|No. 2 Baylor (20-14) vs. No. 4 Providence (19-14)
March 27, 2013 | 8:00 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
TV: ESPN2 & WatchESPN
Radio: ESPN Central Texas 1660 AM
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• Wednesday’s game will be televised on ESPN2 with Roxy Bernstein (pxp) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst).
• Baylor beat PC 72-56 in the teams’ only previous meeting on Nov. 27, 2008, in Anaheim, Calif.
• 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 a 12-4 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, 2-0 in 2013 NIT).
• For the second straight season, Baylor is the last Texas Division I team (out of 21) playing postseason basketball.
• 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 7-14 when scoring 36 or fewer points in the first 20 minutes.
• Baylor has five 20-win seasons in the last six years. BU had only three all-time 20-win seasons prior to Drew’s arrival.
• Baylor is 6-4 all-time in the NIT, including a 3-0 record in home games (2009 vs. Georgetown, 2013 vs. LBSU and Arizona State).
• Baylor is 15-13 all-time in postseason play (9-9 in NCAA Championship, 6-4 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.
• Pierre Jackson (1,174 career points) has scored in double figures in 40 of his last 41 games played.
• Jackson set an NIT record with 16 assists vs. Arizona State (previous record was 14). He had 19 pts and 11 assts in the 2nd half.
• Jackson is tied with LaceDarius Dunn for the longest streak in program history of games with a made 3FG (45).
• Jackson leads the Big 12 in scoring (19.7) and assists (6.7) 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, 19.7), Austin (11th, 13.2) and Jefferson (13th, 12.4).
• Cory Jefferson leads the Big 12 in FG% (59.6), ranks 2nd in blocks (2.0), 3rd in double-doubles (10) and 4th in rebounding (8.2).
• Jefferson has more than twice as many points (422) and rebounds (279) 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 3rd in the Big 12 in rebounding (8.5), 3rd in double-doubles (10), 4th in blocks (1.7) and 11th in scoring (13.2).
• Brady Heslip is shooting 60% (28-of-47) on 3-pointers in 6 career postseason games.
• Heslip has made a 3FG in 63 of 71 games in his career. He has 46 games with 2+ 3FG and 33 games with 3+ 3FG.
• Heslip is 7th on Baylor’s all-time 3-point FGs made list (180) and he ranks 2nd with a 42.7 career 3-point field goal percentage.
• A.J. Walton is 1 of 2 players in program history with 200+ career steals (216) and 1 of 6 with 400+ career assists (442).
• When he plays vs. Providence, Walton will tie Quincy Acy for the Baylor record with 139 career games played.
• Baylor is the only team ever to beat Kentucky at Rupp Arena and defeat Kansas in the same season.
• Baylor has accounted for 26% of double-doubles by Big 12 players this season (28-of-108). Isaiah Austin (10) and Cory Jefferson (10) each have more double-doubles than six Big 12 teams (WVU-6, KSU-6, OU-5, TCU-4, UT-4, OSU-3).
• Rico Gathers is averaging one rebound every 2.9 minutes played, which averages out to 13.7 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 43% from 3-point range (26-of-60) over the last 24 games after starting the year 7-of-28.
• Franklin leads the team with 17.4 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 13-6 when shooting 20+ free throws and 7-8 when going to the free throw line less than 20 times.
• The Bears are 12-2 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, 2.4).
• 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 (66-23) is 8th on Baylor’s all-time wins list and has the highest winning percentage (.742) in program history.
• Head coach Scott Drew is coaching his 314th game at Baylor (175-138). His .559 winning percentage is best in program history among coaches with 4 or more seasons, and his teams have a .671 winning percentage since the start of the 2007-08 season.
• Baylor is 141-69 since the start of the 2007-08 season, including five 20-win seasons in the last six 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 691 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 6-4 all-time in the NIT, but the Bears have won six of their last seven NIT games.
• Baylor is 1-0 in NIT quarterfinal games (won at Auburn in 2009).
• Baylor is 3-0 all-time in NIT home games, 2-3 in road games and 1-1 in New York.
• Wednesday’s game will air on ESPN2 at 8:05 p.m. CT, marking a school-record 24th time the Bears have played on an ESPN network this season. Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play) and Fran Fraschilla (analyst) will serve as talent.
• The game is also available through WatchESPN at http://es.pn/mbb-PROVvsBAYLOR.
• The winner of the Baylor vs. Providence game will advance to face the winner of No. 3 BYU at No. 1 Southern Miss in the NIT semifinals at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
• NIT semifinal games are April 2 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. CT, and the championship game is April 4 at 8 p.m. CT.
• Wednesday is the second series meeting between Baylor and Providence, and the Bears lead 1-0 in the all-time series.
• Baylor won the only previous meeting, 72-56, on Nov. 27, 2008, in the opening round of the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif.
• Baylor is 6-9 all-time against current members of the Big East Conference, including a win over St. John’s on Nov. 18, 2012, in the third-place game at the Charleston Classic.
A WIN WOULD ...
• Be Scott Drew’s 176th career victory as Baylor head coach — 25 shy of Bill Henderson’s Baylor record.
• Improve Baylor’s all-time record in the NIT to 7-4, including a 7-1 record during the Drew era.
• Make the Bears’ all-time postseason record 16-13, including a 13-4 record during the Drew era.
• Give Baylor at least three postseason wins in each of its last four postseason appearances (2009 NIT, 2010 NCAA, 2012 NCAA).
• Tie Baylor’s 7th-highest win total in a single season (21 in 2007-08).
• Move A.J. Walton (96) within one win of Quincy Acy’s school record 97 career victories.
• Improve Baylor’s record to 142-69 since the start of the 2007-08 season.
• Improve Baylor’s record to 27-25 in the month of March in the Drew era, including a 22-14 record since 2008-09.
POSTSEASON SUCCESS UNDER DREW
• Baylor is 12-4 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 6-1 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 2-8 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 20 wins, Baylor has shot 70% from the free throw line (315-of-451).
• 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 (19.7) and assists (6.7), 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 six 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 (12th assists, 20th scoring as of March 25).
• 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.
LONGEST 3-POINT STREAK IN BAYLOR HISTORY
• Baylor guard Pierre Jackson has hit at least one 3-pointer in 45 consecutive games dating back to the last 12 games of the 2011-12 season. His streak is tied for the longest in Baylor history with 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.
• For the second straight season, Baylor is the last Texas DI team remaining 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 SCORING CHARTS
• Pierre Jackson (1,174 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 49 points to tie Willie Sublett for 17th place and 57 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 4th on Baylor’s single-season scoring list with 651 points this season, and his 19.7 points per game this season are the most by any Baylor player during the Big 12 era.
• Jackson needs 53 points to tie Baylor’s single-season scoring record, and he needs 5 points to tie for 3rd and 15 points to tie for 2nd on the single-season scoring list.
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 (422) and grabbed more than twice as many rebounds (279) this year than in 55 career games over his first two seasons (148 points, 115 rebounds).
• Jefferson has scored in double figures in 22 of 34 games this year, including five 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 23 times this season.
2O WINS FOR 5TH TIME IN LAST SIX SEASONS
• Baylor has recorded 20 wins in five of the last six seasons after having only three 20-win seasons in its first 101 years.
• Head coach Scott Drew is the only Baylor coach to amass five 20-win seasons and five postseason appearances.
• 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.
NATIONAL RADIO COVERAGE
• 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.