|12/15 Baylor (8-1) vs. Northwestern State (4-5)
Dec. 18, 2013 | 8:30 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
TV: FOX Sports Southwest Plus
Radio: ESPN Central Texas
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• Baylor has won eight straight games at the Ferrell Center, which is the 10th-longest streak in arena history.
• The Bears can tie the 7th-longest streak in arena history with a win vs. Northwestern State.
• Baylor has won 13 of its last 14 games overall, with the lone loss to Syracuse, which is ranked No. 2 by the AP.
• Baylor has out-rebounded and out-shot all nine opponents this season.
• According to RealTimeRPI.com, Baylor has the nation's No. 2 RPI and No. 2 strength of schedule as of Dec. 16.
• Baylor ranks 6th nationally in rebounding margin (12.3), 12th in 3-point FG percentage (42.5), 17th in FG percentage (49.9) and 26th blocks per game (6.1).
• Baylor is 63-12 at home since 2009-10, posting an .840 winning percentage.
• Baylor is 4-0 this season in games decided by 5 points or less -- the Bears were 2-8 in those games last year.
• Baylor is 32-5 in December games since 2007-08, including away wins against ranked teams in each of the last three seasons (2011 vs. No. 15 Mississippi State, 2012 at No. 8 Kentucky, 2013 vs. No. 3 Kentucky).
• Baylor is looking to start the season 9-1 through its first 10 games for the fifth time in the last seven years.
• Baylor is ranked No. 12 in the latest AP Top 25 poll, up 13 spots from the Bears' preseason No. 25 ranking.
• Baylor's No. 12 AP ranking is its highest since finishing the 2011-12 season ranked No. 9.
• Baylor is one of four schools nationally ranked by the AP in football, men's basketball and women's basketball. The Bears (No. 6 FB, No. 12 MBB, No. 9 WBB) are joined by Oklahoma State, Duke and Louisville.
• BU is the nation's only program with football and both basketballs ranked in the top 12 of the latest AP poll.
• Nine Baylor players average 14+ minutes per game, and Baylor's bench is averaging 30.8 points per game.
• Wednesday is the eighth all-time series meeting between Baylor and Northwestern State and the first since No. 27, 2002. Baylor leads the all-time series 6-1, with the lone loss on Nov. 25, 1997.
• Baylor has won 27 of its last 28 games when leading at the half, and BU is 48-2 in those games since 2011-12.
• BU's game vs. Northwestern State is one of eight the Bears will play on FOX Sports Southwest this season.
• Baylor has the nation's best postseason winning percentage over the last five years (15-3; .833).
• Baylor is one of only 10 schools nationally to play in the Elite Eight in two of the last four seasons.
• Head coach Scott Drew is seeking his 187th win at Baylor, which would place him 14 back of the school record.
• Cory Jefferson was named to the Maui Invitational All-Tournament team, which was his third all-tournament honor over the last two seasons. He was previously honored on 2012 Charleston Classic and 2013 NIT teams.
• Isaiah Austin leads the Big 12 and ranks 15th nationally with 3.43 blocks per game.
• The Northwestern State game will be Baylor's 75th consecutive televised contest.
• Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 152-70 (24 wins per season) and has made five postseason appearances (2008 NCAA, 2009 NIT, 2010 NCAA, 2012 NCAA; 2013 NIT) with five 20-win seasons.
• Baylor's win vs. then-No. 3 Kentucky tied its highest AP-ranked win in program history. BU out-rebounded Kentucky 41-25, after UK entered the game having out-rebounded every opponent by at least five boards.
• 15 of Baylor's 32 all-time wins versus AP Top 25 teams have come in the last seven seasons. BU is 15-32 against AP ranked teams since 2007-08 after going 17-122 vs. ranked opponents in its first 101 seasons.
• BU has five 20-win seasons in the last six years. BU had only three 20-win seasons prior to Drew's arrival.
