|Baylor (22-10) vs. Oklahoma (23-8)
March 13, 2014 | 6:00 p.m. CT
Kansas City, Mo. | Sprint Center (18,972)
TV: Big 12 Network
Web Video: WatchESPN
Radio: ESPN Central Texas
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• Thursday is the 52nd all-time series meeting between Baylor and Oklahoma. OU has won the last four meetings and beat Baylor in the teams’ only previous Big 12 Championship meeting (2009 first round).
• Head coach Scott Drew is seeking his 201st win at Baylor, which would tie Bill Henderson’s school record.
• Baylor is 8-1 since Kenny Chery returned to the starting lineup after a turf toe injury.
• Baylor has 8 top-50 RPI wins (Iowa State, Kentucky, Colorado, K-State , Oklahoma State , Dayton). Only three teams nationally have more top-50 RPI wins this season (Kansas-12, Arizona-10, Iowa State-9).
• Baylor is looking to advance to the Big 12 Championship semifinals for the 5th time (2001, 2009, 2010, 2012).
• Eight of Baylor’s 10 losses are to teams ranked in the RPI top 35. BU is 17-2 against teams with RPIs above 35.
• Cory Jefferson has double-doubles in 5 of his last 8 games, averaging 17.5 ppg and 9.3 rpg in that span.
• Royce O’Neale is averaging 10.3 points and 8.1 rebounds in his last 8 games.
• Kenny Chery is averaging 17.2 ppg in his last 5 games, including a career-high 29 at K-State on Saturday.
• Baylor is 12-16 all-time in the Big 12 Championship, including an 8-9 mark under Drew and a 7-5 record since 2009.
• Drew’s 8 Big 12 Championship wins tie Quin Snyder for 7th on the league’s all-time list. Drew is one back of Bob Knight for 6th, and he trails Eddie Sutton-13, Roy Williams-14, Kelvin Sampson-17, Rick Barnes-20 and Bill Self-21.
• Baylor has its sixth 20-win season in the last seven years — BU had only three 20-win seasons prior to the Drew era.
• Baylor is 57-3 when leading at the half since 2011-12 — 14-1 in 2013-14, 17-1 in 2012-13 and 26-1 in 2011-12.
• Baylor has overcome halftime deficits to win four times in the last eight games. The Bears won after trailing at the break by 9 vs. K-State, 5 vs. Oklahoma State, 6 at West Virginia and 8 at K-State.
• Baylor is 8-3 this season in games decided by 5 points or less or in OT — BU was 3-8 in those games last year.
• Baylor is 27-10 in its last 37 games, with seven of the 10 losses against ranked teams.
• Baylor has the nation’s best postseason winning percentage over the last five years (15-3; .833).
• Eight Baylor players average 14+ minutes per game, and Baylor’s bench is averaging 24.3 points per game, while holding opponents to 13.8 bench points per game. BU has been out-scored in bench points only six times this season.
• Baylor leads the Big 12 in 3-point percentage (.385) and offensive rebound percentage (.420).
• Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 166-79 (24 wins per season) and has made five postseason appearances (2008 NCAA, 2009 NIT, 2010 NCAA, 2012 NCAA; 2013 NIT) with six 20-win seasons.
• Baylor is 31-25 in March/April games under Drew, including a 28-15 mark over the last six seasons (since 2008-09).
• Baylor is 12-8 in its last 20 games against the Big 12’s Sooner State schools (6-48 in first 13 seasons of Big 12).
A WIN WOULD ...
• Give Baylor 23 wins, tying 6th-most in program history.
• Be Scott Drew's 201st career win as Baylor head coach -- tying Bill Henderson's school record.
• Advance Baylor to the Big 12 Championship semifinals for the 5th time (2001, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2014).
• Make Baylor 28-10 in its last 38 games dating back to 2012-13, with seven of the 10 losses to ranked teams.
HALFTIME ADJUSTMENTS PAYING OFF
• Baylor trailed at the half in five of its last eight games (by 9, 5, 6, 15 and 8 points), but the Bears rallied to win four of those five (vs. Kansas State, vs. Oklahoma State, at West Virginia, at Kansas State). 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 57-3 when leading through the first 20 minutes in that stretch, including 14-1 this season, 17-1 in 2012-13 and 26-1 in 2011-12.
