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MBB Hosts Kansas for Senior Night


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Baylor (17-13, 8-9) vs. No. 4/3 Kansas (26-4, 14-3)
March 9, 2013 | 5:00 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)

TV: ESPN & WatchESPN
National Radio: ESPN Radio
Baylor Radio: ESPN Central Texas 1660 AM / Sirius 85 / XM 85
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MEDIA INFORMATION
Date Sat., March 9 | 5:00 p.m. CT
Location Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
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TV ESPN
TV Talent Jon Sciambi (pxp), Fran Fraschilla (color)
Web Stream WatchESPN
National Radio ESPN Radio
Talent Marc Kestecher (pxp), Will Perdue (color)
Baylor Radio ESPN Central Texas | Listen Online
Talent John Morris (pxp), Pat Nunley (color)
Satellite Radio Sirius 85 / XM 85
Live Stats Gametracker
Game Notes Baylor | Kansas
Twitter @BaylorMBB
BAYLOR BEARS
Record 17-13, 8-9
Ranking NR (AP), NR (Coaches)
Last Game Lost at Texas, 79-70
Head Coach Scott Drew
Career: 192-148 (11th season)
BU Record: 172-137 (10th season)
KANSAS JAYHAWKS
Record 26-4, 14-3
Ranking 4 (AP), 3 (Coaches)
Last Game Won vs. Texas Tech, 79-42
Head Coach Bill Self
Career: 502-162 (20th season)
KU Record: 295-57 (10th season)

