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No. 18 MBB Takes On No. 8 Syracuse In Maui Finals


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18/17 Baylor (6-0) vs. 8/7 Syracuse (6-0)
Nov. 27, 2013 | 9:00 p.m. CT
Maui, Hawaii | Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)

TV: ESPN
Radio: ESPN Central Texas
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MEDIA INFORMATION
Date Wednesday, Nov. 26 | 9:00 p.m. CT
Location

Maui, Hawaii; Lahaina Civic Center (2,400)

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BAYLOR BEARS
Record 6-0
Ranking 18th (AP), 17th (Coaches)
Head Coach Scott Drew
Career: 204-149 (12th season)
BU Record: 184-138 (11th season)
SYRACUSE ORANGE
Record 6-0
Ranking 8 (AP), 7 (Coaches)
Head Coach Jim Boeheim
Career: 926-314 (38th season)
SU Record: 926-314 (38th season)

STORY LINES
• Baylor's 11-game winning streak is the nation's longest active streak -- UConn and Toledo are closest at 8 straight.
• The 10-game streak ties the 4th-longest in BU history and is six shy of the school record (17-0 to start 2011-12).
• Baylor is 3-0 this season in games decided by 5 points or less -- the Bears were 2-8 in those games last year.
• Baylor is 38-16 in away games against non-Big 12 teams during the Drew era, including 16-3 since 2011-12.
• Baylor is seeking its fourth tournament championship of the Drew era. The Bears won the 2007 Paradise Jam, the 2011 Las Vegas Classic and the 2013 National Invitation Tournament.
• Baylor has advanced to regular-season tournament title games three times under Drew, and BU is 2-1 in those.
• Including Maui, Baylor has posted a winning record in six of its last seven regular-season tournaments.
• Baylor is ranked No. 18 in the AP poll, up seven spots from the Bears' preseason No. 25 ranking.
• Baylor and Oklahoma State are the nation's only schools with football, men's basketball and women's basketball ranked in the AP top 20 -- BU (No. 9 FB, No. 18 MBB, No. 9 WBB), OSU (No. 7 FB, No. 5 MBB, No. 19 WBB).
• Baylor is looking to start the season 7-0 for the third time in the last four years.
• Baylor's bench is averaging 29.8 points per game, and the four most-used reserves combine to average 19.0 minutes per game. Royce O'Neale (28.2 mpg) ranks 2nd on the team in minutes, and nine Baylor players average 13+ mpg.
• Wednesday is the second-ever meeting between Baylor and Syracuse. SU won the previous meeting 94-71 on Dec. 16, 2006, when BU traveled to Syracuse during last year of the rebuilding phase of the Drew era.
• Baylor is 6-10 all-time in Hawaii, and BU has won multiple games for the first time in six Hawaiian tournaments.
• Baylor has won 26 of 27 and 47 of its last 49 games when leading at the half since 2011-12.
• Baylor's game vs. Syracuse will air on ESPN as one of 18 games BU will play on ESPN networks this season.
• The Bears played a school-record 26 games on the ESPN family of networks in 2012-13, and with 18 games on the network this season, Baylor will increase its number of ESPN appearances to 104 in the last seven seasons.
• The Syracuse game will be Baylor's 72nd consecutive televised contest.
• Baylor has the nation's best postseason winning percentage over the last five years (15-3; .833).
• Baylor's four NBA Draft picks over the last two years ranks 3rd nationally behind Kentucky and North Carolina.
• Baylor is one of only 10 schools nationally to play in the Elite Eight in two of the last four seasons.
• BU has five 20-win seasons in the last six years. BU had only three 20-win seasons prior to Drew's arrival.
• Since the start of the 2007-08 season, Baylor is 150-69 (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.
• Head coach Scott Drew is seeking his 185th win at Baylor, which would place him 16 back of the school record.
• Baylor is one of only two Big 12 schools to be ranked in each of the last seven seasons (Kansas). The Bears have been ranked for at least three weeks in each of the last six 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 was picked 3rd in the 2013-14 Big 12 Men's Basketball Preseason Coaches Poll.
• Baylor's frontcourt is ranked No. 2 nationally by Lindy's and No. 6 by CBSSports.com.
• Baylor is coming off a 2013 NIT title, which was the program's first-ever national tournament championship.
• Baylor has the Big 12's 2nd-longest active streak with at least one 3-point FG made in 700 consecutive games.
• 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.

SERIES HISTORY
• Wednesday is the second-ever meeting between Baylor and Syracuse. SU won the previous meeting 94-71 on Dec. 16, 2006, when BU traveled to Syracuse during last year of the rebuilding phase of the Drew era.
• Freshman Tweety Carter scored 31 points in 30 minutes off the bench for BU in the game (box score on page 23).
• Baylor had travel difficulties making it to Syracuse for the game, forcing the Bears do a walk-through in the Washington, D.C., airport with tape marking the lane on the ground. Baylor's equipment didn't arrive with the team, and Syracuse lent the team practice gear for the gameday shootaround. BU had two student managers take red-eye flights with the home white uniforms, but the road black uniforms arrived just in time for the game.

