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No. 12 Men's Hoops Hosts Abilene Christian in Exhibition

Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year Perry Jones III

Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year Perry Jones III


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Baylor vs. Abilene Christian
Nov. 1, 2011 | 7 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)

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Date Tue., Nov. 1 | 7 p.m. CT
Location Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
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12/12 BAYLOR BEARS
Record 0-0
Ranking 12 (AP), 12 (Coaches)
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Head Coach Scott Drew
Career: 147-127 (10th season)
BU Record: 127-116 (9th season)
ABILENE CHRISTIAN WILDCATS
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Head Coach Joe Golding

STORY LINES
• For the sixth consecutive season, No. 12/12 Baylor will play a Lone Star Conference program for an exhibition contest when it hosts Abilene Christian at the Ferrell Center.
• Baylor enters the 2011-12 season with its highest preseason rankings in program history. Baylor is ranked No. 12 in both the AP and USA TODAY/ESPN Preseason Top 25 polls released in October.
• Baylor is ranked in both the AP and USA TODAY/ESPN Preseason Top 25 polls for the second consecutive season.
• Baylor is one of only two Big 12 schools to be ranked in each of the last five seasons (Kansas).
• Baylor is 5-1 in exhibition play under ninth-year head coach Scott Drew.
• Tuesday’s exhibition contains a Baylor connection. Baylor assistant coach Grant McCasland was the Abilene Christian head coach for nearly four months before leaving ACU to return to his alma mater as an assistant.
• 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 91-47 (22.8 wins per season) and has made three postseason appearances (2008 NCAA, 2009 NIT, 2010 NCAA) and posted three consecutive 20-win seasons.
• Baylor was picked third in the 2011-12 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Preseason Poll, which is tied for its highest preseason selection (also picked third in 2008-09).
• Baylor has made at least one 3-point field goal in 619 consecutive games — the second-longest active streak in the Big 12.
• For the third consecutive season, Baylor owns one of the nation’s tallest, longest and athletic starting front lines. Baylor’s projected starting front line (plus the sixth man) will include senior SF Anthony Jones (6-foot-10, wingspan: 7 feet, 2 inches), senior PF Quincy Acy (6-foot-7, wingspan: 7 feet, 3 inches), sophomore PF Perry Jones III (6-foot-11, wingspan: 7 feet, 2 inches) and freshman SF Quincy Miller (6-foot-9, wingspan: 7 feet, 4 inches). The foursome has a combined wingspan of 28 feet, 11 inches (width of NCAA playing court is 50 feet).
• Following the exhibition contest, Jones III will have to sit out the first five regular-season games to satisfy the remainder of his six-game suspension handed down by the NCAA in March. PJ3’s season debut is scheduled for Nov. 29 vs. Prairie View A&M.
• Baylor is 30-4 at home in the last two seasons, winning a Ferrell Center-record 15 home games in both 2009-10 and 2010-11. Baylor is 56-13 in the last four seasons at home, boasting an impressive .812 winning percentage.

UP NEXT
• No. 12 Baylor will open the 2011-12 regular season on Fri., Nov. 11, against Texas Southern at the Ferrell Center. The second half of a men’s/women’s basketball doubleheader, Baylor/TSU will tip off at 9 p.m. CT. Live video will be available at www.BaylorBears.com through an All-Access subscription package.

AND THEN THERE WERE TWO
• With its inclusion in both the AP and USA TODAY/ESPN Preseason polls, Baylor is one of only two Big 12 Conference schools to be ranked in each of the last five seasons (Kansas). That number will climb to three if Texas is ranked in 2011-12.
• Baylor was ranked for two weeks in 2007-08 — making its first appearance in the AP poll since 1969.
• Baylor has been ranked for at least eight weeks in each of the last three seasons (2008-09, 2009-10 and 2010-11).

