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Just How They Drew It Up
4:59 P.M., TUE., JAN. 31, 2012
CHRIS YANDLE (EMAIL)
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For this one, I will borrow the graphic headline from last Saturday's CBS broadcast of the Baylor/Texas game. The above graphic shows just how impressive Scott Drew's tenure has been in Waco. In Drew's 9-year tenure, Baylor has 3 20-win seasons and has been ranked for 42 weeks. A win Wednesday at Texas A&M would give Baylor its fourth 20-win campaign in the last 5 years.

The proof is in the CBS graphic. No further explanation is necessary.

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Teaming Up to End the R-Word
11:53 A.M., FRI., JAN. 27, 2012
CHRIS YANDLE (EMAIL)
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Baylor's sweet neon shirts won't be the only t-shirts on display during Saturday's game against Texas. Baylor, the Big 12 Conference and Special Olympics are teaming up this week to courage fans to end the use of the word "retarded." Both Baylor and Texas players will wear Special Olympics R-Word shirts (pictured) during warm-ups prior to the game.

Help us Spread the Word to End the Word by visiting www.R-Word.org and digitally pledging to eliminate using the R-Word.

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Saturday's Gonna Be So Bright...
11:36 A.M., FRI., JAN. 27, 2012
CHRIS YANDLE (EMAIL)
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...you might have to wear shades. I don't think Timbuk 3 had this shirt in mind for its 1986 hit, The Future's So Bright, but Saturday's neon BU shirts are pretty sweet. And they will be a high demand with Saturday's nationally televised CBS game an advanced sellout. These shirts, courtesy of Texas Farm Bureau Insurance, even come with instructions.

During the first media timeout Saturdays, fans will be instructed to put on this shirt; when play resumes on TV, everyone watching the game back home will be overwhelmed by the sea of neon yellow throughout the Ferrell Center.

Whether you're in the Ferrell Center for the game or watching at home, Saturday might be so bright that you will have to wear shades. But, it's a good thing.

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A Year Ago: Snowpocalypse Hits Oklahoma
2:20 P.M., MON., JAN. 23, 2012
CHRIS YANDLE (EMAIL)
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Bears Encounter the Great Blizzard of 2011

A year ago next week, we enjoyed an extended stay in Norman, Okla., thanks to Snowpocalypse 2011. Last year's game was slated for ESPN2, but the blizzard that blanketed much of Oklahoma and the Midwest stranded ESPN's truck (and workers) in north Texas and the TV talent was unable to navigate the winter weather.

On the morning of our scheduled game, Norman felt like a ghost town. No sign of life in sight, with the exception of those of us holed up at the Courtyard by Marriott. We spent a lot of free time in the hotel, while waiting out the blizzard. Our game was originally scheduled for a Tuesday night telecast; the weather forced the game to be moved to Wednesday at 2 p.m. with no TV and free admission to those who could make it to Lloyd Noble Center safely. In the end, our extended trip to Norman didn't fare well for the Baylor Bears as Oklahoma prevailed 73-66 in front of 6,000 fans.

When I looked at the forecast for this week in Oklahoma, I was excited to see the chance of rain...and not snow. I saw enough snow during our trip last season. Here's my blog from that snow-covered day last season and my account of our journey home through the snow.

Last year's snow-filled journey hasn't been the only memorable trip to Norman. Just two seasons ago, Baylor snapped a 33-year-long losing streak in Norman with a 70-63 win at Oklahoma, while Ekpe Udoh broke the Big 12 single-season blocked shots record. And two seasons before that, Oklahoma squeaked by Baylor in overtime, 92-91. Tony Crocker converted on a 4-point play with 7.3 seconds left and Curtis Jerrells missed two free throws with 1 second to play.

Unlike last season, Baylor is nationally ranked at the time of its trip to Norman. In fact, Tuesday is just the third time that Baylor enters its game at Oklahoma in the Top 25. In 2009, Baylor was ranked No. 23 in the USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 and was ranked No. 24 in the AP Top 25 at the time of its 2010 win.

And unlike last season, there is no snow in the forecast for Oklahoma.

