|Baylor vs. Abilene Christian
Oct. 25, 2012 | 7 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
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For the 7th consecutive season, No. 18 Baylor will play a Lone Star Conference program for an exhibition contest when it hosts Abilene Christian at the Ferrell Center. The Bears also played ACU in a preseason exhibition a season ago.
Baylor enters the 2012-13 season ranked No. 18 in the USATODAY/ESPN Preseason Top 25 Coaches Poll.
Baylor is one of only two Big 12 schools to be ranked in each of the last six seasons (Kansas).
Baylor is 6-1 in exhibition play under 10th-year head coach Scott Drew.
Baylor leads the all-time series 3-1, but the schools have not played during the regular season since Dec. 5, 1972.
Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 121-55 (24.2 wins per season) and has made four postseason appearances (2008 NCAA, 2009 NIT, 2010 NCAA, 2012 NCAA) and posted four 20-win seasons in the last five years.
Baylor was picked 2nd in the 2012-13 Big 12 Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll, its highest ever.
Baylor has made at least one 3-point field goal in 657 consecutive games -- the 2nd-longest active streak in the Big 12.
Baylor is 44-7 at home in the last three seasons, winning a Ferrell Center-record 15 home games in 2009-10 and 2010-11 and going 14-3 at home a season ago. Baylor is 70-16 in the last five seasons at home, boasting an .814 winning percentage.
All 31 of Baylor's regular-season games will be televised this season, including 21 games on CBS or the ESPN family of networks. Baylor tied a program record with 34 televised games last season, posting a 26-8 record in those contests.
Baylor is one of only six schools nationally to play in the Elite Eight in two of the last three seasons.
Baylor PG Pierre Jackson has been named Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year, the 2nd straight year a Bear has been honored.
Baylor is coming off a school-record 30-win season, marking the 2nd time in the last three seasons the Bears have established a school record for wins (28 victories in 2009-10).
Drew's last four recruiting classes have all been ranked in ESPN's top 25 nationally (2009 -- 21st; 2010 -- 22nd; 2011 -- 18th; 2012 -- 5th).
Baylor has signed eight top 50 national recruits in the last six years -- LaceDarius Dunn (2007), Anthony Jones (2008), Nolan Dennis (2009), Perry Jones III (2010), Quincy Miller (2011), Deuce Bello (2011), Isaiah Austin (2012) and Rico Gathers (2012).
Baylor will play a school-record three times on ESPN Big Monday this season -- at Kansas (1/14); vs. OSU (1/21); at UT (3/4).
The Bears have four 20-win seasons in the last five years, averaging 24.2 wins per season. Baylor had only three all-time 20-win seasons prior to Drew's arrival.
No. 18 Baylor will open the 2012-13 regular season on Fri., Nov. 9, against Lehigh at the Ferrell Center. The second half of a men's/women's basketball doubleheader, Baylor/Lehigh will tip off at 4 p.m. CT and be televised on Fox Sports Southwest.
JACKSON NAMED BIG 12 PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Senior guard Pierre Jackson was tabbed Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year, as voted on by the league's coaches. Jackson follows former Baylor All-American Perry Jones III, who was honored prior to the 2011-12 season, to give the Bears consecutive Big 12 Preseason Players of the Year.
A senior from Las Vegas, Nev., Jackson led Baylor with 13.8 points, 5.9 assists and 1.8 steals per game in his debut season in Waco last year. His 223 total assists were the second-highest single-season total in program history, and he posted double-figure points in 27 of 38 games, including an average of 17.6 points per game in the last eight contests.
BEARS COMING OFF SCHOOL-RECORD 30-WIN SEASON
Baylor is coming off a school-record 30 wins in 2011-12, marking the second time in the last three seasons Scott Drew's team has broken Baylor's single-season wins record. The Bears won a then-school-record 28 games on their way to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight in 2009-10.
Baylor's 2011-12 squad also established a school record with 12 Big 12 Conference wins, and it advanced to the Big 12 Championship title game for the second time in school history. Drew became the first coach in program history to lead the Bears to four postseason appearances (2008, 2010, 2012 NCAA Tournaments, 2009 NIT).
ANOTHER NATIONALLY RANKED SIGNING CLASS
Baylor's five-player 2012 signing class is ranked among the nation's top 5 by numerous publications. The class of Isaiah Austin, Rico Gathers, L.J. Rose, Chad Rykhoek and Taurean Prince is ranked No. 4 by Scout.com, No. 5 by both ESPN and MaxPreps.com and No. 6 by Rivals.com.
Drew's last four recruiting classes have all been ranked in ESPN's top 25 nationally. The 2009 class was ranked 21st, 2010 was picked 22nd, 2011 was tabbed 18th, and 2012 set a program-best as the nation's No. 5 ranked recruiting class.
