|12/12 Baylor vs. NR/NR Texas Southern
Nov. 11, 2011 | 9 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
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• No. 12/12 Baylor opens the 2011-12 regular season with three home games in a five-day stretch beginning Friday against Texas Southern at 9 p.m. Live video (All-Access subscription required) will be available at BaylorBears.com.
• 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 7-1 in season openers ninth-year head coach Scott Drew. Baylor's lone season-opening loss under Drew came when the Bears opened with a 79-61 loss at Texas Tech in 2006 (no non-conference schedule due to NCAA sanctions).
• Baylor is 7-1 in home openers under head Drew, 13-2 in the Big 12 era and 19-4 all-time in Ferrell Center history.
• 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).
• Beginning with Friday's game, 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.
• No. 12 Baylor will continue its three-games-in-five-days stretch Sun., Nov. 13, against Jackson State at the Ferrell Center. The second half of a men's/women's basketball doubleheader, Baylor/JSU will tip off at 6 p.m. CT. Live video will be available at www.BaylorBears.com through an All-Access subscription package.
• Friday will be the seventh series meeting, with Baylor holding a 6-0 series advantage -- 3-0 in the Scott Drew era. Prior to last season's eight-point win, each of Baylor's first five series wins were by double figures. Friday will be the first series meeting with Baylor ranked in both the AP and USA TODAY/ESPN polls.
• In last season's meeting, Baylor was ranked No. 23 in the coaches poll, but was receiving votes in the AP. That was Baylor's last game as a ranked team in the 2010-11 season.
SERIES NOTES: Baylor is a perfect 39-0 vs. the Southwestern Athletic Conference, including a 20-0 record in the Drew era ... Baylor has scored 90 or more points only one against Texas Southern (94-63 in Dec. 7, 1996) and has held Texas Southern to under 70 points in each of the last five meetings.
DREW IN REGULAR-SEASON OPENERS
• Ninth-year head coach Scott Drew is 7-1 in regular-season openers at Baylor and has won the last five. Including his one season at Valparaiso (2002-03), Drew is 7-2 in season openers.
• Baylor's lone season-opening loss under Drew came when the 2005-06 Bears opened with a 79-61 loss at Texas Tech (Baylor did not play a non-conference schedule due to NCAA sanctions).
BAYLOR IN THE TOP 25
• Baylor is 33-15 -- 32-14 in the Scott Drew era -- when ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 Poll and 25-11 when ranked in the USA TODAY/ESPN Coaches Top 25 Poll.
• Baylor is 23-10 all-time when ranked simultaneously in both polls.
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).
SEASON-OPENING HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE
• When Baylor squares off in its season opener Nov. 11 against Texas Southern, 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 recorded history was last season -- an 87-52 win over Grambling State on Nov. 12, 2010.
• 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.
BAYLOR HAULS IN TOP-10 SIGNING CLASS OF 2012
• Three Texas prep standouts -- Arlington's Isaiah Austin, Houston's Lynden "L.J." Rose and Fort Worth's Chad Rykhoek -- signed National Letters of Intent for 2012-13. Baylor's 2012 signing class is ranked No. 5 nationally by Scout.com, No. 10 by ESPNU and No. 12 by Rivals.com.
• Headlining the top-10 recruiting class is Austin, a consensus top-5 and five-star recruit from Grace Preparatory Academy. He is ranked the No. 3 overall prospect in the Class of 2012 by ESPNU and 247Sports.com, No. 4 by MaxPreps.com and No. 5 by both Rivals.com and Scout.com. The 7-foot, 215-pound center is rated as the nation's top prospect at his position by ESPNU and 247Sports.com, No. 2 nationally by Scout.com and No. 3 by Rivals.com.
• Austin is the third consensus top-10 recruit in the last three years to sign with Baylor, joining sophomore PF Perry Jones III (2010) and freshman SF Quincy Miller (2011).
• Rose, named to the 2010 USA Youth Olympic Games team, participated in the USA Men's Developmental National Team's training in 2010 and was also named to the 2009 USA Basketball Men's U16 National Team. Prior to transferring to Westbury Christian High School, Rose attended Second Baptist School, where he was an all-state performer. While at Second Baptist School, Rose was a first-team All-District 4 and All-Texas Class 4A selection in both 2009 and 2010.
