|No. 2 Baylor (22-14) vs. No. 3 Iowa (25-12)
April 4, 2013 | 8:00 p.m. CT
New York, N.Y. | Madison Square Garden (19,763)
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Radio: ESPN Central Texas 1660 AM
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||Baylor | Iowa
|No. 2 BAYLOR BEARS
||NR (AP), NR (Coaches)
||Def. BYU, 76-70
||Career: 197-149 (11th season)
||BU Record: 177-138 (10th season)
|No. 3 IOWA HAWKEYES
||NR (AP), NR (Coaches)
||Def Maryland , 71-60
||Career: 305-226 (17th season)
||Iowa Record: 54-49 (3rd season)
- Thursday's game will be televised on ESPN with Bob Wischusen, Bill Raftery and Bob Knight.
- Baylor lost its only previous NIT title game (2009 vs. Penn State) and its only meeting vs. Iowa (1983).
- Baylor has won at least three games in each of its last four postseason appearances.
- 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).
- Baylor has 88 assists and only 38 turnovers during its NIT run -- Jackson had 45 assists and only 10 turnovers.
- Head coach Scott Drew has led Baylor to 5 of its 12 all-time postseason appearances, and he's complied a 14-4 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, 4-0 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 21 of 22 and 42 of its last 44 games when leading at the half over the last two seasons.
- Baylor is 2-8 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 14-0 when scoring 37+ points in the first half and 8-14 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 8-4 all-time in the NIT, including a 2-1 record at Madison Square Garden and an 8-1 record in its last two NIT appearances.
- Baylor is 17-13 all-time in postseason play (9-9 in NCAA Championship, 8-4 in NIT).
- Baylor made a school-record 69.6% (16-of-23) of its 3-pointers in its 2013 NIT first round win vs. Long Beach State.
- Baylor had only 5 turnovers vs. Providence, tying the lowest number of the Drew era. Jackson had 13 assists and 0 turnovers.
- Pierre Jackson (1,218 career points) has scored in double figures in 42 of his last 43 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 has hit a 3FG in a school-record 47 straight games. He needs 10 points to break Baylor's single-season scoring record.
- Jackson leads the Big 12 in scoring (19.9) and assists (7.0) and is the first player to lead a power-6 conference in scoring and assists since Arizona's Jason Terry in 1998-99. Jackson is the 5th power-6 player to have done so in the last 25 seasons.
- Cory Jefferson leads the Big 12 in FG% (60.6), ranks 2nd in blocks (1.9), 4th in double-doubles (10) and 4th in rebounding (8.0).
- Jefferson has more than twice as many points (469) and rebounds (288) this year than in 55 games over his first two years (148p/115r).
- Isaiah Austin is 4th nationally among freshmen with 11 double-doubles -- the most of any power-6 conference freshman.
- Austin ranks 3rd in the Big 12 in rebounding (8.3) and double-doubles (11), 4th in blocks (1.6) and 13th in scoring (13.0).
- Brady Heslip is shooting 54% (30-of-56) on 3-pointers in 8 career postseason games.
- Heslip has made a 3FG in 64 of 73 games in his career. He has 47 games with 2+ 3FG and 33 games with 3+ 3FG.
- Heslip is 2nd on Baylor's career 3-point FG percentage list (42.2) and he ranks 7th all-time in 3-point FGs made (182).
- A.J. Walton is 1 of 2 players in program history with 200+ career steals (218) and 1 of 6 with 400+ career assists (447).
- Walton is tied with Quincy Acy for Baylor's career wins record (97), and Walton holds the career games played record (140).
- Baylor's 31 assists vs. Long Beach were the 3rd-most in a game in program history.
- Three Baylor players are in the Big 12's top 15 in scoring -- Jackson (1st, 19.9), Jefferson (12th, 13.0) and Austin (13th, 13.0).
- Baylor is the only team ever to beat Kentucky at Rupp Arena and defeat Kansas in the same season.
- Baylor has accounted for 28% of double-doubles by Big 12 players this season (31-of-111). Isaiah Austin (11) 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 ranks 14th in the Big 12 with 5.8 rebs/gm, which is 2nd among Big 12 freshmen behind Austin.
- Gary Franklin is shooting 42% from 3-point range (27-of-65) over the last 26 games after starting the year 7-of-28.
- Franklin leads the team with 17.9 minutes per game off the bench -- 85% 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 15-6 when shooting 20+ free throws and 7-8 when going to the free throw line less than 20 times.
