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January 20, 2014

A Closer Look At The Baylor Bears and More

On Monday night, No. 8 ranked Kansas (13-4; 4-0) plays host to No. 24 ranked Baylor (13-4; 1-3). Jayhawk Slant is here to provide you with a closer look at the Baylor Bears.

A closer look at the Baylor Bears

#00 Royce O'Neale: 6-foot-6, 220-pound forward (Jr.)

#1 Kenny Chery: 5-foot-11, 180-pound guard (Jr.)

#2 Ricardo Gathers: 6-foot-8, 270-pound forward (So.)

#4 Gary Franklin: 6-foot-2, 190-pound guard (Sr.)

#5 Brady Heslip: 6-foot-2, 180-pound guard (Sr.)

#12 Johnathan Molley: 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward (Fr.)

#13 John Heard: 6-foot-5, 200-pound forward (So.)

#15 Chad Rykhoek: 6-foot-11, 230-pound forward/center (RS Fr.)

#20 Logan Lowery: 6-foot-6, 190-pound forward (Jr.)

#21 Isaiah Austin: 7-foot-1, 225-pound center (So.)

#24 Ishmail Wainright: 6-foot-5, 245-pound guard/forward (Fr.)

#25 Allerik Freeman: 6-foot-3, 200-pound guard (Fr.)

#34 Cory Jefferson: 6-foot-9, 220-pound forward (Sr.)

#35 Taurean Waller-Prince: 6-foot-7, 210-pound forward (So.)

Record: 13-4

Home Record: 9-1

Away Record: 0-2

Neutral Record: 4-1

Big 12 Conference Record: 1-3

National Ranking: 12/13

Wins: Colorado (Dallas, Texas), South Carolina, Louisiana-Lafayette, Charleston Southern, Chaminade (Maui, Hawaii), Dayton (Maui, Hawaii), Hardin-Simmons, Kentucky (Arlington, Texas), Northwestern State, Southern, Oral Roberts, Savannah State, TCU

Losses: Syracuse (Maui, Hawaii), @ Iowa State, @ Texas Tech, Oklahoma

Upcoming games: @ Kansas, Texas, West Virginia, @ Oklahoma State, Kansas, @ Oklahoma, @ TCU, Kansas State, Oklahoma State, @ West Virginia, @ Texas, Texas Tech, Iowa State, @ Kansas State

Scoring Leaders:

Cory Jefferson: 13.1

Kenny Chery: 11.9

Brady Heslip: 10.8

Isaiah Austin: 10.4

Rebounding Leaders:

Cory Jefferson: 8.4

Rico Gathers: 7.7

Isaiah Austin: 5.7

Assist Leaders:

Kenny Chery: 5.1
Gary Franklin: 2.5

Field Goal Shooting Percentage Leaders:

Rico Gathers: 45-of-84 (53.6%)

Cory Jefferson: 77-of-145 (53.1%)

Taurean Prince: 51-of-102 (50.0%)

Kenny Chery: 74-of-156 (47.4%)

Isaiah Austin: 65-of-142 (45.8%)

Brady Heslip: 55-of-121 (45.5%)

Gary Franklin: 37-of-96 (38.5%)

3 point Field Goal Shooting Percentage Leaders

Brady Heslip: 46-of-99 (46.5%)

Kenny Chery: 16-of-51 (31.4%)

Gary Franklin: 27-of-68 (39.7%)

Free-throw Percentage Leaders:

Kenny Chery: 38-of-43 (88.4%)

Isaiah Austin: 44-of-59 (74.6%)

Brady Heslip: 27-of-37 (73.0%)

Cory Jefferson: 64-of-96 (66.7%)

Baylor: A Look At The Numbers:

Scoring: 1,321 (77.7 PPG)

Scoring Margin: +10.9

Field Goal %: 48 (456-of-949)

3-Point FG %: 39 (116-of-295)

3-Pont FG Made Per Game: 6.8

Free-throw %: 67 (293-of-436)

Free-throws Made Per Game: 17.2

Rebounds: 681 (40.1 per game)

Rebounding Margin: +9.7

Assists: 265 (15.6 per game)

Turnovers: 212 (12.5 per game)

Turnover Margin: -2.1

Steals: 84 (4.9 per game)

Blocks: 94 (5.5 per game)

Opponent Averages:

Scoring: 1,136 (66.8 PPG)

Field Goal %: 41 (410-of-1,002)

3-Point FG %: 34 (113-of-329)

3-Pont FG Made Per Game: 6.6

Free-throw %: 69 (203-of-294)

Free-throws Made Per Game: 11.9

Rebounds: 516 (30.4 per game)

Assists: 246 (14.5 per game)