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Coach Drew Runs Through ESPN's 'Car Wash'
3:59 P.M., WED., JAN. 18, 2012
CHRIS YANDLE (EMAIL)
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A Day at ESPN Car Wash

ESPN calls it the Car Wash. And, no, head coach Scott Drew was not actually washing cars at the Worldwide Leader in Sports. The Car Wash is ESPN's intensive, all-day gauntlet through its array of platforms - ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3, ESPNEWS, ESPN.com, ESPNU, ESPNHS, ESPN The Magazine, ESPN Radio, ESPNDallas.com. That's just the list of what Coach Drew did; he visited pretty much every platform located on the ESPN campus in Bristol, Conn.

And our trip to the Constitution / Nutmeg State began after midnight CST early Tuesday morning - a few hours after No. 3 Baylor's tough road loss at deafening Allen Fieldhouse. Coach Drew, Ashley Farrell (Inside Baylor Sports), an ESPN producer and I boarded a charter flight out of Kansas and landed at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, Conn., sometime after 3:30 a.m. EST. An hour later, we arrived at our hotel. Seven hours later, we headed to Bristol, home of ESPN.

If you followed the tweets from @BaylorMBB throughout the day, you know that Coach Drew was constantly on the move. We may have had a combined 60 minutes of down time during the day ... and that's including our 45-minute dinner break in the ESPN Café. To give you an idea of how busy we were, here's the full rundown of Coach Drew's second trip to Bristol for the #ESPNCarWash (in EST):

1:10 p.m. - The Experts on ESPNU (live from newsroom, Building 4)
1:25 p.m. - Brief visit with Baylor alum and NFL Live host Trey Wingo
1:30 p.m. - Unexpected guest #1: ESPN Radio host Colin Cowherd
1:45 p.m. - The Scott Van Pelt Show with SVP and Ryen Russillo
2:05 p.m. - SportsCenter Tonight Radio with Chuck Wilson
2:25 p.m. - Makeup room
2:40 p.m. - SportsCenter with Linda Cohn and Sage Steele
3:00 p.m. - ESPN.com chat
3:10 p.m. - Unexpected guest #2: ESPN analyst John Anderson
3:30 p.m. - ESPNHS in café skywalk
3:45 p.m. - Chatted with former NFL All-Pro DB Darren Woodson
4:00 p.m. - ESPN The Magazine Q&A with Amy Brachmann
4:40 p.m. - SportsCenter with Sara Walsh and Dana Jacobson
5:00 p.m. - Dinner in ESPN Café with ESPN executives Jay Levy, Burke Magnus and Nick Dawson (also ran into another Baylor alum and ESPN employee, Noubar Stone)
5:45 p.m. - ESPNDallas.com with Michele Steele
6:15 p.m. - ESPN3 taping
7:00 p.m. - Watch first half of Michigan / Michigan State
7:40 p.m. - Live with Karl Ravech during Michigan / Michigan State halftime
8:20 p.m. - Final interview with Ashley Farrell for Inside Baylor Sports
8:30 p.m. - Departed Bristol
9:45 p.m. - Wheels up from Bradley International Airport
2:10 a.m. - Arrived in Waco

Visiting ESPN's campus is a dream come true for sports fans; Coach Drew and I have been very lucky to visit ESPN twice in the last three years. I want to thank Lisa A. Stokes and Alison Schmalberger for coordinating Coach Drew's interview schedule - everyone we met at ESPN was first-class and welcomed us with open arms. Also, a big thanks to Ashley Farrell from Sic 'Em Sports Productions for the fantastic still photos and awesome behind-the-scenes footage that will air on BaylorBears.com, Inside Baylor Sports and Saturday's ESPN telecast of Baylor/Missouri.

It was a great opportunity for Coach Drew to represent Baylor University and the Big 12 Conference, while showcasing and promoting all the great things happening on our campus.

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@BaylorMBB #tweetnotes for @KU_Hoops
3:29 P.M., MON., JAN. 16, 2012
CHRIS YANDLE (EMAIL)
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Tonight's game at Allen Fieldhouse in Lawrence, Kan., could very well be the biggest regular-season game in program history. Baylor (17-0) moved up one spot to No. 3 in both the AP and USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 polls, while receiving a first-place vote in the AP Top 25 for the first time in program history. The ESPN Big Monday tilt in Lawrence has Big 12 title implications - Kansas has won a record seven consecutive Big 12 regular-season titles. It is also the first Top 10 matchup in program history; Saturday against No. 5 Missouri will be the first Top 5 matchup in program history.

