No. 3 Baylor (26-7) vs. No. 11 USC (26-9)
By Jerry Hill
Baylor Bear Foundation
TULSA, Okla. - Third-seeded Baylor and the 11th-seeded USC Trojans bring a whole new meaning to the old cliché, "no lead is safe."
When the Bears (26-7) rallied from four down to post a 91-73 first-round victory over New Mexico State in Friday's opening round of the NCAA Tournament, it was the 12th time they've come back from a second-half deficit and they're now 9-2 when trailing at the half.
USC (26-9), which has erased double-digit deficits in half of their 26 wins, came from 17 back to beat Providence, 75-71, in Wednesday's First Four game in Dayton, Ohio. But, the Trojans outdid themselves in Friday's 66-65 upset of sixth-seeded SMU at the BOK Center, never leading until the last 2 ½ minutes when Bennie Boatwright and Elijah Stewart hit 3-pointers.
"Well, they certainly make it interesting," USC coach Andy Enfield said. "It's a little challenging to coach this team at times, because we're bad enough to get behind and good enough to come back. It's amazing how streaky we are."
Playing for its fourth Sweet 16 berth in the last seven years, Baylor faces USC at 6:45 p.m. Sunday at the BOK Center, with the winner advancing to face either second-seeded Duke (28-8) or seventh-seeded South Carolina (23-10) in the region semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York.
"I think in the beginning of the year, nobody would have thought we would even be in the tournament," said Baylor junior point guard Manu Lecomte, who is averaging 12.3 points and 3.9 assists. "It's March, and anything can happen."
Ish Wainright, the Bears' lone senior, said you can't overlook anyone in the NCAA Tournament.
"Like they say, this is March, anything is possible," he said. "I know a lot of teams that looked past other teams and prepared for teams they were supposed to play the next round, and they're no longer with us. But, we can't overlook anybody and they can't overlook us. It's going to be a great one."
The similarities don't end with the two teams' comeback capability. While Baylor started out 15-0 and earned its first No. 1 ranking in program history, USC vaulted into the national rankings by winning its first 14 games before falling 84-61 on the road at Oregon.
"They're a lot like us," said Enfield, whose team had not won an NCAA Tournament game in eight years before winning two in three days. "They started out the year undefeated and they had some injuries like we did, and then they finished strong. I think it's two very good basketball teams that have similar strengths. And I think it's going to come down to who can execute what they do better."
Drew said the 2017 Trojans look a lot like the 2013 Florida Gulf Coast team that became the first 15th seed to reach the Sweet 16. Enfield, the Eagles' head coach at the time, introduced the world to "Dunk City" with wins over second-seeded Georgetown and No. 7 seed San Diego State in an improbable tournament run.
"Shooting the three like they do, the way they run their offense, they get a lot of opportunities at the rim," Drew said. "And with the great athletes he has, that usually leads to a lot of the dunks. So, you see similarities as far as that goes - threes and dunks."
Even the teams' front lines are similar. The 6-foot-10 Boatwright (15.1 ppg, 4.5 rebounds) is joined by 6-11 sophomore Chimezie Metu (14.5 ppg, 7.9 rebounds, 1.6 blocks), while Baylor's last line of defense is led by 6-10 junior forward Johnathan Motley (17.3 ppg, 9.9 rebounds) and 7-footer Jo Lual-Acuil (9.4 ppg, 6.9 rebounds, 2.7 blocks).
"They're one of the best low-post scoring teams we've seen," Enfield said. "They love the high-low action to use their size, so we have to be prepared for that. Motley has great footwork in the low post, and he can also step out a little bit. . . . They had 50 points in the paint in the first-round game, so we can't give up 50 points in the paint and expect to win. We have to do a good job of playing man and zone and hope they miss some shots."
The Trojans also get production from the 6-5 Stewart (12.3 ppg), 6-1 junior point guard Jordan McLaughlin (13.0 ppg, 5.5 assists) and 6-4 freshman guard De' Anthony Melton (8.4 ppg, 4.7 rebounds).
Motley and Lecomte are the Bears' only double-figure scorers, but they got tremendous bench production from 6-8 junior forward Terry Maston and 6-3 junior guard Al Freeman in Friday's first-round win over New Mexico State. Maston was an efficient 9-of-12 from the floor and finished with 19 points and nine rebounds, while Freeman hit three 3-pointers and scored one off his career-high with 21 points.
"If you had the opportunity to come watch us in practice, there would be days you would walk away thinking Terry Maston was the best big guy in the gym," sophomore guard Jake Lindsey said. "When you have two NBA guys as your teammates, that's an impressive thing to say about anybody. So, his performance doesn't surprise us."
Freeman was suspended for three games earlier this season and lost his starting job to sophomore King McClure, but he "rebounded from it," Lindsey said.
"As a credit to him he's come back even better, been shooting the ball great, been a great teammate," Lindsey said, "and we're all happy to see him really pick us up yesterday and make some big plays."
Sunday's game will be broadcast by truTV, with Kevin Harlan calling the action and former NBA standout Reggie Miller providing analysis.
In the other half of the East Region bracket, top-seeded Villanova was knocked off by eighth-seeded Wisconsin, 65-62, and fourth-seeded Florida rolled to a 65-39 blowout victory over fifth-seeded Virginia. The Baylor-USC winner advances to face either Duke or South Carolina, who will tip off about an hour later in Greenville, S.C.
