|Baylor (8-3) at Gonzaga (11-1)
Dec. 28, 2012 | 7:00 p.m. CT
Spokane, Wash. | McCarthey Athletic Center (6,000)
TV: ESPN2 & WatchESPN | Radio: ESPN Central Texas 1660 AM, Sirius 91, XM 91
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• Friday's game will be televised nationally on ESPN2. Roxy Bernstein (pxp) and Miles Simon (analyst) will serve as ESPN2 talent.
• Baylor and Gonzaga have met three times, and the Bulldogs have won all three series meetings.
• Baylor is 4-0 this season and 86-8 in the Scott Drew era when shooting 50% or better from the field.
• Through 11 games, Baylor is averaging 38.7 points in the paint per game and holding opponents to 28.4 PIP per game. Baylor's leaders are Isaiah Austin (9.4 PIP/game), Cory Jefferson (9.3 PIP/game) and Pierre Jackson (6.0 PIP/game).
• 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 (19.0/gm), ranks 2nd in assists (6.3/gm), 3rd in steals (2.4/gm) and 3rd in AST/TO ratio (2.0).
• Jackson also ranks 2nd in minutes (34.2/gm), 4th in 3FGM (2.3/gm), 6th in FG% (44.0), 9th in 3FG% (36.2) and 11th in FT% (77.6).
• Jackson has scored in double figures in 19 straight games, averaging 18.3 points and 6.3 assists per game during the streak.
• Jackson needs 8 assists to become the 11th player in Baylor history with 300+ assists (5th of Drew era).
• Three Baylor players are in the Big 12's top 15 in scoring -- Jackson (1st, 19.0), Austin (8th, 13.9) and Jefferson (12th, 13.2).
• Jefferson also leads the Big 12 in FG percentage (62.6), ranks 2nd in blocks (2.5/gm) and 3rd in rebounding (8.7/gm).
• Jefferson has scored 145 points this season after scoring 148 points in 55 games over his first two seasons at Baylor.
• Austin ranks 4th in the Big 12 in rebounding (8.7), 4th in FG percentage (50.8) and 8th in scoring (13.9).
• Austin leads all Big 12 freshmen in rebounding (8.7) and FG percentage (50.8) and ranks 2nd among freshmen in scoring (13.9).
• Baylor has accounted for 9 of the 42 double-doubles by Big 12 players this season, including 4 by Austin and 3 by Jefferson.
• 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 47 of 48 career games played.
• Heslip has made a 3FG in 17 straight games and 45 of 48 in his career, including 33 games with 2+ 3FG and 21 with 3+ 3FG.
• A.J. Walton ranks 2nd in the Big 12 in AST/TO ratio (2.0), 4th in steals (2.3) and 6th in assists (4.3/gm).
• 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 111-8 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.
• Baylor ranks 2nd in the Big 12 and 25th nationally with a 47.9 team field goal percentage (thru Dec. 23).
• Baylor leads the Big 12 and ranks 26th nationally with a 1.31 assist-to-turnover ratio (thru Dec. 23).
• National team rankings (thru Dec. 23): 25th FG% (47.9); 26th AST-TO ratio (1.31); 42nd scoring offense (76.9); 41st fewest turnovers (11.8/gm); 45th turnover margin (3.1); 48th scoring margin (11.7); 53rd assists (15.5/gm); 76th steals (8.5/gm).
• Baylor is 0-3 all-time against Gonzaga, including a 68-64 defeat when the teams last met on Dec. 18, 2010, in Dallas.
• Gonzaga won the first series meeting, 87-57, on Nov. 29, 1991, in Fresno, Calif., and the Bulldogs won the only previous meeting in Spokane, 78-69, on Nov. 15, 2006.
• Baylor is 10-11 all-time against teams currently playing as members of the West Coast Conference. The Bears have faced BYU (4-5), Gonzaga (0-3), Loyola Marymount (1-0), Pepperdine (2-1), Saint Mary's (2-0), San Diego (1-0) and San Francisco (0-2).
• Friday's game will be televised nationally on ESPN2, one of 21 regular-season games the Bears will play on ESPN networks this year. Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play) and Miles Simon (analyst) will serve as the talent. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. CT.
A WIN WOULD ...
• Give Baylor its second all-time win in a non-conference road game against an AP Top 25 team -- first was Dec. 1 at Kentucky.
• Mark the first time in program history a Baylor team defeated two AP Top 25 teams on the road in the same season.
• Be Baylor's first against a team ranked No. 13 in the AP Top 25 since Feb. 15, 2003, a 74-72 win at Oklahoma State.
• Improve Baylor's all-time record against AP Top 25 teams to 30-146, including a 13-52 mark in the Drew era.
• Be Baylor's 8th all-time road win against an AP Top 25 team (entered game 7-73 all-time on road vs. AP Top 25).
• Give Baylor its first-ever win against Gonzaga (0-3) and improve Baylor's all-time record against current WCC teams to 11-11.
• Give Baylor a 9-3 or better record through its first 12 games for the seventh consecutive season.
• Be Scott Drew's 166th career victory as Baylor head coach -- 35 shy of Bill Henderson's Baylor record.
