|RV/RV Baylor at 8/8 Kentucky
Dec. 1, 2012 | 11:30 a.m. CT
Lexington, Ky. | Rupp Arena (23,000)
TV: CBS | Radio: ESPN Central Texas 101.3 FM & 1590 AM / Sirius 128 / XM 192
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• Saturday's game is the second time in program history a Baylor regular-season game will be nationally televised on CBS.
• The game is the first time Baylor has played a non-conference road game against a top-10 team since Dec. 12, 1986 at Illinois.
• Baylor is 0-7 in the all-time series against Kentucky, including a loss in the 2012 Elite Eight at Atlanta's Georgia Dome.
• Baylor is 5-3 all-time on CBS, including a 76-71 win over Texas on Jan. 28, 2012, in its only previous regular-season CBS game.
• Baylor is 2-8 all-time in the state of Kentucky, with both wins coming at Murray State (1959, 1973).
• Baylor is 4-0 this season and 86-8 in the Scott Drew era when shooting 50% or better from the field.
• Baylor has accounted for five of the 21 double-doubles by Big 12 players this season, including two by Cory Jefferson.
• Baylor plays two of the nation's toughest non-conference road games this season -- at Rupp Arena (Dec. 1), where Kentucky is 54-0 under John Calipari -- and at Gonzaga (Dec. 28), where the Bulldogs are 107-7 all-time at The New Kennel.
• Baylor PG Pierre Jackson was named Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year, the 2nd straight year a Bear has been honored.
• Jackson leads the Big 12 in scoring (20.3 ppg), assists (6.7 apg) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.5).
• Jackson has scored in double figures in 14 straight games, averaging 18.6 points and 6.5 assists per game during the streak.
• Through six games, Baylor is averaging 40.7 points in the paint per game and holding opponents to 23.7 PIP per game. Baylor's leaders are Cory Jefferson (10.0 PIP/game), Isaiah Austin (9.6 PIP/game) and Pierre Jackson (7.0 PIP/game).
• Three Baylor players are in the Big 12's top 10 in scoring -- Jackson (1st, 20.3), Jefferson (8th, 14.3) and Austin (9th, 14.2).
• Jefferson leads the Big 12 in field goal percentage (70.6), ranks 4th in blocks (2.2) and is tied for 3rd in rebounding (9.0).
• Austin leads all Big 12 freshmen in scoring (14.2), rebounding (8.2) and field goal percentage (53.6).
• National team rankings: 22nd FG percentage (49.7); 39th rebounding margin (8.2); 39th scoring offense (79.2).
• 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.
• Baylor is coming off a school-record 30-win campaign, marking the second time in the last three seasons the Bears have established a school record for wins (28 victories in 2009-10).
• 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), Deuce Bello (2011), Isaiah Austin (2012), Rico Gathers (2012), Ishmail Wainright (2013) and Dominic Woodson (2013).
• Brady Heslip is a game-time decision to return to the starting lineup after missing the College of Charleston game. He had his appendix removed on Nov. 20, forcing him to miss his first career game. Heslip has started 42 of 43 career games played.
• Baylor leads the Big 12 and ranks 22nd nationally with a 49.7 team field goal percentage.
• Cory Jefferson (Player) and Isaiah Austin (Rookie) swept the season's first Big 12 weekly honors. It was the fourth time in program history the Bears won both awards in the same week.
• In the last five seasons entering 2012-13, Baylor went 121-55 (24.2 wins per season) and made four postseason appearances (2008 NCAA, 2009 NIT, 2010 NCAA, 2012 NCAA) with four 20-win campaigns.
• The Bears have four 20-win seasons in the last five years. Baylor had only three all-time 20-win seasons prior to Drew's arrival.
• Baylor was picked 2nd in the 2012-13 Big 12 Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll, its highest ever projection.
• Baylor has the Big 12's 2nd-longest active streak with at least one 3-point field goal made in 663 consecutive games.
• Baylor will play a school-record three times on ESPN Big Monday this season -- at Kansas (1/14); vs. OSU (1/21); at UT (3/4).
• Baylor set Scott Drew era records with 68 points in the paint, 28 assists and a 64.5 FG% in the season opener vs. Lehigh.
• Baylor's Scott Drew is tied with Kansas' Bill Self as the second-longest tenured head coach in the Big 12 Conference. Drew, who enters his 10th season at Baylor in 2012-13, is second only to Texas' Rick Barnes, who enters his 15th season in Austin.
• Baylor is 0-7 all-time against Kentucky, including an 82-70 loss in the 2012 Elite Eight at Atlanta's Georgia Dome.