Turnovers: 177 (10.4 per game)

Steals: 90 (5.3 per game)

Blocks: 42 (2.5 per game)

Odds and Ends: Baylor Bears:

A closer look at the starting five:

#00 Royce O'Neale: Appeared in all 17 (10 starts)

#34 Cory Jefferson: Appeared in all 17 games (14 starts)

#21 Isaiah Austin: Appeared in all 17 games (13 starts)

#4 Gary Franklin: Appeared in all 17 games (14 starts)

#1 Kenny Chery: Appeared in all 17 games (14 starts)

A closer look at the reserves:

#2 Rico Gathers: Appeared in all 17 games (1 start)

#5 Brady Heslip: Appeared in all 17 games

#24 Ish Wainright: Appeared in all 17 games (4 starts)

#35 Taurean Prince: Appeared in all 17 games

Kansas vs. Baylor: Numbers breakdown

Record: Kansas (13-4; 4-0); Baylor (13-4; 1-3)

Rankings: Kansas (15/18); Baylor (12/13)

Points/GM: Kansas (79.0); Baylor (74.0)

Points Allowed/GM: Kansas (69.3); Baylor (74.2)

FG%: Kansas (.503); Baylor (.419)

Rebounds/GM: Kansas (38.8); Baylor (40.0)

Assists/GM: Kansas (15.8); Baylor (12.8)

Blocks/GM: Kansas (6.5); Baylor (5.0)

Steals/GM: Kansas (5.5); Baylor (4.8)

Kansas vs. Baylor: The Series:

The Kansas-Baylor series dates back to 1951 with the Jayhawks leading 19-4. Baylor has won two of the last three meetings, both being away from Allen Fieldhouse: 81-72 in the semifinals of the 2012 Big 12 Championship in Kansas City, Mo., and 81-58 last season in the regular-season finale for both teams in Waco, Texas. The Jayhawks are 11-0 versus the Bears in games played in Lawrence, including a 10-0 record inside Allen Fieldhouse.

Since the inception of the Big 12, KU is 17-4 versus BU: 17-2 in regular-season play and 0-2 in the Big 12 Championship. Kansas head coach Bill Self is 11-4 all-time against Baylor, including 11-3 while at Kansas, while Baylor's Scott Drew is 3-11 versus Kansas. Current KU players' stats versus Baylor are on the last page of the KU game notes.

A Kansas Win Would….:
Improve KU to 14-4 on the season... Keep Kansas as the only undefeated team in Big 12 play at 5-0… Make KU 5-0 in conference play for the third-straight season and the seventh time in the Bill Self era… Make the Kansas-Baylor series 20-4 in favor of KU, including 18-4 in the Big 12 era and 11-0 in Allen Fieldhouse… Make KU 707-109 all-time in Allen Fieldhouse, including 169-9 in the Bill Self era and 8-1 this season… Make Bill Self 12-4 all-time against Baylor, 314-63 while at Kansas and 521-168 overall… Make KU 2,115-816 all-time.
A Kansas Los Would….:
Drop Kansas to 13-5 on the season… Makes Kansas 4-1 in Big 12 play, making the 2002 Jayhawks the only team to have gone through the Big 12 regular-season undefeated (16-0)… Make KU 4-1 in Big 12 play for the first time since 2010-11 when KU was also 4-1… Make the Kansas-Baylor series 19-5 in favor of the Jayhawks… Be Baylor's first win in Allen Fieldhouse in 11 tries… Give KU its second home loss in the same season for the first time since 2006-07… Make KU 7-2 in Allen Fieldhouse this season, 168-10 under Bill Self and 706-110 all-time in the facility… Make Bill Self 11-5 all-time against Baylor (11-4 while at Kansas), 313-64 in his 11th season at Kansas and 520-169 in his 21st season overall… Make KU 2,114-817 all-time.

Kansas On ESPN Big Monday:

Kansas will appear on ESPN's Big Monday four times in 2014 with the win at Iowa State (1/13) being the first occasion. Since the inception of the Big 12 in 1996-97, Kansas is 50-16 all-time on ESPN's Big Monday (27-1 at home, 23-15 on the road), including 31-8 under head coach Bill Self. Additionally, KU has won 20-straight Big Monday games in Allen Fieldhouse, which includes a 16-0 mark under Self.

Kansas vs. Ranked Foes Under Bill Self:

Should Baylor remain in the rankings, the Bears will be the seventh ranked team Kansas has faced in 2013-14. The Jayhawks are 4-2 against ranked foes this season having defeated then-No. 4 Duke, 94-83, in the State Farm Champions Classic on Nov. 12 at the United Center in Chicago, lost at then-No. 19 Florida, 67-61 on Dec. 10, lost to then-No. 21 San Diego State, 61-57 on Jan. 5, defeated then-No. 25 Kansas State 86-60 on Jan. 11, won at No. 8/9 Iowa State, 77-70 on Jan. 13 and defeated No. 9/8 Oklahoma State, 80-78, on Jan. 18.