• Baylor's four NBA Draft picks over the last two years ranks 3rd nationally behind Kentucky and North Carolina.
• Baylor is one of only two Big 12 schools to be ranked in each of the last seven seasons (Kansas). The Bears have been ranked for at least three weeks in each of the last six seasons.
• Baylor has more Big 12 wins in the last six seasons (53-47) than its first 11 years in the league combined (45-131).
• Baylor was picked 3rd in the 2013-14 Big 12 Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll.
• Baylor's frontcourt was ranked No. 2 nationally by Lindy's and No. 6 by CBSSports.com in the preseason.
• Baylor is coming off a 2013 NIT title, which was the program's first-ever national tournament championship.
• Baylor has the Big 12's 2nd-longest active streak with at least one 3-point FG made in 703 consecutive games.
• Baylor F Cory Jefferson and C Isaiah Austin were both named to the 6-player Preseason All-Big 12 team, marking the first time the Bears have had multiple players honored.
• Jefferson (USA) and Heslip (Canada) played for their national teams in the 2013 World University Games.
• Jefferson (77-24) is 8th on Baylor's career wins list and has the highest winning percentage (.762) in BU history.
• Baylor has signed nine 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) and Ish Wainright (2013).
• Head coach Scott Drew is coaching his 326th game at Baylor (186-139). His .572 winning percentage is best in BU history among coaches with four or more seasons, and his teams have a .685 winning percentage since 2007-08.
• Drew is tied with Kansas' Bill Self as the second-longest tenured head coach in the Big 12 Conference. Drew, who is in his 11th season at Baylor in 2013-14, is second only to Texas' Rick Barnes (16th season at UT).
• Baylor is 6-1 all-time against Northwestern State, including a 5-1 mark in games played in Waco.
• The Bears won the inaugural series meeting when the teams played in Natchitoches, La., in 1945-46. The six games since then have all been played at the Ferrell Center, with Baylor going 5-1 in those games with the lone loss on Nov. 25, 1997.
• Baylor and Northwestern State will be playing for the first time since BU won 82-54 on Nov. 27, 2002.
A WIN WOULD ...
• Improve Baylor's Ferrell Center winning streak to nine games, tying the 7th-longest streak in arena history.
• Mark the fifth time in the last seven years that Baylor has started 9-1 or better through its first 10 games.
• Be Scott Drew's 187th career win as Baylor head coach -- 14 shy of Bill Henderson's school record.
• Improve Baylor's record to 45-14 in the month of December in the Drew era, including a 33-5 record since 2007-08.
• Make Baylor 7-1 in the all-time series against Northwestern State, including a 6-1 mark at the Ferrell Center.
RANKED NO. 12 IN AP POLL
• Baylor has moved up eight spots to No. 12 in the latest AP Top 25 following its win over Kentucky. BU jumped six spots to No. 14 in the Nov. 9 poll and moved up two more spots without playing a game last week.
• The Bears are ranked 15th in the coaches' poll, up 11 spots from their preseason ranking in the poll.
• Baylor entered 2013-14 ranked 25th in the AP preseason poll, marking BU's fourth consecutive preseason ranking.
• Baylor is the second-highest ranked Big 12 team in the AP poll, trailing only No. 7 Oklahoma State. BU is third among Big 12 teams in the coaches poll behind No. 7 OSU and No. 13 Iowa State.
• The Bears were picked to finish third in the conference by the league's head coaches, behind KU and OSU.
• Baylor has now been ranked in each of the last seven seasons - a total of 56 polls (including preseason).
• 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).
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
• Baylor is 63-12 at home since 2009-10, recording an .840 winning percentage. The Bears won a Ferrell Center-record 15 home games in 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2012-13, and BU won 14 games at the Ferrell Center in 2011-12.
• Baylor is 4-0 at home this season and has won eight consecutive games at the Ferrell Center, which is the 10th-longest streak in arena history. A win vs. Northwestern State would tie the 7th-longest streak in arena history.