- The Bears are 14-2 when recording 16+ assists and 8-12 when posting 15 or fewer assists.
- Baylor has 3 of the Big 12's top 5 in offensive rebounding -- Jefferson (2nd, 2.8), Austin (3rd, 2.6) and Gathers (5th, 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 (68-23) is 8th on Baylor's all-time wins list and has the highest winning percentage (.747) in program history.
- Head coach Scott Drew is coaching his 316th game at Baylor (177-138). His .562 winning percentage is best in program history among coaches with 4 or more seasons, and his teams have a .675 winning percentage since the start of the 2007-08 season.
- Baylor is 143-69 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 693 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).
- 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 8-4 all-time in the NIT, but the Bears have won eight of their last nine NIT games.
Baylor is 2-1 in NIT games at Madison Square Garden, with a win vs. San Diego State and BYU, and a loss to Penn State.
Baylor is 4-0 all-time in NIT home games, 2-3 in road games and 2-1 in New York.
Thursday's game will air on ESPN at 8:00 p.m. CT, marking a school-record 26th time the Bears have played on an ESPN network this season. Bob Wischusen, Bill Raftery and Bob Knight will serve as talent.
The game is also available through WatchESPN at http://es.pn/NIT-IOWAvsBAYLOR.
Baylor is 0-1 all-time against Iowa, with the lone series meeting coming in Iowa City, Iowa, in 1983.
The No. 5-ranked Hawkeyes defeated the Bears, 67-44, when the teams met in Iowa City on Dec. 2, 1983.
Baylor is 13-20 all-time against current members of the Big Ten Conference. Most of those games were against Nebraska (10-12), but the Bears have also played Illinois (0-2), Indiana (0-1), Iowa (0-1), Northwestern (1-1), Penn State (1-1) and Purdue (1-2).
A WIN WOULD ...
Give Baylor its first-ever postseason tournament championship.
Be the Big 12's first-ever NIT title. Baylor is the only Big 12 team ever to advance to the NIT title game (2009 and 2013).
Give Baylor's its first 5-game winning streak to end a season since the 1911-12 team went 13-0.
Be Scott Drew's 178th career victory as Baylor head coach -- 23 shy of Bill Henderson's Baylor record.
Improve Baylor's all-time record in the NIT to 9-4, including a 9-1 record during the Drew era.
Make the Bears' all-time postseason record 18-13, including a 15-4 record during the Drew era.
Tie Baylor's 6th-highest win total in a single season (also had 23 in 1987-88).
Give A.J. Walton (98) sole possession of Baylor's career wins record, passing Quincy Acy (97).
Improve Baylor's record to 144-69 since the start of the 2007-08 season.
Improve Baylor's record to 2-1 all-time in April games.
POSTSEASON SUCCESS UNDER DREW
Baylor is 14-4 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 6-3 in three NCAA Championship appearances and 8-1 in the NIT under Drew.
The Bears have won at least three games in each of their last four postseason berths. 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 before going 4-0 to reach this season's NIT semifinals.
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 22 wins, Baylor has shot 71% from the free throw line (354-of-501).
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
Pierre Jackson has clinced the Big 12 lead in scoring (19.9) and assists (7.0), becoming 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 eight 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 (11th assists, 20th scoring as of March 28).
Five 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 47 consecutive games dating back to the last 12 games of the 2011-12 season, breaking the Baylor school record that was previously set by 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 success, BU was a combined 10-27 vs. Lone Star state teams in Scott Drew's first six seasons at Baylor.
JACKSON CLIMBING CAREER SCORING CHART ...
Pierre Jackson (1,218 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 5 points to tie Willie Sublett for 17th place and 6 points to tie David Wesley in 16th place, 11 points to tie Henry Dugat for 15th place and 13 points to tie Vinnie Johnson in 14th place. Jackson ranks 4th among players with fewer than 100 career games played.
... AND SINGLE-SEASON SCORING AND ASSISTS LISTS
Jackson is 2nd on both Baylor's single-season scoring (695) and single-season assists (235) lists.
Jackson needs 9 points to tie Baylor's single-season scoring record.
Jackson is also 7th on the Big 12's single-season assists list. He needs 3 assists to tie Kansas' Ryan Robertson for 6th, 7 assists to tie KU's Aarin Miles for fifth and 9 to tie Texas' T.J. Ford for 4th place.
