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Men's Hoops Hosts Arizona State in NIT


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No. 2 Baylor (19-14) vs. No. 3 Arizona State (22-12)
March 22, 2013 | 7:00 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)

TV: ESPN2 & WatchESPN
Radio: ESPN Central Texas 1660 AM
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MEDIA INFORMATION
Date Fri., March 22 | 7:00 p.m. CT
Location Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
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TV ESPN2
TV Talent Dave LaMont (pxp), Stephen Howard (color)
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Talent John Morris (pxp), Pat Nunley (color)
Satellite Radio None
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Game Notes Baylor | Arizona State
Twitter @BaylorMBB
No. 2 BAYLOR BEARS
Record 19-14
Ranking NR (AP), NR (Coaches)
Last Game Def. Long Beach State, 112-66
Head Coach Scott Drew
Career: 194-149 (11th season)
BU Record: 174-138 (10th season)
No. 3 ARIZONA STATE SUN DEVILS
Record 22-12
Ranking NR (AP), NR (Coaches)
Last Game Def. Detroit, 83-68
Head Coach Herb Sendek
Career: 374-266 (20th season)
ASU Record: 120-108 (7th season)

STORY LINES
• Friday's game will be televised on ESPN2 with TBA (pxp) and Stephen Howard (analyst).
• Friday is the 7th series meeting. Baylor leads the all-time series 4-2, including 3-0 in the Drew era.
• Baylor has won at least three games in each of its last three postseason appearances entering 2013.
• Baylor is making its 5th postseason appearance in the last six years (2 NIT, 3 NCAA) -- BU made only seven postseason appearances in the program's first 101 seasons (3 NIT, 4 NCAA).
• Head coach Scott Drew has led Baylor to 5 of its 12 all-time postseason appearances, and he's complied an 11-4 postseason record with the Bears (0-1 in 2008 NCAA, 4-1 in 2009 NIT, 3-1 in 2010 NCAA, 3-1 in 2012 NCAA, 1-0 in 2013 NIT).
• Baylor is looking for its 5th 20-win season in the last 6 years. BU had only three all-time 20-win seasons prior to Drew's arrival.
• Baylor is 5-4 all-time in the NIT, including a 2-0 record in home games (2009 vs. Georgetown, 2013 vs. Long Beach State).
• Baylor is 14-13 all-time in postseason play (9-9 in NCAA Championship, 5-4 in NIT).
• Baylor made a school-record 69.6% (16-of-23) of its 3-pointers in the NIT first round win vs. Long Beach State.
• Baylor's 31 assists vs. Long Beach were the 3rd-most in a game in program history.
• Baylor has won 20 of 21 and 41 of its last 43 games when leading at the half over the last two seasons.
• Baylor is 1-8 in games decided by 5 points or less, and the Bears shot below 70% from the free throw line in 6 of those 8 losses.
• Baylor is 13-0 when scoring 37+ points in the first half and 6-14 when scoring 36 or fewer points in the first 20 minutes.
• Baylor (NIT) and Houston (CBI) are the only Texas D-I teams (out of 21) that are still alive in postseason tournaments.
• Baylor is the only team ever to beat Kentucky at Rupp Arena and defeat Kansas in the same season.
Pierre Jackson (1,148 career points) has scored in double figures in 39 of his last 40 games played.
• Jackson can tie Baylor's record for consecutive games with a 3-pointer made if he makes one vs. ASU (LaceDarius Dunn-45).
• Jackson leads the Big 12 in scoring (19.5) 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 15 in scoring -- Jackson (1st, 19.5), Austin (12th, 13.2) and Jefferson (13th, 12.2).
Cory Jefferson leads the Big 12 in FG% (58.9), ranks 2nd in blocks (2.0), 3rd in double-doubles (10) and 4th in rebounding (8.3).
• Jefferson has more than twice as many points (401) and rebounds (273) this year than in 55 games over his first two years (148p/115r).
Isaiah Austin is 5th nationally among freshmen with 10 double-doubles -- the most of any power-6 conference freshman.
• Austin ranks 2nd in the Big 12 in rebounding (8.5), 3rd in double-doubles (10), 4th in blocks (1.6) and 12th in scoring (13.2).
Brady Heslip is shooting 63.2% (24-of-38) on 3-pointers in 5 career postseason games.
• Heslip has made a 3FG in 62 of 70 games in his career. He has 45 games with 2+ 3FG and 32 games with 3+ 3FG.
• Heslip is 7th on Baylor's all-time 3-point FGs made list (176) and he ranks 2nd with a 42.6 career 3-point field goal percentage.
A.J. Walton is 1 of 2 players in program history with 200+ career steals (215) and 1 of 6 with 400+ career assists (440).
• Walton (94-43) ranks 2nd on Baylor's all-time wins list, three shy of Quincy Acy's school record 97 career victories.
• Baylor has accounted for 26% of double-doubles by Big 12 players this season (27-of-104). Isaiah Austin (10) and Cory Jefferson (10) each have more double-doubles than six Big 12 teams (WVU-6, KSU-5, OU-5, TCU-4, UT-4, OSU-3).
• Rico Gathers is averaging one rebound every 2.9 minutes played, which averages out to 13.8 rebounds per 40 minutes.
• Gathers ranked 10th in the Big 12 in with 6.0 rebs/gm in league play. His 5.7 rpg in all games ranks 2nd among Big 12 freshmen.
• Gary Franklin is shooting 45% from 3-point range (26-of-58) over the last 23 games after starting the year 7-of-28.
• Franklin leads the team with 17.0 minutes per game off the bench -- 86% of his made field goals at BU have been 3-pointers.
• Baylor has more Big 12 wins in the last 5+ seasons (53-47) than its first 11 years in the league combined (45-131).
• Baylor's 9 Big 12 wins tied the program's 3rd-most wins in a Big 12 season (12 in 2012-13; 11 in 2009-10; 9 in 2007-08).
• Baylor finished with a .500 or better record in conference play for the 7th time in the last 25 seasons.
• Baylor is 12-6 when shooting 20+ free throws and 7-8 when going to the free throw line less than 20 times.
• The Bears are 11-2 when recording 16+ assists and 8-12 when posting 15 or fewer assists.
• Baylor has 3 of the Big 12's top 4 in offensive rebounding -- Jefferson (2nd, 2.8), Austin (3rd, 2.7) and Gathers (4th, 2.5).
• Baylor 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 (65-23) is 8th on Baylor's all-time wins list and has the highest winning percentage (.739) in program history.
• Head coach Scott Drew is coaching his 313th game at Baylor (174-138). His .558 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 140-69 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 690 consecutive games.
• Baylor's win vs. No. 4 Kansas was its highest-ranked regular-season win since beating No. 3 Arkansas on Feb. 10, 1990.
• 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 entering 2012-13.
• Baylor is coming off a school-record 30-win campaign, breaking the previous record of 28 wins in 2009-10.

