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Jerrells Named Third-Team All-NBA D-League
1:43 P.M., FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)


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Austin Toros point guard Curtis Jerrells was named to the 2010 GATORADE All-NBA Developmental League third team Friday. Jerrells averaged 20.7 points, 5.7 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.9 steals in 50 regular season games for the Toros and was Austin's only player to start all 50 games this season.

Jerrells and the Toros begin the second round of the NBA D-League Playoffs Saturday vs. the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The winner will advance to the D-League Finals.


He's Not 'Dunn' Yet
11:06 A.M., FRIDAY, APRIL 16, 2010
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(Sarah Groman, Baylor Lariat staff photographer)

Release | Watch Press Conference | Quotes

That collective exhale and instant jubilation echoing throughout the Ferrell Center Thursday afternoon was LaceDarius Dunn's announcement..."I'm back". Two days after teammate Ekpe Udoh announced he was forgoing his senior season to enter the 2010 NBA Draft, Lace ended days of speculation with his return to Baylor for his senior season.

And, oh what a senior season it could be. Dunn is on pace to break nearly every major offensive record in Baylor history. Just remember this number: 451. That's how many points Dunn needs to surpass Terry Teagle (2,189 points) and become Baylor's all-time leading scorer. This time next year, Dunn could own the Baylor and Big 12 career scoring and 3-point records. Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski proclaimed Dunn to be the best two-guard in nation after the Bears lost to the Blue Devils in the Elite Eight.

Now, the 2010-11 season looks to be a very promising one as Baylor's lineup could look something like this: A.J. Walton, LaceDarius Dunn, Anthony Jones, Quincy Acy and Perry Jones.

With Dunn's announcement Thursday, it looks like the Baylor men's basketball season is complete. Officially. It's been a great season - one Baylor Nation will be talking about for many years to come.


A Class Act
1:27 P.M., WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)


At a press conference Tuesday, Ekpe Udoh declared himself eligible for the 2010 NBA Draft.

Release | Watch Press Conference | Quotes | Udoh's 2009-10 Season Honors

April 13, 2010. Many Baylor fans will remember it as the day Ekpe Udoh declared himself eligible for the 2010 NBA Draft. Udoh, one of an army of underrclassmen forgoing the remainder of their college careers to pursue a dream, is in a class all to himself. For two seasons - one as a redshirt - we had the pleasure of working with Ekpe and he truly is a class act. After one record-breaking season at Baylor, Udoh is near-guaranteed first-round pick in the June 24th NBA Draft and could very well become the first lottery pick in Baylor history.

Udoh's jump to the NBA further solidifies Baylor's position in the college basketball landscape as a place that can develop NBA-caliber talent. There's a very good chance that you could see three former Baylor Bears in the NBA at some point during the 2010-11 season: Los Angeles Clipper Brian Skinner, Udoh and current Austin Toros point guard Curtis Jerrells.

Another sign that Baylor basketball is here to stay for a very long time? LaceDarius Dunn, who is on pace to shatter both Baylor and Big 12 career scoring records, is on the front page of ESPN.com's basketball section, promoting the 2010-11 season. Additionally, Joe Lunardi has Baylor as the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Southwest Region (San Antonio) against projected Northeast Conference automatic qualifier Mount St. Mary's.

The future will only get brighter from here as the Bears return a talented nucleus that includes Dunn (who has not made a decision on declaring), Anthony Jones, Quincy Acy and A.J. Walton. Add in a top-20 nationally rated recruiting class and the Bears are a preseason contender for a Big 12 title next season.

Wanna know what else makes Ekpe a class act? Even after he signs an NBA contract, he plans to come back to finish the 14 hours he'll need to complete his degree at Baylor. Less than 24 hours after announcing his draft eligibility, Ekpe was back in class Wednesday - we know this because he called us between classes.

He played only one season at Baylor, but the impact he made will be felt for a long time.


Banquet Officially Closes Book on Record-Setting 2009-10 Season
10:13 A.M., TUESDAY, APRIL 13, 2010
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A school-record 28 wins and the first Elite 8 trip in the modern tournament era. The Baylor men's basketball team and coaching staff capped off the most successful season in 60 years with the its annual end-of-the-year banquet Monday night in the Ferrell Center.

Fans, supporters and families flooded the Ferrell Center floor as Baylor honored outgoing seniors Tweety Carter and Josh Lomers, as well as record-setting juniors Ekpe Udoh and LaceDarius Dunn. Several media members were also in attendance, including all three Waco TV stations, Waco Tribune-Herald, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and Baylor Lariat.

