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Jackson Puts Exclamation Mark on Season One
11:22 A.M., THU., DEC. 29, 2011
CHRIS YANDLE (EMAIL)
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It may not have been the prettiest win of the season thus far, but Baylor's 54-52 triumph over No. 15 Mississippi State was lucky No. 13, giving the Bears their best start in program history. That's something that neither Final Four team ever did. In fact, only Baylor's first NCAA tournament team won a school-record 13 straight games during the 1945-46 season. Baylor, version 2011-12, has now tied that mark and is in prime position to move into the Top 5 for the first time in program history.

A lot of program firsts.

Baylor finished the month of December victors in 27 of its last 30 games in the 12th month. Mississippi State entered Wednesday on an 11-game winning streak and had knocked off West Virginia by 13 earlier this month. Just last week, the Bears needed overtime to dispatch the Mountaineers by two.

In a game plagued by turnovers and - at times - poor shooting, it was a Top 25 bout nonetheless and the winner was going to get a very nice addition to its NCAA tournament resume. That team happened to be Baylor, which has now posted six - let me repeat, SIX - wins against Sagarin Top 50 teams. All six of those teams - San Diego State, Northwestern, BYU, Saint Mary's, West Virginia, Mississippi State - will be in the Field of 68 come March.

Wednesday's victory was Baylor's fifth win away from home this season... Baylor had three wins away from the Ferrell Center all of last season. With each victory, Baylor is making its postseason résumé that much stronger.

And now for some love for Number 55...

Fran Fraschilla commented during Wednesday's ESPN telecast that Pierre Jackson was "quicker than gossip." I had never heard that line before, but I like it. Jackson is quick. Kinda like RG3 has a different gear, so does Jackson. Last season's "Energizer Bunny" was Quincy Acy, the Big 12's Sixth Man of the Year. This season's EB is Jackson. He changes the tempo of the game quickly and he's a pretty good shooter, too. His shooting successes were not evident last night...he missed a wide-open layup late in the game, had his pocket picked a few times in transition and missed a free throw down the stretch. But, just as he had done against West Virginia, he was "the dude" that got it done in the end.

He hit the shot that forced overtime against West Virginia. He scored 8 straight points against the Mountaineers and was eventually named Las Vegas Classic MVP. Then he overcame some of those late-game mistakes with the eventual game-winning basket with 29 seconds remaining against the Bulldogs.

That's what great players do. They have a short-term memory; they forget those mistakes and continue focusing on the task at hand. Jackson left everything behind and his layup helped the 2011-12 Bears become immortalized in the school record book with their 13-0 start.

With each win, Baylor continues to prove doubters and detractors wrong, although they will never fully go away. Even as a Top-10 team, the Bears have relished the underdog role and now start over at 0-0 Monday when they host Texas A&M for the final time as conference rivals.

Season one is in the books at 13-0. It was fun, some great wins. But the slate has been wiped clean and the real season begins.

For constant updates on all things Baylor basketball, follow the official Twitter feed of Baylor Basketball (@BaylorMBB).


Why Wednesday Is Most Important Game...To Date
11:34 P.M., TUE., DEC. 27, 2011
CHRIS YANDLE (EMAIL)
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#TweetNotes

If you listened to Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III at any point this season, you know that he'd be asked about the importance of that week's game and he would respond: "every game is important because it's always the next game one on your schedule." Not only is Wednesday's Top 25 clash in Dallas next on the Baylor basketball slate, but it's also its most important game to date. No. 15/14 Mississippi State (12-1) has won 11 straight games and could be one of the few teams in the nation that can match Baylor's depth.

Both teams have four starters averaging 10+ points-per-game and will feature several solid personnel matchups: A.J. Walton/Dee Bost; Brady Heslip/Jalen Steele; Quincy Miller/Rodney Hood; Perry Jones III/Quincy Acy vs. Renardo Sidney/Arnett Moultrie. Last week's game against West Virginia was Baylor's most physical of the season, but from top to bottom, Mississippi State could be Baylor's most complete opponent it has faced in non-conference play.

The Bulldogs are also the Bears' first Top 25 opponent of the 2011-12 season and first ranked non-conference opponent since Nov. 30, 2008 (lost 87-74 to No. 19/24 Wake Forest). Baylor is also looking to snap a four-game losing streak in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

Even at 12-0 and ranked No. 6 in the AP Top 25 for four straight weeks, some media members still aren't taking Baylor quite so seriously. Even after a 28-point road win at Northwestern (Baylor predicted to lose), even after a 3-point road win at BYU (Baylor predicted to lose), event after a 12-point win over Saint Mary's and a two-point OT win over West Virginia. Baylor relishes the role of the "underdog" much more. They'd rather be the "hunted," rather than the "hunter." And, thus far, they've done just that. A win Wednesday over a very good Mississippi State team could quell the remaining cynics. Not to mention, it would give Baylor is best start in program history (13-0) and a program-tying 13-game winning streak.

A win against Mississippi State would be Baylor's sixth against a Sagarin Top 50 team. Only one other team can claim 4+ wins vs. the Top 50 (Duke).

#TweetNotes ... abbreviated
Less than 24 hours away from Baylor's final non-conference game of 2011, so here are the latest (and abbreviated) #TweetNotes for the Bears' next opponent, Mississippi State, in 140 characters (or less):

The more things change, the more they stay the same: @BaylorMBB remains No. 6 in @AP_Top25 and @CBSSports Top 25, No. 7 in coaches poll.

