Baylor Mens Basketball Goes Streaking Into Austin

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Scott Drew and the Baylor Men’s Basketball team will carry several streaks with them into the Frank Erwin Center, on Wednesday night, when they visit the Texas Longhorns.

Baylor has six-straight wins over Texas, their longest streak in program history. They could also win their 6th straight Big 12 game which would be the longest in program history.

Baylor and Texas tip-off at 7:00pm tomorrow at the Frank Erwin center in Austin.

Baylor Press Release:

STORY LINES 
• Baylor carries a 6-game winning streak into its 7 p.m. CT game at Texas on Wednesday. 
• Wednesday is the 253rd series meeting – the most-played rivalry in Baylor history dating back 104 years. 
• The Bears are 15-7 vs. Texas since snapping a 24-game series losing streak in 2009. 
• Baylor’s 6-game winning streak vs. Texas ties its longest in series history (6 wins from 1981-83). 
• BU has swept the season series vs. Texas 5 times in the Big 12 era (1998, 2010, 2012, 2017, 2018). 
• Baylor needs a win to set a program record with 6 straight Big 12 wins in a single season. BU last won 6 straight conference games in a season in 1988 Southwest Conference play (7-game win streak). 
• BU is looking to win a 4th straight conference road game for the first time since 1969 SWC play. 
• BU is the first team to win 3 straight Big 12 road games since Kansas started 3-0 on the road in 2018. 
King McClure can become the first Baylor player to go 4-0 in Austin during his BU career. 
• Baylor is coming off at 30-point win at OU last Monday and a 26-point win vs. TCU on Saturday. The combined 56-point margin of victory is BU’s largest in consecutive Big 12 games in conference history. 
• Baylor has a +14.7 average margin of victory during its 6-game streak. BU’s first 4 wins during its streak were at Oklahoma State by 4, vs. Texas Tech by 11, at West Virginia by 12 and vs. Alabama by 5. 
• During its 6-game winning streak, Baylor is shooting 43% (65-of-151; 10.8 made 3FGs/game) from 3-point range after shooting 29% (99-of-339; 6.6 made 3FGs/game) in its first 15 games. 
• In 7 games without Tristan Clark, BU is averaging 77.0 ppg, up from 71.4 ppg prior to his injury. 
• BU is averaging 3.7 more made 3-pointers per game in 7 games since Clark’s injury (10.1, up from 6.4). 
• BU has scored 73+ points in 6 straight games after doing so in only 6 of its first 15 games. 
Scott Drew is in his 16th season in Waco and is the Bears’ all-time wins leader (311-201). 
• Baylor is 33-34 in Big 12 road games since 2012, second-best in the league behind only Kansas (43-23). 
• Baylor is 28-2 when leading at halftime since the start of the 2017-18 season (13-2 this season). 
Mario Kegler is averaging 10.3 ppg and 5.3 rpg during the Bears’ 6-game winning streak. Kegler has shot 52% (24-of-46) during the Bears’ 6-game streak after entering the streak shooting 39%. 
Makai Mason has scored in double-figures in a career-best 13 straight (18.0 ppg, 32.4 mpg during streak). 
Mason has shot 75% (21-of-28) on 2-point FGs in the last 4 games and has made a 3FG in 15 straight games. 
Mason had the 7th 40-point game in BU history Saturday vs. TCU, breaking the BU record for a Big 12 game. 
Clark was ruled out for the season after suffering a left-knee injury in the Jan. 20 win over Iowa State. 
Jared Butler joined the starting lineup with Clark out and is averaging 11.6 ppg and 3.9 apg in 7 starts. 
Mark Vital is the nation’s only player with more offensive than defensive rebs. (80-75; min. 140 total). 
• BU is 4th nationally in offensive rebounding percentage (38.4), and Vital ranks 7th nationally (16.4). 
Butler is shooting 45% on 3FGs (17-of-38) in the last 7 games after 23% (10-of-44) in his first 14 games. 
• In conference games, Baylor leads the Big 12 in scoring offense (77.5), offensive efficiency (115.4), 3-point percentage (.402), 3-pointers made (10.0/game), scoring margin (+9.6), assists (16.4/game), rebounding margin (+8.0) and offensive rebound percentage (.394). 

