|25/RV Baylor vs. RV/RV Colorado
Nov. 8, 2013 | 9 p.m. CT
Dallas, Texas | American Airlines Center (18,200)
TV: FOX Sports Southwest
Radio: ESPN Central Texas, Sirius 91, XM 91
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• Baylor is ranked No. 25 in the AP Preseason poll, marking the seventh straight year the Bears have been ranked.
• Baylor is one of only two Big 12 schools to be ranked in each of the last seven seasons (Kansas).
• Friday will mark the 18th consecutive season that Baylor and Colorado have met on the hardwood. CU leads the all-time series 16-10, including a 5-2 mark in neutral site games.
• Colorado won 60-58 when the teams met in the second round of the 2012 Charleston Classic.
• Baylor advanced to the Sweet 16 with an 80-63 win over CU in the 2012 NCAA Tournament.
• BU has five 20-win seasons in the last six years. BU had only three 20-win seasons prior to Scott Drew's arrival.
• Baylor's game against Colorado is the first of eight this season that will be televised on FOX Sports Southwest as part of Baylor Vision on FOX Sports -- the Bears' third-tier TV network.
• Baylor F Cory Jefferson and C Isaiah Austin were both named to the 6-player Preseason All-Big 12 team, marking the first time the Bears have had multiple players honored.
• Baylor's frontcourt is ranked No. 2 nationally by Lindy's and No. 6 by CBSSports.com.
• Baylor's four NBA Draft picks over the last two years ranks third nationally behind Kentucky and North Carolina.
• Baylor has the nation's best postseason winning percentage over the last five years (15-3; .833).
• Baylor has won 22 of 23 and 43 of its last 45 games when leading at the half over the last two seasons.
• Baylor is one of only 10 schools nationally to play in the Elite Eight in two of the last four seasons.
• Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 144-69 (24 wins per season) and has made five postseason appearances (2008 NCAA, 2009 NIT, 2010 NCAA, 2012 NCAA; 2013 NIT) with five 20-win seasons.
• Baylor has more Big 12 wins in the last 6 seasons (53-47) than its first 11 years in the league combined (45-131).
• Baylor was picked 3rd in the Big 12 Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll.
• All 31 of Baylor's regular-season games will be televised this season, including 18 games on the ESPN family of networks. The Colorado game will be Baylor's 66th consecutive televised contest.
• Baylor is coming off a 2013 NIT title, which was the program's first-ever national tournament championship.
• Jefferson (USA) and Brady Heslip (Canada) played for their national teams in the 2013 World University Games.
• Jefferson (69-23) is 8th on Baylor's career wins list and has the highest winning percentage (.750) in BU history.
• Baylor's last five recruiting classes have all been ranked in ESPN's top 25 nationally (2009 -- 21st; 2010 -- 22nd; 2011 -- 18th; 2012 -- 5th; 2013 -- 13th).
• Head coach Scott Drew is coaching his 317th game at Baylor (178-138). His .563 winning percentage is best in program history among coaches with four or more seasons, and his teams have a .676 winning percentage since the start of the 2007-08 season.
• Friday's game is the 27th all-time meeting between Baylor and Colorado. The Bears and Buffs will be meeting for the 18th consecutive season, with the last three years coming after CU joined the Pac-12 Conference.
• Colorado leads the all-time series 16-10, including a 5-2 mark in neutral site games.
• Baylor has won five of the last eight series meetings, including a victory to advance to the 2012 NCAA Sweet 16.
• Brady Heslip hit 9-of-12 3-pointers and had 27 points in Baylor's 2012 NCAA Tournament game vs. Colorado.
• Cory Jefferson did not miss a shot (7-of-7 FG, 3-of-3 FT) and had 17 points and nine boards when the teams met in the 2012 Charleston Classic. Isaiah Austin's potential game-tying fadeaway jumped missed, as CU won 60-58.
• No. 25 Baylor hosts South Carolina at 2 p.m. CT Tuesday as part of the ESPN Tip-Off Marathon.
• The game will break a 2-2 tie in the all-time series. Baylor lost to South Carolina both times the teams met in Waco (2006 and 2009), but the Bears won both times the teams played in Columbia (2007 and 2010).
• Tuesday's will be Baylor's 67th consecutive televised game, including 41 on the ESPN family of networks.
ONE OF TWO BIG 12 TEAMS RANKED SEVEN STRAIGHT SEASONS
• With its inclusion in the AP preseason poll, Baylor is one of only two Big 12 Conference schools to be ranked in each of the last seven seasons (Kansas). The Bears have been ranked in preseason polls for four consecutive years.
• Baylor has been ranked for at least three weeks in each of the last five seasons (2008-09 through 2012-13).
• Baylor has enjoyed unprecedented success over the last six seasons under 11th-year head coach Scott Drew. Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 144-69 (24 wins per season) and has made five postseason appearances (2008 NCAA, 2009 NIT, 2010 NCAA, 2012 NCAA, 2013 NIT) and posted five 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 12 postseason appearances (five under Drew) and won 20+ games just eight times (five under Drew) in the program's first 107 seasons.
DREW CLIMBING BAYLOR CAREER WINS CHART
• Scott Drew ranks second in Baylor history with 178 career wins as the Bears' head coach. Drew needs 23 wins to tie Bill Henderson (201) for the all-time wins record.
• Drew's .563 winning percentage is the best ever by a Baylor coach with four or more years at the helm.
BAYLOR DEBUTS AT NO. 25 IN AP PRESEASON POLL
• Baylor enters the 2013-14 season with its fourth consecutive preseason ranking. BU is ranked No. 25 in the AP preseason poll, and the Bears are receiving votes (26th) in the USA Today coaches poll, one point out of the top 25.