Baylor puts its undefeated record on the line tonight at Allen Fieldhouse. Baylor is 7-0 away from home this season. Here are the latest #tweetnotes for Baylor's Top 10 Big Monday showdown against @KU_Hoops in 140 characters or less:

#STARTINGFIVE
.@BaylorMBB moved up to No. 3 in both @AP_Top25 and @USATODAYSports polls -- both program bests, while moving to No. 3 in @CBSSports Top 25+1.

.@BaylorMBB received a first-place vote in the latest @AP_Top25 poll - a program first.

Hours after @BaylorMBB game at @KU_Hoops, @BUDREW will be visit @ESPN campus for network #CarWash.

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

Tonight's game at @KU_Hoops is first Top 10 matchup in program history; Saturday vs @MizzouHoops will be program's first Top 5 matchup.

#THESIXTHMAN
Baylor is No. 1 seed in South Region, according to @ESPNLunardi latest Bracketology. #SicEm

#BESTOFTHEREST
After notching 16-0 mark, Baylor climbed 2 spots to No. 4 in latest ESPN Power Ratings. @GottliebShow has BU #2.

Success isn't limited to the court. 6 earned 3.0+ fall GPA, while team posted highest semester GPA in program history. #BooksandBrotherhood

Just #CallHimClutch and, according to @JasonKingESPN, you can call Pierre Jackson one of nation's top sixth men.

Who's that leading the @Big12Conference in 3-point FGs made, eh? That would be Baylor's #DowntownCanadian, Brady Heslip (2.94 3s / game).

For 4th straight year, #Baylor career wins record could fall. Quincy Acy (83) is 2nd all-time and needs 5 for record. #careerwinning

Quincy Acy is tied for 5th in school history in career games played (118) and is 16 shy of record held by LaceDarius Dunn.

Since March 11, 2009, @BaylorMBB is 70-21 in its last 91 games -- a .769 winning percentage.

Fred Ellis graduated in Dec 2010, scheduled to receive master's degree in May & is first in family to graduate college. #TrueStudentAthlete

In last 3 seasons, Baylor is 13-3 in games decided by 5 points or fewer, including 7 straight wins in such games. #TakingCareofBusiness

#CallHimClutch: Pierre Jackson blocked @BYUBasketball shot at buzzer, hit FG to send WVU game to OT and hit layup to beat @mstateMBK.

Baylor has broken 90-point mark 4 times so far in 2011-12 and had combined 6 90-point games in previous 2 seasons.

No. 3 @BaylorMBB is one of only 3 undefeated teams remaining -- @MSURacers & @suorangeempire.

Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 108-47 after winning just 135 games in first 11 seasons of @Big12Conference era.

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

51 percent of Quincy Acy's career FGs have been dunks (211 of 413). #AcyWiththeSmash

Baylor has led at the half in 15 of its 17 games this season, trailing only at BYU and at K-State. #NotHowYouStart

Brady Heslip has made 3FG in 16 of 17 games, and 50 of 58 total FG are from 3-range #DowntownCanadian

Baylor broke its #CenturyMarkDrought with 106-point outburst in 41-point win Jan. 14 over @OKStateHoops.

Baylor's 41-point margin of victory over @OKStateHoops was its largest in a @Big12Conference game since beating Texas A&M by 42 in 2002.

A.J. Walton needs 22 assists to crack Baylor's career Top 10. #HeCanDishItToo

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

Prior to @BUDREW era, Baylor had just 9 17-win seasons in program's first 97 seasons. Baylor has won 17+ in each of last 5 seasons. #Lucky17

.@DickieV will call his first @BaylorMBB game Monday night when Bears visit Allen Fieldhouse and @KU_Hoops on @ESPN Big Monday.

#Baylor is making its 6th #BigMonday appearance and 5th in four seasons.

Baylor is 1-4 in such games, including upset win over @KU_Hoops in 2001.

#Clutch in close games: Baylor is 4-0 in games decided by 3 points or fewer this season - @BYUBasketball, @WVUSportsBuzz, @mstateMBK and @KStateSports

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Biggest Regular-Season Game in Program History?
10:20 A.M., MON., JAN. 16, 2012
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Tonight will be Baylor's first game featuring two Top 10 teams in program history. There might not be a more widely talked about game this season. Is Monday night's ESPN Big Monday clash at Allen Fieldhouse the biggest regular-season game in program history?