• The Bears are 0-4 against UK in Lexington and 0-3 against the Wildcats at neutral sites. Baylor's four losses in Lexington have all been by 34 or more points.
• The last time Baylor and Kentucky met in the regular season was when No. 5 Kentucky beat Baylor, 80-46, on Dec. 8, 1979.
• Baylor lost to Kentucky, 58-42, in the 1948 NCAA Championship Game in New York, and the teams met on the same court seven days later as part of the Olympic Basketball Trials. Kentucky won the second game, 77-59.
• Baylor's Jack Robinson and five Kentucky players were part of the 1948 USA Olympic team that went 8-0 and won gold.
WINNING AWAY FROM HOME IN NON-CONFERENCE
• Baylor is 27-14 in non-conference games away from the Ferrell Center (road and neutral) in the Scott Drew era.
• Baylor has saved its best for the last four-plus seasons, winning 24 of its last 32 non-conference games away from home since the 2007-08 season (Baylor was 8-1 in non-conference away games in 2011-12).
A WIN WOULD ...
• Be Baylor's first-ever against Kentucky -- the Bears are 0-7 in the all-time series.
• Be Baylor's first win against a team ranked No. 8 in the AP Top 25 since defeating Arkansas on Feb. 11, 1982.
• Be Baylor's first non-conference road win against an AP Top 25 in program history (0-18).
• Give Baylor a 5-2 or better record through its first seven games for the seventh consecutive season.
• Be Scott Drew's 162nd career victory as Baylor head coach -- 39 shy of Bill Henderson's Baylor record.
• Improve Baylor's record to 39-12 in the month of December in the Drew era, including a 31-3 mark in its last 34 December games.
• Extend Baylor's winning streak in December games to 8 straight (Bears were 7-0 in December 2011).
• Improve Baylor's record against teams currently playing as members of the Southeastern Conference to 150-271.
• Improve its record to 89-25 against non-conference competition in the Drew era.
50% SHOOTING IS KEY TO VICTORY
• Baylor is 4-0 this season and 86-8 during the Scott Drew era when shooting 50% or better from the field.
• By contrast, the Bears are 0-2 this season and 75-118 in the Drew era when missing more shots than they make.
• The same goes for holding opponents under 50% -- Baylor is 154-61 in the Drew era when opponents shoot less than 50% and 7-64 when they shoot 50% or better from the field.
TWO OF NATION'S TOUGHEST NON-CONFERENCE ROAD GAMES
• Baylor plays two of the nation's toughest non-conference road games this season -- at Kentucky (Dec. 1) and at Gonzaga (Dec. 28).
• The Bears play at Kentucky's Rupp Arena, where the Wildcats are 54-0 under John Calipari.
• Kentucky's 55-game home winning streak winning is 30 games longer than the nation's next closest active streak.
• Baylor plays at Gonzaga's McCarthy Athletic Center (The New Kennel), where the Bulldogs are 107-7 all-time and have never lost more than one game in a season. Gonzaga's 16-game home winning streak is tied for the nation's 7th-longest active streak.
DOMINATING POINTS IN THE PAINT
• Despite losing three frontcourt players to the 2012 NBA Draft, Baylor is averaging 40.7 points in the paint per game this season, and the Bears are holding opponents to 23.7 PIP per game.
• Frontcourt players Cory Jefferson (10.0 PIP/game), Isaiah Austin (9.6 PIP/game) and Rico Gathers (5.0 PIP/game) do most of the damage, along with guards Pierre Jackson (7.0 PIP/game) and Deuce Bello (3.0 PIP/game).
• Baylor set a Scott Drew era record with 68 points in the paint in its season-opening win against Lehigh.
DECEMBERS TO REMEMBER
• Baylor has gone undefeated in the month of December in four of the last five seasons.
• The Bears went 7-0 in December 2011, 3-3 in 2010, 4-0 in 2009, 6-0 in 2008 and 6-0 in 2007.
• Baylor is 30-3 in its last 33 December games, and the Bears are 38-12 in December games in the Scott Drew era.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES ALL AROUND
• Baylor has accounted for five of the 21 double-doubles by Big 12 players this season.
• Cory Jefferson is one of six Big 12 players with multiple double-doubles this year.
• Pierre Jackson, Isaiah Austin and Rico Gathers have also had double-doubles this season.
• Active Big 12 players have combined for 13 career double-digit assist games, and Jackson (six) and A.J. Walton (two) have combined for eight of those 13 games with 10 or more assists.
