Men's Hoops Debuts at No. 24 in Coaches Poll, Moves Up to No. 21 in AP

Dec. 15, 2008

WACO, Texas - The Baylor men's basketball team moved up one spot to No. 21 in this week's Associated Press Top 25 Poll, while breaking into the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Coaches Poll at No. 24 on Monday. Baylor's inclusion in the USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll is a first under sixth-year head coach Scott Drew.

Baylor (8-1) has now been ranked in the AP Top 25 for three consecutive weeks, a school first. The Bears have been included in eight AP polls with five coming in the calendar year of 2008 under Drew.

Baylor and Clemson both made their debut in this week's USA Today/ESPN Coaches Poll, coming in at No. 24 and No. 25, respectively. In the AP Poll, the Bears moved up one spot to No. 21 - the highest ranking under the Drew and the highest since Feb. 11, 1969 (No. 19). Baylor is one spot behind No. 20 Arizona State, whom the Bears defeated 87-78 at the 76 Classic in November.

The 21st-ranked Baylor Bears continue their homestand Saturday when they host the UT Arlington Mavericks at the Ferrell Center for an 8:30 p.m. CT tip.


Week Rank
Dec. 15, 2008 No. 21
Dec. 8, 2008 No. 22
Dec. 1, 2008 No. 24
Jan. 28, 2008 No. 25
Jan. 21, 2008 No. 25
Feb. 11, 1969 No. 19
Jan. 14, 1969 No. 18
Jan. 25, 1949 No. 18



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