• Improve Baylor's record to 43-13 in the month of December in the Drew era, including a 35-4 mark in its last 39 December games.
• Improve its record to 93-26 against non-conference competition in the Drew era, including a 29-14 mark in away games.
WINNING AWAY FROM HOME IN NON-CONFERENCE
• Baylor is 28-14 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 25 of its last 33 non-conference games away from home since the 2007-08 season, including a win at No. 8 Kentucky (Dec. 1), that snapped UK's 55-game home winning streak.
JACKSON'S DOUBLE-FIGURE STREAK REACHES 19
• Pierre Jackson has scored in double figures in 19 straight games, averaging 18.3 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 (14).
• 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 268 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 13.4 points per game over the next 20 games to reach 1,000 points prior to the postseason.
JACKSON NEEDS 8 ASSISTS TO BECOME BAYLOR'S 11TH WITH 300+
• Pierre Jackson needs 8 assists to become the 11th player in Baylor history with 300 or more career assists.
• Jackson would become the 4th player in program history with 300+ assists and an average of at least 5.0 per game, joining Nelson Haggerty (7.13), DeMarcus Minor (5.17) and Vinnie Johnson (6.04).
• Jackson would become the 5th Scott Drew era player to reach 300+ assists, joining Curtis Jerrells (487), Tweety Carter (474), A.J. Walton (367) and Aaron Bruce (320). Four of the top six in assists in Baylor history have been during the Drew era.
• Jackson is 16 assists shy of Johnson for 10th on Baylor's all-time assists list.
JEFFERSON'S BREAKOUT CAMPAIGN
• Cory Jefferson started just one game in his first two seasons playing at Baylor (2009-10, 2011-12; redshirted 2010-11), while playing behind four frontcourt players currently in the NBA (Ekpe Udoh, Perry Jones III, Quincy Acy and Quincy Miller).
• Jefferson entered the season with a career high of 25 minutes, but he's played at least 27 minutes in 10 of 11 games this season.
• Jefferson has scored 145 points this season after scoring 148 points in 55 career games over his first two years.
• Jefferson needed only 11 games this season to make more field goals (57) than his first two seasons combined (56).
JEFFERSON WORKING WAY UP BLOCKS CHART
• Cory Jefferson (73) moved past Greg Davis (72 from 2000-02) for 10th on Baylor's career blocked shots list on Dec. 17.
• 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.
• Jefferson needs 12 blocks to tie Kevin Rogers for ninth (85 from 2005-09) on Baylor's all-time list and 14 blocks to tie Josh Lomers for eighth (87 from 2006-10).
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 4-3 this season and 79-119 in the Drew era when missing more shots than they make.
• The same goes for holding opponents under 50% -- Baylor is 158-61 in the Drew era when opponents shoot less than 50% and 7-65 when they shoot 50% or better from the field.
WALTON NOW 4TH ON BAYLOR WINS CHART
• Senior G A.J. Walton moved into sole possession of 4th on Baylor's all-time list when the Bears beat BYU on Dec. 21.
• Walton has played 14 fewer games than anyone else in program history to eclipse 80 wins.
• Walton needs 4 more wins to tie LaceDarius Dunn (87 from 2007-11) for third on Baylor's wins list.
• Cory Jefferson (54) needs 8 more wins to tie Henry Dugat (62) for 10th on the Bears' career wins list.
DOMINATING POINTS IN THE PAINT
• Despite losing three frontcourt players to the 2012 NBA Draft, Baylor is averaging 38.7 points in the paint per game this season, and the Bears are holding opponents to 28.4 PIP per game.
• Frontcourt players Isaiah Austin (9.4 PIP/game), Cory Jefferson (9.3 PIP/game) and Rico Gathers (5.1 PIP/game) do most of the damage, along with point guard Pierre Jackson (6.0 PIP/game) and guard A.J. Walton (4.2 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 4-1 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 34-4 in its last 38 December games, and the Bears are 42-13 in December games in the Scott Drew era.
NATIONAL RADIO COVERAGE
• Friday'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.
• The Gonzaga broadcast is also available nationally through satellite radio on Sirius 91 and XM 91.
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 111-8 all-time and average less than one home loss per season. Gonzaga's 17-game home winning streak was tied for the nation's 5th-longest active streak before it was snapped in a loss to No. 13 Illinois on Dec. 8.
DOUBLE-DOUBLES ALL AROUND
• Baylor has accounted for nine of the 42 double-doubles by Big 12 players this season.
• Isaiah Austin (4) and Cory Jefferson (3) are two of eight Big 12 players with multiple double-doubles this year.
• Pierre Jackson and Rico Gathers have also had double-doubles this season.
• Active Big 12 players have combined for 15 career double-digit assist games, and Jackson (six) and A.J. Walton (two) have combined for eight of those 15 games with 10 or more assists.
• Baylor returns home to open Big 12 Conference play against Texas at 1 p.m. CT on Jan. 5 at the Ferrell Center (ESPNU). The Bears then hit the road to face Texas Tech in Lubbock at 6 p.m. on Jan. 8 (ESPN2).