No. 3 seed Baylor faces No. 11 USC in the 2017 NCAA Tournament second round at Tulsa's BOK Center. The game tips off at approximately 6:45 p.m. CT and will be televised on truTV.
Baylor is appearing in the NCAA Tournament for a school-record fourth consecutive season.
Baylor is 12-12 in 11 NCAA Championships trips, including 9-6 in the Scott Drew era.
Drew has led Baylor to two Elite Eights (2010, 2012) and three Sweet 16s (2010, 2012, 2014).
Baylor's No. 3 NCAA Tournament seed ties its best-ever (2010, 2012, 2015).
Baylor is 30-15 in postseason tournaments (conference, national) over the last nine seasons.
BU is seeking its 27th win, the 3rd-most in a season in program history (30 in 2012, 28 in 2010).
Baylor's 25 regular season wins tied its most in program history (2012), its 12 Big 12 wins tied its most in conference play (2012) and its tie for 2nd place tied its best-ever Big 12 finish (2010).
Sunday is the 3rd series meeting. USC won the first meeting 72-59 on Dec. 28, 1955 in Oklahoma City, and Baylor evened the series with an 84-83 win in El Paso on Dec. 18, 1976.
BU has reached the 20-win mark for a school-record 6th straight season and 9th time in the last 10 years.
Baylor has faced a second-half deficit and come back to win in 12 games this season.
BU is 9-2 when trailing at half and averages a +11.8 scoring margin in 2nd halves of those games.
BU is 48-9 over the last two seasons when it takes the lead at any point in the 2nd half of a game.
Baylor's defense held teams to 64.3 points per game in Big 12 play, which led the league by 7.7 ppg.
BU held opponents to an average of 9.4 ppg below their scoring averages in Big 12 play.
BU led the league in FG defense (41%), rebounding (38.3) and rebounding margin (+9.5) in Big 12 play.
Baylor's defense this season has been its best of the Drew era - BU ranks No. 12 nationally in adjusted defensive efficiency - Drew's best previous defense was ranked No. 23 nationally in 2014-15.
Baylor's defense ranks 16th nationally in effective field goal percentage defense (45.4), 21st in 2-point FG defense (44.3), 30th in 3-point FG defense (31.6) and 24th in block percentage (13.4).
BU has been out-rebounded just 4 times all season (all BU wins) and has out-rebounded its opponent by double-digits in 17 of its 33 games. BU ranks 4th nationally with a +9.1 rebounding margin.
BU opponents average 18.5 seconds per possession, 8th-longest nationally according to KenPom.com.
Drew was named Basketball Times National Coach of the Year and is one of 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Men's College Coach of the Year.
Drew is 242-110 since 2007-08, the first year he had a full allotment of scholarships.
Baylor is 151-63 over the last 6 seasons, averaging 25.2 wins per season since 2012.
Johnathan Motley is a Naismith Trophy semifinalist (10), on the Wooden Award National Ballot (15) and a Karl Malone Award finalist (5). He's a 2nd Team All-American by USBWA, Sporting News and NBC.
Motley is the 16th All-American in BU history and the first-ever unanimous first-team All-Big 12 pick.
Manu Lecomte is Baylor's 2nd player to win Big 12 Newcomer of the Year (Ekpe Udoh, 2010).
BU had 4 All-Big 12 honorees, as Ishmail Wainright and Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. were also recognized.
Baylor (151), Iowa State (147) and Kansas (177) are the only Big 12 teams with 125+ wins since 2011-12.
Baylor is 6-3 vs. AP Top 25-ranked teams and 4-3 vs. AP Top 10 teams this season (wins vs. No. 4 Oregon, No. 24 Michigan State, No. 10 Louisville, No. 7 Xavier, at No. 25 Kansas State and No. 10 West Virginia).
BU is 19-17 in Big 12 road games since 2014 and 28-26 since 2012, both trailing only Kansas.
Baylor has 18 wins over ranked teams in the last three seasons (18-17 since 2014-15).
BU has won 22+ games every year since 2012, one of 19 teams to make that claim entering 2016-17.
Head coach Scott Drew is in his 14th season at Baylor and is the school's all-time wins leader (276).
Baylor has won 88% of its games when leading at the half since 2011-12 (117-16).
BU has won 42% of games in which its been tied or trailing at the half since 2011-12, going 34-47 in those.
The Bears have defeated four top-10 teams in a season for the first time in program history.
Baylor climbed to No. 1 in the Jan. 9 AP Top 25, marking the first No. 1 ranking in program history.
BU's climb from unranked in week 1 to No. 1 in week 9 was the fastest by any team in AP Top 20/25 history.
BU is one of four teams to reach the No. 1 spot after being unranked in the AP preseason top 20/25.
BU received 55 first-place votes in the Jan. 9 AP poll and has notched 92 first-place votes in AP polls this season.
Prior to this season, the Bears had only received one first-place vote since the first AP poll in 1949.
Baylor is one of 13 teams to be nationally ranked in each of the last 10 seasons.
Baylor is 47-29 in games decided by 5 or fewer points and 12-2 in overtime games since 2008-09.
Baylor has the nation's 2nd-longest non-conference home winning streak at 43 straight. Duke has the longest streak at 132 games, followed by Baylor at 43 and Arizona at 39.
The Bears' last non-conference home loss was vs. Northwestern on Dec. 4, 2012. BU averages a 22.3-point margin of victory and has nine wins over high-major teams during the streak.