Baylor has won 49 straight games when holding opponents under 60 points. Last loss? March 2004. #NothingLikeUnder60

Mississippi State AD @stricklinMSU spent four years as an Assistant AD for Communications at @BaylorAthletics.

Baylor is 12-0 for only second team in program's 106 seasons and has won all 4 games away from home. #SicEm #RoadWarriors

Baylor has broken 90-point mark 3 times so far in 2011-12. Bears had combined 6 90-point games in previous two seasons. #MoreScoring

Since start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 103-47 after winning just 135 games in first 11 seasons of @Big12Conference era.

Baylor is 26-3 in its last 29 games in the month of December, including a 9-3 mark away from home. #WinninginDecember

Transfer Gary Franklin has been big boost off the bench. 6 of 7 FGs have been from 3-pt range. #AnotherDeepThreat

The @Big12Conference leader in 3FG made per game hails from Canada, eh? Brady Heslip, the #DowntownCanadian.

Baylor has led at the half in 11 of its 12 games this season, trailing only at BYU. #NotHowYouStart

A.J. Walton needs 38 assists to crack @BaylorMBB's career Top 10. #HeCanDishItToo

For constant updates on all things Baylor basketball, follow the official Twitter feed of Baylor Basketball (@BaylorMBB).


What Happened in Vegas...Won't Be Staying in Vegas
9:53 A.M., SAT., DEC. 24, 2011
CHRIS YANDLE (EMAIL)
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Another test passed for Baylor and a pretty trophy to go along with it. Leading by as many as 10 points and trailing by as many as 11, No. 6 Baylor rose to the occassion - yet again - with a heart-stopping 83-81 OT win over the very physical West Virginia Mountaineers.

12-0. Baylor has matched its best start in school history (started 12-0 in 2000-01) and has arguably its biggest non-conference test of the season three days after Christmas in Dallas.

Las Vegas native Pierre Jackson took home the Las Vegas Classic MVP after pouring in a career-high 23 points against the Mountaineers, including 8 straight points to help Baylor stay perfect through 12 games. Quincy Acy and Brady Heslip were also named to the Las Vegas Classic All-Tournament team.

One of the biggest things Baylor has proven over the course of the last week? The weight of the team is not carried by one player. One night, it's Perry Jones III. Or Quincy Acy. Or Quincy Miller. Or Brady Heslip. Friday night was carried mostly by Pierre Jackson, with help from Heslip and Acy.

This team is a team. And a special team, at that. This team has "IT." Leadership. True teammates. A family atmosphere, on and off the floor.

Another thing proven by the Bears? Its backcourt can shoot the 3-ball from anywhere on the court, evident by the NBA-range 3s from Heslip and Gary Franklin. Heslip, the #DowntownCanadian himself, has proven that he not only has the best hair in all of college basketball, but he also has a pretty nice 3-point shot, too.

Through 12 games, Baylor is averaging nearly 80 points per contest and has five players averaging 10+ points-per-game. Nice, balanced scoring. And any player can go off for 30 any given night.

Baylor won by 28 points on the road against a very good Northwestern team, won by 3 at BYU in the one of the toughest venues in college basketball and knocked off NCAA tournament teams in back-to-back nights. After Baylor and Mississippi State play on Wednesday, the Bears will have played FIVE teams that will play in the NCAA tournament in 2012. Yes, Northwestern has never played in the NCAA tournament, but I'm going to predict that they will break through this season.

No matter what the pundits and the nay-says think, 6th-ranked Baylor (12-0), one of six undefeated Division I teams remaining, is the real deal and has the parts to make it to April.

For constant updates on all things Baylor basketball, follow the official Twitter feed of Baylor Basketball (@BaylorMBB).


De Facto Title Bout Features Future Big 12 Rivals
9:50 A.M. PST/11:50 A.M. CST, FRI., DEC. 23, 2011
CHRIS YANDLE (EMAIL)
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The 2011 Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic isn't your traditional tournament. No "winners" bracket, nor "losers" bracket. The first two "rounds" of the event were held at four separate on-campus venues - Baylor, Missouri State, Saint Mary's and West Virginia. With wins by Baylor and West Virginia on Thursday, the ESPN clash between future Big 12 rivals is - for all intents and purposes - the de facto Las Vegas Classic title game.

With West Virginia joining the Big 12 Conference in 2012, I think it's time to learn a few extraordinary "Yandlepedia" facts about WVU and the state of West Virginia.

West Virginia is led by a familiar face, Bob Huggins, who was the head coach (albeit one season in 2006-07) at Kansas State. Huggins is a Morgantown native and WVU graduate and is one of many famous West Virginians to enjoy a successful career in athletics - Clair BeeGeorge Brett, Lew Burdette, New York Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni, NBA Hall of Famer Hal Greer, O.J. Mayo, Randy Moss, Mary Lou Retton, Nick Saban, Nick Swisher, Bill Walker, Jerry West, Jason Williams, Fielding H. Yost. All from West Virginia. And that's not even a third of the list.

I spent two years of my professional career in "Wild, Wonderful, West Virginia," working at Marshall University and earning my master's degree in athletic administration. West Virginia is proud of its heritage...including its basketball heritage. NBA player Jason Williams and future NFL Hall of Famer Randy Moss played high school basketball together, forming one of the greatest 1-2 combos in West Virginia high school history. Both went on to play at my alma mater, Marshall. Williams played for Billy Donovan, who soon went to Florida. Moss played football for the Thundering Herd, and, along with Chad Pennington, led Marshall to the 1996 NCAA Division I-AA national championship.

