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MBB Ranked No. 12 in Coaches Preseason Top 25

Scott Drew's squad is No. 12 in Preseason Coaches Top 25.

Scott Drew's squad is No. 12 in Preseason Coaches Top 25.

Oct. 20, 2011


KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Baylor men's basketball team received its highest preseason ranking in program history Thursday, debuting at No. 12 in the USA TODAY/ESPN Preseason Top 25 coaches' poll.

Baylor was the highest ranked Big 12 team, one spot ahead of preseason Big 12 co-favorite, Kansas (No. 13). The other preseason Big 12 co-favorite, Texas A&M, is ranked No. 19, while Missouri came in at No. 25.

Baylor, which was picked to finish third in the 2011-12 Big 12 Conference Preseason Poll, is ranked in either the USA TODAY/ESPN Preseason Top 25 poll for the second time in program history. Last season, the Bears were ranked No. 16 in the AP and No. 14 in the USA TODAY/ESPN preseason polls. Baylor has now been ranked in each of the last five seasons - a total of 30 weeks (including preseason polls). Prior to the 2007-08 campaign, Baylor had only been ranked for three weeks in the program's first 101 seasons (one week in 1948-49, two weeks in 1968-69).

During the 2010-11 season, Baylor was ranked as high as No. 9 in both the AP and USA TODAY/ESPN Top 25 polls - the highest regular-season ranking in program history. After finishing with an 18-13 record and missing the postseason for the first time in four seasons, the Bears return eight letterwinners, headlined by 2011-12 Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year, Perry Jones III. Baylor also returns 2011 Big 12 Co-Sixth Man of the Year, Quincy Acy, and starters Anthony Jones and A.J. Walton.

Baylor opens the 2011-12 season Nov. 1 with an exhibition against Abilene Christian, followed by its regular-season opener Nov. 11 vs. Texas Southern. Fans interested in purchasing season tickets may do so online, by calling 254-710-1000 or at the Baylor Athletic Ticket Office at the Ferrell Center.

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