Baylor won the 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis with wins over VCU, No. 24 Michigan State and No. 10 Louisville. Johnathan Motley was named tournament MVP after averaging 20.0 points per game.
Baylor has had a nation-leading four players selected in the NBA Draft since 2010 who weren't ranked in the ESPN100 out of high school -- Quincy Acy, Ekpe Udoh, Pierre Jackson and Taurean Prince.
Seven of BU's eight starting point guards during the Drew era have earned All-Big 12 recognition.
Baylor has the Big 12's 2nd-longest active streak with at least one 3-point FG made in 833 straight games.
BU did not receive any preseason poll votes for the first time since 2009-10.
MOTLEY BECOMES 16TH ALL-AMERICAN IN PROGRAM HISTORY
Johnathan Motley was named to the All-America 2nd team by USBWA, Sporting News and NBC Sports and to the 3rd team by USA Today. He became the 16th All-American player in program history.
Motley can become Baylor's first-ever AP 1st-team All-American. The only previous Bears named to the AP All-America 1st or 2nd teams were Vinnie Johnson (2nd team, 1979) and Terry Teagle (2nd team, 1982).
Motley is the first Naismith Trophy semifinalist (1 of 10) in program history. He's also 1 of 15 players on the Wooden Award National Ballot and is on the Oscar Robertson Trophy Midseason Watch List (1 of 19) and the Lute Olson Award watch list, and he's 1 of 5 finalists for the Karl Malone Award.
Motley is currently 3rd in KenPom.com's National Player of the Year rankings at 1.570, trailing only Villanova's Josh Hart (1.704) and Saint Mary's Jock Londale (1,612). He's the top-ranked Big 12 player, with OSU's Jawun Evans (1.350) in 6th and KU's Frank Mason (1.321) in 9th.
SECOND ROUND SUCCESS
Baylor is 3-0 in NCAA Tournament second-round games during the modern era, all since 2010.
BU won vs. No. 11 seed Old Dominion in 2010, No. 11 seed Colorado in 2012 and No. 3 seed Creighton in 2014.
BENCH LEADS BEARS PAST NEW MEXICO STATE, INTO SECOND ROUND
Baylor rallied from 40-38 halftime deficit to defeat New Mexico State in Friday's NCAA Tournament first round, thanks in large part to contributions off the bench from Al Freeman and Terry Maston.
BU trailed by 4 early in the 2nd half, then went on a 28-6 run over the next 11 minutes to take control.
Freeman had a season-high 21 points and added 5 rebounds, while Maston poured in 19 points on 9-of-12 shooting and a season-high-tying 9 rebounds. The combined for 25 of Baylor's 38 first-half points.
Johnathan Motley overcame first-half foul trouble to post a double-double with 15 points and 10 rebounds.
Baylor tied a number of program bests this season. The Bears' 25 regular season wins tied the most in program history (2012), and BU's 12 Big 12 victories tied its most in any conference (2012).
BU also tied its best-ever finish in the Big 12 standings, matching the 3-way tie for 2nd place from 2010.
BU's No. 3 seed in the Big 12 Championship tied the 2010 season for best in program history.
Baylor also tied the highest NCAA Tournament seed in program history (No. 3 in 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2017).
Sunday is the 3rd series meeting between Baylor and USC and the first since 1976.
The teams split a pair of neutral site games. USC won 72-59 in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Dec. 28, 1955, and Baylor won 84-83 in El Paso, Texas, on Dec. 18, 1976.
BAYLOR VS. 2017 NCAA TOURNAMENT FIELD
Baylor is 13-6 against the 2017 NCAA Tournament field this season.
BU has played No. 1 Kansas (0-2), No. 2 Louisville (1-0), No. 3 Oregon (1-0), No. 4 West Virginia (1-1), No. 5 Iowa State (1-1), No. 9 Michigan State (1-0), No. 10 Oklahoma State (2-0), No. 10 VCU (1-0), No. 11 Xavier (1-0), No. 11 Kansas State (1-2), No. 14 FGCU (1-0), No. 14 New Mexico State and No. 16 Texas Southern (1-0).
BU went 2-2 against teams with No. 3 better seeds and 11-4 against lower-seeded teams.
None of the 12 NCAA Tournament teams BU faced during the regular season are in the East Regional.
All told, BU is 16-6 against 2017 postseason teams -- 13-6 vs. NCAA and 3-0 vs. NIT.
TIED FOR BEST SEED IN PROGRAM HISTORY
Baylor's No. 3 NCAA Tournament seed ties 2010, 2012 and 2015 for best in program history.
The Bears are 7-3 in four NCAA appearances as a No. 3 seed.
BU advanced to the Elite Eight and lost to the eventual national champion in both 2010 (Duke) and 2012 (Kentucky), and the Bears lost in the first round in 2015 (Georgia State).
WEALTH OF POSTSEASON EXPERIENCE
Six Baylor players have previous NCAA Tournament experience, including Ishmail Wainright, who is the first player in program history to play in four NCAA Tournaments.
Juniors Johnathan Motley, Al Freeman and Terry Maston and sophomores Jake Lindsey and King McClure played in the 2016 NCAA Tournament. Motley and Freeman played in the 2015 NCAA Tournament and redshirted on the 2014 Sweet 16 team.
Additionally, Manu Lecomte has five games of NIT experience from Miami's run to the 2014 title game.
DREW IN NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Head coach Scott Drew has a 9-6 record over seven NCAA Championship appearances.