• BU has won 38% of games in which its been tied or trailing at the half since 2011-12, going 18-29 in those.
• BU has led at halftime in 60 of 107 games over the last three seasons, but Baylor has won 75 of those 107 games.
KEYS TO VICTORY
• Baylor is 12-0 when recording more assists than its opponent and 10-10 when posting equal/fewer assists.
• BU is 22-5 when holding opponents under 50% shooting and 0-5 when allowing 50% or better.
• Baylor is 17-3 when recording more points in the paint than opponents and 5-7 with equal/fewer points in paint.
• Baylor is 13-2 when attempting fewer than 20 3-pointers and 9-8 when shooting 20+ treys.
• BU is 16-3 when holding opponents under 70 points and 6-7 when allowing 70+ points. Conversely, BU is 18-3 when scoring 70+ points and 4-7 when being held under 70 points.
• Baylor is projected to make the NCAA Tournament for the 8th time in program history (4th in last 7 years).
• The Bears have the nation's No. 5 strength of schedule and are No. 34 in the latest CBSSports.com RPI rankings.
• Baylor has eight wins against RPI top-50 teams, which ranks 4th nationally behind only KU, Iowa State and Arizona.
• No team with seven or more top-50 wins has been left out of the NCAA Tournament field in recent history.
• Eight of Baylor's 10 losses are to RPI top-35 teams. Others were vs. No. 84 West Virginia and at No. 114 Texas Tech.
• Here are the latest bracket projections from several national media outlets:
ESPN.com -- No. 9 Baylor vs. No. 8 Oregon; Buffalo (March 10)
CBSSports.com -- No. 8 Baylor vs. No. 9 Arizona State; Orlando (March 9)
USA Today -- No. 8 Baylor vs. No. 9 Arizona State; Orlando (March 10)
Sports Illustrated -- No. 9 Baylor vs. No. 8 Oregon; Orlando (March 10)
Yahoo! Bracket Big Board -- No. 28 overall, 7 seed (March 9)
Sporting News -- No. 10 seed (March 3)
DREW ONE WIN BACK OF SCHOOL RECORD
• Scott Drew ranks 2nd in Baylor history with 200 career wins as the Bears' head coach. Drew needs one win to tie Bill Henderson (201 wins; 1941-43 and 1945-61) for the all-time wins record.
• Drew's .575 winning percentage is the best ever by a Baylor coach with four or more years at the helm.
NATION'S BEST POSTSEASON WINNING PERCENTAGE
• BU has the nation's best postseason winning percentage over the last five seasons (15-3, .833).
• Baylor has won at least three games in each of its last four postseason appearances.
• Baylor was the last Texas Division I team (out of 21) playing postseason basketball in each of the last two years.
• Baylor is 15-4 in five postseason appearances under Scott Drew -- 6-3 in NCAA Tournament and 9-1 in NIT.
20 WINS = POSTSEASON
• With 20 wins this season, Baylor now has nine 20-win seasons in program history, and the Bears have advanced to the postseason in all eight previous 20-win seasons -- six times to NCAA Tournament, twice to NIT.
• Head coach Scott Drew has led Baylor to 20-win seasons in six of the last seven years after the Bears had only three 20-win seasons in their first 101 seasons of basketball.
• Drew is the only Baylor coach to lead the program to five postseason appearances.
• 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 166-79 (24 wins per season) and has made five postseason appearances (2008 NCAA, 2009 NIT, 2010 NCAA, 2012 NCAA, 2013 NIT) and posted six 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 nine times (six under Drew) in the program's first 108 seasons.
• The Baylor-OU winner will take on the winner of the fourth quarterfinal game between No. 3 seed Texas and No. 6 seed West Virginia. The UT-WVU game tips off at 8:30p.m. CT Thursday.
• The winners of the BU-OU and UT-WVU quarterfinal games will play in a semifinal game at 8:30 p.m. Friday on ESPNU.
• Saturday's championship game is scheduled for 8 p.m. on ESPN.