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No. 24 MBB Opens Season vs. Central Arkansas
Nov. 9, 2017


No. 24 Baylor (0-0) vs. Central Arkansas (0-0)
Nov. 10, 2017 | 12:05 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)

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Date Friday, Nov. 10 | 12:05 p.m. CT
Location Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
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Record 27-8, 12-6 Big 12 in 2016-17
Ranking 24th (AP), 24th (Coaches)
Head Coach Scott Drew
Career: 297-191 (16th season)
BU Record: 277-180 (15th season)
Record 8-24, 7-11 Southland in 2016-17
Ranking NR (AP), NR (Coaches)
Head Coach Russ Pennell
Career: 38-86 (5th season)
UCA Record: 17-72 (4th season)

By Jerry Hill
Baylor Bear Foundation

As much as Baylor coach Scott Drew can project roles, he knows that they will figure themselves out with a non-conference schedule that begins with Friday's noon game against Central Arkansas.

"Usually, your non-conference schedule allows you to do that, so that by the time you get into conference you pretty much know what you're looking at," said Drew, who returns two starters and four other players from a 27-8 team that made it to the Sweet 16 for the fourth time in eight years. "And just when you have it figured out, usually there's an injury or illness."

That's been an issue even through preseason camp, with redshirt freshman guard Tyson Jolly sidelined by an undisclosed medical issue and 7-foot sophomore transfer Leonard Allen taking an indefinite leave of absence for medical challenges.

With transfers Mario Kegler (Mississippi State) and Freddie Gillespie (Carleton) sitting out this season, it's left the 24th-ranked Bears with only eight scholarship players available. Returning point guard Manu Lecomte (12.2 ppg, 3.8 assists) and juniors King McClure and Jake Lindsey will have to rotate at the two backcourt positions.

"We'll have to do a really good job taking care of our bodies; be really efficient with how we spend our energy," said Lindsey, who averaged 4.6 points and 3.1 assists. "But, I think we have plenty of talent to handle the load."

There's more depth for the inside positions with a group anchored by 7-foot senior center Jo Lual-Acuil (9.2 ppg, 6.7 rebounds, 2.5 blocks), who was named to the Big 12 All-Defensive and All-Newcomer teams last year.

Lual-Acuil will have to replace some of the production Johnathan Motley provided. The winner of the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year, Motley averaged 17.3 points and 9.9 rebounds and signed a free-agent deal with the Dallas Mavericks.

"He was an All-American, he helped us win a lot of games, and he did a lot of great things," Lual-Acuil said. "You can't look at it as anybody coming in and doing all that stuff, because that's a big shoe to fill. I don't think there's just one person that we can look at and put all the pressure on like that. But collectively, I think we can replace him."

Among the players expected to carry more of a scoring load are McClure, Lindsey and senior forwards Terry Maston and Nuni Omot.

"You can project certain guys to take roles, if you just look at the roster," Lindsey said. "But every year, minutes are won and lost sepeding on how you play. Roles change, teams change for the better or worse. Wherever we start, we want to keep getting better throughout the year."

Other options for the frontline are 6-9, 245-pound freshman forward Tristan Clark, 6-5 redshirt freshman Mark Vital and 6-6 junior walk-on forward Jonathan Davis.

"Tristan is somebody that's different than most freshmen. He comes in with a physical frame that allows him to play younger, rather than when Cory (Jefferson) came in weighing 175," Drew said. "It's a little different with Tristan being 245. Tristan can score inside, he can knock down the jumper. He's somebody who has a great demeanor, just wants to get better each and every day. The players really enjoy him, really respect him and he's definitely going to help us."

Central Arkansas returns three starters from an 8-24 team, including two-time All-Southland Conference first-team pick Jordan Howard (19.5 ppg, 3.6 rebounds, 3.0 assists).

"Jordan Howard is someone who shot 45 percent from 3, 89 percent from the free throw line, averaged close to 20 points a game," Drew said. "He's a very good player. We recruited his brother, Marcus Howard, who's doing great at Marquette. So, we have a lot of respect for him and his family."

Joining Howard in the projected starting lineup for UCA are 7-foot freshman center Hayden Koval from Prosper, Texas, senior guard Mathieu Kamba (13.9 ppg, 6.7 rebounds), 6-5 junior guard Thatch Unruh and 6-7 senior forward Ethan Lee.