Why am I talking about Marshall? While I love the school, the modest university of about 9,000 students in Huntington, plays a vital role in college basketball history. All-American Hal Greer is a member of the NBA 50th Anniversary Team (1996) and has the distinction of being the only player to jump shoot his free throws. Yes, he shot jump shots from the free throw line.

Another West Virginia native, Cam Henderson, is credited for inventing two of the hallmarks of the modern college basketball game - the 2-3 zone defense and the fast break. He began his coaching current at various West Virginia high schools. As a coach in Bristol, W.Va., in 1914, the roof of the school's gym leaked, resulting in a slippery playing floor. Because of that, he distributed his players in "zones" to avoid the slick spots. Also created from this, he originated a "breaking fast" offense off a missed basketball, with two forwards tearing down each sideline and a point guard bringing the ball up the court quickly.

Very much unlike Texas, the state of West Virginia has only two Division I FBS schools - Marshall University (Huntington) and West Virginia University (Morgantown) - and 13 Division II institutions - Alderson-Broaddus College (Philippi), Bluefield State College (Bluefield), University of Charleston, Concord University (Athens), Davis & Elkins College (Elkins), Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Ohio Valley University (Vienna), Shepherd University (Shepherdstown), West Liberty University, West Virginia State University (Institute), West Virginia Wesleyan College (Buckhannon) and Wheeling Jesuit University (Wheeling).

One last West Virginia fact ... Jerry West is the silhouetted player on the NBA logo.

For constant updates on all things Baylor basketball, follow the official Twitter feed of Baylor Basketball (@BaylorMBB).


A "Sweet" Rematch
9:20 A.M. PST/11:20 A.M. CST, THU., DEC. 22, 2011
CHRIS YANDLE (EMAIL)
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It was 636 days ago today that 3-seeded Baylor ended Saint Mary's Cinderella run in the 2010 NCAA tournament in Houston, cruising to a 72-49 win over the Gaels at Reliant Stadium.

Thursday may be a rematch of the 2010 NCAA South Region semifinal, but both teams are vastly different.

No Ekpe Udoh. No Josh Lomers. No LaceDarius Dunn. No Tweety Carter.

No Omar Samhan, Ben Allen or Mickey McConnell for the Gaels.

Don't let those absences fool you. Saint Mary's is 10-1 for a reason. They're good. Really good. Saint Mary's is one of eight programs nationally to have won at least 25 games in each of the last four seasons. Three of the eight hail from the West Coast Conference - BYU, Gonzaga and Saint Mary's. Like Northwestern and BYU, Saint Mary's is another solid non-conference test for the sixth-ranked Bears (10-0), who are looking to match the best start in school history (12-0 start in 2000-01).

Saint Mary's has three players shooting 38 percent or better from 3-point range - Clint Steindl (43.9), Rob Jones (43.8) and Matthew Dellavedova (38.3). Jones is averaging a double-double with 14.6 points and 11.0 rebounds. Three Gaels are averaging 10.0+ points per game, while three others are logging 30+ minutes per contest.

By comparison, Baylor has five players averaging 10+ points per game and no players clocking more than 28.2 minutes per game. The one thing that previous Scott Drew teams have been missing? A 10-deep bench. This year, Baylor has an 11-deep bench, which allows for complete "line changes" to give players rest in waves.

#VIVALASVEGAS
Team Baylor arrived in Pierre Jackson's hometown around 1:30 p.m. PST on Wednesday. The Orleans - host site of the 2011 Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic - is a few miles from Las Vegas Boulevard (nicknamed "The Strip"), but a group of us braved the chilly walk to the city's main thoroughfare. Everything you need is on site, including a coffee shop for me, and the arena itself.

Orleans Arena seats about 9,500 and is a multi-purpose arena, hosting basketball games (including the West Coast Conference Championship), arena football and minor league hockey.

#TONIGHT
Tonight's game will be streamed on ESPN3 (WatchESPN.com), but will feature a full production-quality like a normal ESPN/ESPN2/ESPNU broadcast. Joe Block (Co-host for "DodgerTalk" on KABC Los Angeles) will call the play-by-play, while former BYU head coach Steve Cleveland will serve as the color analyst. ESPN3 is offered by Bright House Networks, Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS TV (as part of their TV subscription packages). If you don't happen to have ESPN3, I will tweet (very often) in-game updates on the @BaylorMBB Twitter account or you can listen to the vocal stylizings of John Morris and Pat Nunley on ESPN Central Texas, Sirius 137 and BaylorBears.com.

For constant updates on all things Baylor basketball, follow the official Twitter feed of Baylor Basketball (@BaylorMBB).


@BaylorMBB #tweetnotes for @SMCGaels
11:25 P.M., TUE., DEC. 20, 2011
CHRIS YANDLE (EMAIL)
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#TweetNotes Get Acrobat Reader

After starting the season 10-0 for only the second time in program history and posting eight straigt home wins and a pair of non-conference true road wins, No. 6 Baylor will close 2011 with three neutral-site games, beginning this week in Las Vegas.

