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MBB Opens Season Friday vs. Norfolk State




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Baylor vs. Norfolk State
Nov. 13, 2009 | 7 p.m. CST
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
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GAME CENTER: GAME 1
MEDIA INFORMATION
Date: Fri., Nov. 13 2009
Tip-Off: 7 p.m. CST
Location:
Waco, Texas
Arena:
Ferrell Center (10,284)
Television:
None
Radio:
Baylor ISP Sports Network ESPN/KRZI 1660 AM (Waco)/Sirius (Ch. 161)
Talent:
John Morris (pxp), Pat Nunley (color)
Series:
First Meeting
Record vs. MEAC: 6-0
Drew in Season Openers: 5-2 (5-1 at Baylor)
Drew in Home Openers:
6-1 (5-1 at Baylor)
Live Stats:
www.BaylorBears.com
Audio Web Stream:
www.BaylorBears.com
Video Web Stream: www.BaylorBears.com
In-Game Blog: www.BaylorBears.com

MARKETING PROMOTIONS
• Baylor MBB Magnet Schedule Giveaway
• Fans can bring a canned food item for Food for Families and receive a $5 ticket for that game

GAME NIGHT STORY LINES
• Baylor opens the 2009-10 regular season with three home games over a four-day stretch, beginning Friday with the Norfolk State Spartans. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. CST in the Ferrell Center.
• Friday will mark the first series meeting between the schools.
• Baylor is 6-0 all-time vs. teams from the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference.
Scott Drew is 5-2 in season openers and 6-1 in home openers, including matching 5-1 marks at Baylor.
• Norfolk State is the fourth first-time opponent Baylor has faced to open the regular season under seventh-year head coach Scott Drew.
• Baylor is 3-0 in the previous three instances -- Hillsdale Free Will Baptist (2004), Jackson State (2007) and Paul Quinn (2008).
• Junior forward/center Ekpe Udoh, who transferred from Michigan in June 2008, will suit up for the Bears in 2009-10 after sitting out the 2008-09 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. When Udoh steps onto the floor Friday, it will be his first regular season game in 610 days.
• Baylor signed the highest-ranked recruit in program history Wednesday when the Bears signed Perry Jones to an NLI (No. 3 by ESPNU).
• Baylor has improved its season win total in each of the last three seasons and five times in Drew's first six seasons at the helm in Waco.
• Seventh-year Baylor head coach Scott Drew enters the 2009-10 season with 81 wins to his credit at the helm of the Bears men's basketball program. Drew currently ranks sixth all-time at Baylor and trails former head coach Gene Iba (98) by 17 for fifth place.
• Baylor was picked 10th -- garnering 33 votes -- in the 2009-10 Big 12 Preseason Coaches Poll. Baylor was picked ahead of Nebraska (11th) and Colorado (12th). Last season, BU was picked tied for third -- the Bears' highest preseason prediction in Big 12 history.
• Baylor's 45 wins in the last two seasons (21 in 2007-08, 24 in 2008-09) under head coach Scott Drew are more than the Bears' combined win total in his first four seasons (36).
• Entering the season, Baylor has nine underclassmen, which ranks third in the Big 12 (11, Nebraska; 10, Kansas; 9, BU and Oklahoma) and 20th among NCAA Division I schools. The Bears possess only four upperclassmen, fewest in the Big 12 and ninth nationally.
• Baylor is 19-5 in the month of November under Scott Drew.
• Baylor has won 10 of its last 11 non-conference November home games.
• Baylor continues its season-opening homestand Sunday when the Bears host the Hartford Hawks at 1:30 p.m. The Bears will then host the Southern Jaguars Monday at 7 p.m.

SERIES HISTORY
• Friday is the first meeting in the series.

