April 3, 2012
WACO, Texas – After making its second Elite Eight appearance in three seasons, the Baylor men’s basketball team was ranked No. 8 in the final USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll released Tuesday. Baylor finished the season No. 9 in the final AP Top 25 Poll released March 12.
The No. 8 ranking is the highest final ranking in program history. Prior to the USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 release, Baylor’s No. 9 AP ranking was its highest final ranking. In 2010, Baylor was ranked No. 10 in the final coaches and No. 19 in the final AP polls.
For the second time in three seasons, Baylor lost to the eventual national champion in the NCAA South Regional final (Duke in 2010, Kentucky in 2012). Baylor (30-8) established a school record with 30 wins, breaking the previous mark of 28 set during its 2009-10 Elite Eight run. The Bears finished tied for third in the Big 12 Conference standings and also set a school record with 12 conference victories.
Baylor was ranked as high as No. 3 in both the AP and USA TODAY/ESPN polls – the highest ranking in program history. Baylor spent a program-record 13 consecutive weeks ranked in the Top 10 and a program-record 19 consecutive weeks ranked in the Top 15 of either poll. All-told, Baylor was ranked in the Top 5 for three weeks and the Top 10 for a program-record 15 weeks.
Baylor was one of only six men’s teams to make at least two Elite Eight appearances in the last three years, joining Butler, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky and North Carolina. Baylor is also the only NCAA Division I school to have both its men’s and women’s basketball teams win at least 30 games.
Baylor has been ranked in either Top 25 poll for 52 weeks – 49 of those weeks have come in the last five seasons under head coach Scott Drew.
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