|RV/RV Baylor vs. Northwestern
Dec. 4, 2012 | 8:00 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
TV: ESPN2 / WatchESPN | Radio: ESPN Central Texas 1660 AM / Sirius 123 / XM 199
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• Tuesday's game will be televised nationally on ESPN2, one of 21 Baylor games this season on the ESPN family of networks.
• Baylor and Northwestern met on the same day a season ago, a game the Bears won 69-41 on Northwestern's home court.
• 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 22 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, where Kentucky had a 55-game winning streak before Baylor won 64-55 -- and at Gonzaga (Dec. 28), where the Bulldogs are 110-7 all-time at The Kennel.
• 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.
• 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 (19.9/gm) and assists (6.4/gm). He ranks 3rd in steals (2.3/gm) and assist-to-TO ratio (2.0).
• Jackson has scored in double figures in 15 straight games, averaging 18.6 points and 6.4 assists per game during the streak.
• Through seven games, Baylor is averaging 38.9 points in the paint per game and holding opponents to 25.1 PIP per game. Baylor's leaders are Cory Jefferson (9.7 PIP/game), Isaiah Austin (9.0 PIP/game) and Pierre Jackson (6.6 PIP/game).
• Three Baylor players are in the Big 12's top 12 in scoring -- Jackson (1st, 19.9), Jefferson (11th, 13.7) and Austin (12th, 13.7).
• Jefferson also leads the Big 12 in FG percentage (70.2; 2nd nationally), ranks 3rd in blocks (2.6/gm; 26th nationally), 3rd in rebounding (8.4/gm) and 6th in minutes (30.4/gm).
• Austin leads all Big 12 freshmen in rebounding (7.7) and FG percentage (52.2), and he's 3rd among freshmen in scoring (13.7).
• National team rankings (thru Dec. 2): 20th FG percentage (48.5); 40th scoring offense (77.0); 48th scoring margin (12.1).
• 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 returned to the starting lineup at Kentucky (Dec. 1) after having his appendix removed on Nov. 20. He missed his first career game when Baylor played College of Charleston (Nov. 24), and he has now started 43 of 44 career games played.
• Heslip has made at least one 3FG in 41 of 44 career games, including 29 games with 2+ 3FG and 19 games with 3+ 3FG.
• Baylor leads the Big 12 and ranks 20th nationally with a 48.5 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 664 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 1-0 all-time against Northwestern. The Bears won 69-41 when the teams met on Dec. 4, 2011, in Evanston, Ill.
• Baylor is 13-19 all-time against teams currently playing as members of the Big Ten Conference, but only nine of those 32 games came when the opponent was a member of the Big Ten -- the Bears are 2-7 in those games.
• The last time Baylor played a Big Ten team prior to last season's game at Northwestern was when the Bears lost to Penn State, 69-63, in the 2009 NIT Championship Game.
• Prior to the home-and-home series with Northwestern, Baylor's last regular-season game against a Big Ten team was when second-year head coach Scott Drew led the Bears (with six scholarship players) to a 73-72 win at Purdue on Dec. 30, 2004.
A WIN WOULD ...
• Improve Baylor's all-time record against Northwestern to 2-0.
• Give Baylor a 6-2 or better record through its first eight games for the seventh consecutive season.
• Be Scott Drew's 163rd career victory as Baylor head coach -- 38 shy of Bill Henderson's Baylor record.
• Improve Baylor's record to 40-12 in the month of December in the Drew era, including a 32-3 mark in its last 35 December games.
• Extend Baylor's winning streak in December games to 9 straight (Bears were 7-0 in December 2011).
• Improve Baylor's record against teams currently playing as members of the Big Ten Conference to 14-19.
• Improve its record to 90-25 against non-conference competition in the Drew era.
HOME, SWEET DOME
• Baylor is 46-8 at home in the last three-plus 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 is 72-17 in the last five-plus seasons at home, boasting an impressive .809 winning percentage.
BEARS SNAP KENTUCKY'S 55-GAME HOME WINNING STREAK
• Baylor's 64-55 win on Dec. 1 at No. 8 Kentucky snapped the Wildcats' nation-leading 55-game home winning streak.