BAYLOR VS. THE MEAC
• Norfolk State is only the sixth Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference school that Baylor has played -- and the first of two this season.
• Baylor is 6-0 all-time vs. members of the MEAC -- 2-0 vs. North Carolina A&T and 1-0 vs. Coppin State, Delaware State, Florida A&M and Maryland-Eastern Shore.
• Baylor will face defending MEAC champion Morgan State at the Ferrell Center Jan. 6.

DREW IN SEASON OPENERS
Scott Drew is 5-1 in season and home openers at BU and has won the last three. Including his one season at Valpo, he is 5-2 in season openers and 6-1 in home openers.
• Baylor's lone season-opening loss under Drew came when the 2006-07 Bears opened up against Texas Tech (Baylor did not play a non-conference schedule due to NCAA sanctions).

FIRST-TIME OPPONENTS IN OPENERS
• Norfolk State is the fourth first-time opponent Baylor has faced to open the regular season under head coach Scott Drew. BU is 3-0 in the previous three instances -- Hillsdale Free Will Baptist (2004), Jackson State (2007) and Paul Quinn (2008).

NOVEMBER SUCCESS UNDER DREW
• Baylor is 19-5 in the month of November under Scott Drew.
• Baylor has won 10 of its last 11 non-conference November home games.
• Baylor is 68-31 all-time in the month of November (regular season only).

SEASON-OPENING HISTORICAL SIGNIFICANCE
• When Baylor squares off in its season opener Nov. 13 against Norfolk State, it will mark the first game to be played on that date in the program's 104-year history. Prior to this season's opener, the earliest season opener during the modern era in Baylor recorded history is Nov. 11, which occurred twice -- 2006 (90-65 win over Angelo State) and 2007 (100-75 win over Jackson State).
• 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, Oct. 12, 1906. The Bears later defeated Waco YMCA, 43-18, Nov. 6, 1906.

PRESEASON MEAC PLAYER OF THE YEAR DELOACH LEADS NORFOLK STATE INTO WACO
• Preseason Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Year Michael Deloach leads the Norfolk State Spartans, which are coming off an appearance in the 2009 MEAC Tournament championship game. Norfolk State was predicted to finish third in the league behind preseason favorite and defending champion Morgan State and second-place South Carolina State.
• Deloach was a first-team All-MEAC selection in 2009 after leading the league in scoring (21.5 points per game). He finished 15th nationally in scoring and his 666 total points scored set a new Division I era record at Norfolk State. Deloach earned MEAC All-Tournament team honors after scoring 30 in the championship game loss to Morgan State.
• More than just a prolific scorer, Deloach was second on the team in rebounds (4.9), assists (2.8) and steals (2.0). He ranked third in the MEAC in steals and minutes played (36.2), seventh in free throw percentage (71.5) and eighth in assists. He was selected as the MEAC Preseason Player of the Year by Sporting News and Lindy's college basketball preview magazines.

UP NEXT [SUNDAY VS. HARTFORD, MONDAY VS. SOUTHERN]
• Following Baylor's season opener on Friday the 13th, the Bears return to the Ferrell Center for a pair of home games over a 36-hour span. • Baylor hosts the Hartford Hawks Sunday for a 1:30 p.m. tip and then welcome Southern to the Ferrell Center Monday at 7 p.m.
• Sunday will mark the second meeting between Baylor and Hartford. Last season, the Bears defeated the Hawks, 74-59, in Waco.
• Monday will mark the third consecutive season the Bears have faced the Southern Jaguars. Baylor is 4-0 all-time vs. Southern and won last season's meeting, 85-43, at the Ferrell Center.

SNAPSHOT: PREVIEWING HARTFORD
• Hartford, which posted a 7-26 record last season, opens the 2009-10 season on Friday the 13th against Quinnipiac in Bridgeport, Conn.
• The Hawks return three starters and eight letterwinners, including junior guard Joe Zeglinski, who missed most of the season due to injury. Zeglinski averaged 15.3 points in 10 games. Hartford also returns junior forward Morgan Sabia, who averaged 10.6 points and 4.3 rebounds 31 starts a season ago.


 

 

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