DEPTH ON DISPLAY
• Baylor has used a nine-man rotation in each of its first nine games, with all nine players averaging 14+ minutes.
• BU's bench is averaging 30.8 ppg, and the first four players off the bench combine to average 19.1 minutes/game.
• Brady Heslip (21.6 mpg), Rico Gathers (15.9 mpg) and Taurean Prince (15.1 mpg) have come off the bench in every game, while Royce O'Neale averaged 27.4 minutes in the seven games he came off the bench, and Ish Wainright is averaging 12.0 minutes per game is his two games as a reserve.
NATION'S ONLY SCHOOL RANKED IN AP TOP 12 IN FB, MBB AND WBB
• Baylor is the nation's only program with football and both basketball teams ranked in the top 12 of the AP polls.
• The Bears are No. 6 in football, No. 12 in men's hoops and No. 9 in women's hoops.
• Baylor is one of just four schools ranked anywhere in the AP Top 25 in football, men's basketball and women's basketball, joining Oklahoma State, Duke and Louisville.
WINNING BATTLE OF THE BOARDS
• Baylor has out-rebounded all nine opponents this season and ranks 6th nationally in rebounding margin (12.3).
• The Bears have grabbed 40+ rebounds in six games, and with wins in all six, BU is now 70-17 in the Drew era when recording 40 or more rebounds in a game.
• Baylor out-rebounded Kentucky 41-25 -- UK entered the game having out-rebounded each of its first eight opponents by at least 5 boards.
• The Bears' frontcourt trio of Cory Jefferson (8.7), Rico Gathers (7.1) and Isaiah Austin (5.0) combine to average 20.8 rebounds per game, including 7.1 offensive rebounds per game.
• Gathers is one of the nation's most efficient rebounders, grabbing one rebound every 2.23 minutes for an average of 17.9 rebounds per 40 minutes.
BU BLOCK PARTY
• Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin are both in the top 10 in program history in blocks per game.
• Austin is third with 2.02 blocks per game and Jefferson is sixth at 1.28.
• Jefferson's 129 blocks are fifth-most in BU history and four back of former BU teammate and current Milwaukee Bucks player Ekpe Udoh, while Austin ranks ninth with 89 blocks and needs nine more to tie Alex Holcombe.
DREW CLIMBING CAREER WINS CHART
• Scott Drew ranks second in Baylor history with 186 career wins as the Bears' head coach. Drew needs 15 wins to tie Bill Henderson (201 wins; 1941-43 and 1945-61) for the all-time wins record.
• Drew's .572 winning percentage is the best ever by a Baylor coach with four or more years at the helm.
• Baylor has enjoyed unprecedented success over the last six-plus seasons under 11th-year head coach Scott Drew. Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 152-70 (24 wins per season) and has made five postseason appearances (2008 NCAA, 2009 NIT, 2010 NCAA, 2012 NCAA, 2013 NIT) and posted five 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 12 postseason appearances (five under Drew) and won 20+ games just eight times (five under Drew) in the program's first 107 seasons.
BAYLOR BASKETBALL ON THE RADIO
• Baylor basketball is aired live via the Baylor-IMG College Radio Network on ESPN Central Texas and flagship station 1660AM ESPN Radio (KRZI) in Waco and worldwide on Sirius XM Radio. All games are broadcast by the "Voice of the Bears" John Morris and former Baylor basketball standout Pat Nunley. Morris is in his 26th year doing Baylor broadcasts, while Nunley is in his 31st season as color analyst.
• The radio call from all Baylor games can be heard live on the Internet at www.BaylorBears.com.
• The Bears continue their four-game homestand prior to Big 12 Conference play by taking on Southern at 4 p.m. CT Sunday. Following that game, Baylor hosts Oral Roberts (Dec. 30, 7 p.m.) and Savannah State (Jan. 3, 7 p.m.), before opening conference play at Iowa State at 6 p.m. on Jan. 7.