BAYLOR'S NIT HISTORY
• Baylor is making its fifth appearance in the NIT (1987, 1990, 2001, 2009, 2013).
• Baylor is 5-4 all-time in the NIT, but the Bears have won five of their last six NIT games.
• Baylor is 1-0 in NIT second round games (won at Virginia Tech in 2009).
• Baylor is 2-0 all-time in NIT home games, 2-3 in road games and 1-1 in New York.

TELEVISION COVERAGE
• Friday's game will air on ESPN2 at 7:03 p.m. CT, marking a school-record 23rd time the Bears have played on an ESPN network this season. Dave LaMont (play-by-play) and Stephen Howard (analyst) will serve as talent.
• The game is also available through WatchESPN.

SERIES HISTORY
• Friday is the seventh series meeting between Baylor and Arizona State, and the Bears lead 4-2 in the all-time series.
• Baylor won the first meeting in 1938-39 in Oklahoma City, then ASU won the next two games in the series in 1965 and 1988, and Baylor has won each of the last three meetings in 2008, 2009 and 2010.
• The only time the teams have met in Waco was the most recent game in the series, when No. 11/10 Baylor defeated Arizona State, 68-54, on Dec. 2, 2010. That game was part of the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood Series.
• Baylor is 3-0 vs. ASU during the Drew era. The Bears beat No. 14/14 Arizona State in Anaheim, Calif., in 2008, and Baylor won both games in the Big 12/Pac-10 Hardwood series (2009 in Tempe, 2010 in Waco).

A WIN WOULD ...
• Be Scott Drew's 175th career victory as Baylor head coach -- 26 shy of Bill Henderson's Baylor record.
• Improve Baylor's all-time record in the NIT to 6-4, including a 6-1 record during the Drew era.
• Make the Bears' all-time postseason record 15-13, including a 12-4 record during the Drew era.
• Give Baylor at least two postseason wins in each of its last four postseason appearances (2009 NIT, 2010 NCAA, 2012 NCAA).
• Give Baylor its 5th 20-win season in the last six years -- BU had only three 20-win seasons in its first 101 years of basketball.
• Move A.J. Walton (95) within two wins of Quincy Acy's school record 97 career victories.
• Improve Baylor's record to 141-69 since the start of the 2007-08 season.
• Improve Baylor's record to 26-25 in the month of March in the Drew era, including a 21-14 record since 2008-09.