• The third and final piece to Baylor's top-10 recruiting class of 2012 is Rykhoek (pronounced RY-cook), who is a 6-foot-11, 220-pound power forward out of Fort Worth (Texas) Christian.
• With the signing of Austin, Baylor has now inked seven consensus top-50 recruits in the last six years under Drew, joining LaceDarius Dunn (2007), Anthony Jones (2008), Nolan Dennis (2009), Perry Jones III (2010), Quincy Miller (2011) and Deuce Bello (2011).
FIRST TIME SUCCESS
• Baylor will face three schools for the first time in 2011-12 -- South Carolina State, Northwestern and West Virginia.
• Baylor is 22-6 against first-time opponents in the Scott Drew era and has won 10 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 16-2 against first-time opponents, including three postseason meetings (win vs. Georgetown, 2009 NIT; win vs. Saint Mary's, 2010 NCAA; loss vs. Duke, 2010 NCAA).
LAST TIME AGAINST TEXAS SOUTHERN (JAN. 2, 2011)
• LaceDarius Dunn scored all but two of his 17 points in the second half, and A.J. Walton and Quincy Acy made key defensive plays down the stretch as Baylor held off Texas Southern 68-60.
• Acy had 16 points and eight rebounds, as well as two big blocks in the closing moments that helped Baylor survive. Walton added 13 points and a career-high seven rebounds, and forced a key turnover by Travele Jones with 48 seconds left that snuffed out the Tigers' final bid. The sophomore point guard also finished with six assists and no turnovers in 38 minutes.
• Jones scored 21 points for the Tigers, who fell to 0-6 all-time against Baylor, and Lawrence Johnson-Danner had 12.
• Texas Southern led for most of the first half before Baylor used pressure defense to close the half with a 15-3 run. The Tigers stayed within range in the second half despite the Bears' 54 percent shooting. Baylor protected the ball and several times stretched the margin to seven points, but Texas Southern answered each run with 3-pointers by either Harrison Smith, Justin Ray or Jones.
• Texas Southern had no answer for Baylor on the boards, however, particularly on the offensive end. The Bears scored several key baskets on putbacks in the final 10 minutes, including a pair of thunderous dunks by Acy.
JONES III TO SIT OUT FIRST FIVE GAMES OF 2011-12
• In March 2011, Perry Jones III was suspended six games by the NCAA for receiving improper pre-enrollment benefits. PJ3 was suspended just moments before Baylor's first-round Big 12 Championship game against Oklahoma. Jones III must sit out the first five games of the 2011-12 season; he will make his season debut Nov. 29 vs. Prairie View A&M.
ACY NEXT IN LINE FOR 1,000-POINT CLUB
• Reigning Big 12 Sixth Man of the Year Quincy Acy enters the 2011-12 season needing 95 points to become the 25th 1,000-point scorer in school history. Acy, who ranks second in school history behind former teammate Josh Lomers in career field goal percentage (61.5), would be the seventh 1,000-point scorer in the Scott Drew era, joining Aaron Bruce, Curtis Jerrells, Henry Dugat, Kevin Rogers, LaceDarius Dunn and Tweety Carter.
RECORD-SETTING SEASON TICKET SALES
• Baylor has sold a school-record 5,200 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.
HE DUNKS...A LOT
• Senior F Quincy Acy has become one of the nation's best when it comes to electrifying dunks. Acy, who earned two spots on SportsCenter's Top 10 plays after his 10-dunk game March 6, 2010, vs. Texas, has record 175 career field goals via the dunk.
• In 101 career games, 51 percent (175-of-345) of Acy's career FGM have been dunks.
CONSECUTIVE GAMES WITH A MADE 3-POINT FIELD GOAL -- 619
• Baylor has made at least one 3-point field goal in 619 consecutive games -- the second-longest active streak in the Big 12 behind only Texas.
• Baylor has connected from 3-point range in every game since Feb. 21, 1990, in a win over Texas Tech.