ON THE CALL 
• Wednesday’s game will be broadcast on LHN with Lowell Galindo and Lance Blanks calling the action. 
• Both are calling a Baylor game for the first time this season. Galindo last called a Baylor game when BU defeated Texas in Waco 69-60 on Jan. 6 last season, while Blanks called Baylor’s game at Iowa State on Jan. 13 last year. 

QUICK HITS 
• Baylor beat Alabama to move to 5-1 all-time in Big 12/SEC Challenges, the best record of any team in either league. 
• Baylor beat Alabama to move to 5-1 all-time in Big 12/SEC Challenges, the best record of any team in either league. 
• Baylor is one of nine teams to be nationally ranked in each of the last 11 seasons dating back to 2007-08 – Baylor, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Notre Dame and North Carolina. 
• BU is 40-68 against AP-ranked teams since 2007-08 after going 0-27 in Drew’s first 4 rebuilding seasons. 
• Baylor defeated 7 top-10 teams in the last 3 seasons, including a 6-3 mark vs. top-10 teams in Waco. 
• Baylor is 12-22 against AP Top 10 teams since March 2012. BU started the Drew era 1-26 vs. top-10. 
• Baylor has won 89% of its games when leading at the half since 2011-12 (146-18). 
• Baylor is 186-85 over the last 7 seasons, averaging 24.4 wins per season since 2012. 
• Baylor’s 186 wins since 2011-12 are second-most in the Big 12 behind only Kansas (227). 
• Baylor is 277-132 since 2007-08, the first year Drew’s staff had a full allotment of scholarships. 
• Baylor has the nation’s 11th-longest active streak with at least one 3-point FG made in 890 straight games. 

SERIES HISTORY VS. TEXAS
• Wednesday is the 253rd all-time meeting between Baylor and Texas, the most-played rivalry for both schools. 
• Baylor has won 15 of 22 games in the series after snapping a 24-game series losing streak in March 2009. 
• Baylor is 90-162 all-time against Texas, including a 31-88 mark in Austin and a 15-20 mark in the Drew era. 
• Baylor is looking to win its 4th straight game in Austin for the first time in program history. 
• Baylor is averaging a +9.8 scoring margin in its last 6 games vs. Texas, including 5 wins by 9+ points.

3-GUARD LINEUP LEADING BEARS’ RESURGENCE 
• Baylor switched to a 3-guard lineup after Tristan Clark’s season-ending injury, swapping freshman guard Jared Butler into the starting lineup. The Bears moved 6-foot-5 sophomore Mark Vital to the starting 5-spot. 
• In 7 games without Clark, Baylor is making 4.2 more 3-pointers per game (10.6 from 6.4) and shooting 11.5% higher from 3-point range (40.7 from 29.2). BU’s 2-point percentage has suffered, dropping from 55% to 49%. 
• Baylor is averaging 5.6 more PPG and 1.5 more RPG despite missing Clark’s 14.6 PPG and 6.3 RPG. 
• Six BU players average more ppg in 7 games since Clark’s injury than in 14 games with Clark — Butler (+5.1), Gillespie (+4.1), Mason (+4.0), Thamba (+1.1), Kegler (+0.8) and Bandoo (+0.8). 
• Six Bears have increased rebounding in the 7 games since Clark’s injury — Thamba (+1.9), Butler (+1.6), Gillespie (+1.4), McClure (+1.2), Vital (+0.4) and Mayer (+0.4). 

CLARK OUT FOR SEASON WITH LEFT KNEE INJURY 
• Sophomore forward Tristan Clark is out for the year after suffering a left-knee injury in the Jan. 8 win over Iowa State. 
Clark started the first 14 games this season and was leading the nation with a .737 field goal percentage, which was on pace to become the 4th-best single-season mark in NCAA Division I history. 
Clark averaged 14.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.4 blocks, 1.7 assists and 1.1 steals in 29.8 minutes per game prior to the injury. At the time of the injury, he was 7th in the Big 12 in scoring, 9th in rebounding and 3rd in blocks. 

