|No. 16/17 Baylor vs. NR/RV Colorado
Nov. 16, 2012 | 11:30 a.m. CT
Charleston, S.C. | TD Arena (5,100)
TV: ESPNU | Radio: ESPN Central Texas
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• Friday’s game is Baylor’s fourth game in a season-opening stretch that features five games in 10 days.
• Baylor’s game against Colorado will be televised on ESPNU and Sunday’s game will be on either ESPN2 or ESPNU.
• Baylor is looking to advance to a tournament title game for the fourth time in its last six regular-season tournaments.
• The game against CU is a rematch of Baylor’s 80-63 win on March 17 that sent the Bears to the 2012 Sweet 16.
• 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 660 consecutive games.
• All 31 of Baylor’s regular-season games will be televised this season, including 22 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. 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.
• After a day off on Saturday, No. 16/17 Baylor takes on either St. John’s or Murray State on the final day of the ESPN Charleston (S.C.) Classic. With a win against CU, Baylor will play at 7:30 p.m. CT Sunday on ESPN2, and with a loss on Friday the Bears will play at 5 p.m. Sunday on ESPNU.
• Friday will be the 26th series meeting, the first regular-season meeting since Colorado left the Big 12 Conference following the 2010-11 season. Colorado leads the all-time series 15-10, but Baylor has won five of the last seven meetings, including last season’s NCAA Tournament third round game. Brady Heslip drained nine 3-point field goals in that game to lead the Bears to an 80-63 win and a berth in the Sweet 16.
REGULAR SEASON TOURNAMENT HISTORY
• Baylor is 96-97 all-time in regular season tournaments, including a 15-7 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.
A WIN WOULD ...
• Mark the sixth consecutive season Baylor has started 4-0.
• Be Drew’s 161st career win as Baylor head coach — 40 shy of Bill Henderson’s Baylor record.
• Improve Baylor’s winning streak in the month of November to 17 straight.
• Improve its record to 40-6 in the month of November in the Drew era, including a 32-3 record in the last six seasons.
• Improve Baylor’s record in regular-season tournaments to 16-7 in the Drew era.
• Improve its record to 88-23 against non-conference competition in the Drew era.
• Improve its record in the all-time series against Colorado to 11-15, including a 6-2 mark in the last eight meetings.
• Friday’s game against Colorado 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 11:35 a.m. CT.
• Sunday’s game against either St. John’s or Murray State will be also televised lived on an ESPN network at either 5 p.m. CT (ESPNU with a loss to Colorado) or 7:30 p.m. (ESPN2 with a win vs. Colorado).
WINNING AWAY FROM HOME IN NON-CONFERENCE
• Baylor is 26-13 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 23 of its last 30 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 407 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 14.5 points per game over the next 28 games to reach 1,000 points prior to the postseason.
• Jackson has scored in double figures in 11 consecutive games - he's averaging 19.2 points and 7.0 assists per game during that streak.