• Friday’s game is part of the inaugural Big 12-SEC Challenge, and it’s also the third straight year Baylor and Kentucky have played. BU won 64-55 in Lexington last season, and UK won in Atlanta in the 2012 Elite Eight.
• Baylor went 3-1 in the Big 12-Pac-10 Hardwood Series (2007-10). The Big 12 finished 28-20 in those games.
• 32 NBA scouts requested credentials for the Baylor-Kentucky game. The teams have combined for 12 NBA Draft picks in the last two years, with Kentucky leading the nation with eight and Baylor tied for third with four.
• Baylor has won multiple games against AP Top 25 teams in each of the last six seasons entering 2013-14.
• 14 of Baylor’s 31 all-time wins versus AP Top 25 teams have come in the last seven seasons. BU is 14-32 against AP ranked teams since 2007-08 after going 17-122 vs. ranked opponents in its first 101 seasons.
• Baylor is 38-17 in away games against non-Big 12 teams during the Drew era, including 16-4 since 2011-12.
• Baylor is 3-0 this season in games decided by 5 points or less — the Bears were 2-8 in those games last year.
• Baylor is 31-5 in December games since 2007-08, including wins against ranked teams in each of the last two seasons (won vs. No. 15 Mississippi State in Dallas in 2011, won at No. 8 Kentucky in 2012).
• Baylor is ranked No. 20 in the AP poll, up five spots from the Bears’ preseason No. 25 ranking.
• Baylor is one of four schools nationally ranked by the AP in football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball. The Bears (No. 9 FB, No. 20 MBB, No. 9 WBB) are joined by Oklahoma State, Duke and Louisville.
• Baylor is looking to start the season 8-1 through its first nine games for the sixth time in the last seven years.
• Nine Baylor players average 15+ minutes per game, and Baylor’s bench is averaging 32.9 points per game.
• Friday is the ninth all-time series meeting between Baylor and Kentucky. The Bears’ 64-55 win in Lexington last season was their first-ever win vs. UK, and it snapped Kentucky’s 55-game home winning streak.
• Baylor has won 27 of its last 28 games when leading at the half, and BU is 48-2 in those games since 2011-12.
• Baylor’s game vs. Kentucky will air on ESPN as one of 18 games BU will play on ESPN networks this season.
• Baylor has the nation’s best postseason winning percentage over the last five years (15-3; .833).
Some story lines — from Baylor perspective — for tonight’s Kentucky game
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