• Saturday's game can be seen nationally on CBS. Jim Nantz (play-by-play) and Clark Kellogg (analyst) will serve as the talent. Tip-off is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. CT.
• This is the second time in program history Baylor has had a regular-season game nationally televised on CBS.
NATIONAL RADIO COVERAGE
• Saturday's game can be heard on ESPN Central Texas 1590 AM and 101.3 FM, and fans not in the Central Texas area can hear the game online at www.BaylorBears.com. Rick May (play-by-play) and Pat Nunley (analyst) will serve as talent.
• Kentucky's radio broadcast is available nationally via satellite radio on Sirius 128 and XM 192.
BAYLOR IN THE RANKINGS
• Baylor entered the 2012-13 season with its third consecutive preseason ranking.
• The Bears climbed three spots to No. 16 in the AP poll and one spot to No. 17 in the coaches poll on Nov. 12.
• Baylor dropped eight spots to No. 24 in the AP poll and four spots to No. 21 in the coaches poll on Nov. 19, and the Bears fell out of the top 25 in the Nov. 26 polls.
• Baylor has been ranked in each of the last six seasons - a total of 48 polls (including preseason polls).
• Prior to falling out of the top 25 on Nov. 26, Baylor was one of four schools nationally to have its men's and women's teams ranked in 23 consecutive polls since the 2011-12 preseason, joining Duke, Kentucky and Ohio State.
• Prior to the 2007-08 campaign, Baylor had only been ranked for three weeks in the program's first 101 seasons (one week in 1948-49, two weeks in 1968-69).
JACKSON NEXT IN LINE FOR 1,000-POINT CLUB
• Pierre Jackson entered the 2012-13 season on pace to become the 26th 1,000-point scorer in school history. Jackson, who scored 523 points in his first season in Waco last year, needs 355 points to become the eighth 1,000-point scorer in the Scott Drew era, joining Aaron Bruce, Curtis Jerrells, Henry Dugat, Kevin Rogers, LaceDarius Dunn, Tweety Carter and Quincy Acy.
• Jackson needs to average 14.2 points per game over the next 25 games to reach 1,000 points prior to the postseason.
• Jackson has scored in double figures in 14 straight games, averaging 18.6 points and 6.5 assists per game during the streak.
• The Baylor program has enjoyed unprecedented success over the last five-plus seasons under 10th-year head coach Scott Drew. Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 125-57 (24.2 wins per season from 2007-08 to 2011-12) and has made four postseason appearances (2008 NCAA, 2009 NIT, 2010 NCAA, 2012 NCAA) and posted four 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 11 postseason appearances (four under Drew) and won 20+ games just seven times (four under Drew) in the program's first 106 seasons.
UNPRECEDENTED NATIONAL EXPOSURE
• For the first time in program history, all 31 of Baylor's regular-season games will be televised in 2012-13.
• With 21 games on the ESPN family of networks, Baylor will increase its number of ESPN appearances to 81 in the last six seasons (85 in the Scott Drew era). When Baylor plays at Kentucky on Dec. 1, it will be the second regular-season game in program history televised nationally on CBS.
ANOTHER NATIONALLY RANKED SIGNING CLASS
• Baylor's three-player 2013 signing class (announced Nov. 16) is the program's fifth straight ranked in the top 25 by ESPN.
• Ishmail Wainright, Dominic Woodson and Johnathan Motley are all top-100 recruits who will join the team in 2013-14.
• Wainright is ranked No. 27 nationally by MaxPreps.com, Woodson is No. 33 by 247Sports.com and Motley is No. 83 by 247Sports.com. Woodson is the nation's No. 2 center according to Rivals.com.
• Wainright and Woodson give the Bears 10 top 50 national recruits in the last seven years.
• Drew's 2013 class is ranked No. 9 nationally by 247Sports.com, No. 12 by CBSSports.com and No. 14 by ESPN.com.
NCAA TOURNAMENT SUCCESS
• Baylor is 6-3 in three NCAA Championship appearances under Scott Drew.
• The Bears snapped a 20-year drought when they advanced to the 2008 NCAA Tournament before losing to Purdue, but two years later they came back to win three games and advance to the 2010 Elite Eight, marking the first program's first NCAA Tournament wins since 1950. The Bears matched that performance with three wins and another Elite Eight berth in 2012.
• Baylor returns to Waco to begin a four-game homestand. The Bears face Northwestern (Dec. 4), Lamar (Dec. 12), USC Upstate (Dec. 17) and BYU (Dec. 21) before heading back out on the road to face Gonzaga (Dec. 28).