Thursday's game against Saint Mary's will be a rematch of the 2010 NCAA South Region semifinal at Reliant Stadium. Baylor won that game 72-49. Friday's game against future Big 12 Conference member West Virginia will be the first meeting between the schools. Here are the latest #tweetnotes for @SMCGaels, in 140 characters or less:

#STARTINGFIVE
Baylor is the only school with both MBB and WBB teams still undefeated and ranked in the @AP_Top25. #AthleticExcellence

After Las Vegas, #Baylor has one more neutral-site test in 2011 -- Dec. 28 vs. @mstateMBK at @insideaacenter in Dallas for #TheShowcase

Baylor is 10-0 for only second time in program's 106 seasons and has won 7 straight non-conference true road games. #SicEm #RoadWarriors

No. 6 @BaylorMBB is one of only 6 undefeated teams remaining in Division I and leads the nation in FG percentage defense. #thenthereweresix

Baylor is only Division I school with both MBB and WBB undefeated. Since Nov. 1, Baylor's big three sports are a combined 27-0. #Winning

#TOURNEYTIME
Baylor is 5-2 all-time in Las Vegas and is making its first trip since December 1982. #VivaLasVegas

Baylor is 12-7 in regular-season tournaments, including a 2007 Paradise Jam title, in the @BUDREW era.

#THATSDEEP
No @BaylorMBB player is averaging more than 28.2 minutes through 10 games. 8 of Baylor's 10-man rotation are averaging 20+ minutes. #BenchDepth

#DUNKPARTY
Deuce Bello:
12 of 20 FGM have been dunks (60 percent); Quincy Acy: 51 percent of career FGs are dunks (200 of 390). #LotsofDunks

#THE70S
Baylor was won 44 of its last 46 non-conference games when holding opponents below the 70-point mark and 94-25 in @BUDREW era. #MagicNumber

#DOWNTOWNCANADIAN
Brady Heslip had 1 more 3 than jersey number, knocking down career-best 6 treys for career-high 18 pts at BYU. He has #icewater in his veins.

Brady Heslip has made 3FG in all 10 games, and 30 of 32 total FG are from 3-range #DowntownCanadian

#RANDOM
If you pro-rated scoring based on 40-minute game, 9 #Baylor players would be averaging at least 14.0 points. #ScoringinProRatedBunches

#Baylor has trailed (at some point) in 8 games this season. Largest deficit faced? 13 at @BYUBasketball.

BYU storylines: PJ3: career-high 28 points. Heslip: career-high 18 points on 6 3s. PJac: career-first block clinches win. Not bad. Not bad at all.

Beginning Thursday with @SMCGaels, Baylor's 21 remaining regular-season games will be broadcast live on TV and internet. #NationalExposure

Baylor has broken 90-point mark 3 times so far in 2011-12. Bears had combined 6 90-point games in previous two seasons. #MoreScoring

#COOKIEMONSTER
51 percent of Quincy Acy's career FGs have been dunks (200 of 390). #CookieMonster

By season's end, Acy could be only second player in school history to rank in career top 10 for FG%, rebounds, blocks. #FeedtheCookieMonster

#WONDERFULDECEMBER
Baylor is 24-3 in its last 27 games in the month of December, including a 7-3 mark away from home. #WinninginDecember

#FRONTCOURT
Perry Jones III was @Big12Conference Co-Player of the Week following career-best 28 points in leading Baylor to 86-83 win at BYU. #PJ3

Baylor's frontline of Ant Jones, Quincy Acy, #PJ3, Quincy Miller and Cory Jefferson have combined wingspan of 35 ft, 11 in. #LotsofLength

Combined height of @BaylorMBB frontcourt = 40 feet, 10 inches (PJ3 6-11, Jones 6-10, Cory 6-9, Q1 6-7, Q2 6-9) #WowTheyreTall

#BACKCOURT
The @Big12Conference leader in 3FG percentage hails from where? Las Vegas. And he wears No. 55 for #Baylor.

Pierre Jackson is shooting 90.3 percent from the FT line this season and has made 13 straight FTs dating back to Nov. 23 vs. UTA. #Automatic

Deuce Bello has been featured on @SportsCenter #SCTop10 plays twice this season -- a pair of No. 2 dunks. #InstantHighlight

For constant updates on all things Baylor basketball, follow the official Twitter feed of Baylor Basketball (@BaylorMBB).


PJ3 Earns Lute Olson Award Player of the Week Honors
1:29 P.M., MON., DEC. 19, 2011
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Big 12 Co-Player of the Week Perry Jones III was named the Lute Olson Award National Player of the Week on Monday afternoon. PJ3 is the sixth different player to earn the honor, joining Carl Jones (Saint Joseph's), Tu Holloway (Xavier), Mike Moser (UNLV), Tony Mitchell (Alabama) and Jeremy Lamb (UConn).

PJ3 averaged a team-best 18.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.0 steals and 2.5 assists to lead sixth-ranked Baylor to home win Dec. 14 over Bethune-Cookman and a road win Dec. 17 at BYU on one of the nation's best homecourts, Marriott Center. He shot 65.2 percent from the floor, knocking down 15 of 23 attempts, and connecting on both 3-point attempts at BYU.

The Lute Olson Award is presented annually to the nation's top Division I player who has played at least two seasons with his respective team. Freshmen and first-year transfers can be named to the All-American team, but are not eligible to received the Player of the Year honors.

The award is named is honor of coaching great Lute Olson, who won 780 games in 34 seasons, 24 of which were spent at Arizona. During that stretch, he led the Wildcats to 11 Pac-10 titles, 23 consecutive NCAA tournaments, four Final Four appearances and the 1997 National Championship.

