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MBB Takes on Texas in Big 12 Semifinals


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Baylor (23-10) vs. Texas (23-9)
March 14, 2014 | 8:30 p.m. CT
Kansas City, Mo. | Sprint Center (18,972)

TV: ESPNU

Web Video: WatchESPN

Radio: ESPN Central Texas
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MEDIA INFORMATION
Date Friday, March 14 | 8:30 p.m. CT
Location

Kansas City, Mo.; Sprint Center (18,972)

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BAYLOR BEARS
Record 23-10
Ranking rv (AP), rv (Coaches)
Head Coach Scott Drew
Career: 221-159 (12th season)
BU Record: 201-148 (11th season)
TEXAS LONGHORNS
Record 23-9
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Head Coach Rick Barnes
Career: 583-298 (27th season)
UT Record: 381-164 (16th season)

STORY LINES
• Friday is the 243rd all-time meeting between Baylor and Texas and the 5th meeting at the Big 12 Championship.
• Head coach Scott Drew is seeking his 202nd win at Baylor, which would break Bill Henderson’s school record (201).
• Baylor is 9-1 since Kenny Chery returned to the starting lineup after a turf toe injury.
• Baylor has 9 top-50 RPI wins (Iowa State, Kentucky, Colorado, Oklahoma, K-State [2], Oklahoma State [2], Dayton).
• Baylor is looking to advance to the Big 12 Championship finals for the 3rd time (2009, 2012; both losses to Missouri).
• 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 6 of his last 9 games, averaging 17.1 ppg and 9.4 rpg in that span.
• Royce O’Neale is averaging 10.4 points and 8.3 rebounds in his last 9 games. He’s posted double-digit rebounds in 4 of the last 5 games — including both at the Big 12 Championship — after not doing so in any previous games.
Kenny Chery is averaging 16.3 ppg in his last 6 games, including a career-high 29 at K-State on Saturday.
Isaiah Austin has scored 18 points and blocked 5 shots in both games at the Big 12 Championship.
• Baylor is 13-16 all-time in the Big 12 Championship, including a 9-9 mark under Drew and an 8-5 record since 2009.
• All five Baylor starters scored 12+ points, had multiple assists and hit at least one 3-pointer in Thursday’s win vs. OU.
• Drew’s nine Big 12 Championship wins tie Bob Knight for 6th on the league’s all-time list. They trail Eddie Sutton-13, Roy Williams-14, Kelvin Sampson-17, Rick Barnes-20 and Bill Self-21.
• Baylor has won 23+ games in five of the last six seasons.
• 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 32-25 in March/April games under Drew, including a 29-15 mark over the last six seasons (since 2008-09).
• Baylor is 22-4 against in-state opponents since the start of the 2011-12 season.
• Baylor is 58-3 when leading at the half since 2011-12 — 15-1 in 2013-14, 17-1 in 2012-13 and 26-1 in 2011-12.
• Baylor has overcome halftime deficits to win four times (out of five) in the last nine 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 9-3 this season in games decided by 5 points or less or in OT — BU was 3-8 in those games last year.
• Baylor is 28-10 in its last 38 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, and Baylor’s bench is averaging 23.9 points per game, while holding opponents to 13.9 bench points per game. BU has been out-scored in bench points only seven times this season.
• Baylor leads the Big 12 in 3-point percentage (.388) and offensive rebound percentage (.420).

A WIN WOULD ...
• Give Baylor 24 wins, tying 4th-most in program history.
• Be Scott Drew's 202nd career win as Baylor head coach -- breaking Bill Henderson's school record.
• Advance Baylor to the Big 12 Championship title game for the 3rd time (2009, 2012, 2014).
• Make Baylor 29-10 in its last 39 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 nine 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 58-3 when leading through the first 20 minutes in that stretch, including 15-1 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 61 of 108 games over the last three seasons, but Baylor has won 76 of those 108 games.

KEYS TO VICTORY
• Baylor is 12-0 when recording more assists than its opponent and 11-10 when posting equal/fewer assists.
• BU is 23-5 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 6-7 with equal/fewer points in paint.
• Baylor is 14-2 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 7-7 when allowing 70+ points. Conversely, BU is 19-3 when scoring 70+ points and 4-7 when being held under 70 points.

BRACKETOLOGY
• 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 FROM BREAKING SCHOOL RECORD
Scott Drew is tied for the Baylor school record with 201 career wins as the Bears' head coach. Drew needs one win to pass Bill Henderson (201 wins; 1941-43 and 1945-61) for the all-time wins record.
• Drew's .576 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.

UNPRECEDENTED SUCCESS
• 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 167-79 (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.

UP NEXT
• The Baylor-UT winner will take on the winner of the first semifinal game between No. 1 seed Kansas and No. 4 seed Iowa State. KU-ISU tips off at 6 p.m. Friday on ESPNU.
• The winners of the BU-UT and KU-ISU semifinal games will play Saturday's championship game, which is scheduled for 8 p.m. on ESPN.


 

 

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