STORY LINES
• Saturday’s game will be televised on ESPN with Jon Sciambi (pxp) and Fran Fraschilla serving as talent.
• Saturday is the 23rd series meeting, and Baylor trails 3-19 in the all-time series, including a 1-8 record in Waco.
• Baylor will honor its three seniors prior to the game — Pierre Jackson, Jacob Neubert and A.J. Walton.
• Baylor is seeking multiple wins vs. AP Top 25 teams for the 6th consecutive season after having only four seasons with multiple wins vs. ranked teams in the program’s first 101 seasons. The Bears are 30-151 all-time against AP Top 25 teams.
• A win vs. Kansas would get tie Baylor’s 3rd-most wins in a Big 12 season (12 in 2012-13; 11 in 2009-10; 9 in 2007-08).
• Baylor is looking to finish with a .500 or better record in conference play for the 7th time in the last 25 seasons.
• Baylor is 1-7 in games decided by 5 or fewer points, and BU shot below 70% from the free throw line in 6 of the 7 losses.
• Baylor has won 18 of 19 and 39 of its last 41 games when leading at the half over the last two seasons.
• Baylor has more Big 12 wins in the last 5+ seasons (52-47) 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 (25-of-98). Isaiah Austin (10) and Cory Jefferson (9) each have more double-doubles than six Big 12 teams (WVU-6, KSU-5, TCU-4, OU-4, UT-3, OSU-3).
• Baylor is 10-5 when shooting 20+ free throws and 7-8 when going to the free throw line less than 20 times.
• The Bears are 9-2 when recording 16+ assists and 8-11 when posting 15 or fewer assists.
• Baylor is 11-0 when scoring 37+ points in the first half and 6-13 when scoring 36 or fewer points in the first 20 minutes.
Pierre Jackson (1,078 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 41 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) and is 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. Only four power-6 players have done so in the last 24 seasons.
• Three Baylor players are in the Big 12’s top 20 in scoring — Jackson (1st, 19.1), Austin (11th, 13.7) and Jefferson (18th, 11.7).
• Jefferson ranks 2nd in the Big 12 in blocks (2.0/gm), 3rd in FG% (57.2) and 4th in double-doubles (9) and rebounding (8.3/gm).
• Jefferson has more than twice as many points (351) and rebounds (248) this year than in 55 games in his first two years (148p/115r).
• Austin ranks 2nd in the Big 12 in rebounding (9.0), 3rd in double-doubles (10), 5th in blocks (1.5) and 11th in scoring (13.7).
• Austin is tied for 3rd nationally among freshmen with 10 double-doubles — the most of any power-6 conference freshman.
Brady Heslip has made a 3FG in 60 of 67 games in his career. He has 44 games with 2+ 3FG and 31 games with 3+ 3FG.
• Heslip has made 42% of his 3-point attempts in his last 14 games (37-of-89) after shooting 35% in his first 15 games (30-of-85).
• Heslip is 7th on Baylor’s all-time 3-point FGs made list (164) and he ranks 2nd with a 42.4 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 6 with 400+ career assists (425).
• Walton (92-42) 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 2.97 minutes played, which averages out to 13.5 rebounds per 40 minutes.
• Gathers ranks 10th in the Big 12 in with 6.2 rebs/gm in league play. His 5.7 rpg in all games ranks 3rd among Big 12 freshmen.
• Baylor has 3 of the Big 12’s top 5 in offensive rebounding — Austin (2nd, 2.9), Jefferson (3rd, 2.8) and Gathers (5th, 2.4).
• 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.
• Jefferson (63-22) 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 (.741) of any player among the Bears’ top 10 in career victories.
• Head coach Scott Drew is coaching his 310th game at Baylor (172-137). His .557 winning percentage is best in program history among coaches with 4 or more seasons, and his teams have a .670 winning percentage since the start of the 2007-08 season.
• Baylor is 138-68 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 687 consecutive games.
• Baylor’s win at No. 8 Kentucky was its first-ever non-conference road win against an AP Top 25 team. It snapped Kentucky’s nation-leading 55-game home winning streak and gave the Wildcats their first home loss under fourth-year coach John Calipari.
• Drew’s last five recruiting classes have all been ranked in ESPN’s top 25 nationally (21st, 22nd, 18th, 5th, 14th, respectively).
• Baylor has signed 10 top 50 national recruits in the last seven years — LaceDarius Dunn (2007), Anthony Jones (2008), Nolan Dennis (2009), Perry Jones III (2010), Quincy Miller (2011), Bello (2011), Austin (2012), Gathers (2012), Ishmail Wainright (2013) and Dominic Woodson (2013).
• Baylor’s Scott Drew is tied with Kansas’ Bill Self as the 2nd-longest tenured head coach in the Big 12 Conference.
• Baylor is one of only two Big 12 schools to be ranked in each of the last six seasons (Kansas).
• Baylor is one of only six schools nationally to play in the Elite Eight in two of the last three seasons.
• Baylor is coming off a school-record 30-win campaign, breaking the previous record of 28 wins in 2009-10.
• The Bears have four 20-win seasons in the last five years. Baylor had only three all-time 20-win seasons prior to Drew’s arrival.

SERIES HISTORY
• Saturday is the 23rd all-time series meeting between Baylor and Kansas. Baylor trails 3-19 in the series.
• Baylor’s last win vs. Kansas was on the same day exactly one year ago, an 81-72 victory on March 9 in the semifinals of the 2012 Big 12 Championship in Kansas City.
• The Bears’ other two wins vs. KU were on Feb. 12, 2001 in Waco and March 12, 2009 in Oklahoma City.
• Baylor is 1-8 all-time against KU in Waco, and the Bears have dropped their last six home games vs. KU by an average of 18.2 points, with the closest game being a 10-point defeat on Feb. 2, 2009.
• Baylor has lost 12 consecutive regular-season games vs. Kansas by an average of 16.3 points per game.

