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Number 9 Baylor Bears heads up to Iowa State.

The 23-5 Baylor Bears take on the surging 18-9 Iowa State Cyclones. Both teams are 10-5 in Big 12 play, and looking to move up to the 2nd spot in the conference standings all by themselves.

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The Baylor Bears (23-5, 10-5) hit the road to take on the surging Iowa State Cyclones (18-9, 10-5) in Ames, Iowa.  ISU has won 5 straight games behind an offense that has lit up the scoreboards.  The Cyclones have shot up the Big 12 standings in the back-half of the schedule, going 6-1 over their last 7-games to put themselves in a tie for 2nd place with Baylor and West Virginia. 

Led by senior point guard Monte Morris, the Cyclones are an experienced team under 2nd year coach Steve Prohm. 

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  • No. 9 Baylor looks for its 24th win when it travels to Iowa State for a 3 p.m. CT game on Saturday. 
  • Saturday is the 33rd series meeting. ISU leads the series 17-15, including a 12-2 mark in Ames. 
  • Baylor lost its first 12 games in Ames before winning at Hilton Coliseum each of the last two years. 
  • The home team has won 24 of 28 campus site games in the series, and BU is 1-3 vs. ISU at neutral sites. 
  • BU has won 5 straight vs. Iowa State, the longest winning streak for either team in series history. 
  • Baylor won 65-63 when the teams met in Waco on Jan. 4. Manu Lecomte made a runner with 8.6 seconds left to put BU ahead, and Monte Morris missed a potential game-tying jumper at the buzzer. 
  • BU trailed 61-55 with 5 minutes left, but the Bears held ISU to only 2 points the rest of the way.
  • BU out-scored ISU 40-24 in the paint and 21-12 in bench points, with Johnathan Motley recording 13 points and 12 rebounds in 37 minutes and Jake Lindsey posting 10 points in 26 minutes off the bench. 
  • Baylor was the No. 3 overall seed (No. 1 in South) in the Feb. 11 CBS Early Bracket Reveal. 
  • A win would give Baylor an 11-5 Big 12 record, tying its best-ever record through 16 Big 12 games. 
  • With one more win Baylor would tie its 5th-most wins in a season in program history and mark the 4th time Baylor has reached 11 wins in Big 12 play (12 in 2012, 11 in 2010 and 2015). 
  • BU has reached the 20-win mark for a school-record 6th straight season and 9th time in the last 10 years. 
  • Baylor is No. 5 nationally in RPI, trailing only Kansas, Villanova, North Carolina and Oregon. 
  • Baylor has been top-10 ranked for a school record-tying 13 consecutive weeks (2012). 
  • Baylor has faced a second-half deficit and come back to win in 10 games this season. 
  • BU is 7-2 when trailing at half and averages a +11.0 scoring margin in 2nd halves of those games. 
  • BU is 45-7 over the last two seasons when it takes the lead at any point in the 2nd half of a game. 
  • BU is 18-16 in Big 12 road games since 2014 and 27-25 since 2012, both trailing only Kansas. 
  • Baylor’s defense is holding teams to 64.0 ppg in Big 12 play, which leads the league by 8.6 ppg. 
  • BU has held opponents to an average of 10.0 ppg below their scoring averages in Big 12 play. 
  • BU leads the league in FG% defense (40%) and rebounding margin (+7.7) in Big 12 play. 
  • Baylor’s defense this season has been its best of the Drew era – BU ranks 6th nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency – Drew’s best previous defense was ranked No. 23 nationally in 2014-15. 
  • Baylor’s defense ranks 9th nationally in effective field goal percentage defense (44.4), 13th in 2-point FG defense (43.3), 22nd in 3-point FG defense (31.0) and 18th in block percentage (14.0). 
  • BU is top-25 in scoring defense (11th, 62.1), rebound margin (12th, +7.8) and scoring margin (25th, +11.0). 
  • BU opponents average 18.5 seconds per possession, 8th-longest nationally according to KenPom.com. 
  • Baylor (148), Iowa State (141) and Kansas (173) are the only Big 12 teams with 125+ wins since 2011-12. 
  • Drew is 239-108 since 2007-08, the first year he had a full allotment of scholarships. 
  • Maylor is 93-76 in Big 12 play since 2008 after going 45-131 in the league’s first 11 seasons. 
  • Motley is on the Wooden Award Late Season Top 20, Naismith Top 30, Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List (1 of 19) and is 1 of 10 finalists for the Karl Malone Award.

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