|Baylor vs. USC Upstate
Dec. 17, 2012 | 7:00 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
TV: FCS Central / FSSW / FSN Plus | Radio: ESPN Central Texas 1660 AM
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• Monday's game will be televised nationally on FCS Central and regionally on FOX Sports Southwest and FOX Sports Plus.
• USC Upstate is the last of four teams Baylor plays for the first time in program history during the 2012-13 regular season.
• Baylor is 4-0 this season and 86-8 in the Scott Drew era when shooting 50% or better from the field.
• Through nine games, Baylor is averaging 38.0 points in the paint per game and holding opponents to 26.9 PIP per game. Baylor's leaders are Isaiah Austin (9.3 PIP/game), Cory Jefferson (8.9 PIP/game) and Pierre Jackson (6.0 PIP/game).
• 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 (19.8/gm), assists (6.2/gm) and AST/TO ratio (2.1) and ranks 3rd in steals (2.1/gm).
• Jackson also ranks 3rd in 3FGM (2.4/gm) and minutes (34.2/gm), 7th in FG% (44.4), 8th in 3FG% (36.7) and 10th in FT% (78.6).
• Jackson has scored in double figures in 17 straight games, averaging 18.6 points and 6.3 assists per game during the streak.
• Three Baylor players are in the Big 12's top 15 in scoring -- Jackson (1st, 19.8), Austin (7th, 14.1) and Jefferson (14th, 12.8).
• Jefferson also ranks 2nd in the Big 12 in FG percentage (63.0) and blocks (2.8/gm) and 4th in rebounding (8.2/gm).
• Jefferson needs one block to tie Greg Davis (72 from 2000-02)for 10th on Baylor's career blocked shots list.
• Jefferson would become one of six players in BU history to record at least 70 blocks while averaging at least 1.00 block/gm
• Austin ranks 2nd in the Big 12 in rebounding (8.4), 5th in FG percentage (52.7) and 7th in scoring (14.1).
• Austin leads all Big 12 freshmen in rebounding (8.4) and FG percentage (52.7) and ranks 2nd among freshmen in scoring (14.1).
• 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 45 of 46 career games played.
• Heslip has made at least one 3FG in 43 of 46 career games, including 31 games with 2+ 3FG and 20 games with 3+ 3FG.
• 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 110-8 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.
• 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).
• Baylor has accounted for six of the 29 double-doubles by Big 12 players this season.
• Baylor leads the Big 12 and ranks 30th nationally with a 48.1 team field goal percentage (thru Dec. 9).
• National team rankings (thru Dec. 9): 30th FG percentage (48.1); 52nd scoring offense (76.1); 63rd scoring margin (10.1).
FIRST TIME SUCCESS
• Baylor faces four schools for the first time in 2012-13 -- Lehigh, Boston College, College of Charleston and USC Upstate.
• Baylor is 28-7 against first-time opponents in the Scott Drew era and has won 15 of its last 16 regular-season contests against first-time opponents (last loss prior to College of Charleston was Nov. 30, 2008, vs. Wake Forest in Anaheim, Calif.).
• Since the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 22-3 against first-time opponents, including four postseason meetings (win vs. Georgetown, 2009 NIT; win vs. Saint Mary's, 2010 NCAA; loss vs. Duke, 2010 NCAA; win vs. South Dakota State, 2012 NCAA).
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
• Baylor is 47-9 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 73-18 in the last five-plus seasons at home, boasting an impressive .802 winning percentage.
• Monday's game can be seen on FCS Central, FOX Sports Southwest or FOX Sports Plus, depending on viewing location. John Morris (play-by-play) and Jim Haller (analyst) will serve as the talent. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. CT.
• The game will be available to all fans on FCS Central, while viewers in Houston, north Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana will get the game on FOX Sports Southwest, and fans in south and Oklahoma will get the game on FOX Sports Plus.
• Monday's game is one of six home games this season that will be televised as part of Baylor Vision on FOX Sports, the Bears' third-tier television package.
A WIN WOULD ...
• Improve Baylor's all-time record to 6-1 against teams currently playing as members of the Atlantic Sun Conference.
• Give Baylor a 7-3 or better record through its first 10 games for the seventh consecutive season.
• Be Scott Drew's 164th career victory as Baylor head coach -- 37 shy of Bill Henderson's Baylor record.
• Improve Baylor's record to 41-13 in the month of December in the Drew era, including a 33-4 mark in its last 37 December games.
• Improve its record to 91-26 against non-conference competition in the Drew era.
• Improve Baylor's record to 29-7 against first-time opponents in the Scott Drew era, including wins in 16 of its last 17 regular-season contests against first-time opponents.
AUSTIN'S HISTORIC NIGHT
• Isaiah Austin made history on Dec. 12 when he had 23 points and 17 rebounds against Lamar.
• It was the fourth time a Baylor player has reached those numbers and the first time since Terry Black (32p/17r; 11/27/99). Brian Skinner (24p/18r; 12/3/97) and Black (25p/18r; 11/20/99) had the only other 23-point, 17-rebound games.
• Austin joined Kevin Durant (Texas) and Michael Beasley (Kansas State) as the only Big 12 freshmen to reach those numbers.
• Austin had a double-double with three minutes left in the first half -- his second career double-double.
JACKSON'S DOUBLE-FIGURE STREAK REACHES 17
• Pierre Jackson has scored in double figures in 17 straight games, averaging 18.6 points and 6.3 assists per game during the streak.
• Jackson's is the Big 12's longest active double-figure scoring streak, five ahead of the next closest -- Texas' Sheldon McClellan (12).
• 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 299 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 13.6 points per game over the next 22 games to reach 1,000 points prior to the postseason.
JEFFERSON WORKING WAY UP BLOCKS CHART
• Cory Jefferson needs one more block to tie Greg Davis (72 from 2000-02) for 10th on Baylor's career blocked shots list.
• Jefferson is one of six players in program history to record 70 or more career blocks while averaging at least 1.00 blocks per game.
• Among players on Baylor's top 10 blocks list, only Ekpe Udoh (36) and Davis (56) have played fewer career games than Jefferson.
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 2-3 this season and 77-119 in the Drew era when missing more shots than they make.
• The same goes for holding opponents under 50% -- Baylor is 156-61 in the Drew era when opponents shoot less than 50% and 7-65 when they shoot 50% or better from the field.
DOMINATING POINTS IN THE PAINT
• Despite losing three frontcourt players to the 2012 NBA Draft, Baylor is averaging 38.0 points in the paint per game this season, and the Bears are holding opponents to 26.9 PIP per game.
• Frontcourt players Isaiah Austin (9.3 PIP/game), Cory Jefferson (8.9 PIP/game) and Rico Gathers (4.9 PIP/game) do most of the damage, along with point guard Pierre Jackson (6.0 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 and is 2-1 this December.
• 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 32-4 in its last 36 December games, and the Bears are 40-13 in December games in the Scott Drew era.
NON-CONFERENCE HOME SUCCESS
• Baylor has won 30 of its last 32 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 3-2 this season in non-conference home games.
• Baylor wraps up its four-game homestand against BYU Friday at 8 p.m. CT at the Ferrell Center. The Bears then hit the road to face Gonzaga (Dec. 28), which is 110-8 all-time on its current home court.