Baylor and UCA are both accustomed to challenging schedules. This year's Baylor schedule includes matchups against No. 7 Wichita State, No. 8 Florida, No. 17 Xavier and potentially No. 21 UCLA, while UCA plays UCLA next Wednesday, with later trips to Oregon, California and San Francisco.

"When you play someone like Baylor, it holds your attention all through the fall," said fourth-year UCA head coach Russ Pennell, who has also played the likes of Butler, Michigan, Wisconsin, Oklahoma State, Oklahoma, Creighton and UMass. "It definitely makes the practices good. To open against a top-25 team, I think everyone is excited about that."

Needing three more wins to get his 300th career victory, Drew could reach that milestone in the next week with home games on Monday against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi and next Friday, Nov. 17, versus Alcorn State.

• Baylor opens the 2017-18 season by hosting Central Arkansas at noon CT Friday on FSSW and FSGO.
• BU and UCA are meeting for the first time, but BU is 46-13 vs. current Southland Conference teams.
• BU has won 11 consecutive season openers by an average of 29.1 points. Drew is 13-1 in openers.
• BU is ranked No. 24 in the preseason AP Top 25, the 6th preseason ranking in program history.
• Baylor returns six letterwinners from last season's 27-8 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 team.
• Four players on the Baylor roster have not yet played at BU (Leonard Allen, Tristan Clark, Tyson Jolly and Mark Vital), but Jolly and Vital practiced with the team while redshirting last season.
• Baylor has won 43 consecutive non-conference home games, the nation's 2nd-longest streak (Duke, 132).
• Baylor is one of 12 teams to be nationally ranked in each of the last 10 seasons entering 2017-18.
• The Bears are coming off a school-record fourth consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
• Head coach Scott Drew enters his 15th season at Baylor as the school's all-time wins leader (277).
• Six Baylor players have been selected in the last six NBA Drafts, 10th-most nationally.
• Drew (46) is the youngest of nine coaches to take his current program to four Sweet 16s since 2010.
• Baylor's 152 wins since 2011-12 are second-most in the Big 12 behind only Kansas (179).
• Baylor has knocked off 18 ranked teams over the last three seasons (18-17 vs. ranked opponents).
• Drew has won 20+ games in a school-record six consecutive seasons and nine of the last 10 years.
• Baylor went 67-18 in football, men's basketball and women's basketball in 2016-17, the nation's best combined record in those sports for a second straight season (68-17 in 2015-16).
• BU was picked 5th in the Big 12 preseason coaches poll behind Kansas, West Virginia, TCU and Texas.
• Baylor is 243-111 since 2007-08, the first year Drew's staff had a full allotment of scholarships.
• Baylor is 152-64 over the last six seasons, averaging 25.3 wins per season since 2012.
• Baylor has won 88% of its games when leading at the half since 2011-12 (118-16).
Manu Lecomte is the Big 12's top returning scorer at 12.2 points per game. He was named 2017 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and earned All-Big 12 Third Team recognition.
• Baylor has had a nation-leading four players selected in the NBA Draft since 2010 who weren't ranked in the ESPN100 out of high school -- Quincy Acy, Ekpe Udoh, Pierre Jackson and Taurean Prince.
• In Drew's first 14 seasons, 34 players have gone on to professional careers.
• BU has graduated 93 percent of its scholarship seniors since Drew took over in 2003 (27 of 29).
• Drew is coaching his 458th game at Baylor (277-180). His .606 winning percentage is best in BU history among coaches with 40+ games, and his teams have a .686 winning percentage since 2007-08.
• Baylor has the Big 12's 2nd-longest active streak with at least one 3-point FG made in 835 straight games.
• BU is 49-9 over the past two seasons when taking the lead at any point in the 2nd half of a game.
• Baylor overcame a second-half deficit to win 13 times last season.

• Baylor is one of 13 teams nationally to make four or more Sweet 16 appearances since 2010.
• Baylor is one of eight teams to earn a top-6 NCAA Tournament seed each of the last four years.
• Baylor went 15-1 against non-Big 12 teams last season, including nine wins over NCAA Tournament teams.