SENIOR NIGHT
• Prior to the start of Saturday’s home finale at the Ferrell Center, Baylor will honor seniors Pierre Jackson, Jacob Neubert and A.J. Walton during Senior Night festivities.
• Jackson, a two-year letterwinner from Las Vegas, Nev., has placed his name among Baylor greats in only two seasons wearing the green and gold. He’s the 5th player in program history to reach 1,000 points in his first two seasons, and he currently ranks 21st on Baylor’s all-time scoring list, despite playing in only 67 games. Jackson has an active streak of 41 consecutive games with at least one made 3-pointer, which ranks 2nd in program history, and he ranks 2nd all-time in assists per game (6.12), 6th in assists (410), 7th in steals per game (1.67) and 8th in 3-point FG percentage (.378). Jackson needs two more made 3-pointers and five more steals to crack the career top-10 in each of those categories. As a senior, he’s started 29 games and leads the Big 12 in scoring (19.1) and assists (6.4) per game, placing him on track to be the first power-6 conference players to lead a league in both since Jason Terry did so at Arizona in 1998-99. He needs 13 more assists to post the 3rd 200-assist season in program history, and his 223 assists as a junior in 2011-12 were the 2nd-most in a single-season at Baylor.
• Neubert, a walk-on from Waco’s Midway High School, has played in 30 games off the bench in three seasons with the Bears. He earned first-team Academic All-Big 12 honors this season, and he’s on track to graduate with an accounting degree in May. Neubert is also a Dr. Gerald Lage Award recipient, and he was named to the Dean’s List and Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll during the 2012 fall semester. He was also named to the 2011-12 NABC Honors Court.
• Walton, the lone four-year letterwinner in the group, holds Baylor’s career record for Big 12 wins (38) and ranks 2nd in total wins (92). He’s also 2nd all-time in steals (212), 2nd in games played (134), 5th in assists (425) and 8th in steals per game (1.58). The Little Rock, Ark., native has played on both of Baylor’s Elite Eight teams in 2010 and 2012. He’s started all 30 games this season, and he has made 82 starts during his four-year career.

UP NEXT
• Baylor heads to Kansas City for the 2013 Phillips 66 Big 12 Conference Championship.
• The Bears are the No. 6 seed and will play the tournament’s No. 3 seed (OU or OSU) at 8:30 p.m. CT Thursday on Big 12 Network.
• Baylor will face Oklahoma State in their opening game if the Cowboys win Saturday vs. Kansas State or Oklahoma loses at TCU Saturday. Otherwise, the Bears would face Oklahoma.
• With a win in the quarterfinal game, Baylor would play the No. 2, 7 or 10 seed in a semifinal game at 9 p.m. CT Friday on ESPNU.
• The Big 12 Championship title game is scheduled for 5 p.m. CT Saturday on ESPN.

TELEVISION COVERAGE
• Saturday’s game is on ESPN at 5 p.m. CT, marking the school-record 21st time the Bears have played on ESPN networks during the regular season. Jon Sciambi (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst) will serve as talent.
• The game is also available on WatchESPN at http://es.pn/mbb-KUvsBAYLOR.

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.
• Be Baylor’s first regular-season win vs. KU since Feb. 12, 2001, snapping a 12-game losing streak vs. KU in regular season play.
• Tie for the 3rd-most Big 12 wins in school history (9 in 2007-08).
• Give Baylor 18+ wins for a 6th straight year — the Bears had only eight 18+ win seasons in their first 101 years of basketball.
• Finish conference play with a .500 or better record for the 7th time in the last 25 seasons.
• Move A.J. Walton (93) within four wins of Quincy Acy’s school record 97 career victories.
• Improve Baylor’s record to 139-68 since the start of the 2007-08 season.
• Make Baylor 53-47 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 24-24 in the month of March in the Drew era, including a 19-13 record since 2008-09.

FREE THROWS MAKING DIFFERENCE IN CLOSE GAMES
• Baylor is 1-7 this season in games decided by 5 points or less, and BU has shot below 70% on free throws in 6 of the 7 losses.
• The Bears have combined to shoot 60% from the free throw line in those seven losses (78-of-130).
• In its 17 wins, Baylor has shot 71% from the free throw line (259-of-366).
• Baylor’s 6 losses by more than 5 points were all road games (Gonzaga, Kansas, Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas).

