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No. 4 MBB Hosts A&M in 204th Battle of the Brazos

Perry Jones III


Perry Jones III

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4/5 Baylor vs. RV/NR Texas A&M
Jan. 2, 2012 | 6:02 p.m. CST
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)

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Date Mon., Jan. 2 | 6:02 p.m. CST
Location Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
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4/5 BAYLOR BEARS
Record 13-0
Ranking 4 (AP), 5 (Coaches)
Last Game Dec. 28 in Dallas
W, 54-52 vs. No. 15/14 Mississippi State
Head Coach Scott Drew (Butler, 1993)
Career: 160-127 (10th season)
BU Record: 140-116 (9th season)
RV/NR TEXAS A&M AGGIES
Record 9-3
Ranking RV (AP), NR (Coaches)
Last Game Dec. 29 in College Station
W, 76-58 vs. Arkansas Tech
Head Coach Billy Kennedy (Southeastern La., 1986)
Career: 220-182 (14th season)
A&M Record: 9-3 (1st season)

STORY LINES
• No. 4/5 Baylor (13-0) opens its Big 12 Conference schedule at home for the fourth time in the last five seasons when it hosts long-time rival Texas A&M (9-3) for the 204th edition of the "Battle of the Brazos" series. Monday's game will tip at 6:02 p.m. CST on ESPNU.
• Baylor is one of only four undefeated Division I teams remaining -- Missouri, Murray State and Syracuse are the others.
• Baylor is 13-0 to start the season for the first time in program history and has won 13 straight games, tying for the longest winning streak in program history (won 13 games in January / February 1946).
• Monday marks the 204th meeting of the "Battle of the Brazos" series with Texas A&M, the second-most played series in Baylor basketball history (Texas, 236 meetings). 2011-12 serves as the last season with Baylor and Texas A&M as conference rivals (A&M moving to the SEC beginning in 2012-13).
• Texas A&M holds a 127-76 advantage in the all-time series, which dates back to the 1914-15 season. The Aggies also lead the series 50-45 in games played in Waco, but the Bears have won the last three meetings on their home floor.
• Baylor is 7-8 all-time in Big 12 openers (has won its last four) and 4-4 in under ninth-year head coach Scott Drew.
• Baylor is opening Big 12 play at home for fourth time in the last five seasons. Baylor is 8-7 all-time in Big 12 home openers and has won its last four (4-4 under Drew).
• Baylor moved up two spots in the latest AP (No. 4) and USA TODAY/ESPN (No. 5) Top 25 polls Monday. Baylor’s No. 4 ranking in the AP is the highest in program history; Baylor’s No. 5 ranking is also the highest coaches poll ranking in program history.
• Baylor has made at least one 3-point field goal in 632 consecutive games -- the second-longest active streak in the Big 12.
• Baylor is the only Division I school in the nation with both men's and women's basketball teams undefeated (combined 26-0).
• Senior F Quincy Acy ranks 20th in school history with 1,067 points. He also ranks second in career FG percentage (61.1), third in career blocks (139) and needs 28 rebounds to crack Baylor's career Top 10.
• 40 of reigning Big 12 Rookie of the Week Brady Heslip's 46 field goals have been from 3-point range. Heslip, who has made at least one 3FG in his first 13 games, has made multiple treys in 11 contests this season.
• Baylor leads the Big 12 in 3-point FG percentage, shooting 41.5 percent from beyond the arc. Heslip ranks second in the Big 12 with a 49.4 clip from 3-point range, while junior G Pierre Jackson is third at 48.8 percent.

SERIES HISTORY
• Monday marks the 204th meeting of the "Battle of the Brazos" series with Texas A&M, the second-most played series in Baylor basketball history (Texas, 236 meetings). 2011-12 serves as the last season with Baylor and Texas A&M as conference rivals (A&M moving to the SEC beginning in 2012-13).
• Texas A&M holds a 127-76 advantage in the all-time series, which dates back to the 1914-15 season. The Aggies also lead the series 50-45 in games played in Waco, but the Bears have won the last three meetings on their home floor.

SERIES NOTES: Baylor and Texas A&M have played every season since the 1930-31 campaign ... Baylor is 15-16 vs. Texas A&M in the Big 12 era ... Last season, Baylor swept the regular-season series for the first time since 2003-04 -- Scott Drew's first season at Baylor ... Drew is 7-9 all-time vs. Texas A&M ... Each of the last 5 series meeting have been decided by fewer than 8 points (Baylor 4-1) ... In 2008, Baylor and Texas A&M played the longest game in Big 12 history (5 OT) -- a 116-110 Baylor win in College Station.

BAYLOR IN BIG 12 OPENERS
• Baylor is 7-8 all-time in Big 12 openers and has won its last four. § Baylor is 4-4 in Big 12 openers under ninth-year head coach Scott Drew.
• Baylor is opening Big 12 play at home for fourth time in the last five seasons.
• Baylor is 8-7 all-time in Big 12 home openers and has won its last four.
• Baylor is 4-4 in Big 12 home openers under Drew.

HOLDING COURT AT HOME
• Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 64-13 at the Ferrell Center (21-11 in Big 12 home games), including a 38-4 home mark in the last three seasons (12-4 in Big 12 home games).
• In its first seven seasons in the Big 12, Baylor was 76-38 (.667) at the Ferrell Center. In the Scott Drew era, the Bears are 90-40 (.692) at the Ferrell Center
• Baylor has won a Ferrell Center-record 15 home games in each of the previous two seasons, while setting the facility-record for fewest home losses (1) during the 2009-10 season.
• Baylor has won eight straight home games and has not lost at home since March 5, 2011, vs. Texas (54-60).

TEXAS-SIZED SUCCESS
• Baylor is 9-4 in its last 13 games against its three in-state Big 12 opponents -- Texas A&M (3-1), Texas Tech (3-1) and Texas (3-2). Baylor opens its Big 12 schedule at home vs. Texas A&M (Jan. 2) and at Texas Tech (Jan. 7).
• Prior to its recent in-state success, the Bears were a combined 10-27 against Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech in Scott Drew's first six seasons at Baylor.

KEEPING IT UNDER 70
• Baylor has held 11 opponents to fewer than 70 points. Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 65-9 when holding opponents below the 70-point mark. Baylor is 96-25 in the Scott Drew era when holding opponents to fewer than 70 points.

...AND 60, TOO
• Nine of Baylor's first 13 opponents have failed to reach the 60-point mark. Baylor has won 50 straight games when holding opponents to fewer than 60 points (53-3 in the Scott Drew era).
• Baylor's last loss when holding an opponent to fewer than 60 points came March 6, 2004 -- a 46-41 loss at Oklahoma.

#DOWNTOWNCANADIAN
• Sophomore G Brady Heslip has made at least 1 3FG in each of his first 13 college games, knocking down an impressive 49.4 percent from beyond the arc (40-for-81). In fact, 40 of the Ontario native's 46 FGs this season have been from 3-point range.
• Heslip has quickly established himself as one of the nation's best 3-point shooters. He leads the Big 12 with 3.1 3FGs made per game, while ranking second in the league in 3FG percentage.


 

 

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