|Baylor vs. Lehigh
Nov. 9, 2012 | 4 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
TV: FOX Sports Southwest & FCS Central
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• Baylor enters the 2012-13 season ranked No. 18 in the preseason coaches poll and No. 19 in the AP Preseason Top 25.
• Baylor is one of only two Big 12 schools to be ranked in each of the last six seasons (Kansas).
• Baylor starts the season with five games over a 10-day span, including three games at the ESPN Charleston Classic.
• Baylor's game against Lehigh is the first of six this season that will be televised on FOX Sports Southwest as part of Baylor Vision on FOX Sports -- the Bears' third-tier TV network.
• Lehigh is the first of four opponents Baylor is scheduled to play for the first time in program history this season.
• Eighteen scouts from 14 different NBA teams have requested credentials for the Baylor-Lehigh game.
• 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) with four 20-win seasons.
• Baylor was picked 2nd in the 2012-13 Big 12 Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll, its highest ever projection.
• Baylor has the Big 12's 2nd-longest active streak with at least one 3-point field goal made in 657 consecutive games.
• 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 was 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 campaign, 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 over that stretch. Baylor had only three all-time 20-win seasons prior to Drew's arrival.
• Baylor's 2011-12 final national team rankings (338 ranked): winning percentage (20th -- .789), FT percentage (23rd -- 75.4), 3FG percentage (27th -- 38.3), rebound margin (29th -- 5.4), assists per game (32nd -- 15.0), scoring margin (33rd -- 9.4), scoring offense (34th -- 74.7), FG percentage (41st -- 46.7), blocked shots per game (42nd -- 4.7), steals per game (69th -- 7.5), assist-turnover ratio (77th -- 1.09).
• Baylor returning players' 2011-12 final national rankings (250 ranked): Brady Heslip -- 3FG percentage (7th -- 45.5), 3FG per game (49th -- 2.63); Pierre Jackson -- assists per game (22nd -- 5.9), steals per game (76th -- 1.79), assist-turnover ratio FT percentage (89th -- 82.2), (165th -- 1.66); Cory Jefferson -- blocked shots per game (170th -- 1.24).
• Baylor will play a school-record 21 regular-season games on the ESPN family of networks in 2012-13, increasing the number of ESPN appearances to 81 in the last six seasons (85 in the Scott Drew era).
• Baylor's Scott Drew is tied with Kansas' Bill Self as the second-longest tenured head coach in the Big 12 Conference. Drew, who enters his 10th season at Baylor in 2012-13, is second only to Texas' Rick Barnes, who enters his 15th season in Austin.
• No. 19/18 Baylor hosts Jackson State at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Ferrell Center, in a game that will be televised live on FOX Sports Southwest and FCS Central. The Bears are 5-0 all-time against JSU.
• Friday's game is the first-ever series meeting between Baylor and Lehigh. Lehigh is the first of four first-time opponents on the Bears' 2012-13 schedule. Baylor also plays first-ever games vs. Boston College, College of Charleston and USC Upstate.
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 six seasons (Kansas).
• 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 four seasons (2008-09, 2009-10, 2010-11 and 2011-12).
• For the first time in program history, Baylor was ranked throughout a season, as the 2011-12 Bears reached as high as No. 3 in the polls and never dropped below No. 14 nationally. Baylor has been ranked in 21 consecutive polls heading into the 2012-13 season.
JACKSON REELING IN PRESEASON HONORS
• Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year Pierre Jackson has earned plenty of preseason honors after turning in an impressive debut season in Waco last year. Jackson was named an All-American by Athlon (first) and Blue Ribbon (second). In addition to his selection as Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year by the league's coaches, Jackson was tabbed as the Big 12 Player of the Year by Athlon, Blue Ribbon, Sporting News and Yahoo!.
• Jackson was a first-team All-Big 12 honoree by Athlon, Blue Ribbon, Lindy's, Sporting News and Yahoo!.
• Jackson's national ranking among point guards: No. 3 (ESPN), No. 4 (Lindy's), No. 7 (CBSSports.com).
• Athlon tabbed Jackson as the nation's best scorer, Lindy's named him the Big 12's top playmaker and most entertaining player, Sporting News labeled him the league's best penetrator and best leader, and Yahoo! called him the Big 12's best playmaker.
FIRST TIME SUCCESS
• Baylor will face four schools for the first time in 2012-13 -- Lehigh, Boston College, College of Charleston and USC Upstate.
• Baylor is 26-6 against first-time opponents in the Scott Drew era and has won 13 straight regular-season contests against first-time opponents (last loss was Nov. 30, 2008, vs. Wake Forest in Anaheim, Calif.).
• Since the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 20-2 against first-time opponents, including four postseason meetings (win vs. Georgetown, 2009 NIT; win vs. Saint Mary's, 2010 NCAA; loss vs. Duke, 2010 NCAA; win vs. South Dakota State, 2012 NCAA).
JACKSON NEXT IN LINE FOR 1,000-POINT CLUB
• Pierre Jackson enters the 2012-13 season on pace to become the 26th 1,000-point scorer in school history. Jackson, who scored 523 points in his first season in Waco last year, needs 477 points to become the eighth 1,000-point scorer in the Scott Drew era, joining Aaron Bruce, Curtis Jerrells, Henry Dugat, Kevin Rogers, LaceDarius Dunn, Tweety Carter and Quincy Acy.
SEASON TICKET SALES
• Baylor has sold nearly 5,000 men's basketball season tickets for the 2012-13 campaign. Baylor basketball season tickets, and single-game tickets for all 17 regular-season home games, are available through the Baylor Athletic Ticket Office at the Ferrell Center or by calling 1-800-BAYLORU or 254-710-1000. Tickets can also be purchased online at BaylorBears.com.