Drew has guided Baylor to seven NCAA Tournaments in the last 10 seasons. Prior to Drew's arrival, Baylor went to only four NCAA Touraments, including just once in the 63 seasons precedeing his arrival in 2003-04.
Drew was a major factor in Valparaiso's six NCAA appearances (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002) while an assistant on his father Homer's staff.
In 2008, Drew guided Baylor to its first NCAA Championship appearance in 20 seasons (since 1988) and just its second appearance in 58 seasons since going to the eight-team tournament in 1950.
BAYLOR IN NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Baylor has 11 NCAA Championship appearances, and the Bears have lost to the eventual national champion four times (1946, 1948, 2010 and 2012).
Baylor's 1946 team lost to Oklahoma A&M in the regional semifinals in Kansas City, Mo.
Baylor's 1948 squad lost to Kentucky in the national title game at New York's Madison Square Garden,
Baylor's 2010 team lost to Duke in the Elite Eight at Houston's Reliant Stadium.
Baylor's 2012 team lost to Kentucky in the Elite Eight at Atlanta's Georgia Dome.
Prior to 2015, Baylor's NCAA bids all came in even-numbered years --1946, 1948, 1950, 1988, 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014. The Bears are appearing in four straight NCAA Tournaments for the first time in program history.
Baylor played in three tournaments in a five-year span between 1946-1950 under head coach Bill Henderson, including Final Four appearances in 1948 and 1950.
WINNING AWAY FROM HOME VS. NON-BIG 12 TEAMS
Baylor is 50-23 against non-conference teams in neutral/road games in the Scott Drew era, including a 27-10 record in away games against non-Big 12 teams since 2011-12.
Baylor is 48-19 in road/neutral non-conference games since the 2007-08 season (5-0 in 2016-17; 1-3 in 2015-16; 3-2 in 2014-15; 6-2 in 2013-14; 5-2 in 2012-13; 8-1 in 2011-12; 1-3 in 2010-11; 8-2 in 2009-10; 6-2 in 2008-09; 5-2 in 2007-08).
NINE WINS AFTER TRAILING AT HALFTIME
Baylor has trailed at halftime 11 times (VCU by 8, Michigan St. by 3, Louisville by 15, Xavier by 3, OSU by 5, at WVU by 7, at TCU by 2, at Ole Miss by 7, vs. K-State by 15, vs. WVU by 2, vs. NMSU by 2), but BU is 9-2 in those games.
Baylor averages a +11.8 scoring margin in second halves of the 11 games it has trailed at halftime.
In the nine wins, BU's defense has allowed 34.7 first-half points and 28.1 second-half points.
BU has out-scored opponents by 9+ points in second halves in all 9 of those wins - VCU 43-27, Michigan St. 43-25, Louisville 42-24, Xavier 45-27, Oklahoma St. 36-27, TCU 36-25, Ole Miss 43-33, WVU 43-32 and NMSU 53-33.
OVERCOMING SECOND-HALF DEFICITS
Twelve times this season Baylor has faced a second-half deficit and come back to win.
BU is 48-9 over the last two seasons when it takes a lead at any point in the second half of a game.
The Bears overcame second-half deficits against FGCU (3), vs. VCU (8), vs. Michigan St. (3), vs. Louisville (20), Xavier (9), Iowa St. (6), Oklahoma St. (7) at K-State (2), at TCU (2), at Ole Miss (10), West Virginia (8) and vs. NMSU (4).
A WIN WOULD ...
Be Baylor's 27th win of the season, the 3rd-most in school history (30 in 2012, 28 in 2010).
Improve Baylor's all-time NCAA Tournament record to 13-12, including 10-6 in the Scott Drew era.
Mark the 4th time the Bears advanced to the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 in 7 trips during the Drew era.
Improve Baylor's record to 31-15 in postseason tournaments (conference, national) over the last 9 seasons.
Give Baylor a 2-1 lead in the all-time series vs. USC, with all 3 games at neutral sites.
Make Baylor 152-63 since 2011-12, the Big 12's second-most wins in that span behind only Kansas (177).
Give Baylor a 243-110 record since 2007-08, Drew's first year with a full allotment of scholarships.
Be Ishmail Wainright's 91st career win, tied for 5th-most in program history.
Improve Baylor's record to 99-41 during Wainright's four-year career, tied for 3rd-most wins in a 4-year career.
FOUR BEARS EARN ALL-BIG 12 HONORS
Johnathan Motley, Manu Lecomte, Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. and Ishmail Wainright earned All-Big 12 recognition.
Motley is Baylor's first-ever unanimous first-team All-Big 12 honoree, picking up unanimous recognition from both the league's coaches and media, and he's the seventh different Baylor player named first-team All-Big 12.
Lecomte joined Ekpe Udoh (2010) as the only players in program history to earn Big 12 Newcomer of the Year. Lecomte was also named to the coaches' All-Big 12 third team and All-Newcomer team.
Wainright picked up All-Big 12 honorable mention and All-Defensive team recogition from the league's coaches.
Lual-Acuil was an All-Big 12 honorable mention selection by the league's media.
Four honorees tied the school record set in 2012 and 2016. At least three BU players have been named All-Big 12 in 10 straight seasons, with 33 all-league honors earned by 21 different players since 2008.
SECOND-MOST WINS AMONG BIG 12 TEAMS SINCE 2011-12
Baylor's 151-63 record since 2011-12 trails only Kansas (177-41) among Big 12 teams (thru 3/17/17).