For constant updates on all things Baylor basketball, follow the official Twitter feed of Baylor Basketball (@BaylorMBB).


@BaylorMBB #tweetnotes for @BYUBasketball
3:52 P.M., FRI., DEC. 16, 2011
CHRIS YANDLE (EMAIL)
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#TweetNotes Get Acrobat Reader

For the second time in 13 days, Baylor will face a hostile crowd on the road, this time in Provo, Utah, at BYU's Marriott Center, which is sold out. Saturday will serve as the Baylor debut of sophomore G Gary Franklin, who sat out the spring 2011 and fall 2011 semesters after transferring from California.

Saturday's game at BYU (1 p.m. CST) is part of Baylor's very busy nine-stretch that features five games. Fans can watch the Baylor/BYU game will be televised on BYUtv (available on DirecTV, Dish Network) and free video will be available at BYUtv.org/watch. Here are the latest #tweetnotes for @BYUBasketball, in 140 characters or less:

#STARTINGFIVE
Baylor is the only school with both MBB and WBB teams still undefeated and ranked in the @AP_Top25. #AthleticExcellence

No. 6 @BaylorMBB is one of only 9 undefeated teams remaining in Division I and leads the nation in FG percentage defense. #thentherewerenine

Deuce Bello has been featured on @SportsCenter #SCTop10 plays twice this season -- a pair of No. 2 dunks. #InstantHighlight

Top 10 rankings abound for @BaylorMBB: No. 6 in @AP_Top25, No. 6 in @CBSSports and No. 7 in @USATODAYsports. #Rankings

Sophomore transfer Gary Franklin is scheduled to make his @BaylorMBB debut Dec. 17 at @BYUBasketball. #LongWaitOver

#DEFENSE
Could nation's best defense reside in Waco? Baylor leads nation in FG percentage defense (32.9 percent). #MustBetheZone

Baylor's 28-point road win at @NUMensBBall was highlighted by holding Wildcats to @BUDREW era-low 24 percent shooting. #LowPercentageDefense

#THATSDEEP
No @BaylorMBB player is averaging more than 28.3 minutes through eight games. 7 of Baylor's 10-man rotation are averaging 20+ minutes.

#ONTHEROADAGAIN
Baylor has won six straight non-conference true road games and is 7-4 in such games in the @BUDREW era. #RoadWarriors

#DUNKPARTY
Deuce Bello: 10 of 17 FGM have been dunks (59 percent); Quincy Acy: 50.9 percent of career FGs are dunks (192 of 377). #LotsofDunks

#THE70S
Baylor was won 43 of its last 45 non-conference games when holding opponents below the 70-point mark and 93-25 in @BUDREW era. #MagicNumber

#RANDOM
Saturday at @BYUBasketball is @BaylorMBB's first game in Mountain Time Zone since Dec. 3, 2009, at @SparkyArizonaSt. #OneTZtoLeft

#Baylor radio color analyst Pat Nunley was a junior guard for the Bears the last time @BaylorMBB played @BYUBasketball -- Dec. 1, 1979.

If you pro-rated scoring based on 40-minute game, 8 #Baylor players would be averaging at least 14.4 points. #ScoringinProRatedBunches

#Baylor has trailed (at some point) in all but one game this season. Largest deficit faced? 9 against @PVAthletics.

#COOKIEMONSTER
51 percent of Quincy Acy's career FGs have been dunks (192 of 377). #CookieMonster

By season's end, Acy could be only second player in school history to rank in career top 10 for FG%, rebounds, blocks. #FeedtheCookieMonster

Quincy Acy ranks second in school history -- behind former teammate Josh Lomers -- with career 61.5 FG percentage. #HighPercentageShooter

With 10 points against @BCUAthletics, Acy became the 25th 1,000-point scorer in @BaylorMBB history and 7th of @BUDREW era.

#HISTORYANDSUCH
#Baylor is in search of only its third 9-0 start in program history.

#Baylor is 58-3 all-time when scoring 100+ points, including 9-0 mark in @BUDREW era. No 100-point games since Nov. 2009. #CenturyMarkDrought

Since start of 2007-08, Baylor is 99-47 under @BUDREW. Prior to 2007-08, Baylor won only 135 games in the first 11 Big 12 seasons. #Winning

Baylor has made at least one 3-point field goal in 627 consecutive games -- second-longest active streak in @Big12Conference. #Streaking

#WONDERFULDECEMBER
Baylor is 22-3 in its last 25 games in the month of December, including a 6-3 mark away from home.
#WinninginDecember

#FRONTCOURT
Quincy Acy and Cory Jefferson are only set of teammates ranked in the @ncaastats Top 20 in blocked shots. #TexasTowers

Baylor's frontline of Ant Jones, Quincy Acy, #PJ3, Quincy Miller and Cory Jefferson have combined wingspan of 35 ft, 11 in. #LotsofLength

Combined height of @BaylorMBB frontcourt = 40 feet, 10 inches (PJ3 6-11, Jones 6-10, Cory 6-9, Q1 6-7, Q2 6-9) #WowTheyreTall

#BACKCOURT
Pierre Jackson is averaging 14.4 pts on 71% shooting and 3.8 assists in his last five games (21.8 minutes off the bench). #PJ55

Brady Heslip has made 3FG in all 8 games, and 20 of 22 total FG are from 3-range #DowntownCanadian

#LOOKINGAHEAD
#Baylor is 19-10 all-time vs. current NAIA members. Prior to its first series meeting with Paul Quinn in 2008, Baylor hadn't played NAIA school since 1984.