20 WINS = POSTSEASON
• Baylor, which has won 20 or more games only seven times in the program’s first 106 seasons, is seeking to win 20 games for the 5th time in the last six seasons. In Baylor’s seven 20-win seasons, the Bears have advanced to the postseason every time.
• Head coach Scott Drew is the only Baylor coach to amass four 20-win seasons and four postseason appearances.
• The Bears are looking for their 5th postseason appearance in the last six years — Baylor made only seven postseason appearances in its 97 seasons prior to the Drew era.

HALF THE BATTLE
• Baylor is 18-1 in its last 19 games when leading at the half and 39-2 when leading at halftime over the last two seasons.
• The Bears are 13-1 this season and 141-26 during the Scott Drew era when leading or tied at the break.
• Baylor’s only loss when leading at the break this season came when the Bears led No. 13 K-State 34-33 at the half on March 2.
• Baylor has only been outscored by a combined total of 9 points in the 2nd halves of its 13 losses (505-496), but the Bears have been outscored by a total of 87 points in the 1st halves of those games (460-373).
• Baylor is 9-29 when trailing at the half over the last three seasons, including a 4-12 mark this season.

LOOKING FOR 6TH STRAIGHT 18-WIN SEASON
• Baylor has recorded 18 or more wins in each of the last five seasons, and the Bears need one more win to make it six straight.
• BU had only eight 18-win seasons in their first 101 years of basketball, going back-to-back only once (1986-87 & 1987-88).
• The Bears need three more wins to reach the 20-win plateau for the 8th time. Four of the Bears’ seven all-time 20-win seasons have come in the five years prior to this season.

RECENT SUCCESS IN THE BIG 12
• Baylor is 52-47 in Big 12 games in the last six 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 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.
• If Jackson had played four more games and not scored or recorded any assists, he would still be leading the Big 12 in both categories.
• Jackson is the only player ranked in the nation’s top 25 in points and assists (14th in assists, 25th in scoring as of March 6).
• Only four players have led a power-6 conference in scoring and assists in the last 24 seasons: Jason Terry (Arizona, 98-99), Andre Woolridge (Iowa, 96-97), Damon Stoudamire (Arizona, 94-95) and Gary Payton (Oregon State, 89-90).

SEEKING MULTIPLE AP TOP 25 WINS FOR 6TH STRAIGHT SEASON
• Baylor is looking to record its second win of the season against an AP Top 25 team, which would mark six straight years of winning multiple games against AP Top 25 opponents.
• Baylor is 30-151 all-time against AP Top 25 teams (1-5 this season).
• Prior to winning mutliple games vs. ranked teams in each of the last five seasons, Baylor only had four seasons with multiple AP Top 25 victories in its first 101 years of basketball (1958-59, 1981-82, 1996-97, 2000-01).
• The Bears won at then-No. 8 Kentucky on Dec. 1 this season. Baylor also has a win against now-No. 13 Oklahoma State, but OSU was unranked when the Bears held them to a season-low 54 points on Jan. 21.

JACKSON CLIMBING ALL-TIME SCORING CHART
Pierre Jackson (1,078 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, who ranks 21st on Baylor’s all-time scoring chart, needs 17 points to pass Roddrick Miller for 20th and 27 points to pass William Chatmon for 19th.

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 (351) and grabbed more than twice as many rebounds (248) this year than in 55 career games over his first two seasons (148 points, 115 rebounds).
• Jefferson has scored in double figures in 18 of 30 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 20 times this seaso

HESLIP HEATING UP
Brady Heslip is shooting 42% from 3-point range over his last 14 games (37-of-89), including 9 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 7 of his last 9 games.
• Heslip ranks 4th in the Big 12 in 3-pointers made per game (2.3) and 5th in 3-point FG percentage (38.5).
• Heslip is the only player in Baylor history to make 100+ 3-pointers while shooting at least 40% (42.3).

