|11/12 Baylor (10-1) vs. Oral Roberts (6-6)
Dec. 30, 2013 | 7:00 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 10 straight games at the Ferrell Center, which ties the 3rd-longest streak in arena history.
The Bears can tie the 2nd-longest streak in arena history (3/18/09--1/23/10) with a win vs. Oral Roberts.
Baylor has won 15 of its last 16 games overall, with the lone loss to Syracuse, which is ranked No. 2 by the AP.
Baylor has out-shot all 11 opponents this season and out-rebounded 10 of 11 teams.
According to RealTimeRPI.com, Baylor has the nation's No. 10 RPI and No. 23 strength of schedule as of Dec. 28.
Through games of Dec. 22, Baylor ranks 6th nationally in rebounding margin (11.0), 9th in 3-point FG percentage (42.6), 14th in FG percentage (50.0) and 27th blocks per game (5.9).
Baylor is 65-12 at home since 2009-10, posting an .844 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 34-5 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 10-1 or better through its first 11 games in five of the last seven seasons.
Baylor is ranked No. 11 in the latest AP Top 25 poll, up 14 spots from the Bears' preseason No. 25 ranking.
Baylor's No. 11 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. 11 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 11 of the latest AP poll.
Nine Baylor players average 13+ minutes per game, and Baylor's bench is averaging 29.3 points per game.
Monday is the fifth all-time series meeting between Baylor and Oral Roberts and the first since Jan. 29, 1994. Baylor has won all four previous meetings, including games in Waco in 1982 (58-55) and 1993 (124-102).
Baylor has won 28 of its last 29 games when leading at the half, and BU is 49-2 in those games since 2011-12.
BU's game vs. Oral Roberts 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 189th win at Baylor, which would place him 12 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 17th nationally with 3.1 blocks per game.
The Oral Roberts game will be Baylor's 77th consecutive televised contest.
Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 154-70 (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 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 705 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 (79-24) is 7th on Baylor's career wins list and has the highest winning percentage (.767) 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 328th game at Baylor (188-139). His .575 winning percentage is best in BU history among coaches with four or more seasons, and his teams have a .688 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 4-0 all-time against Oral Roberts, including a 2-0 mark in games played in Waco.
Baylor's two previous games vs. ORU at the Ferrell Center were on Dec. 7, 1982 (58-55) and Feb. 27, 1993 (124-102). The Bears beat ORU in Tulsa on Nov. 26, 1985 (67-58) and Jan. 29, 1994 (77-65).
Baylor is 45-13 against teams currently playing in the Southland Conference: Abilene Christian (3-1), Lamar (10-1), McNeese State (2-0), Northwestern State (7-1), ORU (4-0), Sam Houston State (7-3), Southeastern Louisiana (2-0), Stephen F. Austin (8-6) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (2-1).
A WIN WOULD ...
Improve Baylor's Ferrell Center winning streak to 11 games, tying the 2nd-longest streak in arena history.
Mark the fifth time in the last seven years that Baylor has started 11-1 or better through its first 12 games.
Be Scott Drew's 189th career win as Baylor head coach -- 12 shy of Bill Henderson's school record.
Mark the fifth time in the last seven seasons the Bears have gone undefeated in the month of December.
Improve Baylor's record to 47-14 in the month of December in the Drew era, including a 35-5 record since 2007-08.
Make Baylor 5-0 in the all-time series against Oral Roberts and 46-13 all-time against current Southland teams.
WHAT TO WATCH FOR
With 1 block, Cory Jefferson will take over sole possession of 4th place on Baylor's career list. He's currently tied for 4th with former teammate Ekpe Udoh (133). Next up on the list is Mamadou Diene (145) in 3rd place.
Jefferson has scored in double figures in a career-long 9 straight games. The only time he hasn't scored in double figures in the last 18 games was a 7-point effort in the Nov. 12 win vs. South Carolina.
Brady Heslip ranks 7th on Baylor's career 3-pointers made list with 213. He needs 4 made 3FGs to tie a trio of players in 4th place (Roddrick Miller, Aaron Bruce and Curtis Jerrells at 217).
Kenny Chery has made 21 consecutive free throws. His .931 free throw percentage (27-of-29) would lead the Big 12, but he's one made free throw shy of the 2.5/game minimum to qualify.
Chery is looking for his career-best 4th straight game scoring in double figures. He's scored in double figures in 6 of the last 7, with the lone outlier against Hardin-Simmons, when he was limited to 11 minutes to rest.