The Bears also fielding questions from the audience and emcee (and Voice of the Baylor Bears) John Morris.

As we officially close the book on a truly "elite" season, here's a list of firsts, milestones and individual player honors from the 2009-10 season:

MILESTONES

FIRSTS

  • First back-to-back-to-back 20-win seasons in school history
  • First back-to-back-to-back postseason appearances in school history
  • First NCAA Tournament win in 60 years First NCAA Sweet 16 appearance in school history
  • First NCAA Elite 8 appearance in the modern tournament era

WINS

  • School-record 28 wins (eclipsing previous record of 25 in 1945-46)
  • Seniors Tweety Carter and Josh Lomers are the winningest class in school history (88 victories)
  • School-record 11 Big 12 Conference wins
  • Three NCAA Tournament wins, matching school's combined win total in previous five tournament appearances
  • Baylor won multiple NCAA Tournament games for the first time since 1948 (BU was NCAA runner-up)

MISCELLANEA

  • Ranked in the AP Top 25 for a school-record 10 consecutive weeks
  • Ranked in final AP (No. 19) and ESPN/USA Today Coaches (No. 10) Top 25 Polls for first time
  • No. 10 ranking (ESPN/USA Today) is highest in program history
  • Played 15 games on national television, posting a 12-3 record
  • Ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll during the month of March for the first time
  • Earned a first-round bye in the Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship for the first time in league history
  • Tied for second in the Big 12 standings -- its best finish since tying for second in the SWC in 1988
  • Only school in NCAA Division I with no loss by more than seven points
  • Tweety Carter became the six player in the Scott Drew era to score 1,000 career points, joining Aaron Bruce, Curtis Jerrells, Kevin Rogers, Henry Dugat and LaceDarius Dunn
  • Elite 8 game vs. Duke is tied with the 2008 Kansas/Davidson game as the highest-rated NCAA Tournament telecast -- excluding the Final Four -- since 2005

FERRELL CENTER RECORDS

  • Set Ferrell Center record for consecutive home wins (11)
  • Set Ferrell Center record for average home attendance (7,457)
  • Set Ferrell Center record for most home wins in a single season (15)
  • Set Ferrell Center record for fewest home losses in a single season (1)

RECORDS

  • Baylor established a new single-season blocks record with 242 rejections
  • Ekpe Udoh (133) now holds the Baylor single-season blocked shots record, breaking the previous mark held by Brian Skinner (98 in 1997-98)
  • Udoh also holds the Big 12 Conference single-season blocked shots record, breaking the previous mark held by Iowa State's Kelvin Cato (118 in 1996-97)
  • Udoh is the current Baylor career leader in blocked shots per game (3.69)
  • Udoh (351) finished the season fourth on Baylor's single-season rebounding list
  • LaceDarius Dunn (299) is Baylor's career leader in made 3-point field goals
  • Dunn is currently Baylor's career free throw percentage leader at 84.0 percent
  • Dunn ranks fourth all-time in school history with 1,739 career points
  • Quincy Acy is the school's career field goal percentage leader at 68.2 percent
  • Tweety Carter (29) is the school career leader in Big 12 wins
  • Carter (474) is the fourth player in school history to record 400-plus career assists
  • Carter is only the second player in school history -- joining Curtis Jerrells -- to amass 1,000 points, 400 assists, 100 steals and 200 3-point field goals made in a career
  • Carter (131) finished the season as Baylor's career leader in games played
  • Carter (188) finished the season fourth on Baylor's single-season assists list

STREAKS AND SWEEPS

  • Snapped its 30-game losing streak to Oklahoma with a 91-60 rout Jan. 9 in Waco
  • Snapped its 14-game losing streak in Norman, Okla., with a 70-63 win Feb. 27 at OU -- its first win in Norman since 1977
  • Snapped an 11-game losing streak to Texas in Austin with an 80-77 OT win Jan. 30
  • Snapped an 11-game losing streak to Texas in Waco with a 92-77 win March 6
  • Completed its first season series sweep of Oklahoma since the 1954-55 season
  • Completed its first season series sweep of Texas since the 1997-98 season
  • Swept three regular season conference series (Oklahoma, Texas Tech, Texas) for the first time in the Big 12 era
  • Defeated all five Big 12 South schools in the same season for the first time in the Big 12 era
  • Finished 8-2 vs. Big 12 South -- best intradivision record by a Big 12 South school

