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Fast Facts: Baylor men end regular season at Kansas

Posted: 10:43 PM, Mar 08, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-08 23:43:47-05
Baylor Men's Basketball playing to prove people wrong

WACO, TX — • Baylor looks to cap the regular season with its first win in Lawrence when BU faces Kansas on Saturday.
• Saturday is the 37th series meeting. KU leads the series 31-5, including a 16-0 mark in Lawrence.
• Baylor and Kansas split the series last year. KU won by 3 in Lawrence and BU won by 16 in Waco.
• Kansas won 73-68 in Waco on Jan. 12. KU jumped out to an 18-2 lead, but BU answered with an 18-4 run of its own. KU rebuilt its lead to 66-45 with 4:10 left, and BU cut it to 72-68 in the final minute.
• The KU game was Baylor's first without Tristan Clark [baylorbears.com] . BU was 9-6 after the loss and is 10-5 since.
• Baylor was out-shot 55% to 33%, but BU attempted 31 more field goals. BU out-rebounded KU 49-30, but turned 26 offensive boards into just 14 second-chance points. On 3-pointers, BU shot 29% to KU's 56%.
• With a win, BU can finish 11-7 in Big 12 play, tying the 3rd-most conference wins in program history.
• BU is set as the No. 4 seed at the Big 12 Championship and will face Iowa State in the quarterfinals.
• BU is 2nd nationally in offensive rebounding pct. (38.2), its 6th straight year in the nation's top 10.
• BU has only 7 second-chance points over its last 2 games – BU averages 15.5 in its 10 Big 12 wins.
• BU has been out-rebounded just once in its last 22 games (+8.1 avg. rebounding margin) in that span.
• Baylor has double-digit Big 12 wins for the 4th time in the last 5 seasons and 6th time in 10 years. Prior to 2010, Baylor hadn't won 10+ conference games since 1988 Southwest Conference play.
• BU needs a win for 20+ wins in 10 of its last 12 seasons. Prior to 2008, BU had only 3 20-win seasons.
• Baylor's last 5 games have all been within 2 points in the final 2 minutes, and BU is 3-2 in those games.
• BU is 14-99 all-time in road games vs. AP Top 25 teams, but 12-44 in the Drew era (2-55 prior).
• Baylor is 3-3 vs. AP Top 25 teams this season and 23-30 vs. ranked teams in the last 5 seasons.
Makai Mason [baylorbears.com] has been limited in the last 8 games with a toe injury, King McClure [baylorbears.com] has missed 5 of 8 with a knee injury, Clark has missed 16 straight games, and Jake Lindsey [baylorbears.com] has missed the entire season.
• All told, those 4 projected starters have missed 56 total games, including 39 in Big 12 play.
Mario Kegler [baylorbears.com] has led BU in scoring in 3 of its last 4 games, averaging 15.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg in that span.
• Over his last 12 games, Kegler ranks 2nd on the team with 12.3 points and 5.7 rebounds per game.
Kegler is shooting 40% on 3FGs (15-39) in his last 12 games after 14% (5-35) in his previous 12 games.
Devonte Bandoo [baylorbears.com] leads BU with 13.0 ppg over the last 8 games, adding 4.4 rpg and 2.4 3FGM/gm.
Flo Thamba [baylorbears.com] and Freddie Gillespie [baylorbears.com] have combined for 9.0 ppg, 7.9 rpg and 1.9 bpg in 32.0 mpg in 16 games since Clark's injury. Prior to the injury they averaged 2.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg and 0.9 bpg in 12.8 mpg.
Gillespie is averaging 8.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 1.6 bpg and shooting 71% (44-62) over the last 12 games. He entered that stretch with 25 points, 30 rebounds and 4 blocks in 10 games played (2.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg, 0.4 bpg).
Mark Vital [baylorbears.com] 's last 4 games: 10.5 ppg, 9.3 rpg, 2.8 apg, 1.3 bpg, 1.0 spg in 33.5 mpg; 71% FTs (20-of-28).
Jared Butler [baylorbears.com] joined the starting lineup with Clark out and is averaging 12.3 ppg and 3.6 apg in 16 starts.
Butler is shooting 44% on 3FGs (42-96) since becoming a starter and made a 3-pointer in all 16 games.
• In Big 12 play, BU leads the league in offensive efficiency (110.1), assists (14.8/gm), 3-point pct. (.387), 3-pointers made (9.1/gm), rebounding margin (+6.9/gm), rebounding offense (37.6) and rebounding defense (30.8).