Kansas has played 80 games against Associated Press-ranked opponents in the 10-plus seasons under head coach Bill Self. Last year, Kansas went 5-2 against ranked foes. Under Self, KU is 52-28 (65.0 percent) against ranked competition. That percentage has an upward trend since the 2007-08 season as the Jayhawks are 42-18 (70.0 percent) versus ranked foes.

Kansas-Oklahoma State: The Leftovers:

-- Kansas remains the only undefeated team in conference play at 4-0. KU is 4-0 for the third straight season and the seventh time in the 11-year Bill Self era.

-- Improves KU's record to 706-109 all-time in Allen Fieldhouse and 168-9 at home under Self.

-- The Jayhawks are now 4-2 against ranked opponents in 2013-14, and 3-0 against top-10 foes (No. 4/4 Duke; No. 8/10 Iowa State). Kansas has defeated its last three ranked foes.

-- With 1:15 to play in the opening frame, the Kansas defense, aided by the sold-out crowd, recorded its eighth shot clock violation of the season. The Jayhawks forced the Cowboys into another shot clock violation with 18:26 left in the game, for their ninth of the season.

-- Junior G Naadir Tharpe scored a team-best 21 points, the second time he's led the Jayhawks in scoring. Tharpe has back-to-back 20-point efforts after also scoring 23 at Iowa State (1/13). All three of Tharpe's career 20-point efforts have come in the last six games. Tharpe added a game-high six assists.

-- Sophomore F Jamari Traylor finished the game with a career-high nine points and added three rebounds.

-- With 1:56 left in the first half, freshman G Wayne Selden, Jr. drained his first three-pointer to extend his streak to 11-straight games with at least one three-point make.

-- Freshman C Joel Embiid blocked eight shots to record a new career high and continued his streak of 11-straight games with at least one block. The eight blocks broke his own freshman record for blocks in a single game (seven vs. UTEP, 11/30), tied the Big 12 freshman record for all games and broke the Big 12 freshman record for league games only. Embiid has five or more blocks in four games this season.

-- The Cameroon native's eight blocks give him 49 for the season and moves him into second on the all-time freshman block's list at Kansas, trailing only Darrell Arthur (54, 2007) and Eric Chenowith (62, 1998).

-- In addition to his blocks, Embiid chipped in 13 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, for his fourth-career double-double.

-- Freshman G Brannen Greene hit a three pointer in scoring a career-high tying five points.


-- Kansas is 10-1 when shooting 50 percent or better in the game and has eclipsed the 50 percent field goal percentage in three of four Big 12 games. The Jayhawks have shot 50 percent or better in 11 games, including six of their last eight contests and seven of the last 10 outings.

-- In 11 of KU's 13 victories, the Jayhawks have scored at least 80 points.

-- Kansas has outrebounded 15 of its 17 opponents this season, including all four Big 12 contests. KU has eight games with a +10 rebound advantage and its +17 at Iowa State (1/13) was a season best. KU has a +10 rebound advantage in five of its last eight contests.

-- KU has held all but one opponent (Duke, 51.7) under 50 percent shooting this season.

-- After his 5-for-6 effort versus Oklahoma State (1/18), freshman C
-- Joel Embiid is 36-for-49 (73.5 percent) from the field in his last eight games with 13.8 ppg and 8.9 rpg averages in that span. Embiid has 40 blocked shots in his last 11 games including a KU and Big 12-tying freshman eight against Oklahoma State (1/18).

-- Junior G Naadir Tharpe is shooting 82.4 percent (14-for-17) in his last two games, including 6 for-8 (75 percent) from three-point range with a 22.0 ppg. Tharpe has topped the team in assists 12 times, including three of four Big 12 contests.

-- After his 19 rebounds at Iowa State (1/13), freshman G Andrew Wiggins has now led Kansas in rebounds three times this season. He leads the Big 12 freshman class in scoring (15.1 ppg).

-- Sophomore F Perry Ellis has shot 60 percent or better in nine games this season and the Jayhawks are 9-0 in those contests.

-- Sophomore F Jamari Traylor was 3-for-3 from the field and 3-for-3 from the line in scoring a career-high nine points against Oklahoma State (1/18). Traylor is 17-for-21 (81.0 percent) from the field in his last 10 games. He had five rebounds at Iowa State (1/13) and has pulled down five or more rebounds in six games this season.

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