After @BYUBasketball, another @WCCSports foe awaits @BaylorMBB -- a rematch of 2010 NCAA South Region semis in Vegas vs. @SMCGaels

For constant updates on all things Baylor basketball, follow the official Twitter feed of Baylor Basketball (@BaylorMBB).

A Few More Pre-Game Notes
12:10 A.M., WED., DEC. 14, 2011
CHRIS YANDLE (EMAIL)
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BaylorNation feasting its collective eyes on 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III and his trophy may not be the only historical event to take place Wednesday night at the Ferrell Center. Baylor senior F Quincy Acy needs 9 points to become the 25th 1,000-point scorer in program history. Perhaps more impressive is that Acy would become the seventh 1,000-point scorer in the Scott Drew era.

Perspective:

  • 18 1,000-point scorers in the program's first 100 seasons (average of 1,331 points per 1,000-point scorer)...1 1,000-point scorer every 5.6 seasons
  • 6 1,000-point scorers in the program's last five-plus seasons (average of 1,579 points). Four of the last six 1,000-point scorers currently rank in the top 10 in program history - LaceDarius Dunn (1st), Curtis Jerrells (4th), Tweety Carter (8th), Kevin Rogers (9th)...1 1,000 point scorer every 1.5 seasons. Statistical data aside, Baylor is producing more 1,000-point scorers in the Scott Drew era than before.

Wednesday will also be the final game without sophomore G Gary Franklin, who is concluding his "year-in-residence" transfer rule by the NCAA. Franklin transferred in January and sat out the spring 2011 semester and sat out the entire fall 2011 semester. Franklin is expected to make his Baylor debut Saturday at BYU.

One final note...Coach Drew commented during Tuesday's media session that they plan to redshirt senior F/C J'mison Morgan, who has been hampered by injury through the first seven games. Reshirting BoBo this season bodes well for the Bears next season.

For constant updates on all things Baylor basketball, follow the official Twitter feed of Baylor Basketball (@BaylorMBB).


@BaylorMBB #tweetnotes for @BCUAthletics
10:52 A.M., TUE., DEC. 13, 2011
CHRIS YANDLE (EMAIL)
Twitter: @BaylorMBB, @BaylorAthletics | Facebook: Baylor Athletics


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After a 10-day break for finals, No. 6 Baylor (7-0) returns to the Ferrell Center - albeit for one game - to host Bethune-Cookman (3-6) in the first game of the 2011 Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic. Baylor is off to back-to-back 7-0 starts for the first time in program history and is in search of only its fifth 8-0 season start in the program's 106-year history.

Wednesday kick-starts a very busy stretch for Baylor, which will play five games in nine days. Baylor will get its second non-conference true road game test of the season Saturday at BYU, before returning home Dec. 19 to host Paul Quinn. Baylor will close the stretch in Las Vegas against Saint Mary's and West Virginia.

Wednesday's game will also be the homecoming for 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, who will be honored at halftime. It will also be the final missed game for sophomore G Gary Franklin, who will be eligible for Saturday's game at BYU (after satisfying NCAA's year-in-residence transfer rule).

Baylor/Bethune-Cookman game will be televised on the FOX Sports Southwest, ESPN Full Court and ESPN3. Without further ado, here are the latest #tweetnotes for @BCUAthletics, in 140 characters or less:

#STARTINGFIVE
Baylor is the only school with both MBB and WBB teams still undefeated and ranked in the @AP_Top25. #AthleticExcellence

No. 6 @BaylorMBB is one of only 9 undefeated teams remaining in Division I and leads the nation in FG percentage defense. #thentherewerenine

Baylor is one of only two schools to have multiple Naismith Trophy watch lists members for MBB and WBB. #SicEm

Top 10 rankings abound for @BaylorMBB: No. 6 in @AP_Top25, No. 6 in @CBSSports and No. 7 in @USATODAYsports. #Rankings

Sophomore transfer Gary Franklin is scheduled to make his @BaylorMBB debut Dec. 17 at @BYUBasketball. #LongWaitOver

#GOODTOBEHOME
Baylor has won 16 straight December home games and hasn't lost since 2006 against @GamecockMBB. #HomefortheHolidays

#THE70S
Baylor was won 42 of its last 44 non-conference games when holding opponents below the 70-point mark and 92-25 in @BUDREW era. #MagicNumber

#ACYWATCH
Acy needs 9 points to become 25th 1,000-point scorer in @BaylorMBB history and 7th in @BUDREW era. #AcyWatch

More than 50 percent of Quincy Acy's career FGs have been dunks (188 of 373). #CookieMonster

By season's end, Acy could be only second player in school history to rank in career top 10 for FG%, rebounds, blocks. #FeedtheCookieMonster

Quincy Acy ranks second in school history -- behind former teammate Josh Lomers -- with career 61.7 FG percentage. #HighPercentageShooter

#HISTORYANDSUCH
#Baylor has started 7-0 in back-to-back seasons for the first time in program history. #History

#Baylor is in search of only its fifth 8-0 season start.

#Baylor is 58-3 all-time when scoring 100+ points, including 9-0 mark in @BUDREW era. No 100-point games since Nov. 2009. #CenturyMarkDrought

#Baylor enters Sunday's game at @NUMensBBall with a 23-6 record against first-time opponents in the @BUDREW era.