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 (469) and grabbed more than twice as many rebounds (288) this year than in 55 career games over his first two seasons (148 points, 115 rebounds).
Jefferson has scored in double figures in 24 of 36 games this year, including seven 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 25 times this season.
20 WINS FOR 5TH TIMES IN LAST SIX SEASON
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.
Freshman Rico Gathers is averaging one rebound every 2.9 minutes, which averages out to 13.7 rebounds per 40 minutes.
Gathers ranks 15th in the Big 12 with 5.8 rebounds per game, which ranks 2nd among Big 12 freshmen.
Gathers is 5th in the Big 12 with 2.4 offensive rebounds per game, despite playing just 16.8 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.
WALTON TIED FOR BAYLOR WINS RECORD, JEFFERSON 8TH ON LIST
Senior G A.J. Walton (97 wins) is tied with former teammate Quincy Acy (97) for Baylor's career wins record.
Walton already passed Acy for the Baylor games played record (140), and he has a .693 career winning percentage in games played(97-43), which is 3rd-best among players with 100 or more games.
Cory Jefferson (67 wins) is 8th on the Bears' career wins list.
Jefferson has a .747 winning percentage in career games played (68-23), which is best among Baylor's top 10 in wins.
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 21 of its last 22 games when leading at the half and BU is 42-2 when leading at halftime over the last two years.
The Bears are 17-1 this season and 145-26 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 10-30 when trailing at the half over the last three seasons, including a 5-13 mark this season.
AUSTIN AMONG FRESHMEN DOUBLE-DOUBLES LEADERS
Isaiah Austin has 11 double-doubles this season, which is the most of any freshman from a power conference.
Austin's 11 double-doubles are 3rd-most in the Big 12, trailing only Iowa State's Melvin Ejim (15) and Kansas' Jeff Withey (12).
Austin is tied for 4th nationally among freshmen with 11 double-doubles.
Austin has 10 double-doubles in his last 27 games after recording 1 in his first 7 games played.
COMPARING WINS AND LOSSES
Baylor is 15-6 when shooting 20+ free throws and 7-8 when going to the free throw line less than 20 times.
The Bears are 14-2 when recording 16+ assists and 8-12 when posting 15 or fewer assists.
Baylor is 14-0 when scoring 37+ points in the first half and 8-14 when scoring 36 or fewer points in the first 20 minutes.
CRASHING THE BOARDS
Baylor has three of the Big 12's top five offensive rebounders.
Cory Jefferson (2.7) ranks 2nd, while Isaiah Austin (2.6) is 3rd and Rico Gathers (2.4) is 5th in the conference.
All three rank in the Big 12's top 15 in total rebounding, with Austin 3rd (8.3), Jefferson 4th (8.0) 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.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES ALL AROUND
Baylor has accounted for 28% of the double-doubles by Big 12 players this season (31-of-111) -- Baylor 31, Iowa State 24, Kansas 18, Texas Tech 10, West Virginia 6, Kansas State 6, Oklahoma 5, TCU 4, Texas 4, Oklahoma State 3.
Isaiah Austin(11) and Cory Jefferson (10) each have more double-doubles than six Big 12 teams (WVU, TCU, UT, OSU, OU, KSU).
Pierre Jackson (5), Rico Gathers(3), Taurean Prince and L.J. Rose have also had double-doubles this season.
Austin is the nation's only freshman from a power conference with 11 double-doubles this season.
WALTON ETCHING NAME IN RECORD BOOK
A.J. Walton became the 2nd player in program history 200+ career steals when he reached the milestone at OSU (2/6/13).
Walton became the 5th player in program history with 400+ career assists when he recorded his 400th at Iowa State (2/2/13).
Walton (97 wins) is tied with former teammate Quincy Acy (97) for the Baylor career record.
Walton holds Baylor's career games played record (140).
DREW COACHING 316TH GAME AT BAYLOR
Scott Drew will be coaching his 316th game as Baylor's head coach on Thursday.
Drew is 177-138 over 10 seasons at Baylor, and his .562 winning percentage is the best in program history among coaches with four or more seasons at the helm. His teams have a .675 winning percentage since the start of the 2007-08 season (143-69).
Drew is 24 wins shy of Baylor's all-time wins record held by Bill Henderson (201-239), despite coaching 115 fewer games.
Drew has guided Baylor to five of its eight 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.
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.