SEEKING 6TH STRAIGHT BIG 12 WIN, 7TH STRAIGHT WIN VS. TEXAS 
• BU is seeking a school-record 6th consecutive Big 12 win in a single season. BU has had 5-game winning streaks four times (1998, 2016, 2018, 2019), but its only 6-game Big 12 winning streak spanned 2 seasons (2010-11). 
• Baylor looks to extend its overall winning streak to 7 straight, its longest since starting 15-0 in 2016-17. 
• BU is also seeking a series-record 7th consecutive win against Texas. The current record is 6 straight from 1981-83. 

A WIN WOULD … 
• Be Scott Drew‘s 312th win at Baylor and the 332th of his Division I coaching career. 
• Extend Baylor’s winning streak to 7 straight games, its longest winning streak since starting 15-0 in 2016-17. 
• Make Baylor the first team to win 4 straight Big 12 road games since Kansas won 5 straight to close 2017. It would also be the first time Baylor won 4 straight conference road games since 1969 Southwest Conference play. 
• Give Baylor 6 straight Big 12 wins, its longest Big 12 winning streak in a single season. 
• Make Baylor 7-2 or better through its first 9 Big 12 games for the 3rd time in league history (2012, 2017, 2019). 
• Improve BU’s record to 84-41 during King McClure’s 4-year career and 81-41 in games McClure has played. 
• Make McClure the first player in program history to go 4-0 in games at Texas during his Baylor career. 
• Improve Baylor’s record in Big 12 road games to 34-34 since 2012, 2nd-best in the league during that span. 

DREW ERA HIGHLIGHTS 
• Drew is coaching his 513th game at Baylor (311-201). His .607 winning percentage is best in BU history. 
• Baylor has a .677 winning percentage (277-132) since Drew’s first year with no scholarship restrictions in 2007-08 and a .686 winning percentage (186-85) over the last 7 seasons since 2011-12. 
• In Drew’s 16 seasons as Baylor head coach, BU has been ranked in 211 of 513 games. Prior to Drew, BU was ranked in 2 of 2,197 games over 97 seasons. In 10 seasons since 2008-09, BU has been ranked in 208 of 378 games. 
• BU has graduated 91 percent of its scholarship seniors since Drew took over in 2003 (31 of 34). 
• In Drew’s first 15 seasons at Baylor, 38 players have gone on to professional careers. 
• Baylor has won 5 tournament titles under Drew — 2007 Paradise Jam, 2011 Las Vegas Classic, 2013 Postseason NIT, 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis and 2017 Hall of Fame Classic. BU is 20-4 in regular-season tournaments since 2013-14. 

DOMINANT DEFENSIVE PERFORMANCES 
• Baylor’s defense has held 3 high-major teams to their lowest scoring totals in more than 5 years. 
• BU held Arizona to 49 points in Tucson on Dec. 1, becoming the first team to hold UA below 50 since Feb. 26, 2011. 
• Baylor limited Oregon to 47 points on Dec. 15, the Ducks’ fewest points in a game since Feb. 21, 2013. 
• Baylor held Oklahoma to 47 points in Norman on Jan. 28, the Sooners’ fewest in a game since Nov. 23, 2012. 

MCCLURE LEADING AS LONE RETURNING SENIOR 
• Senior King McClure, Baylor’s lone player with 3+ years in the program. He has played in 121 games at Baylor, while his teammates who played in Saturday’s game vs. TCU have combined to play 188 games at BU. 
McClure slid to the starting 3-spot with Clark’s injury. He posted a career-high 29 points with 9 rebounds and 4 assists in a career-high 38 minutes of the Jan. 14 win at Oklahoma State. 
McClure has made 2 starts this season as point guard, 9 starts as shooting guard and 10 starts at the 3-spot. 
McClure has posted 20+ points 4 times this season after doing so in 1 of 100 games over his first 3 years. 
• In 7 games since Clark’s injury, McClure is averaging 9.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 steals. 

MASON RETURNS AFTER MISSING TWO SEASONS 
Makai Mason has started the last 18 games after missing the majority of the previous 2+ seasons due to injury. 
• Mason leads the Big 12 with 20.1 points per game in conference play, and ranks 4th overall with 16.7 ppg. 
• Mason is on a career-best streak of 13 straight games scoring in double-figures, averaging 18.0 points in that span. 
• Mason had the 7th 40-point game in program history vs. TCU (2/2). He set a program record for points in a Big 12 game and went 9-of-12 from 3-point range, tying the 2nd-most made 3-pointers in program history. 
• Mason posted a then-season-high 29 points in 38 minutes of BU’s win at West Virginia (1/21). 
• Mason led the Bears to a huge road win at Arizona (12/15) with a game-high 22 points and career-high 7 rebounds. 
• Mason had a then-season-high 25 points in the win over No. 20 Iowa State (1/8), including 7 points in the final 2 minutes. 
• Mason needs 20 points to reach 1,000 during his Division I career (680 at Yale, 300 at Baylor).