TOP 50 RECRUITS HEADING TO WACO
With the additions of Isaiah Austin and Rico Gathers, head coach Scott Drew has signed eight top 50 national recruits in the last six years: LaceDarius Dunn (2007), Anthony Jones (2008), Nolan Dennis (2009), Perry Jones III (2010), Quincy Miller (2011), Deuce Bello (2011), Austin (2012) and Gathers (2012).
All 31 games on Baylor's 2012-13 schedule will be televised, including 21 on the ESPN family of networks, increasing the number of ESPN appearances to 81 in the last six seasons (85 in the Scott Drew era).
Baylor tied a program record with 34 televised games last season, posting a 26-8 record in those contests. The Bears also played 34 TV games in 2008-09.
THREE ESPN BIG MONDAY APPEARANCES
Baylor will be featured three times on the ESPN Big Monday platform in 2012-13. The Bears will play multiple Big Monday games for the fourth time in the last five seasons, and this marks the first time the Bears have three Big Monday games scheduled.
Baylor's first Big Monday game is at Kansas on Jan. 14. The Bears then return home to host Oklahoma State on Jan. 21, marking the fourth time ESPN Big Monday has been at the Ferrell Center. Baylor's third Big Monday game is March 4 at Texas.
Baylor is 2-5 all-time in ESPN Big Monday contests. Four of those contests have come against the Jayhawks; Baylor and Texas will be playing on Big Monday for the third time.
HESLIP AMONG ELITE 3-POINT SHOOTERS
Junior guard Brady Heslip established a school record for best 3-point field goal percentage among players with at least 200 attempts when he nailed 45.5 percent of his treys last season. Heslip ranks third all-time in career 3FG percentage at Baylor (min. 150 attempts), while Pierre Jackson ranks fourth at 40.8 percent.
20 WINS IN FOUR OF LAST FIVE SEASONS
Head coach Scott Drew has led Baylor to 20 wins in four of the last five seasons, averaging 24.2 wins per season since the start of the 2007-08 season. The program had only three 20-win seasons prior to Drew's arrival.
Over the last five seasons, Drew has become the only coach in program history to lead the Bears to four postseason appearances, and he's guided the Bears to a school-record 10 postseason wins. The Bears' 10-3 postseason record is the Big 12's best over the last five years.
TRIO TRAVELS WITH ATHLETES IN ACTION
Three members of Baylor's 2012 Elite Eight men's basketball team embarked on a two-week competitive tour May 26-June 10 in Germany and Poland with Athletes In Action. Brady Heslip and Deuce Bello were two of the 11 NCAA Division I student-athletes selected for the trip and were coached by Baylor Director of Operations Tim Maloney.
BEARS RANKED THROUGHOUT 2011-12 SEASON
For the first time in program history, Baylor was ranked in every weekly AP and coaches poll throughout the 2011-12 season. The Bears never dropped below 14th in either poll, and they reached as high as No. 3 in both polls on Jan. 16.
Baylor's previous record for most consecutive weeks in the AP Top 25 was set at 10 straight polls during the 2009-10 season. Prior to the 2011-12 season, the Bears had played only 33 games in program history while ranked in both polls. The Bears more than doubled the total from the program's first 105 seasons, playing all 38 games during the 2011-12 season while ranked in both polls.
The Bears have been ranked for a total of 51 weeks throughout their 106-year history, and 48 of those weeks have come in the last five seasons.
NCAA TOURNAMENT SUCCESS
Baylor is 6-3 in three NCAA Championship appearances under Scott Drew. The Bears snapped a 20-year drought when they advanced to the 2008 NCAA Tournament before losing a first-round game to Purdue, but two years later they came back to win three games and advance to the 2010 Elite Eight, marking the first program's first NCAA Tournament wins since 1950. The Bears matched that performance with three wins and another Elite Eight berth in 2012.
SUCCESS AGAINST HISTORIC RIVALS
Baylor went a perfect 10-0 against former Big 12 South Division members in 2011-12. The Bears swept Oklahoma and Oklahoma State for the first time in program history, they swept Texas and Texas A&M in the same season for the first time since 1970-71, and BU swept Texas, Texas A&M and Texas Tech in the same season for the first time ever.
FERRELL CENTER RECORDS
Baylor established program records for total home attendance (134,541) and per-game average (7,914) in 2011-12. It marked the sixth straight season more than 100,000 fans came through the Ferrell Center doors after having only two such years in the arena's first 18 seasons.
THE FERRELL ADVANTAGE
Baylor is 44-7 at home in the last three seasons, winning a Ferrell Center-record 15 home games in both 2009-10 and 2010-11 and 14 games in 2011-12. Baylor is 70-16 in the last five seasons at home, boasting an .814 winning percentage.