Iowa State (147-62) is 3rd, West Virginia (127-76) is 4th, Oklahoma (123-78) is 5th, Kansas State (122-78) is 6th, Texas (112-92) is 7th, Oklahoma State (110-87) is 8th, TCU (88-110) is 9th and Texas Tech (83-107) is 10th.
Baylor has averaged 25.2 wins per season over 6 seasons since 2011-12.
DREW AND MOTLEY AMONG NAISMITH SEMIFINALISTS
Baylor head coach Scott Drew is one of 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Men's College Coach of the Year and junior forward Johnathan Motley is one of 10 semifinalists for the Naismith Men's College Player of the Year.
Drew was also named Basketball Times National Coach of the Year. He has led Baylor from receiving no votes in either preseason poll to the first No. 1 ranking in program history.
Drew also had four wins over top-10 teams this season and had the Bears top-10 ranked in 14 of the last 15 polls.
Motley is the first player in program history named a Naismith semifinalist, and he is the first BU player named a USBWA All-American. He leads the Big 12 with 9.9 rebounds per game and ranks fourth with 17.3 ppg.
BEST DEFENSE OF DREW ERA
Baylor's defense held opponents to 64.3 points per game in Big 12 play, which led the league by 7.7 ppg. That margin was greater than the 6.1 ppg difference between No. 2 (WVU, 72.0) and No. 10 (OSU, 78.1) in the league.
BU opponents averaged 9.4 points per game below their season averages in Big 12 play.
BU is No. 12 in adjusted defensive efficiency as of March 17. Its best defense under Drew was No. 23 in 2015.
The Bears have been top-100 in KenPom adjusted defensive efficiency in seven straight seasons.
BU was No. 23 in 2015, No. 37 in 2012 and No. 42 in 2010 - the Bears were NCAA No. 3 seeds all three years.
The Bears were No. 64 in 2013, No. 70 in 2014, No. 79 in 2011 and No. 84 in 2016.
FOUR CONSECUTIVE NCAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCES
Baylor is on a school-record streak of four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. Prior to earning at-large bids in each of the last four seasons, the Bears had never been to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments.
BU is 1 of 19 teams appearing in their fourth consecutive NCAA Tournaments, joining Arizona, Cincinnati, Dayton, Duke, Gonzaga, Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina, Oregon, Providence, VCU, Villanova, Virginia, Wichita State, Wisconsin and Xavier.
The Bears are one of eight teams nationally to earn a top-six seed in each of the last four NCAA Tournaments, joining Arizona, Duke, Iowa State, Kansas, North Carolina, Villanova and Virginia.
Baylor was a No. 6 seed in 2014, a No. 3 seed in 2015, a No. 5 seed in 2016 and a No. 3 seed this season.
FINAL FOURS, "MR. BILL" AND THE GOLDEN YEARS OF BAYLOR BASKETBALL
The golden years of Baylor basketball came under the direction of the late Bill Henderson. "Mr. Bill" led Baylor to its first three NCAA Tournament appearances, two Final Fours and a national runner-up finish in 1948.
Henderson coached for a collective 19 seasons and amassed 201 wins. He served as president of the NABC and athletic director at Baylor. Henderson is a member of the Baylor Athletic Hall of Fame, the Texas Sports Hall of Fame and was the honorary coach of Baylor's All-Centennial Team.
Henderson's 201 wins were a school record until Scott Drew surpassed him on March 14, 2014.
BAYLOR 20-WIN SEASONS
In the program's first 101 seasons, Baylor posted 20+ wins just three times -- 1945-46, 1947-48 and 1987-88.
In the last 10 seasons, Baylor has nine 20-win campaigns.
ONE OF 15 TEAMS WITH THREE SWEET 16 APPEARANCES SINCE 2010
Baylor is one of 15 teams nationally to make three Sweet 16 appearances in the last seven years.
The Bears are joined by Arizona, Duke, Florida, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Marquette, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Syracuse, Wisconsin and Xavier.
Scott Drew is the youngest of 11 coaches nationally to lead his current program to three Sweet 16s since 2010. Drew (46) is joined by Xavier's Chris Mack (47), Arizona's Sean Miller (48), Ohio State's Thad Matta (49), Indiana's Tom Crean (50), Kansas' Bill Self (54), Kentucky's John Calipari (58), Michigan State's Tom Izzo (62), Louisville's Rick Pitino (64), North Carolina's Roy Williams (66), Duke's Mike Krzyzewski (70) and Syracuse's Jim Boeheim (72).
NATION'S SIXTH-BEST POSTSEASON RECORD
Baylor's 18-6 postseason record over the past nine seasons is the nation's sixth-best among teams with at least three NCAA Tournament berths since 2009.
The only teams with better postseason winning percentages than Baylor's .750 are Kentucky (.788), North Carolina (.788), Duke (.786), Connecticut (.783) and Louisville (.760).
The Bears' 18 postseason wins in that span are seventh-most, trailing only Kentucky (26), North Carolina (26), Duke (22), Michigan State (21), Kansas (19) and Louisville (19).
Baylor went 4-1 and advanced to the 2009 NIT Championship game, 3-1 on their way to NCAA Tournament Elite Eight berths in 2010 and 2012, 5-0 to claim the 2013 NIT title and 2-1 on its way to the 2014 Sweet 16.
CONSISTENTLY AMONG NATION'S BEST OFFENSES
Baylor's offense has consistently ranked among the nation's best over the last nine seasons under Scott Drew.