POSTSEASON SUCCESS UNDER DREW
• Baylor is 11-4 in five postseason appearances under Scott Drew. Baylor snapped a 20-year NCAA Tournament drought with an at-large bid in 2008, and the Bears have gone are 6-3 in three NCAA Championship appearances and 5-1 in the NIT under Drew.
• The Bears have won at least three games in each of their last three postseason berths entering 2013. Baylor won four games to get to the 2009 NIT Championship, and BU reeled off three wins to reach the Elite Eight in both 2010 and 2012.

FREE THROWS MAKING DIFFERENCE IN CLOSE GAMES
• Baylor is 1-8 this season in games decided by 5 points or less, and BU has shot below 70% on free throws in 6 of the 8 losses.
• The Bears have combined to shoot 64% from the free throw line in those eight losses (101-of-159).
• In its 19 wins, Baylor has shot 70% from the free throw line (290-of-415).
• Baylor's 6 losses by more than 5 points were all road games (Gonzaga, Kansas, Iowa State, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Texas).

JACKSON ON TRACK TO MAKE HISTORY
• Bob Cousy Award finalist Pierre Jackson leads the Big 12 in scoring (19.5) 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 20 in points and assists (15th assists, 18th scoring as of March 18).
• Four players have led a power-6 conference in scoring and assists in the last 24 years, and no one has ever done so in the Big 12.

2ND-LONGEST 3-POINT STREAK IN BAYLOR HISTORY
• Baylor guard Pierre Jackson has hit at least one 3-pointer in 44 consecutive games dating back to the last 12 games of the 2011-12 season. His streak is the 2nd-longest in Baylor history, one behind LaceDarius Dunn (45).

BEST IN TEXAS
• Baylor and SFA are the only Division I schools out of 21 in Texas to be invited to NCAA-run postseason tournaments.
• Baylor (NIT) and Houston (CBI) are the only Texas DI teams still playing in any postseason tournament.
• Baylor, which had a school-record 17-game winning streak vs. in-state opponents snapped earlier this season, has a 17-1 record against in-state teams since the start of the 2011-12 season.
• Prior to its recent in-state success, the Bears were a combined 10-27 in Scott Drew's first six seasons at Baylor.

JACKSON CLIMBING BAYLOR SCORING CHARTS
Pierre Jackson (1,148 career points) is 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 18th on Baylor's all-time scoring chart, needs 75 points to tie Willie Sublett for 17th place and 83 points to move in Baylor's career top-15 in scoring. Jackson ranks 4th among players with fewer than 100 career games played.
• Jackson is tied for 5th on Baylor's single-season scoring list with 614 points this season, and his 19.5 points per game this season are the 2nd-most by any Baylor player during the Big 12 era.

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 (401) and grabbed more than twice as many rebounds (273) this year than in 55 career games over his first two seasons (148 points, 115 rebounds).
• Jefferson has scored in double figures in 21 of 33 games this year, including four 20-point games and 10 double-doubles.
• Jefferson entered the season with a career high of 25 minutes, but he's played at least 26 minutes 22 times this season.

SEEKING 20 WINS FOR 5TH TIME IN LAST SIX SEASONS
• With a win vs. Arizona State, Baylor would have its fifth 20-win season in the last six years.
• Head coach Scott Drew is the only Baylor coach to amass four 20-win seasons and four postseason appearances.
• Baylor won 20 or more games only three times prior to the Scott Drew era.
• The Bears are making their 5th postseason appearance in the last six years -- Baylor made only seven postseason appearances in its 97 seasons prior to the Drew era.

JACKSON, AUSTIN, JEFFERSON RECEIVE ALL-BIG 12 HONORS
• Baylor's Pierre Jackson, Isaiah Austin and Cory Jefferson received All-Big 12 honors from the league's media and coaches.
• Jackson was named to the media's All-Big 12 first team and was tabbed second-team All-Big 12 by the coaches.
• Jackson joined Terry Black, Curtis Jerrells and LaceDarius Dunn as the only first-team All-Big 12 players in Baylor history.
• Austin picked up second-team All-Big 12 honors from the media and was named to the coaches' third team and All-Rookie team.
• Austin is the first Baylor freshman to be named to one of the All-Big 12 teams and BU's 5th All-Rookie choice in the last 4 years.
• Jefferson was an honorable mention All-Big 12 selection from both the coaches and media.