Since start of 2007-08, Baylor is 98-47 under @BUDREW. Prior to 2007-08, Baylor won only 135 games in the first 11 Big 12 seasons. #Winning

#DEFENSE
Baylor's 28-point road win at @NUMensBBall was highlighted by holding Wildcats to @BUDREW era-low 24 percent shooting. #LowPercentageDefense

#SUCCESS
Baylor is a combined 53-0 against @theswac (42-0) and @MEAC1970 (11-0). #Undefeated

#FRONTCOURT
Quincy Acy and Cory Jefferson are only set of teammates ranked in the @ncaastats Top 20 in blocked shots. #TexasTowers

Baylor's 3 frontcourt starters are shooting a combined 77 percent from the FT line and 56 percent from the floor.

Baylor's frontline of Ant Jones, Quincy Acy, #PJ3, Quincy Miller and Cory Jefferson have combined wingspan of 35 ft, 11 in. #LotsofLength

Anthony Jones' streak of 73 consecutive starts came to an end Dec. 4 against @NUMensBBall. It was his first non-start since 2009 NIT finals. #StreakOver

#BACKCOURT
Pierre Jackson is averaging 15.0 points on 72 percent shooting (18-of-25) and 3.8 assists in his last four games (21.5 minutes off the bench).

Brady Heslip has made 3FG in all 7 games, and 19 of 21 total FG are from 3-range #DowntownCanadian

Quick Hands: Pierre Jackson and A.J. Walton have combined for 26 steals in 7 games. #SuffocatingD

A.J. Walton ranks ninth in @BaylorMBB history with 124 career steals. #BestDefensiveHandsinBig12

#SICEM
Baylor has made at least one 3-point field goal in 626 consecutive games -- second-longest active streak in @Big12Conference. #Streaking

Did You Know? Baylor has 3 players whose names begin with Q -- Quincy Acy, Quincy Miller and Quddus
"Deuce" Bello. #QCubed

.@BUDREW currently ranks 4th in @BaylorMBB history with 134 career wins as head coach. Drew needs 15 wins to tie for 3rd on all-time list.

For constant updates on all things Baylor basketball, follow the official Twitter feed of Baylor Basketball (@BaylorMBB).


What's Not in the Game Notes: Northwestern
4:25 P.M., FRI., DEC. 2, 2011
CHRIS YANDLE (EMAIL)
Twitter: @BaylorMBB, @BaylorAthletics | Facebook: Baylor Athletics

Since No. 7 Baylor and Northwestern will meet on the hardwood for the first time Sunday, I thought I'd revive the What's Not in the Game Notes feature I did last season. Like blog posts before, "What's Not in the Game Notes" will take a perhaps random look at Baylor's next opponent, the Northwestern Wildcats:

WHAT'S IN A NAME
Northwestern's athletic teams are nicknamed the Wildcats. That name came from a 1924 article written by Chicago Daily Tribune writer Wallace Abbey, who - after a Northwestern football win over the University of Chicago - said: "...football players had not come down from Evanston; Wildcats would be a name better suited to (Coach) Thistlehwaite's boys..."

WHY NORTHWESTERN?
Northwestern University is a private institution founded in 1851 to serve the Northwest Territory, an area that now includes the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota. Hence the name, Northwestern.

AN OLD FINAL FOUR SITE
Northwestern plays its home basketball games at Welsh-Ryan Arena, formerly known as McGaw Memorial Hall. McGaw Hall has been the home of the Wildcats since 1952. At the time of its opening, McGaw Hall was one of the largest college basketball venues in the country. In fact, it hosted the 1956 NCAA Division I Basketball Championship, and drew a crowd of 10,653, the building's basketball attendance record, for the final game. The Final Four that year? Iowa, San Francisco, Temple and SMU. San Francisco won the national championship.

Evanston was also the host city for the first NCAA Final Four in 1939 at Patten Gymnasium on Northwestern's campus, but was later torn down.

A BIT OF TRIVIA
I had a hard time believing this at first. Northwestern is the only school from a BCS conference that has never earned a bid to the NCAA tournament. However, it is recognized as the 1931 National Champions by the Helms Athletic Foundation (NCAA tournament did not begin until 1939).

CHARTER MEMBER OF THE BIG TEN
Northwestern, the lone private institution in the Big Ten Conference (sound familiar?), is a charter member of the Big Ten Conference, which was founded in 1896. Originally known as the Intercollegiate Conference of Faculty Representatives, the conference consisted of seven founding members: Purdue, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Chicago and Northwestern.

A LONG LIST OF PROMINENT ALUMNI
Northwestern has a long list of prominent alumni. Really long. Such names include former Cleveland Browns star Otto Graham; Rick Sund, Atlanta Hawks General Manager; Jerry Reinsdorf, owner of the Chicago Bulls and the Chicago White Sox; Daryl Morey, Houston Rockets General Manager; Joe Girardi; New York Yankees manager; Michael Wilbon, ESPN analyst; Darren Rovell, CNBC Sports Business reporter; Rachel Nichols, ESPN/Washington Post reporter; Brent Musberger; Mike Greenberg, ESPN personality; Rich Eisen, NFL network anchor. And there are so many more...

For constant updates on all things Baylor basketball, follow the official Twitter feed of Baylor Basketball (@BaylorMBB).