That's the conversation Doug McNamee (Baylor-IMG College General Manager) and I had last night. Baylor's 17-0 and one of only three undefeated teams remaining; Kansas is the perennial Big 12 Conference favorite, has won seven straight Big 12 regular-season titles and has only one loss in its last 85 home games.

Prior to tonight, there's a good argument to be made that last Tuesday's game at Kansas State is the biggest regular-season game in program history. But, with all eyes fixed tonight on Lawrence, Kan., and historic Allen Fieldhouse, I think this game is the biggest regular-season game in program history... by a longshot. Baylor has six wins against teams currently with a Top 50 RPI. Plus, the Bears are 7-0 away from home this season; there aren't many teams that can say they've been continually tested away from home.

Monday won't be any different. And with ESPN analyst Dick Vitale calling his first Baylor game, tonight's ESPN Big Monday Top 10 clash will be a war - a  battle of two of the nation's best teams. Win or lose, tonight could be one of the college basketball games this season.

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Another Historic Conference Win
4:49 P.M., SUN., JAN. 15, 2012
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Behind 15 3-pointers and its most complete offensive performance of the season, No. 4 Baylor improved to 17-0 overall in convincing fashion with a 106-65 win over the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Baylor snapped its 100-point scoring drought, breaking the century mark for the first time since Nov. 22, 2009 (106 against Hardin-Simmons).

Baylor's 106 points were its most in a Big 12 game since scoring 116 in its instant classic 5OT win Jan. 23, 2008, at Texas A&M; the 106 points were its most ever scored in regulation of a Big 12 game. And its 41-point margin of victory? That was Baylor's largest in a Big 12 game since Feb. 3, 2002, when it beat Texas A&M by a 42-point margin, 97-45.

While Baylor improved to 4-0 in Big 12 play for only the third time, Oklahoma State suffered its worst loss since 1932 (tied for the second-biggest loss in program history). The Cowboys gave up 100 points for the first time since 1997 at Kansas.

Baylor broke 100 points in a Big 12 game for only the third time - 2008 at Texas A&M (116-110) and 2008 vs. Missouri (100-89); Baylor is 15-2 when breaking the 100-point plateau in conference play (Southwest and Big 12). Baylor is now 59-3 all-time in 100-point games and 48-1 when scoring 100+ at home (20-1 at the Ferrell Center).

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Vote for Bear Pit as Student Section of the Year
4:30 P.M., SUN., JAN. 15, 2012
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Who has the best student section in college basketball? Is it Arizona's "Zona Zoo," Duke's "Cameron Crazies," or Gonzaga's "Kennel Club?" What about Kentucky's "eRUPPtion Zone?" Or is the "Bear Pit" of Baylor University? College basketball fans everywhere will have a say in determining the most deserving school by voting now for the Naismith Student Section of the Year Award.

By visiting www.facebook.com/ILoveCollegeHoops, fans can vote for one of the nearly 80 Division I basketball schools that submitted a nomination. The Naismith Student Section of the Year Award, which is presented through a partnership of The Collegiate Licensing Company (CLC), a division of IMG College, and the Atlanta Tipoff Club, administrators of the Naismith Awards, is dedicated to celebrating fans that love college hoops and provide support to their college basketball team with devotion and passion.

Nearly 80 schools representing 21 conferences are vying for the title. The Big East and Big Ten Conferences have the most schools participating followed closely by the ACC and Big 12. Participation also includes athletic conferences ranging from Conference USA and the Pac-12 to the Big Sky, the MAC, and Southland.

The Naismith Student Section of the Year Award will be determined through two rounds of public votes, combined with a scoring of finalists by the Naismith Awards Board of Selectors, which will review criteria such as the student section's name and attendance, as well as photos, video, and a write-up submitted by the nominating school. Complete details on the selection process can be found at facebook.com/ilovecollegehoops.

The winning student section gets bragging rights, while the winning school will receive $5,000 for its athletic association.

Participating schools include: Arizona State, Arizona, Arkansas, BAYLOR, Boston College, Cal, UCF, Clemson, Colorado, Drexel, Duke, East Carolina, Eastern Michigan, Florida Atlantic, Florida, Florida State, Fordham, Fresno State, George Mason, George Washington, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Gonzaga, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, LSU, Marquette, Marshall, Memphis, Miami, Michigan, Michigan State, Middle Tennessee, Minnesota, Missouri State, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina A&T, Northwestern, Oakland, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, Penn State, Pitt, Providence, Purdue, Rhode Island, Rice, Rutgers, Saint Joseph's, Sam Houston State, San Diego State, SMU, Saint Louis, Syracuse, Temple, Tennessee, Texas A&M, Texas, Texas Tech, Tulane, UC Davis, UCLA, Utah, Utah State, Vanderbilt, Villanova, Virginia, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Western Carolina, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Vote early, vote often. Vote for the Bear Pit.

