Cyclone-Bear Quick Facts
Iowa State leads the all-time series against Baylor at 9-6, one of five Big 12 opponents ISU owns the series lead over (Texas Tech, Texas, Texas A&M and Colorado are the others)...ISU has never lost to Baylor in Ames, owning a 6-0 mark...all six games were played in Hilton Coliseum...Baylor is the only team in the Big 12 that ISU has an undefeated home mark against...Baylor head coach Scott Drew, who is now in his fourth season at BU, is 2-2 all-time against Iowa State...ISU head coach Greg McDermott has never faced Baylor or head coach Scott Drew...Drew was an assistant coach at Valparaiso for his father Homer from 1998-2002...he replaced his father as head coach for one season (2002-03) at Valpo and then left for Baylor for the 2003-04 season...his father then took over the reins of the program again...McDermott defeated Valparaiso, coached by Drew's father, in the 2004-05 season, 67-49...Baylor has seven players from Texas on its roster...the Cyclones have three players from Texas (Wesley Johnson, Chris Ceaser and Jeff Bergstrom) on their roster.
Iowa State lost to its second consecutive ranked opponent and dropped its fifth-straight game on Wednesday, falling 73-49 at No. 10 Texas A&M...ISU shot a season-low 30.9 percent from the field and committed 21 turnovers, its fifth 20-turnover game of the season...the Aggies raced out to an 18-3 lead, as ISU had 10 turnovers in the first 11 minutes of the game...the Cyclones were led by freshman Wesley Johnson, who tallied 17 points, including 13 in the first half...Johnson went 7-of-11 from the fi eld and tied a career high with three 3-pointers...it was Johnson's 16th double-digit scoring outing of the season...Johnson has made 19 3-pointers on the season to rank eighth on ISU's freshman 3-pointers made chart...he currently ranks second in the Big 12 in rebounding at 8.9 rpg and has the second-best rebounding average among all NCAA freshmen...Mike Taylor recorded 13 points, six boards and five assists in the loss...Taylor made one 3-pointer to give him 54 on the season, ranking 13th on ISU's singleseason 3-pointers made chart...Taylor has now made a 3-pointer in 17 consecutive games, the second-longest 3-pointer made streak in school history...the school mark is 21 games in a row held by Dedric Willoughby (1996-97)...Taylor, who leads the team in scoring at 16.4 ppg, has made a 3-pointer in 20 of 21 games this season...he has scored in double fi gures in 11 consecutive games and has failed to tally 10 points in a game just three times this season...ISU continued its outstanding work on the boards, outrebounding the Aggies, 40-37...ISU has outrebounded 11 of its last 14 opponents by a +5.0 margin...Cory Johnson, Jiri Hubalek and Taylor all had six boards to pace the Cyclones on the glass...Cory Johnson added six points on 2-of-4 shooting from the fi eld...the rookie leads ISU in fi eld goal percentage at 54.7 percent (35-64 FG)...the Cyclones held TAMU to 41.7 percent shooting...the Cyclones have held their opponents to 42.3 percent from the field in Big 12 play...ISU has allowed just eight teams to score over 70 points this season, going 1-7 in those games.
Previewing the Bears
Baylor (12-9, 2-6) will be ISU's third-straight Big 12 South opponent...ISU has never lost to BU in Ames, owning a 6-0 mark in games played in Hilton Coliseum...the Bears won their second league game of the season on Tuesday, defeating Colorado, 97-83 in Waco...Henry Dugat led the Bears against the Buffaloes, tallying 19 points (8-9 FG) and nine boards...the Colorado win was on the heels of a close loss to Texas (84-79) in Austin...BU features an extremely young lineup, with no seniors in the top-five...junior Aaron Bruce, the 2005 Big 12 Freshman of the Year, is one of the best shooters in the league...Bruce, a native of Horsham, Victoria, Australia, was a member of Australia's senior national team that tied for ninth in the 2006 FIBA World Championship...Bruce is averaging 12.2 ppg and has made 161 career 3-pointers...Bruce drilled six treys in a 73-70 win over Texas Tech and had five 3-pointers en route to a team-high 25 points in the loss against Texas...he needs 11 points (989) to join Baylor's 1,000-point club...sophomore point guard Curtis Jerrells leads the team in scoring (12.6 ppg) and assists (3.9 apg)...Jerrells, who made the Big 12 all-Freshman team a year ago, ranks eighth in the Big 12 in assists (3.9 apg)...sophomore Kevin Rogers is averaging 12.3 ppg and has a team-high 7.6 rpg average...the 6-9, 235-pound Dallas native is averaging 9.9 rebounds in conference play to rank third in the league...freshman guard Tweety Carter has made an immediate impact for the Bears this season, averaging 9.3 ppg...Carter, a 2006 McDonald's All-American, has the second-most treys for Big 12 freshman with 30...he scored a career-high 31 points on 7-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc in Baylor's 94-71 loss at Syracuse...7-0 center Mamadou Diene, a native of of Yeumbeul, Senegal, is one of the best shot-blockers in the Big 12...he ranks second in the Big 12 in blocks at 1.8 bpg...he missed the last two games while battling knee and ankle injuries...Baylor has four players who have made 30 or more 3-pointers this season, as the Bears rank second in the Big 12 in 3-pointers made per game (8.2 3FG per game)...the Bears' 76.0 ppg scoring average ranks fi fth in the Big 12.