HALF THE BATTLE
• Baylor has won 20 of its last 21 games when leading at the half and BU is 41-2 when leading at halftime over the last two years.
• The Bears are 15-1 this season and 143-26 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 actually outscored its opponents by a combined total of 7 points in the 2nd halves of its 14 losses (544-537), but the Bears have been outscored by a total of 105 points in the 1st halves of those games (502-397).
• Baylor is 9-30 when trailing at the half over the last three seasons, including a 4-13 mark this season.

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 ranks 5th nationally among freshmen with 10 double-doubles.
• Austin has 9 double-doubles in his last 24 games after recording 1 in his first 7 games played.

COMPARING WINS AND LOSSES
• Baylor is 12-6 when shooting 20+ free throws and 7-8 when going to the free throw line less than 20 times.
• The Bears are 11-2 when recording 16+ assists and 8-12 when posting 15 or fewer assists.
• Baylor is 13-0 when scoring 37+ points in the first half and 6-14 when scoring 36 or fewer points in the first 20 minutes.

CRASHING THE BOARDS
• Baylor has three of the Big 12's top four offensive rebounders.
• Cory Jefferson (2.8) ranks 2nd, while Isaiah Austin (2.7) is 3rd and Rico Gathers (2.5) is 4th in the conference.
• All three rank in the Big 12's top 15 in total rebounding, with Austin 2nd (8.5), Jefferson 4th (8.3) and Gathers 14th (5.8).
• Austin, Gathers and Jefferson all ranked in the Big 12's top 15 in offensive, defensive and total rebounding in conference play.

MULTIPLE AP TOP 25 WINS FOR 6TH STRAIGHT SEASON
• Baylor has won multiple games vs. AP Top 25 teams in each of the last six seasons.
• Baylor is 31-152 all-time against AP Top 25 teams (2-6 this season).
• Prior to winning multiple games vs. ranked teams in each of the last six 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 and vs. then-No. 4 Kansas on March 9 this season.

HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
• Baylor is 57-12 at home in the last four seasons, winning a Ferrell Center-record 15 home games in both 2009-10 and 2010-11, and going 14-3 at the Ferrell Center a season ago.
• Baylor, which is 13-5 at home this season, is 83-21 in the last six seasons at home, recording a .798 winning percentage.

AUSTIN'S IMPROVEMENT
• Freshman Isaiah Austin averaged 12.9 points, 7.1 rebounds and 0.6 blocks over his first 7 collegiate games, then went on a 14-game tear averaging 14.6 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game.
• Austin followed that with a 3-game stretch averaging 8.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game, but he bounced back with 5 consecutive double-figure scoring games, and he's averaging 12.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.3 blocks over his last 7 games.
• Austin has blocked at least 3 shots in 4 of his last 7 games after doing so in 4 of his first 24 games.

JEFFERSON CLIMBING BLOCKS CHART
Cory Jefferson (111) needs 23 more blocks to pass Ekpe Udoh (133) for 4th 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 Udoh (36) has played fewer career games than Jefferson.

RICO'S REBOUNDS
• Freshman Rico Gathers is averaging one rebound every 2.9 minutes, which averages out to 13.8 rebounds per 40 minutes.
• Gathers ranks 14th in the Big 12 with 5.8 rebounds per game, which ranks 2nd among Big 12 freshmen.
• Gathers is 4th in the Big 12 with 2.5 offensive rebounds per game, despite playing just 16.9 minutes per game.
• In Big 12 play, Gathers ranked 10th in the league with 6.0 rebounds per game and 8th with 2.2 offensive rebounds per game.

DREW COACHING 313TH GAME AT BAYLOR
Scott Drew will be coaching his 313th game as Baylor's head coach on Friday.
• Drew is 174-138 over 10 seasons at Baylor, and his .558 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 (140-69).
• Drew is 27 wins shy of Baylor's all-time wins record held by Bill Henderson (201-239), despite coaching 118 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.

UP NEXT
• The winner of the Baylor vs. Arizona State game will advance to face the winner of No. 8 Robert Morris at No. 4 Providence in the NIT quarterfinals. That game will likely be hosted by the winner of the Baylor-Arizona State game.
• All NIT quarterfinal games will be held Tuesday and Wednesday. Baylor would only be able to host a quarterfinal game on Wednesday due to the first two rounds of the NCAA Women's Basketball Tournament being played at the Ferrell Center.


 

 

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