The Bears have finished eight of the past nine seasons among the top 20 nationally in KenPom's adjusted offensive efficiency, joining Duke as the only programs to make that claim.
This season, Baylor is No. 22 in adjusted offensive efficiency as of March 17.
BU finished No. 13 in 2015-16, No. 18 in 2014-15, No. 9 in 2013-14, No. 14 in 2012-13, No. 8 in 2011-12, No. 102 in 2010-11, No. 3 in 2009-10, No. 11 in 2008-09 and No. 11 in 2007-08.
FASTEST CLIMB FROM UNRANKED TO NO. 1 IN AP POLL HISTORY
Baylor's climb from unranked in the week 1 AP poll to No. 1 in week 9 was the fastest by any team in AP Top 20/25 history (excludes 1961-68, when only 10 teams were ranked in weekly polls).
Only two other teams have gone from unranked in the week 1 AP Top 20/25 to No. 1 - 2009-10 Syracuse climbed to the top spot in week 16, and 1978-79 Indiana State claimed No. 1 in week 14.
BU is one of four teams to go from unranked in the preseason AP Top 20/25 to the No. 1 spot - 1978-79 Indiana State, 1989-90 Kansas and 2009-10 Syracuse also accomplished the feat. Additionally, 1963-64 UCLA and 1965-66 Kentucky went from preseason unranked to No. 1, but only 10 teams were listed in those preseason polls.
Prior to this season, Baylor had received only one first-place vote in school history (2011-12 week 11 poll).
SIX WINS OVER AP TOP 25 TEAMS
Baylor is 6-3 vs. ranked teams (wins vs. No. 4 Oregon, No. 24 Michigan State, No. 10 Louisville, No. 7 Xavier, at No. 25 Kansas State and vs. No. 10 West Virginia; losses at No. 10 WVU, at No. 3 Kansas and vs. No. 3 Kansas).
Baylor has won at least five games vs. AP Top 25 teams in each of the last four seasons.
BU's 6 wins over ranked teams this year are the 2nd-most in program history (7 in 2015; 5 in 2014 and 2016).
Baylor has gone 18-17 against ranked teams since the start of the 2014-15 season.
BU is 37-57 against ranked teams since 2007-08 after going 0-27 in Drew's first four rebuilding seasons.
MOTLEY JOINS 1,000-POINT CLUB
Johnathan Motley became the 31st player in program history to reach the 1,000-point mark on Feb. 8 at OSU.
Motley became the 13th player of the Drew era to reach the milestone, joining LaceDarius Dunn, Curtis Jerrells, Tweety Carter, Kevin Rogers, Quincy Acy, Aaron Bruce, Taurean Prince, Pierre Jackson, Henry Dugat, Rico Gathers, Cory Jefferson and Brady Heslip.
Motley (1,192 points) ranks 21st on Baylor's all-time scoring list. He needs 17 points to pass his frontcourt mate from last season, Rico Gathers (1,208) in 20th place.
Motley is the first player in Baylor history with 1,000 points, 600 rebounds, 100 blocks and 100 assists.
BEST IN TEXAS
Baylor is 49-9 against in-state opponents since the start of the 2011-12 season, and the Bears have advanced deeper into postseason play than any of Texas' 21 Division I team in five of the last six seasons.
BU is a combined 63-13 against Lone Star State teams over the last seven seasons after going 10-27 against in-state teams in Scott Drew's first six seasons at Baylor (7-1 in 2016-17, 9-3 in 2015-16, 10-1 in 2014-15, 6-3 in 2013-14, 7-1 in 2012-13, 10-0 in 2011-12, 5-3 in 2010-11 and 9-1 in 2009-10).
Additionally, six of the nine NBA Draft picks from Texas colleges since 2012 have come from Baylor. North Texas, Texas and Texas A&M have each had one player selected in the last five NBA Drafts.
Baylor has won 88% of its games when leading at the half since 2011-12. BU is 117-16 when leading at the break in that stretch (17-3 this season, 18-2 in 2015-16, 21-7 in 2014-15, 18-2 in 2013-14, 17-1 in 2012-13 and 26-1 in 2011-12).
BU has won 42% of games in which its been tied or trailing at the half since 2011-12, going 34-47 in those.
BU has led at halftime in 133 of 214 games over the last six seasons, and BU is 151-63 since 2011-12.
BEARS IN AP POLL THIS SEASON
Baylor went from receiving no votes in the week 1 AP poll to No. 4 nationally just three weeks later on Dec. 5.
BU was top-10 ranked for a school-record-tying 13 consecutive weeks, including nine weeks in the top-5.
Prior to this season, BU had been top-10 ranked in 20 weekly polls in program history, all during 2010-11, 2011-12 (13 straight weeks) and 2013-14.
Baylor has now been ranked in each of the last 10 seasons - one of 13 teams nationally to make that claim.
EXPERIENCED DESPITE ONLY ONE SENIOR
Baylor has only one senior on this year's roster, but BU's top nine in minutes per game are all at least 20 years old.
All five players in Baylor's most-used starting lineup are in their fourth or fifth years of college. Manu Lecomte (21), Johnathan Motley (21) and Al Freeman (22) are fourth-year juniors, Ishmail Wainright (22) is a fourth-year senior and Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. (22) is a fifth-year junior.
The Bears also have sophomore guards King McClure (20) and Jake Lindsey (20) and junior forwards Terry Maston (21) and Nuni Omot (22).
