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Men's Basketball Earns NCAA Tournament Berth

March 16, 2008

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The Baylor men's basketball team earned their first NCAA Tournament berth since 1988. The Bears secured a No. 11 seed in the West regional in what will be the university's fifth tournament appearance.


The Bears will face No. 6 Purdue on Thursday, March 20 at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C. Should they win, Baylor would face the winner of the No. 3 Xavier and No. 14 Georgia matchup on Saturday, March 22 at the same venue.


Baylor will receive approximately 500 tickets. Fans who desire to purchase tickets can call the Baylor ticket office starting at 8:00 a.m. The Bear Foundation priority points system will be used to allocate tickets.


Click here for an official NCAA Tournament bracket




Quotes and Reaction from Selection Sunday

Quotes from Monday Media Day


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Baylor is 3-6 in 4 previous NCAA Tournaments.

Baylor has played in 2 Final Fours (1948 and 1950) and one national championship (lost to Kentucky in 1948 title game).

Baylor has 5 wins over NCAA Tournament teams: Kansas State, Mississippi Valley State, Notre Dame, Texas A&M, Winthrop.

No current Baylor player has any postseason experience, NIT or NCAA.

2008 is Baylor's second NCAA Tournament berth since 1950 (first three appearances were in 8-team NCAA bracket).

Baylor is 1-1 all-time vs. Purdue & 2-5 vs. current members of the Big Ten conference.

Baylor has never faced their possible second round opponents of Georgia and Xavier.

All but 2 of Baylor's losses this season came to teams in the NCAA Tournament.

6 Big 12 teams were selected to participate in the 2008 NCAA Tournament.


Quick Facts:



Location: Waco, Texas

Founded: 1845

Enrollment: 14,174

President: Dr. John M. Lilley

Athletic Director: Ian McCaw

Faculty Representative: Michael Rogers

Conference: Big 12

Nickname: Bears

Colors: Green (PMS 560) and Gold (PMS 1235)

Arena (capacity): Ferrell Center (10,284)



First Season: 1906-07

All-Time Record: 1,092-1,244 (.467)

Overall Postseason Record: 3-9 (.250)

NCAA Tournament Appearances: 4 (1946, 1948, 1950, 1988)

NCAA Tournament Record: 3-6 (.333)

Final Four Appearances: 2 (1948, 1950)

Last NCAA Appearance: 1988 (lost to Memphis in first round)

NIT Appearances: 3

NIT Record: 0-3

Last NIT Appearance: 2001 (lost to New Mexico in opening game)

Regular Season Conference Championships: 5 (1932, 1946, 1948, 1949, 1950)

Conference Tournament Titles: 0



Head Coach: Scott Drew (Butler `93)

            Record at Baylor: 57-79 (5 years)

            Career Record: 77-90 (6 years)

Assistant Coaches:

            Matthew Driscoll (Slippery Rock '92)

            Mark Morefield (Valparaiso '98)

            Jerome Tang (Charter Oak State `07)

Director of Operations: Stephen Brough

Coordinator of Operations: Paul Mills

Athletic Trainer: David Chandler



2007-08 Overall Record: 21-10

2007-08 Big 12 Record / Finish: 9-7 / t4th

Top-25 Ranking: rv AP / -- ESPN/USA Today

Roster Breakdown: 3 Sr. / 5 Jr. / 2 So. / 2 Fr.

Lettermen Returning/Lost: 9/3

Starters Returning/Lost: 5/0

2006-07 REVIEW

            2006-07 Overall Record: 15-16

            2006-07 Big 12 Rec. / Finish: 4-12 / 11th

            2006-07 Postseason: none

            Returning Scoring: 90.6 percent

            Returning Rebounding: 86.8 percent


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