|23/25 Baylor (2-0) vs. Louisiana-Lafayette (2-1)
Nov. 17, 2013 | 4 p.m. CT
Waco, Texas | Ferrell Center (10,284)
TV: FOX Sports Southwest
Radio: ESPN Central Texas
| Baylor Radio | Gametracker | Tickets | BU Notes | ULL Notes
• Baylor is ranked No. 23 in the AP poll. It’s the seventh straight year the Bears have been ranked.
• Baylor is one of four teams nationally with football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball ranked in the latest AP polls — BU (No. 4 FB, No. 23 MBB, No. 9 WBB), Oklahoma State, Michigan State and Louisville.
• In each of Baylor’s first two games, nine different BU players have played double-digit minutes.
• Baylor’s bench is averaging 33.5 points per game, and the four reserves who have played are combining to average 20.9 minutes per game. Royce O’Neale has played 29.0 minutes per game off the bench.
• Sunday is an opening round game of the 2013 EA Sports Maui Invitational. It will be the 10th all-time meeting between Baylor and Louisiana-Lafayette, and the Bears have won all three meetings in Waco.
• Baylor’s game vs. ULL will air on FOX Sports Southwest as part of the Bears’ third-tier TV package.
• All 31 of Baylor’s regular-season games will be televised this season, including 18 games on the ESPN family of networks. The Louisiana-Lafayette game will be Baylor’s 68th consecutive televised contest.
• Baylor is one of only two Big 12 schools to be ranked in each of the last seven seasons (Kansas).
• BU has five 20-win seasons in the last six years. BU had only three 20-win seasons prior to Drew’s arrival.
• Baylor F Cory Jefferson and C Isaiah Austin were both named to the 6-player Preseason All-Big 12 team, marking the first time the Bears have had multiple players honored.
• Baylor’s frontcourt is ranked No. 2 nationally by Lindy’s and No. 6 by CBSSports.com.
• Baylor’s four NBA Draft picks over the last two years ranks third nationally behind Kentucky and North Carolina.
• Baylor has the nation’s best postseason winning percentage over the last five years (15-3; .833).
• Baylor has won 23 of 24 and 44 of its last 46 games when leading at the half over the last two seasons.
• Baylor was picked 3rd in the 2013-14 Big 12 Men’s Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll.
• Baylor is one of only 10 schools nationally to play in the Elite Eight in two of the last four seasons.
• Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 146-69 (24 wins per season) and has made five postseason appearances (2008 NCAA, 2009 NIT, 2010 NCAA, 2012 NCAA; 2013 NIT) with five 20-win seasons.
• Baylor has more Big 12 wins in the last six seasons (53-47) than its first 11 years in the league combined (45-131).
• Baylor is coming off a 2013 NIT title, which was the program’s first-ever national tournament championship.
• Jefferson (USA) and Brady Heslip (Canada) played for their national teams in the 2013 World University Games.
• Baylor’s last five recruiting classes have all been ranked in ESPN’s top 25 nationally (2009 — 21st; 2010 — 22nd; 2011 — 18th; 2012 — 5th; 2013 — 13th).
• Head coach Scott Drew is seeking his 181st win at Baylor, which would place him 20 back of the school record.
• Baylor has the Big 12’s 2nd-longest active streak with at least one 3-point FG made in 696 consecutive games.
• Jefferson (71-23) is 8th on Baylor’s career wins list and has the highest winning percentage (.755) in BU history.
• Baylor has signed nine top-50 national recruits in the last seven years — LaceDarius Dunn (2007), Anthony Jones (2008), Nolan Dennis (2009), Perry Jones III (2010), Quincy Miller (2011), Deuce Bello (2011), Isaiah Austin (2012), Rico Gathers (2012) and Ish Wainright (2013).
• Head coach Scott Drew is coaching his 319th game at Baylor (180-138). His .566 winning percentage is best in BU history among coaches with four or more seasons, and his teams have a .679 winning percentage since 2007-08.
• Drew is tied with Kansas’ Bill Self as the second-longest tenured head coach in the Big 12 Conference. Drew, who is in his 11th season at Baylor in 2013-14, is second only to Texas’ Rick Barnes (16th season at UT).
• Sunday will mark the 10th meeting between Baylor and ULL and the first since Dec. 22, 1994.
• Baylor leads the series 6-3, including a 3-0 mark in Waco. The Bears have scored at least 70 points in all nine series meetings, including a 91.3 points per game average in the three games played in Waco.
• The game will air on FOX Sports Southwest and is Baylor’s 68th consecutive televised game.
ONE OF FOUR RANKED IN FB, MBB AND WBB
• Baylor is one of just four teams ranked in the AP Top 25 in football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball.
• The Bears are No. 4 in football, No. 23 in men’s hoops and No. 9 in women’s hoops.
• Oklahoma State (12; 8; 20), Michigan State (14; 2; 19) and Louisville (19; 3; 5) are the only other teams.
NATION'S THIRD-LONGEST ACTIVE WINNING STREAK
• Baylor’s 7-game winning streak is the nation’s third-longest active streak.
• Baylor trails only 2013 NCAA champion Louisville (19) and 2013 CIT champion East Carolina (8).
• The 7-game streak is tied for the eighth-longest in program history.
A WIN WOULD ...
• Mark the seventh consecutive season Baylor has started 3-0.
• Be Scott Drew’s 181st career win as Baylor head coach — 20 shy of Bill Henderson’s school record.
• Improve Baylor’s winning streak to eight straight, which would be eighth-longest in program history.
• Give Baylor a 6-game winning streak at the Ferrell Center, one shy of tying the 10th-longest in arena history.
• Improve its record to 43-8 in the month of November in the Drew era, including 35-5 in the last seven seasons.
DEPTH ON DISPLAY
• Baylor has used a nine-man rotation in each of its first two games, with all nine Bears playing double-digit minutes.
• BU’s bench is averaged 33.5 points per game, and the four reserves combine to average 20.9 minutes per game.
• Royce O’Neale (29.0 mpg) ranks second on the team in minutes played despite coming off the bench, while Brady Heslip (25.0 mpg) is fourth on the team in minutes.
• Taurean Prince (17.5 mpg) and Rico Gathers (12.0 mpg) also average double-digit minutes as reserves.
BAYLOR UP TO NO. 23 IN AP POLL
• With a win over a Colorado team that was just outside the top 25, Baylor jumped two spots to No. 23 in the latest AP Top 25, which was released Monday. The Bears are ranked 25th in the coaches’ poll.
• Baylor entered 2013-14 ranked 25th in the preseason, marking BU’s fourth consecutive preseason ranking.
• Baylor is the third-highest ranked Big 12 team in both polls, trailing only Kansas and Oklahoma State. The Bears were picked to finish third in the conference by the league’s head coaches, behind KU and OSU.
• Baylor has now been ranked in each of the last seven seasons – a total of 51 polls (including preseason).
• 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).
UNPRECEDENTED NATIONAL EXPOSURE
• For the second consecutive season, all 31 of Baylor’s regular-season games will be televised in 2013-14.
• Baylor has 18 games on the ESPN family of networks, eight games on FOX Sports Southwest and five games on the Big 12 Network. Baylor set a program record with 37 televised games last season.
• With 18 games on ESPN networks this season, Baylor will have 104 ESPN games in the last seven seasons.
• Baylor hosts Charleston Southern at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the final home game on November. The Bears then head to Maui for the 2013 EA Sports Maui Invitational, where they’ll open against Chaminade on Nov. 25.
• The Bears’ next two games are their only schedule games against first-time opponents this season.