|12/15 Baylor (9-1) vs. Southern (3-8)
Dec. 22, 2013 | 4:00 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 nine straight games at the Ferrell Center, which ties the 7th-longest streak in arena history.
• The Bears can tie the 3rd-longest streak in arena history with a win vs. Southern.
• Baylor has won 14 of its last 15 games overall, with the lone loss to Syracuse, which is ranked No. 2 by the AP.
• Baylor has out-shot all 10 opponents this season and out-rebounded nine of 10 teams.
• According to RealTimeRPI.com, Baylor has the nation’s No. 8 RPI and No. 9 strength of schedule as of Dec. 20.
• Through games of Dec. 15, 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 64-12 at home since 2009-10, posting an .842 winning percentage.
• Baylor is 5-0 this season in games decided by 5 points or less or in OT — BU was 3-8 in those games last year.
• Baylor is 33-5 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 has started the season 9-1 or better through its first 10 games in five of the last seven seasons.
• 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 13+ minutes per game, and Baylor’s bench is averaging 29.1 points per game.
• Sunday is the sixth all-time series meeting between Baylor and Southern and the first since Nov. 16, 2009. Baylor has won all five previous meetings, with four of the five games played at the Ferrell Center.
• 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. Southern 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 188th win at Baylor, which would place him 13 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 19th nationally with 3.10 blocks per game.
• The Southern game will be Baylor’s 76th consecutive televised contest.
• Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 153-70 (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 704 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 (78-24) is 8th on Baylor’s career wins list and has the highest winning percentage (.765) 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 327th game at Baylor (187-139). His .574 winning percentage is best in BU history among coaches with four or more seasons, and his teams have a .686 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 5-0 all-time against Southern, including a 4-0 mark in games played in Waco.
• Baylor has won all five series meetings by at least 11 points and averages a 19.4-point margin-of-victory vs. SU.
• The Bears beat SU in non-conference play in 1999, 2004, 2007, 2008 and 2009. Sunday’s game will be the latest in a season the Bears have played Southern.
• Baylor’s lone game against Southern that wasn’t at the Ferrell Center was the 2007 game in Baton Rouge.
A WIN WOULD ...
• Improve Baylor’s Ferrell Center winning streak to 10 games, tying the 3rd-longest streak in arena history.
• Mark the fifth time in the last seven years that Baylor has started 10-1 or better through its first 11 games.
• Be Scott Drew’s 188th career win as Baylor head coach — 13 shy of Bill Henderson’s school record.
• Improve Baylor’s record to 46-14 in the month of December in the Drew era, including a 34-5 record since 2007-08.
• Make Baylor 6-0 in the all-time series against Southern and 44-0 all-time against SWAC teams.
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).
FRANKLIN AND HESLIP PROVIDING DEEP THREAT
• Gary Franklin and Brady Heslip rank among Big 12 leaders in 3-point shooting, providing the punch behind Baylor’s Big 12-best 42.9% 3-point shooting as a team.
• Heslip ranks 2nd in the league in 3-pointers made per game (2.8) and 3rd in 3-point FG percentage (.491).
• Franklin ranks 4th in the Big 12 in 3-point FG percentage (.488) and tied for 7th in 3-pointers made per game (2.0).
• Heslip’s 42.9% career 3-point shooting is the best in program history (min. 200 attempts), and with 211 career treys, he needs six more to tie a trio of players for 4th on Baylor’s all-time list.
• Franklin has connected on 43.5% of his 3-point attempts over his last 37 games (47-of-108) — he started his Baylor career shooting 30.4% from downtown through his first 37 games (25-of-82).
JEFFERSON LOOKING FOR CAREER-BEST DOUBLE FIGURES STREAK
• Cory Jefferson has scored in double figures in a career-high-tying eight straight games and 16 of his last 17 games dating back to the 2012-13 season.
• Jefferson scored in double figures in the final seven games last season, then scored 13 in the 2013-14 season opener to set a career-high with eight straight games. He can establish a new career best vs. Southern.
• Jefferson has 16 career double-doubles, which is two shy of Baylor’s all-time top 10.
• Jefferson leads the Big 12 with 5 double-doubles this season, and his 16 career double-doubles trails only Iowa State’s Melvin Ejim (23) among active players in the league.
HOME COURT ADVANTAGE
• Baylor is 64-12 at home since 2009-10, recording an .842 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 5-0 at home this season and has won nine consecutive games at the Ferrell Center, which ties the 7th-longest streak in arena history. A win vs. Southern would tie the 3rd-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 13+ minutes.
• BU’s bench is averaging 29.1 ppg, and the first four players off the bench combine to average 18.5 minutes/game.
• Brady Heslip (21.9 mpg) and Taurean Prince (14.7 mpg) have come off the bench in every game, while Rico Gathers averages 15.9 minutes per game in his nine games off the bench and Royce O’Neale averaged 27.4 minutes in the seven games he came off the bench.
NATION'S ONLY SCHOOL RANKED IN 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 nine of 10 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 (8.8), Rico Gathers (7.4) and Isaiah Austin (4.5) combine to average 20.7 rebounds per game, including 7.4 offensive rebounds per game.
• Gathers is one of the nation’s most efficient rebounders, grabbing one rebound every 2.35 minutes for an average of 17.0 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 1.98 blocks per game and Jefferson is fifth at 1.29.
• Jefferson’s 132 blocks are fifth-most in BU history and one 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.
• 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 153-70 (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.
DREW CLIMBING CAREER WINS CHART
• Scott Drew ranks second in Baylor history with 187 career wins as the Bears’ head coach. Drew needs 14 wins to tie Bill Henderson (201 wins; 1941-43 and 1945-61) for the all-time wins record.
• Drew’s .574 winning percentage is the best ever by a Baylor coach with four or more years at the helm.
• The Bears continue their four-game homestand prior to Big 12 Conference play by taking on Oral Roberts (Dec. 30, 7 p.m.) and Savannah State (Jan. 3, 7 p.m.). BU opens conference play at Iowa State at 6 p.m. on Jan. 7.