• The game was the first time Kentucky lost a home game under head coach fourth-year head coach John Calipari (started 54-0), and it was the first time the Wildcats lost at home since March 3, 2009.
• Cory Jefferson became the first opposing player with 10 points and 5 blocks at Rupp Arena since Vanderbilt's A.J. Ogilvy on Jan. 12, 2008.
• All five Baylor starters scored in double figures for the first time since March 9, 2012, when the Bears knocked off No. 3 Kansas in the semifinals of the Big 12 Championship in Kansas City. Pierre Jackson led all scorers with 17 points.
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 1-2 this season and 76-118 in the Drew era when missing more shots than they make.
• The same goes for holding opponents under 50% -- Baylor is 155-61 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's Rupp Arena (Baylor defeated No. 8 Kentucky on Dec. 1) and at Gonzaga's McCarthy Athletic Center (Dec. 28).
• The Bears beat No. 8 Kentucky, 64-55, snapping the Wildcats' nation-leading 55-game home winning streak. That streak was 30 games longer than the next closest active streak, and Kentucky was 54-0 at home under head coach John Calipari.
• Baylor plays at Gonzaga's McCarthy Athletic Center (The New Kennel), where the Bulldogs are 110-7 all-time and average less than one home loss per season. Gonzaga's 17-game home winning streak is tied for the nation's 5th-longest active streak.
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 31-3 in its last 34 December games, and the Bears are 39-12 in December games in the Scott Drew era.
DOMINATING POINTS IN THE PAINT
• Despite losing three frontcourt players to the 2012 NBA Draft, Baylor is averaging 38.9 points in the paint per game this season, and the Bears are holding opponents to 25.1 PIP per game.
• Frontcourt players Cory Jefferson (9.7 PIP/game), Isaiah Austin (9.0 PIP/game) and Rico Gathers (4.9 PIP/game) do most of the damage, along with point guard Pierre Jackson (6.6 PIP/game).
• Baylor set a Scott Drew era record with 68 points in the paint in its season-opening win against Lehigh.
NON-CONFERENCE HOME SUCCESS
• Baylor has won 29 of its last 30 non-conference home games. The Bears won 29 consecutive non-conference home games between a one-point loss to South Carolina on Jan. 2, 2009, and a four-point loss to College of Charleston on Nov. 24, 2012.
• Baylor went undefeated in non-conference home games in each of the last three seasons (8-0 in 2009-10, 10-0 in 2010-11 and 8-0 in 2011-12). The Bears are 2-1 this season in non-conference home games.
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.
• Tuesday's game can be seen nationally on ESPN2. Bob Wischusen (play-by-play) and Stephen Bardo (analyst) will serve as the talent. The game is also available through WatchESPN. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:05 p.m. CT.
• This is one of 21 regular-season games Baylor will play on the ESPN family of networks this season.
NATIONAL RADIO COVERAGE
• Saturday's game can 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.
• Baylor's radio broadcast is available nationally via satellite radio on Sirius 123 and XM 199.
DREW CLIMBING BAYLOR CAREER WINS CHART
• Scott Drew currently ranks second in Baylor history with 162 career wins as the Bears' head coach. Drew needs 39 wins to tie Bill Henderson (201) for the all-time wins record.
• Drew's .563 winning percentage is the best ever by a Baylor coach with four or more years at the helm. He ranks fourth overall, trailing only Ralph Glaze (.788; 1910-13), Enoch Mills (.655; 1908-10) and Darrel Johnson (.593; 1992-94).
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 338 points to become the 8th 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 14.1 points per game over the next 24 games to reach 1,000 points prior to the postseason.
• Jackson has scored in double figures in 15 straight games, averaging 18.6 points and 6.4 assists per game during the streak.
• Baylor continues its four-game homestand when it hosts Lamar (Dec. 12), USC Upstate (Dec. 17) and BYU (Dec. 21) at the Ferrell Center. The Bears then hit the road to face Gonzaga (Dec. 28), which is 110-7 all-time on its current home court.