CRASHING THE BOARDS
• Baylor has three of the Big 12’s top five offensive rebounders.
Isaiah Austin (2.9) ranks 2nd, while Cory Jefferson (2.8) is 3rd and Rico Gathers (2.4) is 5th in the conference.
• All three rank in the Big 12’s top 20 in total rebounding, with Austin 2nd (8.9), Jefferson 4th (8.3) and Gathers 16th (5.6).
• Austin, Gathers and Jefferson are all in the Big 12’s top 12 in offensive, defensive and total rebounding in conference play.

COMPARING WINS AND LOSSES
• Baylor is 10-5 when shooting 20+ free throws and 7-8 when going to the free throw line less than 20 times.
• The Bears are 9-2 when recording 16+ assists and 8-11 when posting 15 or fewer assists.
• Baylor is 11-0 when scoring 37+ points in the first half and 6-13 when scoring 36 or fewer points in the first 20 minutes.

JEFFERSON CLIMBING BLOCKS CHART
Cory Jefferson (105) needs 2 more blocks to pass Willie Sublett (106) for 5th 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.

AUSTIN'S IMPROVEMENT
• Freshman Isaiah Austin is averaging 14.0 points, 9.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks over his last 21 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 9 double-doubles, 17 double-figure scoring games and 11 double-figure rebounding games in his last 21 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 2.97 minutes, which averages out to 13.5 rebounds per 40 minutes.
• Gathers ranks 16th in the Big 12 with 5.6 rebounds per game, which ranks 3rd among Big 12 freshmen.
• Gathers is 5th in the Big 12 with 2.4 offensive rebounds per game, despite playing just 16.7 minutes per game.
• In Big 12 play, Gathers ranks 10th in the league with 6.2 rebounds per game and 6th with 2.5 offensive rebounds per game.

AUSTIN AMONG FRESHMEN DOUBLE-DOUBLES LEADERS
Isaiah Austin has 10 double-doubles this season, which is the most of any freshman from a power conference.
• Austin’s 10 double-doubles are 3rd-most in the Big 12, trailing only Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim (13) and Kansas’ Jeff Withey (12).
• Austin is tied for 3rd nationally among freshmen with 10 double-doubles.
• Austin has 9 double-doubles in his last 21 games after recording 1 in his first 7 games played.

2ND-LONGEST 3-POINT STREAK IN BAYLOR HISTORY
• Baylor guard Pierre Jackson has hit at least one 3-pointer in 41 consecutive games dating back to the last 12 games of the 2011-12 season. His streak is the 2nd-longest in Baylor history, four 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 BAYLOR 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 .687 career winning percentage in games played (92-42), 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 .741 career winning percentage in career games played (63-22), which is best among Baylor’s top 10 in wins.

DREW COACHING 310TH GAME AT BAYLOR
Scott Drew will be coaching his 310th game as Baylor’s head coach on Saturday.
• Drew is 172-137 over 10 seasons at Baylor, and his .557 winning percentage is the best in program history among coaches with four or more seasons at the helm. His teams have a .670 winning percentage since the start of the 2007-08 season (138-68).
• Drew is 29 wins shy of Baylor’s all-time wins record held by Bill Henderson (201-239), despite coaching 121 fewer games.
• Drew has guided Baylor to four of its seven 20-win seasons in the program’s 107-year history.
• Drew’s squads have also done well in the classroom, as 23 players have earned degrees during his tenure.
• Drew is tied with Kansas’ Bill Self as the Big 12 Conference’s second-longest tenured head coach. Drew, who is in his 10th season at Baylor in 2012-13, is second only to Texas’ Rick Barnes, who is in his 15th season in Austin.

NATIONAL RADIO COVERAGE
• ESPN Radio will broadcast Saturday’s game nationally, with Marc Kestecher (pxp) and Will Perdue (analyst).
• Baylor’s radio broadcast can also 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.
• The Baylor radio broadcast is available nationally through satellite radio on Sirius 85 and XM 85.


 

 

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