April 6, 2010
WACO, Texas - After making its first Elite 8 appearance in the modern tournament era, the Baylor men's basketball team is ranked 10th in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll released Tuesday. BU was ranked No. 19 in the final AP Top 25 Poll March 15.
The No. 10 ranking is the highest in program history, besting the previous high of No. 18 during the 1948-49 season. It marks the first time in program history that Baylor is ranked in the final AP and ESPN/USA Today polls.
Baylor (28-8) posted three consecutive 20-win seasons and three consecutive postseason appearances for the first time in school history, while winning multiple NCAA Tournament games for the first since 1948. The Bears, which tied for second in the Big 12 Conference standings, won a school-record 28 wins and were ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll for a school-record 10 consecutive weeks.
Baylor was the only school in NCAA Division I with no loss by more than seven points. The Bears' season ended with a 78-71 loss March 28 to eventual national champion Duke in the NCAA South Regional final at Houston's Reliant Stadium.
Prior to this season, Baylor had been ranked a combined 12 weeks in the AP and six weeks in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 polls. This season alone, the Bears were ranked for 10 weeks by the AP and seven weeks by the coaches.