INDIVIDUAL HONORS

QUINCY ACY
Big 12 All-Reserve
(Big 12 media)
Big 12 All-Underrated (The Oklahoman)

TWEETY CARTER
All-American, fourth team (Sporting News)
NCAA All-Tournament Team, South Regional
All-Big 12, second team (AP, Austin American-Statesman, Big 12 media, Columbia [Mo.] Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Kansas City Star, San Antonio Express-News, Sporting News, The Oklahoman, Waco Tribune-Herald, Yahoo! Sports)
All-Big 12, third team (coaches)
Big 12 All-Improved (Big 12 media)

SCOTT DREW
National Coach of the Year
(The Hoop Scoop)
All-Coaches, second team (Yahoo! Sports)
Big 12 Coach of the Year (Austin American-Statesman, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Waco Tribune-Herald)

LACEDARIUS DUNN
All-American, honorable mention (Yahoo! Sports)
NABC All-District 8, second team
NCAA All-Tournament Team, South Regional
All-Big 12, second team (AP, Austin American-Statesman, coaches, Columbia [Mo.] Tribune, Dallas Morning News, San Antonio Express-News, Sporting News, Waco Tribune-Herald)
All-Big 12, third team (The Oklahoman, Yahoo! Sports)
Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week (Nov. 16)
Phillips 66 Big 12 Co-Player of the Week (Jan. 4)
Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week (Feb. 15)

CORY JEFFERSON
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll, fall 2009

JOSH LOMERS
Academic All-Big 12, first team
Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll, fall 2009

EKPE UDOH
All-American, third team
(Yahoo! Sports)
All-American, fourth team (FOXSports.com)
All-American, honorable mention (AP)
USBWA All-District VII
NABC All-District 8, second team
NCAA All-Tournament Team, South Regional

All-Big 12, first team (Austin American-Statesman, Columbia [Mo.] Tribune,Waco Tribune-Herald)
All-Big 12, second team (AP, Big 12 media, coaches, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Kansas City Star, San Antonio Express-News, Sporting News, The Oklahoman, Yahoo! Sports)
Big 12 Newcomer of the Year (Austin American-Statesman, Big 12 media, coaches, Columbia [Mo.] Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Kansas City Star, San Antonio Express-News, Waco Tribune-Herald, Yahoo! Sports)
Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Sporting News)
Big 12 All-Defense (Big 12 media, coaches, The Oklahoman)
Big 12 All-Rookie (coaches)
Big 12 All-Newcomer (Big 12 media, The Oklahoman)
Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week (Nov. 30)
Phillips 66 Big 12 Co-Rookie of the Week (Jan. 4)
Phillips 66 Big 12 Player of the Week (Jan. 11)
Phillips 66 Big 12 Rookie of the Week (Feb. 15)


CJ Soars, Tweety Impresses
12:27 P.M., MONDAY, APRIL 12, 2010
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Curtis Jerrells and the Austin Toros will play either Rio Grande Valley or Reno in the second round of the NBA D-League playoffs.

Curtis Jerrells averaged 26.0 points, 6.0 assists and 3.7 rebounds to lead the Austin Toros to a 2-1 series win over the Dakota Wizards in the 2010 NBA D-League Playoffs. Jerrells poured in a game-high 25 points and added seven boards and three assists in Sunday's 102-90 decisive game three win over Dakota. Austin advances to the second round to face the winner of the Rio Grande Valley/Reno series. 

CJ's former Baylor teammate Kevin Rogers was on the RGV Vipers' roster earlier this season, but a knee injury has sidelined him for the remainding of the season.

In 50 regular season games, Jerrells averaged 20.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.9 steals. CJ tallied 1,036 points in those 50 games. In contract, in his first 48 games at Baylor (first two seasons), Jerrells accumulated just 695 points.

While Jerrells is making a name for himself in the D-League and will most likely be called up to the Spurs soon, former teammate Tweety Carter put on a solid three-game performance at last week's Portsmouth Invitational Tournament in Portsmouth, Va. Carter averaged 9.0 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.7 steals and 6.0 assists for Norfolk Sports Club, which finished 1-2 in the double-elimination tournament.

Carter made the second-most 3s at Portsmouth (seven) and posted a very impressive 9.0 assist-to-turnover ratio (18 assists, two tournaments). He added a tournament-best 10 assists in Norfolk Sports Club's second game last Friday.