BUTLER STEPS INTO STARTING ROLE WITH CLARK OUT 
• Freshman guard Jared Butler leads the team with a 1.66 assist-to-turnover ratio (53a/32t). He’s played in all 21 games and joined the starting lineup at the 2-spot for the last 7 games with Tristan Clark’s injury. 
• In 7 starts with Clark out, Butler is averaging 11.6 points, 3.9 assists and 1.3 steals in 28.6 minutes per game. 
• Butler is shooting 45% on 3FGs (17-of-38) in the last 7 games after 23% (10-of-44) in his first 14 games. 
• Butler had team-highs of 14 points and 4 assists vs. No. 7 Kansas and 19 points and 5 assists vs. No. 8 Texas Tech. 
• Butler also had 16 points (4-of-7 on 3FGs) and 4 assists in a career-high 35 minutes of the win at OSU. 

KEGLER SETTLING IN AFTER LONG LAYOFF 
Mario Kegler went 629 days between games after sitting out the 2017-18 following his transfer from Mississippi State and then missing the first 6 games this season. He has started the last 15 games. 
• Kegler has scored in double-figures in 3 of the last 4 games while averaging 13.0 points and 6.0 rebounds. 
• Kegler is shooting 52% (24-of-46) during the Bears’ 6-game winning streak after entering the streak at 39%. 
• Kegler posted game-highs with 17 points and 7 rebounds in 27 minutes of the Jan. 26 win vs. Alabama. 
• Kegler went 5-of-5 on 2-point attempts on his way to a career-high 18 points in the Jan. 21 win at West Virginia. 

VITAL DOING THE DIRTY WORK 
• Despite being undersized at 6-foot-5, Mark Vital slid to the starting 5-spot with Tristan Clark out. Vital leads the Big 12 and ranks 6th nationally in offensive rebounding (3.8), and ranks 4th in the Big 12 in total rebounding (7.3 rpg). 
• Vital had team-highs with 13 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals in 32 minutes of the Jan. 14 win at Oklahoma State. 
• In 7 games with Clark out, Vital is averaging 6.0 points, 7.6 rebounds (4.4 offensive) and 2.1 assists per game. 
• Vital posted 17 rebounds in Baylor’s win at Arizona, which were 3 more than all Arizona players combined (14). 

PROTECTING HALFTIME LEADS 
• Baylor went 15-0 last season when leading at halftime and is 31-2 in its last 33 games when leading at the half. 
• Baylor has won 89% of its games (146-18) when leading at the half since 2011-12 (13-2 in 2018-19, 15-0 in 2017-18, 18-3 in 2016-17, 18-2 in 2015-16, 21-7 in 2014-15, 18-2 in 2013-14, 17-1 in 2012-13 and 26-1 in 2011-12). 
• BU has won 37% of games in which its been tied or trailing at the half since 2011-12, going 40-67 in those. 
• BU has led at halftime in 164 of 271 games over the last eight seasons, and BU is 186-85 since 2011-12.

MASON’S 40 KEY BAYLOR’S ROUT OF TCU 
Makai Mason posted the 7th 40-point game in program history, as the Bears routed TCU 90-64 on Feb. 2. 
• Mason scored 27 points in the 2nd half, including going 8-of-8 from the field (6-of-6 from 3-point range) in the first 7:22 of game time after the break. His 40 points set the Baylor record for points in a Big 12 game. 
• Mason finished 9-of-12 from 3-point range, tying the 2nd-most made 3-pointers in program history. 
Freddie Gillespie posted career-highs of 11 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks in just 17 minutes off the bench. 

UP NEXT 
• BU returns to Waco for a pair of home games against Kansas State and Oklahoma. The K-State game is Saturday at 5 p.m. CT on ESPN2, and the Oklahoma game is Monday at 8 p.m. CT on ESPN2.

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