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Best Point Guard Combo in the Nation?
11:41 A.M., WED., JAN. 11, 2012
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Another hostile road environment and it was big-time guard play that allowed Baylor to keep its perfect record intact, posting a thrilling - and at times, heart-stopping - 75-73 win at the Octagon of Doom over No. 18 Kansas State. Both of Baylor's point guards - Pierre Jackson and A.J. Walton - played with four fouls in crunch time. Add to that their individual stat lines:

Walton: 8 points (6-of-6 FT), 6 assists, 3 steals in 24 minutes
Jackson: 10 points (2 big 3s), 11 assists, 5 rebounds, 2 steals in 33 minutes

That's 17 combined assists. Both exhibited extremely precise court vision last night.

With Walton, you have relentless defense (Jackson, too). With Jackson, you have a 5-foot-10 guard who has a 40-inch vertical leap and can dunk on the fly. The latter also brings incredible energy to the court as Baylor's offense can go from zero to 100 in the blink of an eye. Both bring a differing set of intangibles, but together, they are proving to be a lethal combination. For a backcourt that was the subject of so much off-season criticism, could it be possible that Baylor has the best offensive/defensive point guard combo in the nation?

It's hard to deny that a part of Baylor's 16-0 start can be attributed to its point guard play. Jackson is one of five Bears averaging more than 10.0 points per game...and he's averaging 11.9 points off the bench. In every game this season, it's been a different Bear that comes up with the big play(s).

Walton had a big defensive play, poking the ball away from Angel Rodriguez with 4 seconds remaining and forcing K-State to inbound the ball underneath its own basket. That allowed for Quincy Acy to knock the inbound pass away to run out the clock and clinch Baylor's school-record 16th consecutive win.

Together, Jackson and Walton are averaging 16.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, 8.8 assists and 3.4 steals. It may not seem like much, but they are getting the job done, running the offense together.

Throw in the #DowntownCanadian Brady Heslip, who had a career-high 4 steals at K-State, and Baylor's backcourt is looking pretty good right now. Judging by last night's performances, an argument could be made that the nation's best point guard combo resides in Waco, Texas.

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Just "Life on the Road in the 12"
10:43 A.M., TUE., JAN. 10, 2012
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As it cliché as it may sound, it's hard to win on the road in any sport. Especially in the Big 12. Or in any league, for that matter. That's the beauty of the home-court advantage. It's supposed to be tough. As the home team, it's your job to hold court at home, protect your house. As the road team, it's your job to steal one on the road.

Cameron Indoor Stadium is one of the toughest places to place for a reason. Last month, we learned why Marriott Center is such a great home-court advantage for BYU. Baylor's win at BYU was huge. The Ferrell Center hasn't been a friendly place for visiting teams in recent years either; Baylor is 65-13 at home - 22-11 in Big 12 home games - since the start of the 2007-08 season. And that's including a very impressive 39-4 home record in the last three seasons.

Road games are intended to be difficult. Coach Scott Drew and the players will tell you that "any road win is a good win." And they are exactly right. Winning on the road is the sign of a good team. Teams that win on the road have an increased chance of making the NCAA tournament.

Let's take a look at some of Baylor's past "true road" records:

2007-08: 6-4 (finished 9-7 in non-home games), NCAA first round
2008-09: 4-7 (finished 10-10 in non-home games), NIT runner-up
2009-10: 6-4 (finished 13-7 in non-home games), NCAA Elite Eight
2010-11: 2-6 (finished 3-10 in non-home games), no postseason 2011-12: 3-0 (6-0 in non-home games)

This season's squad has proven most of its detractors wrong with non-conference true road wins at Northwestern (69-41) and BYU (86-83). Plus, Baylor added three quality neutral-site wins over Saint Mary's (72-59), West Virginia (83-81, ot) and Mississippi State (54-52). All five - IMO - will hear their names called come Selection Sunday.