Friday's Odds and Ends
2:40 P.M., FRIDAY, APRIL 9, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

Over the last few days, we've begun to realize the harsh reality that the season really is over. No college basketball until official practice starts up again in October. But there is still college hoops chatter going on. From analysts offering their final analyses of the season to former Bears playing professionally, here's FRIDAY'S ODDS AND ENDS:

ESPN.COM's Jay Bilas on what he'll remember from his college basketball season...
cutting straight to the two Baylor references...

  • ...that Baylor's LaceDarius Dunn was the real deal. Dunn has an old school, old man game, and he jumps just as high as he needs to in order to get his shot off. But when Dunn wants to jump, he is also a heck of an athlete.
  • ...that Baylor became a good defensive team and had the second-best zone I saw all season, behind Syracuse. The Bears took pride in guarding people, and with the length and athleticism of Ekpe Udoh on the back line, Baylor emerged as a legitimate threat to reach the Final Four.

Dunn Named Second-Team All-Tournament by Yahoo! Sports
LaceDarius Dunn
became one of the starts of the NCAA Tournament, averaging 21.0 points and 5.0 rebounds to help lead the Bears to the NCAA South Regional final. Dunn was named second-team All-Tournament by Yahoo! Sports, joining Omar Samhan (Saint Mary's), Da'Sean Butler (Kentucky), Wesley Johnson (Syracuse) and Jordan Crawford (Xavier).

Best non-Duke Trio Resides in Waco
According to Yahoo! Sports Jason King, Baylor's LaceDarius Dunn, Ekpe Udoh and Tweety Carter were the best non-Duke Trio in the 2010 NCAA Tournament. The trio nearly led the Bears to their first Final Four appearance since 1950.

Carter, Norfolk Sports Club Looks to Advance to Portsmouth Finals
Tweety Carter
and his Norfolk Sports Club teammates will look to advance to the finals of the 2010 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament Friday against K&D Rounds Landscaping. Tip-off is scheduled for 6 p.m. CDT. In his debut Thursday, Carter scored 12 points and dished out four assists in 22 minutes.

CJ Leads Toros to Playoff Win
NBA D-Leaguer Curtis Jerrells recorded a double-double with 28 points and 10 assists to lead the Austin Toros to a 98-96 win over the Dakota Wizards Thursday in the first round of the D-League playoffs. Game 2 will air live on Versus at 7:30 p.m. CDT Saturday. Game 3 (if necessary) will be Sunday at 5 p.m. CDT.


Baylor Great Enjoys Bears' Elite 8 Run
5:03 P.M., THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 2010
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Bill DeWitt played on Baylor's 1948 national runner-up and 1950 Final Four teams.

If you were one of the 30,000+ Baylor fans in attendance for the NCAA South Regional semifinals and final in Houston a few weeks back, then chances are you may have seen a Baylor great amongst the sea of green and gold. Bill DeWitt '50, a member of Baylor's 1948 national runner-up and 1950 Final Four teams, witnessed the Bears' Sweet 16 win over Saint Mary's and their tough defeat in the Elite 8 to Duke at Reliant Stadium.


Bill and his wife, Hester Ann Curl '51.


Bill and Baylor grandsons, William DeWitt '11 and Andrew DeWitt '13.

Bill's daughter, Sally DeWitt Spurgin, sent Baylor Athletics Director Ian McCaw an e-mail of heartfelt thanks along the pictures below from the game. Sally said Bill "loved every minute of the exciting action" and that her mother, Hester Ann Curl '51, "wore her red jacket in memory of Bill's old coach (Bill Henderson), who required her to wear the same red suit to every home game after the team made an unlikely win when she wore the suit". Bill celebrated his 83rd birthday on Sunday, March 28 - the same day as Baylor's Elite 8 game vs. Duke.

DeWitt played three seasons for Baylor - 1947-48, 1948-49 and 1949-50. He scored eight points against Kentucky in the 1948 national championship game. He helped guide the Henderson-led Bears to the 1948, 1949 and 1950 Southwest Conference titles.

It was certainly an honor to have a Baylor great such as Bill DeWitt see the Bears return to national prominence during their historic run to the Elite 8.


Numbers Game: Expectations Rising...Already
11:59 A.M., WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

We mentioned yesterday that there have been a few college basketball writers, enthusiasts and analysts already ranking teams for next season. Three more very early Top 25 polls for the 2010-11 season were revealed Wednesday and, national expectations for Baylor are rising.