• Baylor has won 43 consecutive non-conference home games, which is the nation's 2nd-longest active streak.
• The only team with a longer non-conference home winning streak is Duke (132).
• Baylor's last non-conference home loss was Dec. 4, 2012, a 74-70 loss to Northwestern.
• Included in the streak are nine wins over high-major teams -- No. 4 Oregon, No. 7 Xavier, No. 16 Vanderbilt, BYU, Arizona State, Providence, South Carolina, Texas A&M and Georgia, and a pair of wins over Stephen F. Austin.
• Baylor's average margin of victory during the 43-game streak is 22.3 points per game.
• BU has won by double-digits in 36 of its last 43 non-conference home games, including 28 of the last 31 games.

• Baylor's roster features 12 players who are at least 20 years old, and six of the 13 roster players are at least 22.
Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. and Nuni Omot are both 23 years old, while Leonard Allen, Manu Lecomte, Terry Maston and Jonathan Davis are all 22 years old.
• The only player under age 20 on the BU roster is true freshman Tristan Clark.
King McClure and Mark Vital are both 21 years old, and Jake Lindsey turns 21 on Nov. 15. Tyson Jolly, Mario Kegler and Freddie Gillespie are all 20 years old.
• BU's six returning letterwinners have 389 total games of Division I experience. Lecomte leads (104 games), followed by Maston (78 games), Lindsey (69 games), McClure (66 games), Lual-Acuil (35 games) and Omot (25 games).

• Baylor is 13-1 in season openers during the Scott Drew era, with the lone loss coming at Texas Tech in 2005-06, when the Bears did not play a non-conference schedule.
• Baylor has won its last 11 season openers dating back to 2006-07 by an average of 29.1 points per game.
• All 11 of those season-opening wins were by at least 12 points, with the 2013-14 win over Colorado the closest (72-60).

• Baylor was picked to finish fifth in the 2018 Big 12 Conference Preseason Poll in a vote by the league's head coaches in October. It's the seventh time in the last eight seasons BU has been picked in the top half of the league.
• In the last 11 seasons, BU has been picked 9th in 2007-08 (NCAA Tournament), 3rd in 2008-09 (NIT runner-up), 10th in 2009-10 (Elite Eight), 4th in 2010-11, 3rd in 2011-12 (Elite Eight), 2nd in 2012-13 (NIT champions), 3rd in 2013-14 (Sweet 16), t-6th in 2014-15 (NCAA Tournament), 5th in 2015-16 (NCAA Tournament), 5th in 2016-17 (Sweet 16) and 5th (2017-18).

• Friday's game is the first series meeting between Baylor and Central Arkansas.
• Baylor is 37-11 against first-time opponents in the Scott Drew era (3-0 last season).
• Since 2007-08, Baylor is 31-7 against first-time opponents, including eight postseason games.
• Baylor is 46-13 all-time against current Southland Conference teams.

• Baylor was ranked No. 24 in the preseason AP Top 25 and the preseason coaches poll.
• This marks the sixth time in the last eight years that Baylor has been ranked in the preseason AP Top 25 -- 2010-11 (16th), 2011-12 (12th), 2012-13 (19th), 2013-14 (25th), 2015-16 (22nd) and 2017-18 (24th).
• The Bears didn't receive a single vote in either preseason poll last year and climbed to No. 1 on Jan. 9, 2017.

• Four Baylor players are eligible to make their Division I debuts this season, though only two will debut Friday.
Tristan Clark and Mark Vital are both expected to play in Friday's season opener.
Tyson Jolly are Leonard Allen are both being held out due to medical concerns.

Manu Lecomte and Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. were named honorable mention Preseason All-Big 12.
• Lecomte is also on the preseason watch list for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award.
• Lecomte is coming off his debut Big 12 season when he was named 2017 Big 12 Newcomer of the Year and picked up third-team all-league honors, while Lual-Acuil was named honorable mention All-Big 12 and placed on the All-Defensive team. Both players were on the 2017 Big 12 All-Newcomer Team.

• Baylor is one of 12 teams to be nationally ranked in each of the last 10 seasons entering 2017-18.
• BU cracked a string of 38 consecutive unranked seasons when it was tabbed No. 25 in 2007-08.
• The Bears reached as high as No. 19 in 2008-09, No. 19 in 2009-10, No. 9 in 2010-11, No. 3 in 2011-12, No. 16 in 2012-13, No. 7 in 2013-14, No. 14 in 2014-15, No. 13 in 2015-16 and No. 1 in 2016-17.

