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Fast Facts: Baylor men hosting Texas

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Posted at 9:52 PM, Feb 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-26 22:52:33-05

WACO, TX — Baylor looks to avenge its loss 3 weeks ago in a rematch against Texas Wednesday night in Waco.
• Wednesday is the 254th series meeting – the most-played rivalry in Baylor history dating back 104 years.
• BU is 15-8 vs. Texas since snapping a 24-game series losing streak at the 2009 Big 12 Championship.
• Baylor is 6-1 in its last 7 games vs. Texas and 3-1 in its last 4 home games vs. Texas.
• BU has swept the season series vs. Texas 5 times in the Big 12 era (1998, 2010, 2012, 2017, 2018).
• Baylor lost to Texas in Austin, 84-72, on February 6. The Bears look to avoid a regular-season series sweep by UT for the first time since 2014, but BU beat Texas at the Big 12 Championship that season.
• A win would give Baylor 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.
• Baylor is coming off wins at No. 19 Iowa State and at home vs. West Virginia last week.
• Jared Butler [baylorbears.com] was named Big 12 Newcomer of the Week after averaging 14.5 ppg, 4.5 apg and 4.0 rpg.
• Mario Kegler [baylorbears.com] posted his first double-double with career-highs of 23 points and 10 boards vs. WVU.
• Devonte Bandoo [baylorbears.com] added 22 points vs. WVU and has scored in double-figures in 4 of the last 5 games.
• Freddie Gillespie [baylorbears.com] had his first double-double with 14 points (7-of-8 FGs) and 10 rebounds at Iowa State.
• Makai Mason [baylorbears.com] has missed 2 of the last 5 games with a toe injury, King McClure [baylorbears.com] has missed 5 straight with a knee injury,Tristan Clark [baylorbears.com] has missed 13 straight games, and Jake Lindsey [baylorbears.com] has missed the entire season.
• All told, those 4 projected starters have missed 54 total games, including 33 in Big 12 play.
• In 13 games since Clark's season-ending injury, BU is shooting 39% on 3-pointers, making 9.5 3FGs per game and scoring 73.0 ppg. Those are up from 29%, 6.6 3FGs and 71.4 ppg prior to the injury.
• Five Bears are shooting 37%+ from 3-point range since Clark's injury – Butler(44%, 2.7/gm), McClure (43%, 1.9/gm), Bandoo (42%, 2.0/gm), Mason (37%, 2.2/gm) and Kegler (37%, 1.1/gm).
• Flo Thamba [baylorbears.com] and Gillespie have combined for 8.8 ppg, 8.1 rpg and 2.0 bpg in 32.3 mpg in 13 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 7.2 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.6 bpg and shooting 74% (31-42) in 20.6 mpg over the last 9 games. He entered that stretch with 25 points all season, including 8 DNPs in 9 games preceding Clark's injury.
• Butler joined the starting lineup with Clark out and is averaging 12.5 ppg and 3.8 apg in 13 starts.
• Butler is shooting 44% on 3FGs (35-79) since becoming a starter after 23% (10-44) in his first 14 games.
• Butler is 6th in the Big 12 with 3.6 assists/gm in league play. He has 62 assists in his last 16 games (3.9 apg) after 14 assists in his first 11 games (1.3 apg). He has also made a 3-pointer in 13 straight games.
• Bandoo is averaging a team-high 14.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg and 2.6 made 3FGs/game over the last 5 games
• Over his last 10 games, Kegler is averaging 12.6 ppg, 5.8 rpg, 61% on 2-pointers and 39% on 3-pointers.
• Mark Vital [baylorbears.com] leads the Big 12 and ranks 9th nationally with 3.6 offensive rebounds per game.
• BU is 2nd nationally in offensive rebounding percentage (38.9), its 6th straight year in the nation's top 10.
• In Big 12 play, Baylor leads the league in offensive efficiency (112.1), scoring offense (73.6), assists (14.7/gm), 3-point pct. (.386), 3-pointers made (9.3/gm) and rebounding margin (+6.3/gm)