|No. 16/17 Baylor vs. Boston College
Nov. 15, 2012 | 2 p.m. CT
Charleston, S.C. | TD Arena (5,100)
TV: ESPNU | Radio: ESPN Central Texas
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• Thursday's game is Baylor's third game in a season-opening stretch that features five games in 10 days.
• Baylor's game against Boston College and its second-round game against Colorado or Dayton will both be televised on ESPNU.
• Boston College is the second of four opponents Baylor is scheduled to play for the first time in program history this season.
• Cory Jefferson (Player) and Isaiah Austin (Rookie) swept the season's first Big 12 weekly honors. It was the fourth time in program history the Bears won both awards in the same week.
• Baylor jumped three spots to No. 16 (AP) and one spot to No. 17 (Coaches) in the latest top 25 polls released Monday.
• Baylor has been ranked in 22 consecutive polls dating back to the 2011-12 preseason (No. 19 or better in every poll).
• Baylor set Scott Drew era records with 68 points in the paint, 28 assists and a 64.5 FG% in the season opener vs. Lehigh.
• Baylor PG Pierre Jackson was named Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year, the 2nd straight year a Bear has been honored.
• Jackson is one of 50 players on the Wooden Award and Naismith Award watch lists -- both presented to nation's best player.
• Baylor is one of only two Big 12 schools to be ranked in each of the last six seasons (Kansas).
• In the last five seasons entering 2012-13, Baylor went 121-55 (24.2 wins per season) and made four postseason appearances (2008 NCAA, 2009 NIT, 2010 NCAA, 2012 NCAA) with four 20-win campaigns.
• 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 659 consecutive games.
• 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 is coming off a school-record 30-win campaign, marking the second 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 (21st, 22nd, 18th, 5th, respectively).
• 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).
• 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 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 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).
• 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. 16/17 Baylor takes on either Dayton or Colorado on the second day of the ESPN Charleston (S.C.) Classic. With a win against BC, Baylor will play at 11:30 a.m. CT Friday, and with a loss on Thursday the Bears will play Friday at 1:30 p.m. After a day off on Saturday, Baylor will face one of four teams from the opposite side of the bracket at a time TBA Sunday.
REGULAR SEASON TOURNAMENT HISTORY
• Baylor is 95-97 all-time in regular season tournaments, including a 14-7 record in the Scott Drew era.
• The Bears are making their debut in the Charleston Classic, but they appeared in the 1970 Palmetto Classic in Charleston, going 1-1 with a 132-113 win against Mississippi and a 78-76 overtime loss to Navy.
• Baylor's 132 points scored in the 1970 Palmetto Classic game against Mississippi rank as the second most in school history.
• Baylor has advanced to the championship game in three of its last five regular-season tournaments, including tournament titles in the 2007 Paradise Jam (St. Thomas, U.S.V.I.) and the 2011 Las Vegas Classic.
FIRST TIME SUCCESS
• Baylor faces four schools for the first time in 2012-13 -- Lehigh, Boston College, College of Charleston and USC Upstate.
• Baylor is 27-6 against first-time opponents in the Scott Drew era and has won 14 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 21-2 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).
AUSTIN AND JEFFERSON SWEEP BIG 12 WEEKLY AWARDS
• Baylor frontcourt players Cory Jefferson (Player) and Isaiah Austin (Rookie) swept the first set of Big 12 weekly awards.
• Jefferson, a redshirt junior who entered the season with one career start, averaged 20.0 points, 10.0 rebounds and 4.0 blocks in 33.5 minutes per game to lead Baylor to wins over Lehigh and Jackson State. He shot 78% from the field (18-of-23).
• Austin chipped in 22 points and four rebounds in only 17 minutes against Lehigh before leaving the game with a sprained ankle.
• Austin connected on 10-of-12 shots, going 8-of-8 from inside the 3-point arc and 2-of-4 from long distance.
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. Baylor has been ranked in 22 consecutive polls dating back to the 2011-12 preseason.
JACKSON NAMED BIG 12 PRESEASON POY, ON WOODEN AND NAISMITH WATCH LISTS
• Senior G Pierre Jackson was named the 2012-13 Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year by the league's coaches.
• 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.
• Jackson is also on watch lists for the Wooden and Naismith Awards, both presented to the nation's top player.
BAYLOR IN THE RANKINGS
• Baylor entered the 2012-13 season with its third consecutive preseason ranking. Baylor was ranked No. 18 in the USA TODAY/ESPN Preseason Top 25 Poll and No. 19 in the AP Preseason Top 25 Poll.
• After opening the season with wins against Lehigh and Jackson State, the Bears climbed three spots to No. 16 in the AP poll and one spot to No. 17 in the coaches poll.
• 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 22 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).
A WIN WOULD ...
• Mark the sixth consecutive season Baylor has started 3-0.
• Be Drew's 160th career win as Baylor head coach -- 41 shy of Bill Henderson's Baylor record.
• Improve Baylor's winning streak in the month of November to 16 straight.
• Improve its record to 39-6 in the month of November in the Drew era, including a 31-3 record in the last six seasons.
• Improve Baylor's record in regular-season tournaments to 15-7 in the Drew era.
• Improve its record to 87-23 against non-conference competition in the Drew era.
• Thursday's game against Boston College will be televised live on ESPNU and will be available on WatchESPN.com. Bob Picozzi (play-by-play) and Jay Williams (analyst) will serve as the talent. Tip-off is scheduled for 2:05 p.m. CT.
• Friday's game against Dayton or Colorado will be also televised lived on ESPNU at either 11:30 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., and Sunday's game will be on ESPN2, ESPN3 or ESPNU at a time to be determined.
WINNING AWAY FROM HOME IN NON-CONFERENCE
• Baylor is 25-13 in non-conference games away from the Ferrell Center (road and neutral) in the Scott Drew era.
• Baylor has saved its best for the last four-plus seasons, winning 22 of its last 29 non-conference games away from home since the 2007-08 season (Baylor was 8-1 in non-conference away games in 2011-12).
JACKSON NEXT IN LINE FOR 1,000 POINT CLUB
• Pierre Jackson entered 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 438 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.
• Jackson needs to average 15.1 points per game over the next 29 games to reach 1,000 points prior to the postseason.
RECORD-SETTING SEASON OPENER
• Baylor opened the season with a 99-75 win over Lehigh on Dec. 9 at the Ferrell Center.
• The Bears improved to 9-1 in home openers under 10th year head coach Scott Drew.
• Baylor set Drew-era records with 68 points in the paint and 28 assists, and its 64.5 FG percentage was 4th-best in BU history.
• Cory Jefferson had 26 points, including 9 dunks, and 13 rebounds in his 2nd career start -- both career highs.
• Freshman Isaiah Austin poured in 22 points in 17 minutes played before suffering a sprained ankle in the second half.
• Pierre Jackson had 14 points and 12 assists for his 6th career double-double. Jackson's 12 assists (9 in first half) tied for the 12th-most in a single game in program history.