• Baylor is on a school-record streak of four consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances. Prior to earning at-large bids in each of the last four seasons, the Bears had never been to back-to-back NCAA Tournaments.
• The Bears are one of eight teams nationally to earn a top-six seed in each of the last four NCAA Tournaments, joining Arizona, Duke, Iowa State, Kansas, North Carolina, Villanova and Virginia.
• Baylor was a No. 6 seed in 2014, a No. 3 seed in 2015, a No. 5 seed in 2016 and a No. 3 seed last season.
• BU is 1 of 19 teams to appear in every NCAA Tournament since 2014, joining Arizona, Cincinnati, Dayton, Duke, Gonzaga, Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, North Carolina, Oregon, Providence, VCU, Villanova, Virginia, Wichita State, Wisconsin and Xavier.

• Drew is coaching his 458th game at Baylor (277-180). His .606 winning percentage is best in BU history among coaches with 40+ games, and he's the program's all-time wins leader.
• Baylor has a .686 winning percentage (243-111) since Drew's first year with no scholarship restrictions in 2007-08.
• BU has graduated 93 percent of its scholarship seniors since Drew took over in 2003 (27 of 29).
• In Drew's first 14 seasons, 34 players have gone on to professional careers.

• In Scott Drew's 14 years at Baylor, 34 of his players have gone on to professional careers.
• Five of Drew's players are currently on NBA contracts -- Quincy Acy (Nets), Johnathan Motley (Mavericks), Royce O'Neale (Jazz), Taurean Prince (Hawks) and Ekpe Udoh (Jazz).
• A complete list of pro players from the Drew era is on page 158 of the 2017-18 men's basketball media almanac.

• Since Scott Drew took over the Baylor Basketball program in 2003, 27 of 29 scholarship players who have played their fourth years under Drew have graduated from Baylor.
• Players recruited by Drew to graduate at Baylor: Tim Bush, Patrick Fields, Aaron Bruce, Mamadou Diene, Delbert Simpson, Curtis Jerrells, Henry Dugat, Kevin Rogers, Tweety Carter, Josh Lomers, Ekpe Udoh, Fred Ellis, Quincy Acy, Anthony Jones, J'mison Morgan, A.J. Walton, Cory Jefferson, Brady Heslip, Gary Franklin, Kenny Chery, Royce O'Neale, Lester Medford, Rico Gathers, Taurean Prince, Al Freeman, Johnathan Motley, Ishmail Wainright.

• Baylor has had a nation-leading four players selected in the NBA Draft since 2010 who weren't ranked in the ESPN100 out of high school.
• The only other schools with three such players were Colorado, Marquette, Missouri, New Mexico and Connecticut.
• Baylor developed Quincy Acy, Ekpe Udoh, Pierre Jackson and Taurean Prince into NBA Draft picks after joining the program as unranked recruits.

• Seven of Baylor's eight starting point guards during the Scott Drew era have earned All-Big 12 recognition.
Manu Lecomte (2017), Lester Medford (2016), Kenny Chery (2014, 2015), Pierre Jackson (2012, 2013), Tweety Carter (2010), Curtis Jerrells (2007, 2008, 2009) and Aaron Bruce (2005, 2006, 2007) have been named All-Big 12.

• Baylor's offense has consistently ranked among the nation's best over the last 10 seasons under Scott Drew.
• The Bears have finished nine of the past 10 seasons among the top 25 nationally in KenPom's adjusted offensive efficiency, joining Duke as the only programs to make that claim.
• BU finished No. 23 in 2016-17, No. 13 in 2015-16, No. 18 in 2014-15, No. 9 in 2013-14, No. 14 in 2012-13, No. 8 in 2011-12, No. 102 in 2010-11, No. 3 in 2009-10, No. 11 in 2008-09 and No. 11 in 2007-08.

• Baylor's six NBA Draft picks over the last six years are the nation's 10th most, trailing only Kentucky, Duke, Syracuse, Kansas, North Carolina, UCLA, Arizona, Louisville and Michigan.
• A program-record three Baylor players were selected in the 2012 NBA Draft -- Perry Jones III (28th pick; Oklahoma City Thunder), Quincy Acy (37th pick; Toronto Raptors) and Quincy Miller (38th pick; Denver Nuggets). Pierre Jackson (42nd pick, Philadelphia 76ers; traded to New Orleans Pelicans) was chosen in the 2013 draft, Cory Jefferson (60th pick; San Antonio Spurs; traded to Brooklyn Nets) was selected in 2014 and Taurean Prince (12th pick; Utah Jazz; traded to Atlanta Hawks) was chosen in 2016.