REGULAR SEASON TOURNAMENT HISTORY
• Baylor is 100-98 all-time in regular season tournaments, including a 19-8 record in the Scott Drew era.
• The Bears have posted a winning record in six of its last seven regular-season tournaments, including this year.
• Baylor is making its second appearance at the Maui Invitational. The Bears finished sixth in the 1987 Maui Classic after losing to Illinois, beating Nebraska and losing to Stanford.

NATION'S LONGEST ACTIVE WINNING STREAK
• Baylor's 11-game winning streak is the nation's longest active streak.
• Toledo and Connecticut are the next closest with active 8-game winning streaks.
• The 11-game streak is tied for the fourth-longest in program history and is the second-longest of the Drew era.

A WIN WOULD ...
• Mark the third time in the last four ears the Bears have started a season 7-0.
• Be Scott Drew's 185th career win as Baylor head coach -- 16 shy of Bill Henderson's school record.
• Improve Baylor's winning streak to 12 straight, which would tie the third-longest in program history. It's the second-longest of the Drew era, trailing only the 17-game streak to start the 2011-12 season.
• Improve its record to 47-8 in the month of November in the Drew era, including 39-5 in the last seven seasons.
• Improve Baylor's record to 101-98 all-time in regular-season tournaments, including a 20-8 mark in the Drew era.
• Be the fourth tournament title of the Drew era. The Bears won the 2007 Paradise Jam, the 2011 Las Vegas Classic and the 2013 National Invitation Tournament.
• Improve Drew's record in regular-season tournament title games to 3-1.
• Make Baylor 7-10 all-time in the state of Hawaii.

DEPTH ON DISPLAY
• Baylor has used a nine-man rotation in each of its first five games, with all nine Bears averaging double-digit minutes.
• BU's bench is averaging 29.8 ppg, and the four most-used reserves combine to average 19.0 minutes per game.
Royce O'Neale (28.2 mpg) ranks second on the team in minutes played despite coming off the bench, while Brady Heslip (20.5 mpg) is sixth on the team in minutes.
• Taurean Prince (14.3 mpg) and Rico Gathers (13.0 mpg) also average double-digit minutes as reserves.

WINNING AWAY FROM HOME VS. NON-BIG 12 TEAMS
• Baylor is 38-16 against non-Big 12 teams in games away from the Ferrell Center in the Scott Drew era, including a 15-3 record in away games against non-Big 12 teams since 2011-12.
• Baylor is 36-12 against non-Big 12 teams away from home since the 2007-08 season (3-0 this year; 5-2 in 2012-13; 8-1 in 2011-12; 1-3 in 2010-11; 8-2 in 2009-10; 6-2 in 2008-09; 5-2 in 2007-08).

UP TO NO. 18 IN AP POLL
• Baylor jumped two spots to No. 18 in the latest AP Top 25 -- which is up seven spots from BU's No. 25 preseason AP ranking. The Bears are ranked 17th in the coaches' poll, up nine spots from the preseason.
• Baylor entered 2013-14 ranked 25th in the AP preseason poll, 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 52 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).

DREW CLIMBING CAREER WINS CHART
Scott Drew ranks second in Baylor history with 184 career wins as the Bears' head coach. Drew needs 17 wins to tie Bill Henderson (201 wins; 1941-43 and 1945-61) for the all-time wins record.
• Drew's .571 winning percentage is the best ever by a Baylor coach with four or more years at the helm.

BU BLOCK PARTY
• Cory Jefferson and Isaiah Austin are both in the top 10 in program history in blocks per game.
• Austin is third with 2.00 blocks per game and Jefferson is fifth at 1.31.
• Jefferson's 128 blocks are fifth-most in BU history and five back of former BU teammate and current Milwaukee Bucks player Ekpe Udoh, while Austin need three blocks to crack the top 10.

NATION'S BEST POSTSEASON WINNING PERCENTAGE
• BU has the nation's best postseason winning percentage over the last five seasons (15-3, .833).
• Baylor has won at least three games in each of its last four postseason appearances.
• Baylor was the last Texas Division I team (out of 21) playing postseason basketball in each of the last two years.
• Baylor is 15-4 in five postseason appearances under Scott Drew -- 6-3 in NCAA Tournament and 9-1 in NIT.

ONE OF FIVE RANKED IN FB, MBB AND WBB
• Baylor is one of just five schools ranked in the AP Top 25 in football, men's basketball and women's basketball, joining Oklahoma State, Michigan State, Duke and Louisville.
• The Bears are No. 9 in football, No. 18 in men's hoops and No. 9 in women's hoops.
• BU and Oklahoma State (7; 5; 19) are the nation's only schools with all three sports ranked in the top 20.

UP NEXT
• Baylor returns home to host Hardin-Simmons at 2 p.m. Sunday. The Bears then head up I-35 to Arlington for a game against Kentucky at AT&T Stadium (formerly Cowboys Stadium) on Friday, Dec. 6.

 

 

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