Aug. 25, 2010
WACO, Texas - Baylor and Waco will be college basketball's epicenter for one night, as ESPN announced Wednesday that College GameDay Driven by State Farm is coming to Central Texas for the Bears' March 5 contest against long-time rival Texas. The longest-standing basketball rivalry for both Baylor and Texas will tip off at 8 p.m. CT.
Baylor will be one of eight universities to host College GameDay in 2011, which will begin its seventh season on Jan. 15. Other host sites for the show include a men's/women's doubleheader at Tennessee (Jan. 15), Purdue (Jan. 22), Kansas (Jan. 29), Kentucky (Feb. 5), Villanova (Feb. 12), Michigan State (Feb. 19) and Virginia Tech. (Feb. 26). Baylor becomes the sixth school from the Big 12 to host the event, joining Kansas, Kansas State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and Texas.
"Baylor-Texas is emerging into one of the nation's top basketball rivalries," Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw said, "and the presence of ESPN's College GameDay will add a great deal to the festive environment in the Ferrell Center. We are looking forward to College GameDay meeting `Baylor Nation' on March 5th."
The college basketball Gameday show will debut a new format for 2011. It will feature two hours of live coverage on Saturday, beginning at 9 a.m. CT. In all but one week (Jan. 15), ESPNU will carry the 9-10 a.m. hour, with ESPN picking up the coverage from 10-11 a.m. The primetime hour (starting at 7 p.m. CT) will continue on ESPN as in past years.
"It doesn't get any bigger or better than ESPN College GameDay coming to your campus," Baylor head coach Scott Drew said. "What a tremendous privilege, honor and compliment to `Baylor Nation' and everyone in Central Texas."
It will mark the first time College GameDay has made an appearance in Waco for either basketball or football. The regular-season finale with Texas will be one of at least 16 national television games on the ESPN family of networks for the 2010-11 Bears. In addition to the ESPN clash with the Longhorns, Baylor will also make two appearances on Big Monday (Jan. 17 vs. Kansas, Jan. 24 at Kansas State) as well as ESPN's College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon against La Salle on Nov. 16.
"Baylor's campus and the Ferrell Center will be rocking come March 5th," Drew said. "On a personal note, it's going to be tough to get any sleep that week, knowing that College GameDay is going to be in the Ferrell Center!"
A spin-off of its successful college football version, College GameDay made its debut on Jan. 22, 2005. Host Rece Davis is joined on the program by former Notre Dame head coach Digger Phelps, former Duke player and assistant coach Jay Bilas, former North Carolina standout Hubert Davis, college basketball's all-time winningest coach Bobby Knight and college basketball writer Andy Katz.
Baylor returns two starters and eight letterwinners from a 28-8 squad that finished tied for second in the Big 12 in 2009-10 and advanced to the Elite Eight in Houston. The Bears finished the season ranked No. 10 in the final ESPN/USA Today Top 25 - the highest season-ending ranking in program history. Projected to be a preseason top-15 team for the first time, the Bears are led by senior All-American candidate LaceDarius Dunn, who is on pace to break both the Baylor and Big 12 career scoring records. Dunn, who has 1,739 career points, needs 451 points to pass Terry Teagle (2,189) as Baylor's all-time leading scorer.
Season tickets for Baylor's Ferrell Center record-tying 18-game home schedule are on sale now. Fans can order tickets several ways: online at www.BaylorBears.com, in-person at the Baylor Athletics Ticket Office in the Ferrell Center or by calling (254) 710-1000.
|Jan. 15||Knoxville, Tenn.||Vanderbilt at Tennessee (M/W)|
|Jan. 22||West Lafayette, Ind.||Michigan State at Purdue|
|Jan. 29||Lawrence, Kan.||Kansas State at Kansas|
|Feb. 5||Lexington, Ky.||Florida at Kentucky|
|Feb. 12||Philadelphia, Pa.||Pittsburgh at Villanova|
|Feb. 19||East Lansing, Mich.||Illinois at Michigan State|
|Feb. 26||Blacksburg, Va.||Duke at Virginia Tech|
|MARCH 5||WACO, TEXAS||TEXAS AT BAYLOR (8 P.M. CT)|
BAYLOR BASKETBALL HISTORY ON ESPN
Baylor is 31-20 in nationally televised games.
Baylor has played 42 total games on ESPN platforms, including 12 on ESPN.
Baylor is 6-6 all-time in games nationally televised on ESPN.
Since 2003-04 (Scott Drew's first as head coach), Baylor has made 37 ESPN network appearances.
Baylor has made 33 ESPN network appearances in the last three seasons (5 in 2007-08, 18 in 2008-09, and 10 in 2009-10).
Baylor is scheduled to play 16 games on the ESPN family of networks in 2010-11 - the most regular-season ESPN contests in school history.
Baylor will appear twice on ESPN/Big 12 "Big Monday" platform in 2010-11, hosting Kansas on Jan. 17 and traveling to Kansas State on Jan. 24.
Seven of Baylor's nine postseason games in 2009 (four Big 12 Championship games, five NIT games) were on eight ESPN or ESPN2, including both the Big 12 Championship and NIT title games.
BAYLOR-TEXAS SERIES HISTORY
Longest-standing basketball rivalry for both schools, Texas leads the all-time series, 155-79.
Baylor has won the last four meetings, including wins in the 2009 and 2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship.
Baylor swept the regular-season series in 2009-10 for the first time since the 1997-98 season.
Baylor has been ranked in the last three series meetings with Texas.
Baylor snapped 12-game losing streaks to UT in both Austin and Waco last season.
In last season's finale in Waco, Quincy Acy scored a career-high 24 points, including 10 highlight-reel dunks. Acy earned the top two spots on ESPN SportsCenter's Top 10 plays for the weekend.
Baylor Director of Athletics Ian McCaw
"Baylor-Texas is emerging into one of the nation's top basketball rivalries and the presence of ESPN's College GameDay will add a great deal to the festive environment in the Ferrell Center. We are looking forward to College GameDay meeting `Baylor Nation' on March 5th."
Baylor Head Coach Scott Drew
"It doesn't get any bigger or better than ESPN College GameDay coming to your campus. What a tremendous privilege, honor and compliment to `Baylor Nation' and everyone in Central Texas. Baylor's campus and the Ferrell Center will be rocking come March 5th. On a personal note, it's going to be tough to get any sleep that week, knowing that College GameDay is going to be in the Ferrell Center!"
Bear Pit President Kaitie Kerr (Junior from Denton, Texas)
"Coming from the Bear Pit point of view, it will be the most exciting event of the year. We're expecting our membership to hopefully double this year, get a lot more people on the court and try to make the Ferrell Center as loud as possible. We want to make College GameDay's Baylor experience a memorable one. As officers, we're all extremely pumped for this upcoming season and turn down the entire Ferrell Center upside down."
Baylor University Student Body President Michael D. Wright (Senior from Houston, Texas)
"The student body and the entire `Baylor Nation' are very excited for Coach Scott Drew and the Bears that ESPN College GameDay has chosen Baylor as the center of the college basketball universe on March 5th. We are so energized from the Bears' thrilling run to the Elite Eight, and we plan to pack the Ferrell Center all season long. When we play our long-time rival Texas, all of us in the `Baylor Nation' are ready to rise up on national television and show the entire country the tremendous fan support we have here at Baylor for our team, our coaches, our university and our community."