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It's Now the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic
12:22 P.M., MON., OCT. 31, 2011
CHRIS YANDLE (EMAIL)
Twitter: @BaylorMBB, @BaylorAthletics | Facebook: Baylor Athletics

On Monday, Continental Tire of Americas agreed to be the title sponsor for the Las Vegas Invitational and Las Vegas Classic college basketball tournaments. The 11th annual Las Vegas Classic is scheduled for Dec. 22-23 at the Orleans Arena and will feature Baylor, West Virginia, Saint Mary's, Missouri State, Bethune-Cookman, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Kennesaw State and Tennessee Tech.

"It is exciting to add the Las Vegas Classic to Continental Tire's growing list of elite sports partnerships," Continental Tire Director of Marketing Travis Roffler said. "With out current partnerships with Duke and North Carolina, this is a perfect fit to our sports portfolio, which also includes Major League Soccer (MLS), the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and Grand-Am road racing."

Tickets for the final rounds in Las  Vegas can be purchased by calling the Orleans Arena Box Office at 702-284-7777, or online.

About Continental Tire
Continental Tire is a division of the Continental Corporation, and offers a complete premium line of ultra-high performance, passenger and light truck tires that instill confidence and a passion for driving. Continental Tires are fitted as original equipment on many of the world's finest automobiles. Learn more about Continental Tire by visiting www.continentaltire.com.

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Recapping 2011 Big 12 Media Day
9:48 P.M., THU., OCT. 20, 2011
CHRIS YANDLE (EMAIL)
Twitter: @BaylorMBB, @BaylorAthletics | Facebook: Baylor Athletics


Baylor's "Big Four" turned the tables on ESPN's Holly Rowe at Big 12 Media Day.

Big 12 Media Day Photo Gallery | Scott Drew Press Conference | Scott Drew Quotes

Thursday was the second - and final - day of the well-oiled machine that is Big 12 Basketball Media Days at Sprint Center, site of the 2012 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championship. Like the other schools, Baylor's trip is usually pretty quick and void of any excitement. Fly up to Kansas City. Fulfill our media obligations. Fly back to Waco.

As planned, the Baylor contingent - head coach Scott Drew, Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year Perry Jones III, Preseason All-Big 12 honorable mention Quincy Acy, senior Anthony Jones, freshman Quincy Miller and me, of course - hopped on the university plane Wednesday night around 7:40 p.m. and headed north to Kansas City, Mo. As not-so-planned, stiff headwinds added an extra hour to our flight plan, delaying our arrival into the Kansas City Downtown Airport until almost 10:30 p.m.

Once Thursday morning rolled around, it was a solid five-hour block of a variety of media interviews, including - but not limited to - Sirius XM, ESPNU, Big12Sports.com, FSN and more.


Baylor's "Big Four" pose for a photo at Big 12 Media Day.

For the first time in a few seasons, Baylor was one of the big talking points at Big 12 Media Day, most notably the "Big Four," led by Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year Perry Jones III. ESPN's Holly Rowe spent 20 minutes talking to the Baylor front line, which has a combined wingspan of 29 feet (baseline is 50 feet). Afterwards, PJ3 took over the Sic 'Em Sports Productions camera as Ant Jones interviewed Holly for BaylorBears.com.

Iowa State head coach Fred Hoiberg was pretty impressed by Baylor's front line, tweeting this: "Walked into my 1st interview room at media day in KC and four 7 footers from Baylor walked out...wow!" They are not quite 7-feet, but they looked menacing walking through Sprint Center, especially when they stood next to me.

Baylor finished up Big 12 Media Day with ESPN's Andy Katz and Jason King and one-on-one interviews on the Sprint Center floor. Our day ended with an expected early departure back to Waco, but it was nice to get home a little earlier than scheduled.

If the season is anything like Thursday, all signs point to a fun team to watch in 2011-12.

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2011 Scott Drew Fastbreak Events
10:51 A.M., FRI., OCT. 7, 2011
CHRIS YANDLE (EMAIL)
Twitter: @BaylorMBB, @BaylorAthletics | Facebook: Baylor Athletics

With the official start of the 2011-12 basketball season a week away, there's still plenty of time to register for one of three Scott Drew "Fast Break" events, sponsored by the Baylor Sports Network.

SCOTT DREW'S 2011 BASKETBALL "FAST BREAK" LUNCHEON - HOUSTON
Date:
Mon., Oct. 10 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Location: Maggiano's (2019 Post Oak Blvd., Houston, TX 77056)
Join the 3-Point Club, the Fast Break Club and Baylor basketball radio color analyst Pat Nunley as Coach Drew discusses the upcoming 2011-12 season. There will be information of 2011-12 season tickets as well as Baylor gear from the Baylor Bookstore.
Pricing: Individual ($30), Premium Table of 10 ($400)
Register online or call 1-866-281-9444

SCOTT DREW'S 2011 BASKETBALL "FAST BREAK" LUNCHEON - FORT WORTH
Date:
Wed., Oct. 12 (11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.)
Location: Joe T. Garcia's (2201 N. Commerce St., Fort Worth, TX 76164)
Join the 3-Point Club, the Fast Break Club and "The Voice of the Baylor Bears," John Morris, as Coach Drew discusses the upcoming 2011-12 season. There will be information of 2011-12 season tickets as well as Baylor gear from the Baylor Bookstore.
Pricing: Individual ($20), Premium Table of 10 ($300)
Register online or call 1-866-281-9444

SCOTT DREW'S 2011 BASKETBALL "FAST BREAK" DINNER - DALLAS
Date: Wed., Oct. 12 (6:30-8 P.M.)
Location: Marriott Quorum (14901 Dallas Parkway, Dallas, TX 75254)
Join the 3-Point Club, the Fast Break Club and "The Voice of the Baylor Bears," John Morris, as Coach Drew discusses the upcoming 2011-12 season. There will be information of 2011-12 season tickets as well as Baylor gear from the Baylor Bookstore.
Pricing: Individual ($30), Premium Table ($400)
Register online or call 1-866-281-9444

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MBB Puts Finishing Touches on 2011-12 Slate
9:57 A.M., WED., OCT. 5, 2011
CHRIS YANDLE (EMAIL)
Twitter: @BaylorMBB, @BaylorAthletics | Facebook: Baylor Athletics

Baylor, which has been ranked as high as No. 9 by Sporting News and is the preseason favorite to win the Big 12 by several publications, has put the finishing touches on its 2011-12 basketball schedule. Game times for all 31 regular-season games have been finalized.

All 18 Big 12 games will be televised on regional or national TV networks, including nine on the ESPN family of networks and Baylor's first-ever CBS regular-season broadcast (Jan. 28 vs. Texas). In fact, Baylor's last 20 regular-season games (including Dec. 23 vs. West Virginia and Dec. 28 vs. Mississippi State) will be on television.

Depending on the result of the NBA lockout, a few of Baylor's non-conference games could be picked up for FOX Sports Southwest, but that won't be determined until a later date.

We are 27 days away from Baylor's Nov. 1 exhibition against Abilene Christian and 37 days away from its regular-season opener Nov. 11 against Texas Southern. Fans interested in purchasing season tickets may do so online, by calling 254-710-1000 or at the Baylor Athletic Ticket Office at the Ferrell Center.

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

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