  • No. 6, ESPN.com's Andy Katz. Katz on Baylor: "The Bears probably will lose Ekpe Udoh to the NBA Draft. But Baylor added one of the top big men in the country in Perry Jones. Tweety Carter is gone, but LaceDarius Dunn is back. Baylor will be the team to beat in the Big 12, a new phenomenon that puts plenty of pressure on Scott Drew."
  • No. 12, Rivals.com. "The Bears will have to wait on Ekpe Udoh's NBA draft decision, but Baylor should be a Big 12 contender regardless. Tweety Carter will be missed, but LaceDarius Dunn will be a senior after a standout run in the NCAA tournament. The Bears also add forward Perry Jones, the No. 6 player in the 2010 signing class."
  • No. 12, SI.com's Luke Winn.
  • No. 16, FOXSports.com's Jeff Goodman. Goodman on Baylor: "Two starters - Carter and Josh Lomers - graduate, but the key will be what happens with both Udoh and Dunn and whether they declare and ultimately leave early for the NBA. If the Bears lose both, it's unlikely they will be a legitimate Top 25 team. However, if they get one or both back, they will have a shot with the addition of ultra-taltented freshman big man Perry Jones."
  • No. 21, MSNBC's Mike Miller. Miller on Baylor: "Gonna miss Tweety Carter. But the Bears have LaceDarius Dunn and a scary frontcourt with Ekpe Udoh, Quincy Acy, Anthony Jones and incoming freshman Perry Jones."
  • No. 23, Rush The Court. RTC on Baylor: "Given that Ekpe Udoh bolts to the lottery, it'll be LaceDarius Dunn's team in Waco. Watch out for super-hyped freshman Perry Jones making an instant impact."
  • No. 23, CollegeHoops.Net. CHN on Baylor: "Carter was a senior, and Udoh will likely head to the pros. Can freshman Perry Jones offset Udoh's departure?"

The real preseason Top 25 polls won't be unveiled for another six months or so, but writers across the nation are expecting great things from the Bears in 2010-11. Baylor concluded the season No. 8 in the final NCAA Division I men's basketball RPI, No. 9 in Gary Parrish's final Top 25 (and one) on CBSSports.com, No. 10 in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll and No. 19 in the final AP Top 25 Poll (final poll before NCAA tournament).

Another number to remember: 25, as in the 25th of April. That is the deadline for underclassmen to declare of the NBA Draft. Both Ekpe Udoh and LaceDarius Dunn are still weighing their NBA draft options, according to John Werner of the Waco Tribune-Herald.


Bears Improve in Almost Every Statistical Category
9:55 A.M., WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

The final NCAA men's basketball statistical rankings came out this morning and, obviously, Baylor improved its performance from 2008-09, winning a school-record 28 games, advancing to an Elite 8. Yada, yada, yada.

But, the greatest - and possibly the most impressive - improvements came on the stat sheet as the Bears improved in almost every major statistical category from a year ago.

Here's a comparison from the end of the 2008-09 and 2009-10 seasons (NCAA rankings):

Category 2008-09 2009-10
Scoring Offense
42nd (76.0)
27th (77.0)
Scoring Defense 220nd (70.1)
97th (65.6)
Scoring Margin
64th (6.0)
13th (11.4)
Field Goal Percentage
43rd (46.7)
10th (48.7)
Field Goal Percentage Defense
161st (43.3)
6th (38.2)
3FG Percentage
68th (36.5)
26th (38.5)
3FG Percentage Defense
162nd (34.0)
120th (33.2)
Free Throw Percentage
92nd (71.2)
54th (72.5)
Rebound Margin
183rd (-0.2)
12th (6.4)
Assists Per Game
215th (12.4)
89th (14.1)
Assist-to-Turnover Ratio
156th (0.97)
106th (1.03)
Blocked Shots Per Game
94th (3.7)
6th (6.7)

Individually speaking...
LaceDarius Dunn finished second in the Big 12 in scoring and 36th nationally with 19.6 points per game. Dunn also finished 10th nationally in 3FG per game (3.2), 16th in 3FG percentage (41.9) and 38th in free throw percentage (85.7).

Ekpe Udoh ranked fifth in blocked shots per game (3.7), 20th in double-doubles (16.0) and 26th in rebounds per game (9.8).

Tweety Carter finished 13th with 5.9 assists per game, 35th in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.35) and 74th in 3FG per game (2.5).

The two biggest differences are field goal percentage defense and rebound margin. Baylor's opponent FG percentage dropped more than five percentage points, while the Bears improved their rebounding margin by more than six boards per game.

