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MBB Ranked No. 24 in Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Oct. 19, 2017

WACO, Texas – Baylor men’s basketball is No. 24 in the USA Today Preseason Coaches’ Poll, which was released Thursday morning. This marks the fifth time Baylor has been ranked in the preseason coaches’ poll.

With the preseason ranking, Baylor has now been ranked at some point in each of the last 11 seasons dating back to 2007-08. The Bears have finished the season ranked in both the AP Top 25 and USA Today coaches’ poll in each of the last four years and six times in the past eight seasons.

Baylor’s No. 24 is the fifth-best preseason coaches’ poll ranking in program history. The Bears were No. 12 in 2011-12, No. 14 in 2010-11, No. 18 in 2012-13 and No. 21 in 2015-16. It also extends the Bears’ active streak to 18 consecutive polls ranked by the coaches dating back to Nov. 28, 2016.

Baylor received 107 points in preseason votes cast by 32 head coaches with one coach representing each of the 32 Division I conferences that receive NCAA Tournament automatic bids. BU is the third-highest ranked Big 12 team behind only No. 3 Kansas (723) and No. 10 West Virginia (458), and three more Big 12 teams received votes, including TCU (32), Oklahoma (19) and Texas (19).

The Bears will play five games against top-10 teams in the preseason coaches’ poll, with three of those games at the Ferrell Center. BU hosts No. 8 Wichita State on Dec. 2, No. 3 Kansas on Feb. 10 and No. 10 West Virginia on Feb. 20. The Bears have road games at No. 10 West Virginia on Jan. 9 and at No. 3 Kansas on Jan. 20. BU also could face No. 18 UCLA in its second game at the Hall of Fame Classic on Nov. 21.

Despite not receiving any votes in either preseason poll last year, Baylor climbed to unprecedented heights, achieving the program’s first No. 1 national ranking on Jan. 9, 2017. The Bears became the fastest team in AP Top 25 history to climb from unranked in week one to No. 1 in week nine, and BU was top-10 ranked for a school record-tying 13 consecutive weeks.

Head coach Scott Drew enters his 15th season with the Bears in 2017-18. He returns six letterwinners, including three starters, from last season’s 27-8 team. BU welcomes back four seniors in 2017 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year Manu Lecomte, 2017 Big 12 All-Defensive Team member Jo Lual-Acuil Jr., Terry Maston and Nuni Omot. Baylor also returns junior guards Jake Lindsey and King McClure.

BU adds four newcomers eligible for the 2017-18 season, including a pair of players who redshirted last season in Mark Vital and Tyson Jolly, along with freshman forward Tristan Clark (San Antonio, Texas) and sophomore transfer forward Leonard Allen (San Diego CC).

The Bears also return junior forward Jonathan Davis, and they add a pair of players who will sit out the 2017-18 season as redshirts in transfers Mario Kegler (Mississippi State) and Freddie Gillespie (Carleton).

Baylor opens the 2017-18 season on Nov. 10 when it hosts Central Arkansas at the Ferrell Center. That game will tip off at noon CT and be televised on Fox Sports Southwest and Fox Sports Go.

For season tickets, call the Baylor Athletics Ticket Office at 254-710-1000, or visit www.BaylorBears.com/tickets for more information. Follow @BaylorMBB on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram for updates throughout the season.

2017-18 USA Today Preseason Coaches’ Poll
1. Duke (20) – 774
2. Michigan State (9) – 747
3. Kansas – 723
4. Kentucky – 678
5. Arizona (2) – 654
6. Villanova – 623
7. Florida (1) – 549
8. Wichita State – 543
9. North Carolina – 515
10. West Virginia – 458
11. USC – 396
12. Miami – 383
13. Cincinnati – 349
14. Notre Dame – 305
15. Minnesota – 303
16. Louisville – 295
17. Xavier – 284
18. UCLA – 275
19. Gonzaga – 242
20. Northwestern – 208
21. Purdue – 167
22. Saint Mary’s – 152
23. Seton Hall – 139
24. Baylor – 107
25. Alabama – 82

Others Receiving Votes: Texas A&M 76, Virginia 57, Butler 43, Missouri 35, TCU 32, Rhode Island 31, Wisconsin 21, Providence 21, Maryland 20, Oklahoma 19, Oakland 19, Texas 13, Michigan 13, Virginia Tech 12, Oregon 12, SMU 6, Creighton 6, Georgia Tech 3, Georgia 3, Harvard 2, Arkansas 2, Florida State 1, Nevada 1, South Carolina 1.

Baylor Preseason Rankings History
2010-11 – 16th (AP), 14th (coaches)
2011-12 – 12th (AP), 12th (coaches)
2012-13 – 19th (AP), 18th (coaches)
2013-14 – 25th (AP), RV-26th (coaches)
2015-16 – 22nd (AP), 21st (coaches)
2017-18 – TBD (AP), 24th (coaches)

 

 

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