• Baylor is one of 13 teams nationally to make four Sweet 16 appearances in the last eight years.
• The Bears are joined by Arizona, Duke, Florida, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, North Carolina, Ohio State, Syracuse, Wisconsin and Xavier.
Scott Drew is the youngest of nine coaches nationally to lead his current program to four Sweet 16s since 2010. Drew (47) is joined by Xavier's Chris Mack (47), Arizona's Sean Miller (48), Kansas' Bill Self (54), Kentucky's John Calipari (58), Michigan State's Tom Izzo (62), UNC's Roy Williams (67), Duke's Mike Krzyzewski (70) and Syracuse's Jim Boeheim (72).

• Baylor's 152-64 record since 2011-12 trails only Kansas (179-42) among Big 12 teams.
• Iowa State (147-63) is 3rd, West Virginia (128-77) is 4th, Oklahoma (123-78) is 5th, Kansas State (122-78) is 6th, Texas (112-92) is 7th, Oklahoma State (110-87) is 8th, TCU (89-110) is 9th and Texas Tech (83-107) is 10th.
• Baylor has averaged 25.3 wins per season over six seasons since 2011-12.

• Baylor tied a number of program bests last season. The Bears' 25 regular season wins tied the most in program history (2012), and BU's 12 Big 12 victories tied its most in any conference (2012).
• BU also tied its best finish in the Big 12 standings, matching the 3-way tie for 2nd place from 2010.
• BU's No. 3 seed in the Big 12 Championship tied the 2010 season for best in program history.
• Baylor also tied the highest NCAA Tournament seed in program history (No. 3 in 2010, 2012, 2015 and 2017).

• Baylor has gone 18-17 against ranked teams since the start of the 2014-15 season.
• Last season, Baylor went 6-3 against ranked opponents, including a school-record four wins over top-10 teams.
• BU had a school record seven wins over ranked teams in 2014-15.
• BU is 37-57 against ranked teams since 2007-08 after going 0-27 in Drew's first four rebuilding seasons.
• Baylor has won multiple games vs. AP Top 25 teams in each of the last 10 seasons, including four straight seasons with at least five wins over ranked teams.

• Baylor has won 20+ games in a school-record six consecutive seasons and in nine of the last 10 years. The Bears had just three 20-win seasons in the program's first 101 years (1907-2007).
• Baylor has topped 22 wins in each of the past six seasons and is averaging 25.3 wins per season in that span.

• Baylor went a combined 67-18 across football, men's basketball and women's basketball in 2016-17, the nation's best combined record in those sports for a second straight season (68-17 in 2015-16).
• In the six-year span from 2011-12 through 2016-17, Baylor combined to go 417-102 combined in those three sports, which was 15 more than any other athletics department and 105 more wins than any other Big 12 school.

• Baylor has enjoyed unprecedented success over the last 10 seasons under 15th-year head coach Scott Drew.
• Since the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 243-111 (24.3 wins per season) and has made nine postseason appearances  (NCAA -- 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017; NIT -- 2009, 2013) and posted nine 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 16 postseason appearances (nine under Drew) and won 20+ games just 12 times (nine under Drew) in the program's first 111 seasons.

• Baylor has won 88% of its games when leading at the half since 2011-12. BU is 118-16 when leading at the break in that stretch (18-3 in 2016-17, 18-2 in 2015-16, 21-7 in 2014-15, 18-2 in 2013-14, 17-1 in 2012-13 and 26-1 in 2011-12).
• BU has won 41% of games in which its been tied or trailing at the half since 2011-12, going 34-48 in those.
• BU has led at halftime in 134 of 216 games over the last six seasons, and BU is 152-64 since 2011-12.

Scott Drew has 297 career victories as a Division I head coach. He holds Baylor's school record with 277 wins.
• Drew's .606 winning percentage is the best ever by a Baylor coach with 40+ games at the helm.
• Drew's teams have a .686 winning percentage since 2007-08, the first year they had a full allotment of scholarships.