@BaylorMBB #tweetnotes for @NUMensBBall
11:24 A.M., FRI., DEC. 2, 2011
CHRIS YANDLE (EMAIL)
Twitter: @BaylorMBB, @BaylorAthletics | Facebook: Baylor Athletics


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No. 7 Baylor (6-0) is off to its second consecutive 6-0 start for the first time in more than 100 years and will be making its first trip to the Chicagoland area since 1993. Still not at full strength (Gary Franklin is scheduled to make debut Dec. 17 at BYU), Baylor welcomed back Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year Perry Jones III on Nov. 29 against Prairie View A&M. PJ3 then proceeded to tie a career high with 27 points to lead Baylor to a convincing 90-54 win over the Panthers.

Sunday's game will be televised on the Big Ten Network (Time Warner 424, DirecTV 610) - the second-half of a Baylor doubleheader (Lady Bears play at 1 p.m. on BTN against Minnesota). Without further ado, here are the latest #tweetnotes for Northwestern, in 140 characters or less:

#STARTINGFIVE
.@Big12Conference Preseason Player of the Year Perry Jones III scored career-high-tying 27 points in season debut vs. @PVAthletics. #PJ3

Quincy Miller leads all @Big12Conference freshmen in scoring with 15.2 points per game. #Freshman15

Quincy Acy and Cory Jefferson have combined for 34 blocks in 6 games -- more than Baylor had as team this time last season. #TexasTowers

Latest @ncaastats rankings: #Baylor ranks 3rd in blocks, 13th in FG% defense, 20th in steals, 24th in scoring margin and 30th in FT%.

5 players averaging 10+ pts: Perry Jones III (27.0), Miller (15.2), Acy (11.7), Jones (11.2), Jackson (11.2) #ScoringDistribution

#TWOFORTHEROAD
Sunday game at @NUMensBball will be Baylor's first non-conference true road game in 701 days. #notatypo

Baylor is 14-6 in its last 20 non-conference true road games and has won 5 straight. #WinningRoadWarriors

#THE70S
Baylor was won 41 of its last 43 non-conference games when holding opponents below the 70-point mark and 91-25 in @BUDREW era. #MagicNumber

#ACYWATCH
51 percent of Quincy Acy's career FGs have been dunks (185 of 365). #CookieMonster

By season's end, Acy could be only second player in school history to rank in career top 10 for FG%, rebounds, blocks. #FeedtheCookieMonster

Acy needs 25 points to become 25th 1,000-point scorer in @BaylorMBB history and 7th in @BUDREW era. #AcyWatch

Quincy Acy ranks second in school history -- behind former teammate Josh Lomers -- with career 61.3 FG percentage. #HighPercentageShooter

#HISTORYANDSUCH
#Baylor has started 6-0 in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 1908-09 and 1909-10. #CenturyMarkBroken

#Baylor is 58-3 all-time when scoring 100+ points, including 9-0 mark in @BUDREW era. No 100-point games since Nov. 2009. #CenturyMarkDrought

#Baylor enters Sunday's game at @NUMensBball with a 23-6 record against first-time opponents in the @BUDREW era.

Since start of 2007-08, Baylor is 97-47 under @BUDREW. Prior to 2007-08, Baylor won only 135 games in the first 11 Big 12 seasons. #Winning

#FRONTCOURT
Anthony Jones
is averaging 11.2 points, 5.7 rebounds this season -- he's only averaging 6.3 points, 4.1 rebounds in 98 career games. #Improved

Baylor's Quincy combo is averaging 27 points, 14 rebounds through the first 6 games. #QSquared

Three S's describe Cory Jefferson: Stat. Sheet. Stuffer. 7.8 pts, 6.0 reb, 3.0 blk in 19.3 min. #StatSheetStuffer

Cory Jefferson and Quincy Acy rank second and third, respectively, among @Big12Conference players in blocked shots. #MoreTexasTowers

Baylor's frontline of Ant Jones, Quincy Acy, #PJ3, Quincy Miller and Cory Jefferson have combined wingspan of 35 ft, 11 in. #LotsofLength

#BACKCOURT
Mr. Automatic, Pierre Jackson, was perfect from floor vs. Prairie View -- 4-4 FG, 7-7 FT -- for career-high 17 pts, 8 ast #Perfection

Pierre Jackson (9-16) and Brady Heslip (16-38) are shooting combined 46 percent (25-54) from 3-point range. #EnFuego

Quick Hands: Pierre Jackson and A.J. Walton have combined for 23 steals in 6 games. #SuffocatingD

A.J. Walton ranks ninth in @BaylorMBB history with 123 career steals. #BestDefensiveHandsinBig12

#SHOOTER
He's a shooter, you say? Brady Heslip has made 3FG in all 6 games, and 16 of 17 total FG are from 3-range #DowntownCanadian

According to first @ncaastats national rankings, Brady Heslip is 38th in 3FG/game and 42nd in 3FG percentage.

#SICEM
Baylor has made at least one 3-point field goal in 625 consecutive games -- second-longest active streak in @Big12Conference. #Streaking

Did You Know? Baylor has 3 players whose names begin with Q -- Quincy Acy, Quincy Miller and Quddus "Deuce" Bello. #QCubed

.@BUDREW currently ranks 4th in @BaylorMBB history with 133 career wins as head coach. Drew needs 16 wins to tie for 3rd on all-time list.

Baylor is one of only two schools to have multiple Naismith Trophy watch lists members for MBB and WBB. #SicEm

For constant updates on all things Baylor basketball, follow the official Twitter feed of Baylor Basketball (@BaylorMBB).

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