And, how hard is it to win on the road in the Big 12 Conference? Historically for Baylor, it's been very hard. In the first 11 seasons of the Big 12 Conference era, Baylor won only 8 conference road games. Since then, Baylor has won 12 conference road games in the last five seasons. That may not seem like many, but for a team that once lost 25 consecutive Big 12 road games, its road win total is in proportion to its recent successes.

If you include both road and neutral-site games in the mix, Baylor's improvement under Drew is even more staggering:

In the last five seasons under Drew, Baylor has won 21 true road and 20 neutral-site games -- a combined 41-34 record away from home. In Baylor's first 11 seasons in the Big 12, the Bears won a combined 28 games away from Waco -- 15 neutral-site and 13 true road games.

Baylor went 4-4 in Big 12 road games in 2007-08, 1-7 in 2008-09 (lone road win at Kansas State), 4-4 in 2009-10, 2-6 in 2010-11 and is 1-0 this season. Tuesday's game at Kansas State will be the first of two games in a six-day span in the Sunflower State for Baylor...Baylor is a combined 12-29 all-time against the Big 12 Kansas schools -- 10-13 vs. Kansas State and 2-16 vs. Kansas. More notably, Baylor is a combined 4-17 on their home floors, with all four wins coming in Manhattan (Baylor is 0-9 all-time in Lawrence).

To win the Big 12 this season - and there are many who believe Baylor will break through this season - a Big 12 road-stop drought - or two - will have to fall for the Bears. Don't believe me? Through 11 games in league play, Big 12 home teams are 8-3. The road winners? Baylor, Iowa State and Kansas.

Three years ago, a 23rd-ranked Baylor team, led by future Big 12 all-time leading scorer LaceDarius Dunn, dominated Kansas State from start to finish en route to an 83-65 road win. Dunn finished with 33 points and a then-school-record-tying 9 3-pointers. A certain freshman by the name of Quincy Acy (know him?) made his second consecutive start to finish with 12 points and 9 rebounds. Last season's Big Monday trip to the "Little Apple" was a sloppy affair, one that Baylor still could have won, but the Wildcats held off the Bears 69-61.

With an 18-game round-robin conference schedule, I firmly believe that in order for a team to win the Big 12, it will have to win 13 or 14 league games... which means that team will have to win at least 3-4 league road games.

Whichever way you slice it, tonight's game at the Octagon of Doom is a daunting task (K-State handed previously undefeated Missouri its first loss Saturday). BYU's Marriott Center may very well be the loudest road environment this season, but K-State (and Kansas next week) will be the most vocal and hostile road atmosphere it faces.

As A.J. Walton puts it, "that's just life in the 12."

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He Sure Doesn't Act Like a Freshman
5:29 P.M., SUN., JAN. 8, 2012
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How many 18-year-olds do you know that are majoring in pre-med and would like to pursue a career as an anesthesiologist? I can think of one and he has a pretty bright basketball career ahead of him. And he wears No. 30. Yes, Baylor freshman F Quincy Miller is majoring in pre-med and wants to be an anesthesiologist, but only when his basketball career is over.

That's not your typical college freshman. And I don't know of too many freshmen that can walk onto a college campus and be considered one of the team leaders...as a freshman. He's charismatic, energetic, and he's pretty good on the hardwood, too. He surely doesn't act like a freshman on or off the court.

Case in point: Miller, who has started 13 games, has eight double-figure scoring games this season, half of which have come in the last five games. Miller is averaging 12.0 points and 6.0 rebounds in 24.4 minutes in the last five outings. In his last two games alone, Miller has pounded the glass for 17 rebounds, eight against Texas A&M and nine at Texas Tech.

Additionally, he scored a career-high 20 points against San Diego State, posted his career-first double-double (17 points, 11 rebounds) against UT Arlington and dished out a career-high 6 assists against UTA and at Northwestern. He's also dropped 15 points against both Saint Mary's and Texas Tech. After going 1-for-5 from the FT line Monday against A&M, Miller bounced back at Texas Tech, knocking down 9 of his 11 freebies.

Another sign Miller doesn't act like a freshman? He asked (yes, asked) head coach Scott Drew to shoot those two technical foul FTs late in the game against Mississippi State.

That just goes along with the character of this team.

