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• Baylor opens the 2018-19 season by hosting Texas Southern at 8:30 p.m. CT Tuesday.

• The game will be televised on FSSW-Alternate (satellite & UVerse) and Fox Sports Go (cable).

• Head coach Scott Drew begins his 16th season in Waco as the BU's all-time wins leader (296-195).

• BU has won 12 consecutive season openers by an average of 30.1 points. Drew is 14-1 in openers.

• Baylor and TSU meet for the 12th time. Baylor is 11-0 in the series with a +19.7 average scoring margin.

• The closest game in the series was a 68-60 Baylor win on Jan. 2, 2011. Baylor is playing TSU for a 5th straight season. BU won 75-49 in 2014, 72-59 in 2015 and 89-63 in 2016.

• The closest game in the series was a 68-60 BU win on Jan. 2, 2011. Baylor is playing TSU for a 5th consecutive season — BU won 75-49 in 2014, 72-59 in 2015, 89-63 in 2016 and 99-68 in 2017.

• Baylor returns 3 letterwinners from last year's team, the nation's fewest among Power-5 teams.

King McClure is the lone returning senior, while Tristan Clark and Mark Vital are back as sophomores.

• BU adds 9 newcomers for 2018-19, including 5 transfers (two Division I, two JuCo, one Division III).

Makai Mason is the first grad transfer in program history after graduating from Yale in May.

Mario Kegler (Mississippi State) and Freddie Gillespie (Carleton) are eligible after sitting out 2017-18.

Darius Allen (Palm Beach State) and Devonte Bandoo (Hutchinson) joined the Bears as JuCo transfers.

• BU also adds prep players Jared Butler, Matthew Mayer, Flo Thamba and Jackson Moffatt.

• The Bears were picked 9th in the Big 12 Preseason Coaches Poll, the lowest since 2009-10 (10th).

• Baylor is 1 of 16 teams nationally to appear in every postseason since 2012 (5 NCAAs, 2 NITs).

• Baylor has won 36 straight regular season non-conference games vs. unranked teams. The Bears' last regular season non-conference loss to an unranked team was vs. Illinois on Nov. 28, 2014.

• BU has won 45 consecutive regular season non-conference home games against unranked opponents.

• BU's last reg. season non-conference home loss to an unranked team was Dec. 4, 2012, vs. Northwestern.

• Baylor is 52-2 in its last 54 non-conference home games dating back to Dec. 12, 2012.

• Baylor is 26-3 in home games against unranked opponents since 2016-17 (losses vs. K-State (2) & Miss. St).

• Baylor is 117-14 in non-conference home games in the Drew era, including 91-6 since 2007-08.

• Baylor is 26-5 in games against non-Big 12 teams since 2016-17 – losses in the 2017 Sweet 16 vs. South Carolina, at No. 21 Xavier, vs. No. 8 Wichita State, at No. 20 Florida and vs. Mississippi State.

• Baylor has won 18 consecutive games when leading at halftime dating back to Feb. 21, 2017.

• Drew is coaching his 492nd game at Baylor (296-195). His .603 winning percentage is best in BU history among coaches with 40+ games, and his teams have a .675 winning percentage since 2007-08 (262-126).

• BU is 68-15 since 2015-16 when leading at any point in the 2nd half of a game (19-6 last year).

• Baylor has posted a combined 137-29 record in November and December games during the Drew era, including a 55-7 mark in November and December games since 2013.

• Baylor is one of nine teams to be nationally ranked in each of the last 11 seasons dating back to 2007-08 – Baylor, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Notre Dame and North Carolina.

QUICK HITS

• BU is 103-86 in Big 12 play in 11 seasons since 2008 after going 45-131 in the league's first 11 seasons.

• BU is 38-67 against AP-ranked teams since 2007-08 after going 0-27 in Drew's first 4 rebuilding seasons.

• Baylor has defeated 6 top-10 teams in the last two seasons entering 2018-19.

• Baylor is 11-21 against AP Top 10 teams since March 2012. BU started the Drew era 1-26 vs. top-10.

• Baylor is 55-12 against in-state opponents since the start of the 2011-12 season.

• Baylor has won 89% of its games when leading at the half since 2011-12 (133-16).

• BU has recorded double-digit non-conference wins in 11 of the last 12 seasons (all except 2012-13).

