Fast Facts: Baylor prepares for Big 12 opener TCU

Posted: 11:05 PM, Jan 04, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-05 05:05:12Z
Fast Facts: Baylor prepares for Big 12 opener TCU

• Baylor heads to Fort Worth for its 2019 Big 12 Conference opener at 3 p.m. CT Saturday. 
• Saturday's game will be televised on ESPNU with Drew Fellios and Chris Spatola on the call. 
• Saturday is the 184th series meeting – BU leads 100-83, including a 41-41 mark in Fort Worth. 
• Baylor is 11-2 in Big 12 games against TCU with an average scoring margin of +14.5 points per game. 
• Baylor won the first 11 Big 12 series meetings with TCU before TCU swept both games last year. 
• BU lost to TCU 81-78 in overtime in Waco on Jan. 2 and 82-72 in Fort Worth on Feb. 24. 
• Baylor opens Big 12 play on the road for a 6th straight season and opens vs. TCU for the first time. 
• Baylor is 7-4 in Big 12 openers since 2008 and 10-12 all-time in Big 12 openers. All four of Baylor's losses in Big 12 openers since 2008 were on the road vs. top-25 ranked teams. 
• Scott Drew is in his 16th season in Waco and is the Bears' all-time wins leader (304-199). 
• Baylor is 8-4 on the season, the 13th straight year with an 8-4 or better record entering Big 12 play. 
• BU has built double-digit leads in 9 of 12 games this season and is 7-2 when building a double-digit lead. 
• BU has used 9 different starters in its first 12 games, including 4 players making their first DI starts.
• Baylor returned 3 letterwinners from last year's team, the nation's fewest among Power-5 teams. 
• King McClure is the lone returning senior, while Tristan Clark and Mark Vital are back as sophomores. 
• BU added 9 newcomers for 2018-19, including 5 transfers (two Division I, two JuCo, one Division III). 
• Makai Mason is the first grad transfer in program history after graduating from Yale in May. 
• Mason missed the first 3 games, but has played the last 9 games. He leads BU with 3.0 assists/game. 
• Kegler, a Mississippi State transfer, has started the last 6 games after missing the season's first 6 games. 
• Clark was named Big 12 Player of the Week on Monday after 17 pts, 12 rebs, 5 blks vs. UNO (12/29). 
• Clark leads the nation with a 78.0 field goal percentage, which is 5% better than the closest player. 
• Baylor is 15th nationally in scoring defense (60.4) and 18th in FG percentage defense (.382). 
• Baylor ranks 3rd nationally in block percentage (19.2), while Clark is 10th nationally with 2.8 bpg. 
• BU is 19th nationally in offensive rebounding percentage (37.3), and Vital ranks 26th nationally (15.0). 
• Two of Baylor's four losses have come in the final minute after losing double-digit 2nd-half leads. 
• BU has held opponents below 30 first-half points in 9 of 12 games after doing so in 12 of 34 last year. 
• Drew is 1 of 17 Division I coaches with 300+ wins at his current school (1 of 9 in Power-5 conferences). 
• Baylor is 30-33 in Big 12 road games since 2012, second-best in the league behind only Kansas (42-21). 
• Baylor is 56-14 against in-state opponents since the start of the 2011-12 season. 
• BU is 103-86 in Big 12 play in 11 seasons since 2008 after going 45-131 in the league's first 11 seasons. 
• Baylor is 1 of 16 teams nationally to appear in every postseason since 2012 (5 NCAAs, 2 NITs). 
• Baylor is 21-2 when leading at halftime since the start of the 2017-18 season (6-2 this season). 
• BU is 76-17 since 2015-16 when leading at any point in the 2nd half of a game (8-2 this season). 
• Drew is coaching his 504th game at Baylor (304-199). His .604 winning percentage is best in BU history among coaches with 40+ games, and his teams have a .675 winning percentage since 2007-08 (270-130).