• Baylor's 19-7 postseason record over the past nine seasons is the nation's fifth-best among teams with at least three NCAA Tournament berths since 2009.
• The only teams with better postseason winning percentages than Baylor's .731 are North Carolina (.816), Connecticut (.783), Kentucky (.778) and Duke (.759).
• The Bears' 19 postseason wins in that span are seventh-most, trailing only North Carolina (31), Kentucky (28), Duke (22), Michigan State (21), Kansas (21) and Florida (20).
• Baylor went 4-1 and advanced to the 2009 NIT Championship game, 3-1 on their way to NCAA Tournament Elite Eight berths in 2010 and 2012, 5-0 to claim the 2013 NIT title and 2-1 on its way to Sweet 16s in 2014 and 2017.

• For the sixth consecutive season, all 31 of Baylor's regular-season games will be televised in 2017-18.
• BU has at least 21 games on ESPN networks, nine games on Fox networks and one game on CBS.
• With 21 games on ESPN networks this season, Baylor will have 198 ESPN games in the last 11 seasons.

• 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.
• Games are broadcast by the "Voice of the Bears" John Morris and former Baylor basketball standout Pat Nunley.
• Morris is in his 30th year doing Baylor broadcasts, while Nunley is in his 35th season as color analyst.
• Morris also calls play-by-play for BaylorVision third-tier TV broadcasts with former coach Jim Haller as analyst.
• Dave Rosselli is in his first season taking over radio play-by-play duties when Morris shifts to television for BaylorVision third-tier broadcasts. Rosselli brings more than 20 years of experience calling games at Cal and Pacific.
• All of Baylor's games can be heard live on the Internet at and via the TuneIn App.

• Baylor is 49-9 against in-state opponents since the start of the 2011-12 season, and the Bears have advanced deeper into postseason play than any of Texas' 23 Division I team in five of the last six seasons.
• BU is a combined 63-13 against Lone Star State teams over the last seven seasons after going 10-27 against in-state teams in Scott Drew's first six seasons at Baylor (7-1 in 2016-17, 9-3 in 2015-16, 10-1 in 2014-15, 6-3 in 2013-14, 7-1 in 2012-13, 10-0 in 2011-12, 5-3 in 2010-11 and 9-1 in 2009-10).
• Additionally, six of the 13 NBA Draft picks from Texas colleges since 2012 have come from Baylor. SMU (two), Texas (two), North Texas (one), Houston (one) and Texas A&M (one) have also had players selected in the last six NBA Drafts.

• Baylor has a track record of success when players redshirt under Scott Drew. Ekpe Udoh, Johnathan Motley, Cory Jefferson, Brady Heslip and Royce O'Neale have all gone on to professional careers after redshirting.
Manu Lecomte (transfer) and Jo Lual-Acuil Jr. (medical issues) redshirted during the 2015-16 season, and Mark Vital and Tyson Jolly redshirted due to the team's depth in 2016-17.
Mario Kegler and Freddie Gillespie are both redshirting this season while sitting out to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.

• The season opener against Central Arkansas and the Nov. 17 game against Alcorn State are both part of the Hall of Fame Classic, a regular-season tournament Baylor will compete in during the 2017-18 season.
• Baylor is 26-11 in regular-season tournaments during the Scott Drew era.
• The Bears are 13-3 in their last four regular-season tournaments, going 3-1, 3-1, 3-1 and 4-0.
• BU advanced to championship games in the 2007 Paradise Jam (won), 2008 76 Classic (lost), 2011 Las Vegas Classic (won), 2013 Maui Invitational (lost), 2014 Las Vegas Invitational (lost) and 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis (won).
• Baylor has won three regular-season tournament titles under Drew -- the 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis, the 2011 Las Vegas Classic and the 2007 Paradise Jam in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

• Baylor hosts two more non-conference home games next week, beginning with Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at 7 p.m. Monday. The Bears then welcome Alcorn State at 8 p.m. Friday. Both games will air on Fox College Sports.
• The Bears then head to Kansas City for bracketed games in the Hall of Fame Classic. BU faces Wisconsin at 8:30 p.m. on Nov. 20. The winner of that game will face the winner of UCLA vs. Creighton at 9 p.m. on Nov. 21, while the losing teams from the Nov. 20 games will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Nov. 21.



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