The fourth-ranked Baylor Bears will look to continue their historic start when they take on the Texas Tech Red Raiders this Saturday in Lubbock.
Across the court will be a man that Scott Drew and Baylor fans remember well: Billy Gillispie. Gillispie was head coach of Texas A&M from 2004 to 2007 and led one of the most remarkable program turnarounds in college basketball history. After the 2006-2007 season, Gillispie left A&M for the University of Kentucky, where he would coach only two seasons before being fired. After a two year absence from coaching college basketball, Gillispie took the Texas Tech job in March of 2011.
Leading the Red Raiders is freshman forward Jordan Tolbert who is averaging 15.2 ppg and nearly 7 rebounds. Senior Robert Lewandowski adds 7.5 ppg and just over 4 rebounds. One time Baylor recruit and junior college transfer Ty Nurse has assumed Tech's point guard spot and is averaging 10.8 ppg.
The Bears continue to be led by Perry Jones III who had a double-double in Baylor's win over Texas A&M on Monday. Jones, a projected NBA lottery pick, averages 13.4 ppg and just over 7 rebounds. Team captain Quincy Acy contributes 12.5 ppg and just over 7 rebounds as well. In addition to Jones and Acy, Pierre Jackson (11.6 ppg), Quincy Miller (10.9 ppg), and Brady Heslip (10.1) all average double-figures in scoring.
Saturday's game between the Bears and Red Raiders will tip at 12:47 p.m. CST on the Big 12 Network.
- This is the first meeting between Baylor and coach Billy Gillispie since he left Texas A&M in 2007.
- Texas Tech holds a 75-47 advantage in the all time series between the two schools. The Red Raiders are also 45-14 in games played in Lubbock.
- Baylor is 5-0 in games played away from Waco this season.
- Baylor is one of only four remaining undefeated teams in Division I men's college basketball - Missouri, Syracuse, and Murray State being the other three.
- Texas Tech is 0-4 versus opponents ranked in the top 100 of the RPI this season.
- Scott Drew is 0-6 all time against Billy Gillispie.
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