HISTORY OF SUCCESS WITH REDSHIRTS
Baylor has a track record of success when players redshirt under Scott Drew. Ekpe Udoh, Cory Jefferson, Brady Heslip and Royce O'Neale have all gone on to professional careers after redshirting while at BU.
Four players in Baylor's current starting lineup have redshirted while at Baylor for various reasons.
Al Freeman and Johnathan Motley redshirted in 2013-14 due to the Bears' depth on a Sweet 16 team.
Manu Lecomte (transfer), Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. (medical issues) and Wendell Mitchell (depth) all redshirted last season.
DREW ERA HIGHLIGHTS
Drew is coaching his 456th game at Baylor (276-179). His .607 winning percentage is best in BU history among coaches with 35+ games, and he's the program's all-time wins leader.
Baylor has a .688 winning percentage (242-110) since Drew's first year with no scholarship restrictions in 2007-08.
BU has graduated 92 percent of its scholarship seniors since Drew took over in 2003 (24 of 26).
In Drew's first 13 seasons, 26 players have gone on to professional careers.
SIX NBA DRAFT PICKS IN LAST FIVE SEASONS
Baylor's six NBA Draft picks over the last five years are the nation's sixth most, trailing only Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse, Kansas and North Carolina and tied with Arizona, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State and UCLA.
A program-record three Baylor players were selected in the 2012 NBA Draft -- Perry Jones III (28th pick; Oklahoma City Thunder), Quincy Acy (37th pick; Toronto Raptors) and Quincy Miller (38th pick; Denver Nuggets). Pierre Jackson (42nd pick, Philadelphia 76ers; traded to New Orleans Pelicans) was chosen in the 2013 draft, Cory Jefferson (60th pick; San Antonio Spurs; traded to Brooklyn Nets) was selected in 2014 and Taurean Prince (12th pick; Utah Jazz; traded to Atlanta Hawks) was chosen in 2016.
GRADUATING 92 PERCENT OF SENIORS
Since Scott Drew took over the Baylor Basketball program in 2003, 24 of 26 scholarship players who have exhausted their collegiate eligibility have graduated from Baylor.
Players recruited by Drew who have graduated at Baylor: Tim Bush, Patrick Fields, Aaron Bruce, Mamadou Diene, Delbert Simpson, Curtis Jerrells, Henry Dugat, Kevin Rogers, Tweety Carter, Josh Lomers, Ekpe Udoh, Fred Ellis, Quincy Acy, Anthony Jones, J'mison Morgan, A.J. Walton, Cory Jefferson, Brady Heslip, Gary Franklin, Kenny Chery, Royce O'Neale, Lester Medford, Rico Gathers and Taurean Prince.
PLAYER DEVELOPMENT - FROM UNRANKED TO NBA DRAFT
Baylor has had a nation-leading four players selected in the NBA Draft since 2010 who weren't ranked in the ESPN100 out of high school.
The only other schools with three such players were Colorado, Marquette, Missouri, New Mexico and Connecticut.
Baylor developed Quincy Acy, Ekpe Udoh, Pierre Jackson and Taurean Prince into NBA Draft picks after joining the program as unranked recruits.
Baylor has enjoyed unprecedented success over the last 10 seasons under 14th-year head coach Scott Drew.
Since 2007-08, Baylor is 242-110 (24.2 wins per season) and has made nine postseason appearances (NCAA -- 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017; NIT -- 2009, 2013) and posted nine 20-win seasons.
Prior to 2007-08, Baylor won only 135 games in the first 11 seasons of the Big 12 era (12.3 wins per season).
Baylor has made 16 postseason appearances (nine under Drew) and won 20+ games 12 times (nine under Drew) in the program's first 111 seasons.
TWENTY-SIX PRO PLAYERS IN DREW ERA
In Scott Drew's first 13 years at Baylor, 26 of his players went on to professional careers.
All three scholarship seniors from last year's team are now playing professionally.
Taurean Prince was selected 12th overall in the NBA Draft, becoming the 2nd lottery pick in program history.
Rico Gathers decided to pursue a pro football career and was selected in the NFL Draft's 6th round.
Lester Medford recently began his professional career playing in Hungary.
Additionally, Isaiah Austin recently signed to play in Serbia, and Pierre Jackson made his NBA debut with Dallas.
SIX STRAIGHT 20-WIN SEASONS
Baylor has won 20+ games in a school-record six consecutive seasons and in nine of the last 10 years. The Bears had just three 20-win seasons in the program's first 101 years (1907-2007).
Baylor has topped 22 wins in all six seasons from 2011-12 to 2016-17. BU entered this season as one of only 19 teams nationally to record 22+ wins in all five seasons since 2011-12.
RANKED IN 10 STRAIGHT SEASONS
Baylor is one of 13 teams to be nationally ranked in each of the last 10 seasons.
BU cracked a string of 38 consecutive unranked seasons when it was tabbed No. 25 in 2007-08.
The Bears reached as high as No. 19 in 2008-09, No. 19 in 2009-10, No. 9 in 2010-11, No. 3 in 2011-12, No. 16 in 2012-13, No. 7 in 2013-14, No. 14 in 2014-15, No. 13 in 2015-16 and No. 1 in 2016-17.
POINT GUARDS THRIVE IN DREW'S SYSTEM
Seven of Baylor's eight starting point guards during the Scott Drew era have earned All-Big 12 recognition.