Rico Gathers has recorded multiple steals and at least 4 rebounds in each of the last 4 games. Those 4 games are the only times this season he's played 20+ minutes in a game. He leads the team and ranks 11th in the Big 12 with 1.1 steals per game, and he leads the Big 12 with 3.4 offensive rebounds per game.
Isaiah Austin ranks 9th in BU history with 92 career blocks, and he needs 6 to tie Alex Holcombe (98) for 8th. He's scored in double figures in each of his last 5 starts, and he's increased his scoring in each of those games.
DECEMBERS TO REMEMBER
A win vs. Oral Roberts would make Baylor undefeated in the month of December for the fifth time in the last seven seasons. Baylor is 4-0 this December, including a win over No. 3 Kentucky.
The Bears went 4-2 in December 2012, 7-0 in 2011, 3-3 in 2010, 4-0 in 2009, 6-0 in 2008 and 6-0 in 2007.
Baylor is 34-5 in December games since 2007-08, and the Bears are 46-14 in December during the Drew era.
RANKED NO. 11 IN AP POLL
Baylor moved up one spot to No. 11 in the latest AP Top 25 (Dec. 23), which is 14 spots in front of its No. 25 preseason ranking.
The Bears are ranked 12th in the coaches' poll, up 14 spots from their preseason ranking in the poll.
Baylor is the second-highest ranked Big 12 team in both polls, trailing only No. 7 Oklahoma 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 57 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 42.6% 3-point shooting as a team.
Heslip leads the league in 3-point FG percentage (.492) and ranks 2nd in 3FGs made per game (2.7).
Franklin ranks 3rd in the Big 12 in 3-point FG percentage (.488) and 7th in 3-pointers made per game (1.9).
Heslip's 42.9% career 3-point shooting is the best in program history (min. 200 attempts), and with 213 career treys, he needs four more to tie a trio of players for 4th on Baylor's all-time list.
Franklin has connected on 43.6% of his 3-point attempts over his last 38 games (48-of-110) -- he started his Baylor career shooting 30.4% from downtown through his first 37 games (25-of-82).
JEFFERSON RIDING CAREER-BEST DOUBLE FIGURES STREAK
Cory Jefferson has scored in double figures in a career-high nine straight games and 17 of his last 18 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. The streak ended with a 7-point effort vs. South Carolina on Nov. 12, but he's scored 10+ points in all nine games since.
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 65-12 at home since 2009-10, recording an .844 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 6-0 at home this season and has won 10 consecutive games at the Ferrell Center, which ties the 3rd-longest streak in arena history. A win vs. Oral Roberts would tie the 2nd-longest streak in arena history.
DEPTH ON DISPLAY
Baylor has used a nine-man rotation in each of its first 11 games, with all nine players averaging 13+ minutes.
BU's bench is averaging 29.3 ppg, and the first four players off the bench combine to average 18.4 minutes/game.
Brady Heslip (21.8 mpg) and Taurean Prince (15.2 mpg) have come off the bench in every game, while Rico Gathers averages 16.6 minutes per game in his 10 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 11 IN FB, MBB & WBB
Baylor is the nation's only program with football and both basketball teams ranked in the top 11 of the AP polls.
The Bears are No. 6 in football, No. 11 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 10 of 11 opponents this season and ranks 6th nationally in rebounding margin (11.0).
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 (8.5), Rico Gathers (7.5) and Isaiah Austin (5.0) combine to average 21.0 rebounds per game, including 7.5 offensive rebounds per game.
Gathers is one of the nation's most efficient rebounders, grabbing one rebound every 2.40 minutes for an average of 16.6 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 2.00 blocks per game and Jefferson is fifth at 1.29.
Jefferson's 133 blocks are tied for fourth-most in BU history with former BU teammate and current Milwaukee Bucks player Ekpe Udoh, while Austin ranks ninth with 92 blocks and needs six more to tie Alex Holcombe.
DREW CLIMBING BAYLOR CAREER WINS CHART
Scott Drew ranks second in Baylor history with 188 career wins as the Bears' head coach. Drew needs 13 wins to tie Bill Henderson (201 wins; 1941-43 and 1945-61) for the all-time wins record.
Drew's .575 winning percentage is the best ever by a Baylor coach with four or more years at the helm.
The Bears conclude their four-game homestand leading into Big 12 Conference play by taking on Savannah State at 7 p.m. CT on Friday. BU opens conference play at Iowa State at 6 p.m. on Jan. 7.