• Baylor is the third-highest ranked Big 12 team in both preseason polls, trailing only Kansas and Oklahoma State. The Bears were picked to finish third in the conference by the league's head coaches, behind KU and OSU.
• Baylor has now been ranked in each of the last seven seasons - a total of 50 polls (including preseason).
• 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).
ONE OF NATION'S BEST FRONTCOURTS
• Headlined by fifth-year senior Cory Jefferson and sophomores Isaiah Austin, Rico Gathers and Taurean Prince, Baylor's frontcourt has been ranked as one of the nation's best entering the 2013-14 season.
• Lindy's ranked Baylor's frontcourt No. 2 nationally behind only Kentucky, and CBSSports.com ranked BU No. 6.
• Lindy's also picked Jefferson as the nation's No. 4 power forward and Austin as the nation's No. 4 center.
• Baylor's frontcourt combined for 25 double-doubles last season. Austin led the way with 11, while Jefferson had 10, Gathers added three and Prince had one. Those players combined for 12 double-doubles in Big 12 Conference play.
PICKED THIRD IN BIG 12 PRESEASON POLL
• Baylor was picked to finish third in the 2013-14 Big 12 Conference Preseason Poll in a vote by the league's head coaches in October. Baylor's third-place selection was its second-highest preseason tally in program history.
• In the last seven seasons, BU was picked ninth in 2007-08 (NCAA Tournament), third in 2008-09 (NIT runner-up), 10th in 2009-10 (Elite Eight), fourth in 2010-11, third in 2011-12 (Elite Eight), second in 2012-13 (NIT champions) and third in 2013-14.
AUSTIN, JEFFERSON NAMED PRESEASON ALL-BIG 12
• Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin were named to the six-player 2013-14 Preseason All-Big 12 team.
• It marked the first time Baylor has had two players earn preseason All-Big 12 recognition.
• Baylor's five preseason All-Big 12 selections in the last four seasons leads all Big 12 teams, and the four consecutive years with at least one selection trails only Kansas.
• Jefferson and Austin joined Pierre Jackson (2012-13), Perry Jones III (2011-12), LaceDarius Dunn (2010-11) and Curtis Jerrells (2007-08 and 2008-09) as Baylor's all-time preseason All-Big 12 selections.
FOUR NBA DRAFT PICKS IN LAST TWO YEARS
• Baylor's four NBA Draft picks in the last two years ranks third nationally behind Kentucky and North Carolina.
• The Bears likely would've had two more draftees in 2013, but Isaiah Austin and Cory Jefferson elected to return to school.
NATION'S BEST POSTSEASON WINNING PERCENTAGE
• BU has the nation's best postseason winning percentage over the last five seasons (15-3, .833).
• Baylor has won at least three games in each of its last four postseason appearances.
• Baylor was the last Texas Division I team (out of 21) playing postseason basketball in each of the last two years.
• Baylor is 15-4 in five postseason appearances under Scott Drew -- 6-3 in NCAA Tournament and 9-1 in NIT.
UNPRECEDENTED NATIONAL EXPOSURE
• For the second consecutive season, all 31 of Baylor's regular-season games will be televised in 2013-14.
• Baylor has 18 games on the ESPN family of networks, eight games on FOX Sports Southwest and five games on the Big 12 Network. Baylor set a program record with 37 televised games last season.
• With 18 games on ESPN networks this season, Baylor will have 104 ESPN games in the last seven seasons.
BAYLOR BASKETBALL ON THE RADIO
• Baylor basketball is aired live via the Baylor-IMG College Radio Network on ESPN Central Texas and flagship station 1660AM ESPN Radio (KRZI) in Waco and worldwide on Sirius XM Radio. All games are broadcast by the "Voice of the Bears" John Morris and former Baylor basketball standout Pat Nunley. Morris is in his 26th year doing Baylor broadcasts, while Nunley is in his 31st season as color analyst.
• The radio call from all of Baylor's games can be heard live on the Internet at www.BaylorBears.com.
ANOTHER NATIONALLY RANKED SIGNING CLASS
• Scott Drew's last five recruiting classes have all been ranked in ESPN's top 25 nationally.
• Baylor's 2013 signing class was ranked No. 13 by ESPN. The rankings were based solely on the Bears' three prep signees, Allerik Freeman, Johnathan Motley and Ish Wainright, but the Bears also added juniors Kenny Chery and Royce O'Neale.
THIRD-LONGEST ACTIVE WINNING STREAK
• Baylor's 5-game winning streak is tied for the nation's third-longest active streak.
• Baylor trails only Louisville (16) and Texas Southern (12), and the Bears are tied with East Carolina (5).
• Baylor welcomes six newcomers to its 2013-14 roster, headlined by three freshmen: G/F Ish Wainright (Kansas City, Mo.), G Allerik Freeman (Charlotte, N.C.) and Johnathan Motley (Houston).
• The Bears also added junior transfers F Royce O'Neale (Killeen, Texas/Denver) and G Kenny Chery (Montreal, Quebec/State Fair [Mo.] CC), as well as walk-on sophomore John Heard (Houston), who spent the 2012-13 season as a team manager.
• Additionally, Chad Rykhoek is expected to play after sitting out last season as a redshirt.
20 WINS = POSTSEASON
• Baylor, which has won 20-plus games eight times in the program's first 107 seasons, is seeking to win 20 games for the sixth time in the last seven seasons. In Baylor's eight 20-win seasons, the Bears have advanced to the postseason every time.
• Head coach Scott Drew has led Baylor to 20-win seasons in five of the last six years after the Bears had only three 20-win seasons in the program's first 101 seasons.
• Drew is the only Baylor coach to amass five 20-win seasons and five postseason appearances.