Baylor, which is ranked No. 6 in Ken Pomeroy's college basketball ratings, also ranks third nationally in offensive effenciency (points scored per 100 offensive possessions) behind Kansas (No. 2) and Duke (No. 1). Pomeroy breaks down the rest of Baylor's statistics here.


From 10th in Big 12...to Elite 8...to Top 10 Ranking
2:44 P.M., TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

Complete 2009-10 Season Wrap-Up in PDF Format Get Acrobat  Reader

2009-10 was indeed an elite season...the best season in modern Baylor basketball history (post-1950). Baylor's season ended with a 78-71 to the now national champion Duke Blue Devils in the NCAA South Regional final down in Houston. The Bears made quite a splash this season with their school-record 28 victories, yet another record-setting season by LaceDarius Dunn, Big 12 assists leader Tweety Carter and one of the nation's most feared shot blockers Ekpe Udoh.

For a team that was picked 10th in the Big 12 preseason coaches poll in October, those above accomplishments all sound great. Here's one more: No. 10. The Bears are ranked No. 10 in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll that was released Tuesday afternoon. That is the highest ranking in program history.

Prior to this season, Baylor had been ranked a combined 12 weeks in the AP and six weeks in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 polls. This season alone, the Bears were ranked for 10 weeks by the AP and seven more by the coaches.

CBSSports.com's Gary Parrish ranks Baylor No. 9 in his Top 25 (and one). The season hasn't been over for 24 hours and yet the college basketball world is already predicting next season...The Beyond the Arc blog on MSNBC slots Baylor at No. 21 entering next season, while Rush The Court has Baylor No. 23 overall. If both Lace and Ekpe return for their senior seasons, 21 and 23 are a tad low...Baylor could be a preseason top 10 pick, easily.


Annual Men's Hoops Banquet Set for April 12
3:23 P.M., THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

After advancing to the Elite Eight and posting a school record for victories, the Baylor men's basketball team will hold its annual banquet Monday, April 12, at 7 p.m. CDT in the Ferrell Center. It will mark the first time that the men's basketball banquet is held in the Ferrell Center.

Cost for the event (tax included) is $30 for individuals, $400 for a select table (first-come, first-serve) and $500 for a premium table (only a few remain). Fans interested in attending the banquet must RSVP by April 7 - no walk-ups will be accepted. You may RSVP online or call toll-free at (866) 281-9444.

Head coach Scott Drew will address those in attendance. Baylor will also honor graduating seniors Tweety Carter and Josh Lomers.

Baylor, which finished the season 28-8, advanced to the Elite Eight of the NCAA tournament for the first time in the modern tournament era. The Bears established school records for overall wins (28), Big 12-only wins (11) and NCAA wins in a single postseason (three). Picked to finish 10th in the Big 12 preseason coaches poll, the Bears finished tied for second in the final standings - the best conference finish in the Big 12 era.

NOTABLE SEASON HIGHLIGHTS
• First back-to-back-to-back 20-win seasons in program history
• First back-to-back-to-back postseason appearances in program history
• First Elite Eight appearance in modern tournament era
• First NCAA tournament win since 1950
• Most wins in school history (28)
• Ranked in AP Top 25 for school-record 10 consecutive weeks
• Most conference wins in Big 12 era (11)
• Best conference finish in Big 12 era (tied for second)
• First conference tournament first-round bye in Big 12 Conference era
• Seniors Tweety Carter and Josh Lomers are winningest senior class in program history (88 wins)
• Set Ferrell Center record for average attendance (7,457)
• Set Ferrell Center record for most home wins (15)
• Set Ferrell Center record for fewest home losses (1)


Nearly 14 Million Watched Baylor/Duke Elite Eight Clash
9:51 A.M., THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2010
CHRIS YANDLE  (EMAIL)

Baylor's first Elite Eight game of the modern tournament era was the ratings high point for the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Championship (Source: Sports Media Watch blog). Last Sunday's NCAA South Regional final drew a 8.7/17 final rating and 13.8 million viewers on CBS, up 28% in ratings and 27% in viewership from the North Carolina/Oklahoma game last year (6.8/13, 10.8 million).

Baylor/Duke is tied with the 2008 Kansas/Davidson game as the highest-rated NCAA tournament telecast - excluding the Final Four - since 2005.

In comparison, the game drew more viewers than the 2010 Daytona 500 (13.3 million), Game 1 of the 2009 NBA Finals (13.0 million) and the 2010 Orange Bowl (10.8 million).

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