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@BaylorMBB #tweetnotes for @TexasTechMBB
9:52 A.M., FRI., JAN. 6, 2012
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#TweetNotes Get Acrobat Reader

Through 14 games, records continue to fall for No. 4 Baylor (14-0), which remains as one of the nation's four lone undefeated teams. In fact, the Baylor men and the top-ranked Baylor women (14-0) are a combined 28-0; Baylor is the only school in the nation with both basketball teams still undefeated. Baylor is looking for its third straight win in Lubbock and for only its fourth 2-0 start in the Big 12 era.

With an 18-game round-robin schedule now for conference play, every game is a battle, especially on the road. After Saturday's game in Lubbock, the Bears will travel to Manhattan, Kan., to face the 22nd-ranked Kansas State Wildcats. It will be the first of two trips to Kansas in a seven-day span (Baylor/Kansas will battle Jan. 16 on ESPN Big Monday).

After a two-week hiatus, here are the latest #tweetnotes for Baylor's Big 12 road opener against @TexasTechMBB in 140 characters or less:

#STARTINGFIVE
No. 4 @BaylorMBB is one of only 4 undefeated teams remaining in Division I -- @MizzouHoops, @MSURacers and @suorangeempire.

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

Quincy Acy made @Big12Conference record 20 consecutive FGs to begin career. @BGAthletics' Torian Oglesby set NCAA record with 26 on Jan. 1.

10 of Baylor's first 14 opp have failed to score 60 pts Baylor has won 51 straight when holding teams to fewer than 60 pts.

Success isn't limited to the court. 6 earned 3.0+ fall GPA, while team posted highest semester GPA in program history. #BooksandBrotherhood

#RANKINGSANDSUCH
.@BaylorMBB moved up two sports to No. 4 in @AP_Top25 and No. 5 in coaches poll -- both program bests, while moving to No. 5 in @CBSSports Top 25+1.

Per @AFBaylorBear: "@BaylorMBB Looking at a 2 seed, and moving up!" in latest @ESPNLunardi Bracketology.

Latest @ESPN Power Rankings have undefeated Baylor (14-0) slipping one spot to No. 6 (highest: 3, lowest: 9).

#CLUTCH
In last 3 seasons, Baylor is 12-3 in games decided by 5 points or fewer, including 6 straight wins in such games. #TakingCareofBusiness

#ComingThroughinCluth: Pierre Jackson blocked @BYUBasketball shot at buzzer, hit FG to send WVU game to OT and hit layup to beat @mstateMBK.

#RANDOM
Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 105-47 after winning just 135 games in first 11 seasons of @Big12Conference era.

If you pro-rated scoring based on 40-minute game, 9 #Baylor players would be averaging at least 10.8 points. #ScoringinProRatedBunches

#Baylor has trailed (at some point) in 11 games this season. Largest deficit faced? 13 at @BYUBasketball.

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

#TEXASSUCCESS
#Baylor is 10-4 in last 14 vs its three in-state @Big12Conference tms -- @AggieMensHoops (4-1), @TechAthletics (3-1) and @UofTexasHoops (3-2).

#UNDERTHERADAR
In last 5 seasons under @BUDREW, #Baylor has won 20 true road and 20 neutral-site games -- a combined 40-34 record away from home.

#ACYWITHTHESMASH
51 percent of Quincy Acy's career FGs have been dunks (205 of 402). #AcyWiththeSmash

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

#FRONTCOURT
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

In last 45 games, Quincy Acy has 80 blocks (1.78 blocks per game). By comparison, Acy had 62 blocks in first 70 games at Baylor. #BlockParty

#BACKCOURT
Brady Heslip has made 3FG in 13 of 14 games, and 40 of 46 total FG are from 3-range #DowntownCanadian

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

A.J. Walton needs 33 assists to crack Baylor's career Top 10. #HeCanDishItToo

A.J. Walton and Pierre Jackson are averaging combined 3.29 steals per game with each averaging 1.64 swipes (both have 23 steals). #lockdown

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All Good Things Come in a Pair of 5's
9:01 P.M., THU., JAN. 5, 2012
CHRIS YANDLE (EMAIL)
Twitter: @BaylorMBB, @BaylorAthletics | Facebook: Baylor Athletics

All good things come in 3's. Or, in Baylor's case, all good things come in a pair of 5's.

As in No. 55, Pierre Jackson. The 2011 NJCAA Division I National Player of the Year is one of 20 finalists for the 2012 Bob Cousy Award, which is given to the nation's top collegiate point guard. Jackson has also been involved in two game-clinching, one game-tying and one game-winning situations in his first year at Baylor.

