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MBB Faces Iowa State for Big 12 Title


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Baylor (24-10) vs. Iowa State (25-7)
March 15, 2014 | 8:00 p.m. CT
Kansas City, Mo. | Sprint Center (18,972)

TV: ESPN

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Radio: ESPN Central Texas
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MEDIA INFORMATION
Date Saturday, March 15 | 8:00 p.m. CT
Location

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

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BAYLOR BEARS
Record 24-10
Ranking rv (AP), rv (Coaches)
Head Coach Scott Drew
Career: 222-159 (12th season)
BU Record: 202-148 (11th season)
IOWA STATE CYCLONES
Record 25-7
Ranking 16 (AP), 16 (Coaches)
Head Coach Fred Hoiberg
Career: 87-46 (4th season)
ISU Record: 87-46 (4th season)

STORY LINES
• Saturday is the 4th series meeting at the Big 12 Championship — ISU won in 2000 and 2005, BU won in 2001.
• Baylor is playing in the Big 12 Championship title game for the 3rd time (2009, 2012; both losses to Missouri).
• BU is the only team to make a Big 12 Championship title game as a 6 seed or lower (No. 7 in 2014, No. 9 in 2009).
• Baylor has trailed for only 1:37 of game time out of 120 minutes played in this year’s Big 12 Championship.
• Baylor is looking to become the first team to win 4 games at a Big 12 Championship — all 4 previous teams to reach the title game with 3 straight wins ended up losing in the title game, including Baylor in 2009.
• Baylor’s win Friday vs. Texas was Scott Drew’s 202nd victory at BU, breaking Bill Henderson’s all-time wins record.
• Baylor is 10-1 since Kenny Chery returned to the starting lineup after a turf toe injury.
• Baylor is seeking its 5th win against a ranked team this season — the previous school record was 3 in 2011-12.
• BU has 10 top-50 RPI wins (Colorado, Dayton, Iowa St., K-State [2], Kentucky, Oklahoma, Oklahoma St. [2], Texas).
• Eight of Baylor’s 10 losses are to teams ranked in the RPI top 40. BU is 17-2 against teams with RPIs above 40.
• Baylor is 14-16 all-time in the Big 12 Championship, including a 10-9 mark under Drew and a 9-5 record since 2009.
Cory Jefferson has double-doubles in 7 of his last 10 games, averaging 17.4 ppg and 9.8 rpg in that span.
• Royce O’Neale is averaging 10.2 points and 8.5 rebounds in his last 10 games. He’s posted double-digit rebounds in 5 of the last 6 games — including all 3 at the Big 12 Championship — after not doing so in any previous games.
Kenny Chery is averaging 14.0 points and 5.8 assists in 11 games since returning to the starting lineup.
Isaiah Austin has broken the Big 12 Championship record with 17 blocks — the previous record was 11 by Missouri’s Arthur Johnson in 2003. Austin’s 113 blocks this season are 6th-most ever by a Big 12 player.
Brady Heslip tied his season high with 24 points (6-of-11 from 3-point range) in Friday’s win vs. Texas.
• 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 10 Big 12 Championship wins rank 6th in league history, trailing only Eddie Sutton-13, Roy Williams-14, Kelvin Sampson-17, Rick Barnes-20 and Bill Self-21.
• Baylor is 30-15 in March/April games since 2008-09 and 33-25 in March/April games in 11 seasons under Drew.
• Baylor is 59-3 when leading at the half since 2011-12 — 16-1 in 2013-14, 17-1 in 2012-13 and 26-1 in 2011-12.
• Baylor has come back to win 4 of the last 5 times it has trailed at halftime. 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 has the nation’s best postseason winning percentage over the last five years (15-3; .833).

A WIN WOULD ...
• Give Baylor 25 wins, tying the 3rd-most in program history.
• Be Baylor's first-ever Big 12 Championship.
• Improve Baylor's record in Big 12 Championship title games to 1-2 and to 15-16 in all Big 12 Championship games.
• Give Baylor five wins vs. AP Top-25 ranked teams this season -- the previous BU season record was three.
• Make Baylor 11-1 since Kenny Chery returned to the starting lineup following a turf toe injury.
• Give Baylor seven straight wins, all against Big 12 opponents, including four neutral-site wins and one road victory.
• Improve Baylor's all-time record against Iowa State to 11-16, including a 2-2 mark in Big 12 Championship games.
• Be Scott Drew's 11th career Big 12 Championship victory - 6th-most in league history.
• Improve Baylor's record in March/April games to 31-15 since 2008-09.
• 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 10 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 59-3 when leading through the first 20 minutes in that stretch, including 16-1 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 62 of 109 games over the last three seasons, but Baylor has won 77 of those 109 games.

KEYS TO VICTORY
• Baylor is 12-0 when recording more assists than its opponent and 12-10 when posting equal/fewer assists.
• BU is 24-5 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 7-7 with equal/fewer points in paint.
• Baylor is 14-2 when attempting fewer than 20 3-pointers and 10-8 when shooting 20+ treys.
• BU is 17-3 when holding opponents under 70 points and 7-7 when allowing 70+ points. Conversely, BU is 20-3 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. 6 strength of schedule and are No. 31 in the latest CBSSports.com RPI rankings.
• Baylor has 10 wins against RPI top-50 teams, which ranks 3rd nationally behind only Kansas (12) and Arizona (11),
• Eight of Baylor's 10 losses are to RPI top-40 teams. Others were vs. No. 89 West Virginia and at No. 120 Texas Tech.
• Here are the latest bracket projections from several national media outlets:
ESPN.com -- No. 7 Baylor vs. No. 10 Arizona State; Milwaukee (March 14)
CBSSports.com -- No. 7 Baylor vs. No. 10 Pittsburgh; Buffalo (March 14)
USA Today -- No. 7 Baylor vs. No. 10 Iowa; Buffalo (March 14)
Sports Illustrated -- No. 8 Baylor vs. No. 9 Pittsburgh; St. Louis (March 13)
Yahoo! Bracket Big Board -- No. 25 overall, 7 seed (March 14)
Sporting News -- No. 7 seed (March 14)

DREW BREAKS SCHOOL WINS RECORD
Scott Drew earned his 202nd win as Baylor's head coach in Friday's game vs. Texas, and with the victory he passed Bill Henderson (201 wins; 1941-43 and 1945-61) for Baylor's all-time wins record.
• Drew's .577 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 168-79 (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
• Baylor will wait to hear its name called during the NCAA Tournament Selection Show, which begins at 5 p.m. CT Sunday on CBS.
• The Bears are expected to make their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last seven years.


 

 

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