SEASON-OPENING HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE
• When Baylor squares off in its season opener Nov. 9 against Lehigh, it will mark the first game to be played on that date in the program's 106-year history. Prior to this season's opener, the earliest season opener during the modern era in Baylor's recorded history was last season -- a 77-57 win over Texas Southern on Nov. 11, 2011.
• The earliest game played in program history occurred during the school's first season of organized basketball in 1906-07 when Baylor defeated Cowden Hall, 18-11, on Oct. 12, 1906. The Bears later defeated Waco YMCA, 43-18, on Nov. 6, 1906.
THE EXHIBITION - OCT. 25, 2012
• Baylor fans got a glimpse of the 2012-13 team when the Bears knocked off Abilene Christian, 103-75, in an exhibition game on Oct. 25. Brady Heslip led the way for the Bears with six 3-pointers, including five in the game's first 10 minutes.
• All 14 Baylor players saw action, including five freshmen who will all still be eligible to redshirt because the game was an exhibition. Freshman guard L.J. Rose played a team-leading 24 minutes and had four points, six rebounds and four assists.
• Gary Franklin scored 15 points on 5-of-9 shooting, followed by Pierre Jackson, who poured in 14 points on only five field goal attempts and added eight assists and four rebounds.
• Freshman Isaiah Austin added 13 points and four rebounds, sophomore Deuce Bello had 10 points, four rebounds and three assists, and freshman Rico Gathers had nine points and a game-high 10 rebounds in only 14 minutes played.
• The Baylor men's basketball program has enjoyed unprecedented success over the last five seasons under 10th-year head coach Scott Drew. 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.
• 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 11 postseason appearances (four under Drew) and won 20+ games just seven times (four under Drew) in the program's first 106 seasons.
BAYLOR DEBUTS AT NO. 18 IN COACHES, NO. 19 IN AP PRESEASON POLLS
• Baylor enters the 2012-13 season with its third consecutive preseason ranking. Baylor is ranked No. 18 in the USA TODAY/ESPN Preseason Top 25 Poll and No. 19 in the AP Preseason Top 25 Poll.
• Baylor is the second-highest ranked Big 12 team in both preseason polls, trailing only No. 7/7 Kansas. The Bears were picked to finish second in the conference by the league's head coaches.
• Baylor is ranked in both the AP and USA TODAY/ESPN preseason polls for the third consecutive season. Last season, the Bears were ranked No. 12 in both preseason polls, and in 2010-11, the Bears were 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 six seasons - a total of 47 polls (including preseason polls). The Bears have been ranked in 21 consecutive polls dating back to the 2011-12 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).
BAYLOR PICKED SECOND IN BIG 12 PRESEASON POLL
• Baylor was picked to finish second in the 2012-13 Big 12 Conference Preseason Poll in a vote by the league's head coaches in October. Baylor's second-place selection was its highest preseason tally in program history, and the Bears also received a first-place vote for only the third time in Big 12 history (received two in 2008-09 and two in 2011-12).
• In the last six seasons, Baylor has been picked ninth in 2007-08 (NCAA Tournament), third in 2008-09 (NIT runner-up), 10th in 2009-10 (NCAA Elite Eight), fourth in 2010-11, third in 2011-12 (NCAA Elite Eight) and second in 2012-13.
JACKSON NAMED BIG 12 PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
• Senior G Pierre Jackson was named the 2012-13 Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year by the league's coaches, who are not permitted to vote for their own student-athletes.
• It marked the second consecutive time a Baylor player has earned the honor (Perry Jones III in 2011-12).
• Jackson was also a preseason All-Big 12 selection, while freshman C Isaiah Austin was honorable mention.
UNPRECEDENTED NATIONAL EXPOSURE
• For the first time in program history, all 31 of Baylor's regular-season games will be televised in 2012-13.
• Baylor has 21 games on the ESPN family of networks, six games on FOX Sports Southwest, three games on the Big 12 Network and one game on CBS. Baylor tied a program record with 34 televised games last season.
• With 21 games on the ESPN family of networks, Baylor will increase its number of ESPN appearances to 81 in the last six seasons (85 in the Scott Drew era). When Baylor plays at Kentucky on Dec. 1, it will be the second regular-season game in program history televised nationally on CBS.
• In the Scott Drew era, 14 former players have gone on to play professional basketball -- either in the NBA, NBA Development League or internationally.
• Ten players are either currently playing professionally or on a professional roster -- Ekpe Udoh (NBA, Milwaukee Bucks), Perry Jones III (NBA, Oklahoma City Thunder), Quincy Acy (NBA, Toronto Raptors), Quincy Miller (NBA, Denver Nuggets), Anthony Jones (Hungary, Atomeromu), Curtis Jerrells (Turkey, Besiktas), Tweety Carter (Croatia, Cibona Zagreb), LaceDarius Dunn (Portugal, S.I. Benfica), Terrance Thomas (D-League, Canton) and Aaron Bruce (Australia, Sydney).
• Other former players to have gone on to play professionally include Henry Dugat (Mexico), Kevin Rogers (Greece), Harvey Thomas (D-League) and Tommy Swanson (England, France, Japan).
• Baylor welcomes six newcomers to its 2012-13 roster, headlined by five highly-touted incoming freshmen: C Isaiah Austin (Arlington, Texas), F Rico Gathers (LaPlace, La.), G L.J. Rose (Houston, Texas), F/C Chad Rykhoek (Fort Worth, Texas) and F Taurean Prince (San Antonio, Texas). The Bears also add sophomore F Logan Lowery, who sat out last season after transferring from Centenary.
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 25th year doing Baylor broadcasts, while Nunley is in his 30th season as color analyst.
• The radio call from all of Baylor's games can be heard free of charge live on the Internet at www.BaylorBears.com.