JONES III HEADLINES BAYLOR’S PRESEASON HONORS
• Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year Perry Jones III hauled in an impressive amount of preseason honors after he announced his return to Baylor for his sophomore season. Jones III was named an All-American by Sporting News (first), Athlon (second), Blue Ribbon (second) and CBSSports.com (second). In addition to his selection as Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year by the league’s coaches, PJ3 was tabbed as the Big 12 Player of the Year by Lindy’s, Athlon, CBSSports.com and Rivals.com/Yahoo.
• Jones III was a unanimous Preseason All-Big 12 selection by the league’s coaches and a first-team honoree by Sporting News, Lindy’s, Athlon, CBSSports.com and Rivals.com/Yahoo.
• Senior F Quincy Acy was honorable mention Preseason All-Big 12 by the league’s coaches and third-team All-Big 12 by Lindy’s and Athlon. Freshman F Quincy Miller was honorable mention All-America by Athlon and second-team All-Big 12 by Athlon, CBSSports.com and Rivals.com/Yahoo.

RECORD-SETTING SEASON TICKET SALES
• Baylor has sold a school-record 5,057 men’s basketball season tickets. Season tickets for Baylor basketball games are available through the Baylor Athletic Ticket Office at the Ferrell Center or by calling 1-800-BAYLORU or 254-710-1000. Tickets may also be purchased online at BaylorBears.com.

EXHIBITION HISTORY UNDER DREW
• Baylor is 5-1 in exhibition play under ninth-year head coach Scott Drew.
• Tuesday’s contest marks the sixth consecutive season that Baylor has played an exhibition game against a Lone Star Conference school.
• In Drew’s first season, Baylor defeated a pair of traveling exhibition teams (Raiders Select, World HoopStars).
• Last season, Baylor came from behind to beat the Grant McCasland-led Midwestern State Mustangs, 68-59.

UNPRECEDENTED SUCCESS
• Despite missing the postseason in 2010-11, the Baylor men’s basketball program has enjoyed unprecedented success over the last four seasons under ninth-year head coach Scott Drew. Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 91-47 (22.8 wins per season) and has made three postseason appearances (2008 NCAA, 2009 NIT, 2010 NCAA) and posted three consecutive 20-win seasons.
• Prior to 2007-08, Baylor won only 135 games in the first 11 seasons of the Big 12 era (12.3 wins per season).
• Baylor has made 10 postseason appearances (three under Drew) and won 20+ games just six times (three under Drew) in the program’s first 105 seasons.

BAYLOR DEBUTS AT NO. 12 IN BOTH AP, COACHES PRESEASON TOP 25 POLLS
• Baylor enters the 2011-12 season with its highest preseason rankings in program history. Baylor is ranked No. 12 in both the AP and USA TODAY/ESPN Preseason Top 25 polls released in October.
• Baylor is the highest ranked Big 12 team in both preseason polls, one spot ahead of preseason Big 12 co-favorite, Kansas. The other preseason Big 12 co-favorite, Texas A&M, and Missouri are also ranked in both preseason polls.
• Baylor, which was picked to finish third in the 2011-12 Big 12 Conference Preseason Poll, is ranked in both the AP and USA TODAY/ESPN preseason polls for the second consecutive season. 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).

ANOTHER FORMIDABLE FRONT LINE
• For the third consecutive season, Baylor owns one of the nation’s tallest, longest and athletic starting front lines.
• Baylor’s projected starting front line (plus the sixth man) will include senior SF Anthony Jones (6-foot-10, wingspan: 7 feet, 2 inches), senior PF Quincy Acy (6-foot-7, wingspan: 7 feet, 3 inches), sophomore PF Perry Jones III (6-foot-11, wingspan: 7 feet, 2 inches) and freshman SF Quincy Miller (6-foot-9, wingspan: 7 feet, 4 inches).
• The foursome has a combined wingspan of 28 feet, 11 inches (width of NCAA playing court is 50 feet).
• In 2009-10, Baylor’s front line of C Josh Lomers, F Ekpe Udoh and F Anthony Jones combined to give the Bears the second-tallest team in the nation behind Kentucky.


 

 

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