March 14, 2010
WACO, Texas - The Baylor men's basketball team earned its highest seed in the NCAA Tournament, securing the No. 3 seed in the South Regional - the program's sixth NCAA Tournament appearance and second in the last three seasons.
Baylor (25-7) will face No. 14 Sam Houston State (25-7) on Thurs., March 18, at the New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La. Tip time is set for 30 minutes following the conclusion of the Notre Dame, Old Dominion which tips at 11:25 a.m. Should the Bears win, they would face the winner of No. 6 Notre Dame and No. 11 Old Dominion on Sat., March 20, at the same venue.
Baylor will receive approximately 500 tickets for its first-round game. Fans who desire to purchase tickets may call the Baylor ticket office starting at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 15. The Bear Foundation priority points system will be used to allocate tickets.
Location: Waco, Texas
Interim President: Dr. David E. Garland
President-Elect: Ken Starr
Faculty Representative: Michael Rogers
Athletic Director: Ian McCaw
Sport Administrator: Nick Joos, Senior Associate AD for External Relations
Conference: Big 12
Colors: Green (PMS 560) and Gold (1235)
Arena (capacity): Ferrell Center (10,284)
First Season of Basketball: 1906-07
All-Time Record: 1,141-1,267 (.474)
Overall Postseason Record: 7-11 (.389)
NCAA Appearances: 6 (1946, 1948, 1950, 1988, 2008, 2010)
Final Four Appearances: 2 (1948, 1950)
NIT Appearances: 4 (1987, 1990, 2001, 2009)
NIT Final Four Appearances: 1 (2009)
Regular Season Conference Titles: 5 (1932, 1946, 1948, 1949, 1950)
Conference Tournament Titles: 0
2009-10 Overall Record: 25-7
2009-10 Big 12 Record (finish): 11-5 (t2nd)
Top 25 Ranking: 21 (AP)/20 (ESPN/USA Today)
Roster Breakdown: 2 seniors / 2 juniors / 3 sophomores / 6 freshmen
Lettermen Returning/Lost: 6/6
Starters Returning/Lost: 2/3
Head Coach: Scott Drew (Butler, 1993)
Record at Baylor: 106-102 (7th season)
Career Record: 126-113 (8th season)
NCAA Appearances: 2 (2008, 2010)
NIT Appearances: 2 (2003, 2009)
BAYLOR NCAA NOTES
Baylor is 3-7 in five previous NCAA Tournaments (last appearance in 2008).
Baylor has played in two Final Fours (1948 and 1950) and one national championship (lost to Kentucky in 1948 title game).
Baylor has eight wins this season (8-5) against the 2010 NCAA Tournament field
- Texas (3-0), Morgan State (1-0), Xavier (1-0), Missouri (1-0), Oklahoma State (1-1), Texas A&M (1-1), Kansas (0-1) and Kansas State (0-2).
Baylor is 6-3 all-time vs. Sam Houston State and 67-20 vs. current members of the Southland Conference.
2010 is Baylor's third NCAA Tournament berth since 1950 (first three appearances were in 8-team NCAA bracket).
Baylor's series records vs. possible second round opponents: Baylor is 1-1 vs. Notre Dame (last meeting in 2007) and 0-1 vs. Old Dominion (only meeting in 1973).
All but two of Baylor's losses this season came to teams in the NCAA Tournament.
The seven Big 12 teams selected mark the first time in conference history that seven have made the field in the same season. The Big 12 has had six teams earn bids seven times, including each of the last two years (2008, 2009).
Since 2000, there have been 34 occasions when a conference has sent six or more teams to the NCAA Championship. The Big 12 has done it seven times. This mark ties the Big East and SEC for most six-team seasons during that span. Other conferences that boast multiple years with six or more include the Big Ten (5), ACC (4) and Pac-10 (4).
Three current players on the Baylor roster have previous NCAA Tournament experience - LaceDarius Dunn, Tweety Carter and Josh Lomers all played in Baylor's 2008 NCAA Tournament first-round game vs. Purdue in Washington, D.C. Seven current players have previous NIT experience - Dunn, Carter, Lomers, Quincy Acy, Anthony Jones, Fred Ellis and Ekpe Udoh (2006-07 at Michigan).
Two current Baylor players hail from the state of Louisiana - Demond `Tweety' Carter (Reserve) and LaceDarius Dunn (Monroe).
Baylor is 269-481 all-time against the other 64 teams in the NCAA Tournament field (faced 39 of the possible 64 opponents).