points five times this season.
HESLIP, BAYLOR LEAD BIG 12 IN 3-POINT SHOOTING
• Brady Heslip leads the Big 12 in 3-point shooting percentage (.462) and 3-pointers made per game (3.1), providing the majority of Baylor’s Big 12-best 38.9% 3-point shooting as a team.
• Heslip’s 43.3% career 3-point shooting is the best in program history (min. 200 attempts), and with 273 career treys, he ranks 3rd on Baylor’s all-time list. Next up is Tweety Carter in 2nd place at 274.
• Heslip has made 41% of Baylor’s 3-pointers this season (90-of-222). Gary Franklin is 2nd on the team with 39 3-pointers made, followed by Kenny Chery (28), Royce O’Neale (22), 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 (273-of-328) and 76% of Franklin’s field goals made coming from 3-point range (91-of-119).
• 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 46 total 3-pointers in 29 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.
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 (1.30), 4th in career wins (88), tied for 2nd in career Big 12 wins (35) and 9th in career field goal percentage (.550).
• Jefferson has scored in double figures in 29 of his last 36 games dating back to the 2012-13 season.
WINNING BATTLE OF THE BOARDS
• BU has been out-rebounded just six times in 29 games this season.
• The Bears have grabbed 40+ rebounds in 15 games, and with wins in 12 of those 15, BU is now 76-20 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 (5.6) combine to average 21.1 rebounds per game, including 8.0 offensive rebounds per game.
• Gathers ranks 1st nationally in offensive rebounds per minute (0.17) and 2nd in total rebounds per minute (0.39).
• 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 163-79 (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.
PROTECTING THE PAINT
• Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin are both in the top 5 in program history in blocked shots.
• Austin is 3rd with 2.34 blocks per game and Jefferson is 5th at 1.30 blocks per game.
• Jefferson’s 157 blocks are 3rd-most in BU history and 20 behind Quincy Acy (177) in 2nd place, while Austin is 4th with 150 blocks, and is 7 behind Jefferson in 3rd place.
• Baylor heads to Manhattan, Kan., for the teams’ final regular season game at 12:30 p.m. Saturday.
• Baylor is 5-9 all-time in Manhattan, with wins in 1997, 2001, 2003, 2009 and 2012.
• BU defeated Kansas State 87-73 in double overtime when the teams met in Waco on Feb. 15. After three straight BU offensive rebounds, Brady Heslip hit a 3-pointer as time expired in regulation to send the game to OT. Taurean Prince took over the second overtime, out-scoring Kansas State 8-5 on his own.