The junior PG, standing all of 5-foot-10, picked the most opportune time to record his career-first block Dec. 17 at BYU. With Baylor leading 86-83, Jackson blocked BYU's Brandon Davies' (listed at 6-foot-9) potential game-tying 3-point shot as time expired, helping preserve the Bears' second true road win and snapping BYU's 19-game non-conference home win streak.

A week later, Jackson was named Las Vegas Classic MVP after scoring a career-high 23 points in the championship game Dec. 23 against West Virginia. Jackson hit the game-tying 3-pointer with 27 seconds remaining in the second half, sending the game to overtime -- resulting in an 83-81 OT win.

In Baylor's final game of 2011, Jackson provided the eventual game-winning basket, a layup with 29 seconds remaining to give the Bears a 54-52 win Dec. 28 over Mississippi State in Dallas. Later, with the clock winding down, Quincy Acy blocked Mississippi State's shot on its last possession; Jackson then grabbed the rebound and poked the ball down the floor to run out the remaining seconds on the clock.

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#StillWinning
4:35 P.M., TUE., JAN. 3, 2012
CHRIS YANDLE (EMAIL)
Twitter: @BaylorMBB, @BaylorAthletics | Facebook: Baylor Athletics

Texas A&M shot 28.6 percent from the field - the second-lowest by a Baylor opponent this season - while the 4th-ranked Bears used balanced scoring to dispatch the Aggies 61-52 in the Big 12 opener for both schools. Baylor's nine-point win was its 14th straight to open the season. 14-0, the best start in program history. The current 14-game winning streak? The longest in program history.

Monday was the 204th edition of the "Battle of the Brazos" series, the second-longest played rivalry in program history and with Texas A&M's move to the SEC later this year, Monday's game could have been the last Baylor/A&M game played in the Ferrell Center for the forseeeable future. The nine-point victory is Baylor's fourth straight over Texas A&M and fourth straight home win over the Aggies. The four-game home win streak in the series is Baylor's longest since a five-game streak spanned 2000-2004.

#MAINTAININGBALANCE
Through 14 games, Baylor has maintained tremendous balance on both sides of the ball. Baylor entered Monday's Big 12 Conference opener ranked 8th nationally in scoring margin, 10th in 3FG percentage, 17th in FG percentage and 34th in scoring offense. On the flip side, Baylor entered 13th nationally in FG percentage defense.

Baylor has five players averaging 10+ points per game. Five. And that's with the team's leading scorer averaging just 13.4 points per game. That's balance and that can be a scary thing for opposing teams. Each night, a different player can carry the load. Scott Drew and Co. have so many weapons to choose from on a nightly basis.

#MORERANKINGSNOTES
Prior to Monday's game, Baylor cracked the Top 5 in both the AP and USA TODAY/ESPN polls for the first time in program history. Baylor's No. 5 ranking in the coaches poll was the highest in program history for all of about 30 minutes until the AP was released with Baylor at No. 4.

Following the nine-point win over Texas A&M, Baylor is now 12-1 all-time when ranked in the Top 10 (11-0 this season). Prior to this season, Baylor had just 33 total wins as a ranked team.

#OTHERNOTESOFNOTE
Baylor improved to 10-4 in its last 14 games against its three in-state Big 12 opponents - Texas A&M (4-1), Texas Tech (3-1) and Texas (3-2) ... Baylor is 8-8 all-time in Big 12 openers, including a 5-4 mark in the Scott Drew era and a five-game winning streak ... Baylor is 9-7 all-time in Big 12 home openers, including wins in each of the last five ... Baylor has won 51 straight games when holding opponents to fewer than 60 points, including 10 this season ... Baylor has held 12 opponents to fewer than 70 points ... Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 66-9 when holding opponents below the 70-point mark ... 46 of Baylor's 47 wins when ranked in the AP Top 25 have come during the Drew era.

#BRACKETOLOGY
The calendar flipped to 2012 and that only means one thing ... Bracketology. With conference play in full swing, the next two months will be full of March Madness projections, etc. NBC Sports has Baylor as a 2 seed in the West Region, playing Weber State in Albuquerque ... ESPN's Joe Lunardi also projects Baylor as a 2 seed in the Midwest Region against Lamar ... Andy Glockner says Baylor's a 2 seed in the South Region against Bucknell ... CollegeHoops.Net lists Baylor among its No. 1 seeds - Syracuse, Kentucky and UNC are the others.

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