Manu Lecomte (2017), Lester Medford (2016), Kenny Chery (2014, 2015), Pierre Jackson (2012, 2013), Tweety Carter (2010), Curtis Jerrells (2007, 2008, 2009) and Aaron Bruce (2005, 2006, 2007) have been named All-Big 12.
All seven previous starting point guards in the Drew era went on to play professionally.
RACKING UP BIG 12 WEEKLY AWARDS
Baylor players have been recognized with Big 12 weekly awards a total of eight times in the first 15 weeks.
Johnathan Motley (11/28, 1/9, 1/23) and Manu Lecomte (12/5) have earned Big 12 Player of the Week recognition, with Motley's three awards tying the Baylor record for most in a season.
Lecomte (11/14, 1/3, 2/13) and Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. (12/19) have earned Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors.
Motley now has a school-record four career Big 12 Player of the Week honors (first on 2/22/16 last season).
Lecomte's three Big 12 Newcomer of the Week honors tie the most by any player in program history, joining Ekpe Udoh (2010), Perry Jones III (2011) and Pierre Jackson (2012).
BU GETS FOURTH TOP-10 WIN BY KNOCKING OFF NO. 10 WEST VIRGINIA
BU extended its school record with a fourth top-10 win this season, beating No. 10 West Virginia, 71-62, on Feb. 27.
The Bears trailed 49-41 with 9 minutes left, but BU went on a 23-4 run to go up by 11 with 2:25 to play.
Baylor out-rebounded WVU 43-23, helping the Bears overcome 18 turnovers that led to 20 WVU points.
With Manu Lecomte out with an ankle sprain, Jake Lindsey made his career-first start at point guard and had 6 points and 4 assists in 27 minutes. Wendell Mitchell added 4 points and 2 assists in 19 minutes as backup point guard.
Johnathan Motley had a game-high 23 points, Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, Al Freeman added 12 points off the bench.
BEARS KNOCK OFF NO. 7 XAVIER BY 15 POINTS
Baylor defeated No. 7 Xavier, 76-61, on Dec. 3 for its third top-10 win of the season.
It was the 7th matchup of top-10-ranked teams in program history and BU's first-ever win in a top-10 matchup.
The Bears trailed by 3 at the half, but out-scored Xavier 45-27 after the break.
Manu Lecomte had a career-high 24 points, including 6-of-9 on 3-pointers, and was named Big 12 Player of the Week.
The win helped Baylor climb from No. 9 to No. 4 in the AP Top 25, tying the second-best ranking in BU history.
HUGE COMEBACK VS. NO. 10 LOUISVILLE TO CLAIM ATLANTIS
Baylor claimed its 3rd regular-season tournament title of the Drew era and third win over a ranked team this season by rallying from 22 points down to knock off No. 10 Louisville in the 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis title game.
BU trailed 32-10 with 4 minutes left in the 1st half and trailed 39-24 at the break.
Baylor still trailed by 20 points at 44-24 with 16:30 remaining, but out-scored UL 42-19 the rest of the way.
The comeback was keyed by three reserves who played the last 15 minutes - Jake Lindsey, King McClure and Terry Maston combined to shoot 13-of-15 in the second half.
BATTLE 4 ATLANTIS CHAMPIONS
Baylor knocked off VCU, No. 24 Michigan State and No. 10 Louisville to claim the 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis.
BU overcame halftime deficits in all three games and rallied back from 20 down with 16:30 to go vs. Louisville.
Johnathan Motley was named tournament MVP and Big 12 Player of the Week after averaging 20.0 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. The Big 12 weekly award was the second on Motley's career.
It was the third regular-season tournament title of the Drew era - the 2007 Paradise Jam, 2011 Las Vegas Classic and 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis. BU is now 26-11 in regular-season tournaments under Drew.
The Bears jumped from No. 20 to No. 9 in the AP poll and from receiving votes to No. 11 in the coaches poll.
SEVENTEEN-POINT WIN OVER NO. 4 OREGON
Baylor knocked off No. 4 Oregon, 66-49, on Nov. 15. The Bears became the first team to hold Oregon below 50 points since Feb. 21, 2013 - a streak of 119 games.
The win was Baylor's 4th in its last 11 games against AP Top 5 teams. Prior to that stretch, BU was 3-34 all-time against top-5 ranked opponents. The Bears are now 4-17 against top-5 teams in the Drew era.
BU was led by Manu Lecomte with 18 points and 7 assists, while Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. had 8 points, 14 rebounds and 7 blocks. Lual-Acuil's 7 blocks tied the 10th-most in a game in program history.
Johnathan Motley made his season debut and had 17 points and 7 boards in 28 minutes.
BAYLOR BASKETBALL ON THE RADIO
Baylor basketball is aired live via the Baylor-IMG College Radio Network on ESPN Central Texas and flagship station 1660AM ESPN Radio (KRZI) in Waco and worldwide on Sirius/XM Radio and the TuneIn App.
Games are broadcast by the "Voice of the Bears" John Morris and former Baylor basketball standout Pat Nunley.
Morris is in his 29th year doing Baylor broadcasts, while Nunley is in his 34th season as color analyst.
All of Baylor's games can be heard live on the Internet at www.BaylorBears.com and via the TuneIn App.
If Baylor defeats New Mexico State it will advance to a Second Round game against either No. 6 SMU, No. 11 Providence or No. 11 USC. That game will be played Sunday in Tulsa, with tipoff time and TV to be determined.