• Baylor is 171-79 over the last 7 seasons, averaging 24.4 wins per season since 2012.

• Baylor's 171 wins since 2011-12 are second-most in the Big 12 behind only Kansas (210).

• Baylor is 262-126 since 2007-08, the first year Drew's staff had a full allotment of scholarships.

• Baylor has the nation's 11th-longest active streak with at least one 3-point FG made in 869 straight games.

• Baylor has won 5 tournament titles under Drew, including each of the last 2 seasons (2007 Paradise Jam, 2011 Las Vegas Classic, 2013 NIT, 2016 Battle 4 Atlantis and 2017 Hall of Fame Classic).

PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

• Drew is in his 15th season at Baylor and is the school's all-time wins leader (296).

• Baylor is one of nine teams to be nationally ranked in each of the last 11 seasons dating back to 2007-08 – Baylor, Duke, Gonzaga, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisville, Michigan State, Notre Dame and North Carolina.

• Baylor has had a nation-leading four players selected in the NBA Draft since 2010 who weren't ranked in the ESPN100 out of high school — Quincy Acy, Ekpe Udoh, Pierre Jackson and Taurean Prince.

• Six Baylor players have been selected in the last six NBA Drafts, 10th-most nationally.

• In Drew's first 15 seasons at Baylor, 38 players have gone on to professional careers.

• BU has graduated 93 percent of its scholarship seniors since Drew took over in 2003 (28 of 30).

• Drew (48) is the youngest of 11 coaches to take his current program to four Sweet 16s since 2010.

• The Bears have advanced to postseason play in a school-record seven straight seasons (5 NCAA, 2 NIT).

• BU is 17-3 in regular-season tournaments since 2013-14, including 4-0 in the 2017 Hall of Fame Classic.

• Drew has won 20+ games in nine of the last 11 years — the Bears had 3 seasons of 20+ wins prior to his arrival.

DREW ERA HIGHLIGHTS

• Drew is coaching his 492nd game at Baylor (296-195). His .603 winning percentage is best in BU history among coaches with 40+ games, and he's the program's all-time wins leader.

• Baylor has a .675 winning percentage (262-126) since Drew's first year with no scholarship restrictions in 2007-08 and a .684 winning percentage (171-79) over the last 7 seasons since 2011-12.

• In Drew's 15 seasons as Baylor head coach, BU has been ranked in 211 of 491 games. Prior to Drew, BU was ranked in 2 of 2,197 games over 97 seasons. In 10 seasons since 2008-09, BU has been ranked in 208 of 356 games.

• BU has graduated 91 percent of its scholarship seniors since Drew took over in 2003 (30 of 33).

• In Drew's first 15 seasons at Baylor, 38 players have gone on to professional careers.

A WIN WOULD ...

• Extend Baylor's streak to 13 straight wins in season openers, improving Scott Drew's record to 15-1 in season openers.

• Move Drew within 3 victories of becoming the first coach in program history to reach the 300-win mark at BU.

• Improve Baylor to 12-0 all-time against Texas Southern and 57-0 against SWAC opponents.

• Extend Baylor's winning streak to 37 consecutive regular season non-conference games vs. unranked opponents.

• Improve Baylor to 53-2 in its last 55 non-conference home games dating back to Dec. 12, 2013.

• Make Baylor 27-3 in home games against unranked teams since 2016-17.

• Improve Baylor to 118-14 in non-conference home games in the Drew era, including 92-6 since 2007-08.

• Make Baylor 27-5 in games against non-Big 12 teams since 2016-17.

• Make Baylor 138-29 in November/December games under Drew, including 68-12 in November games.

• Improve Baylor's record to 69-35 during King McClure's four-year career.

SERIES HISTORY

• Tuesday is the 12th series meeting between Baylor and Texas Southern, all of which have been in Waco.

• BU is 11-0 in the all-time series with an average scoring margin of +19.7 points per game.

• The closest game in the series was a 68-60 Baylor win on Jan. 2, 2011.

• BU is playing TSU for a 5th straight season. BU won 75-49 in 2014, 72-59 in 2015, 89-63 in 2016 and 99-68 in 2017.

IMPRESSIVE NON-CONFERENCE NUMBERS AT HOME

• Baylor is 52-2 in its last 54 non-conference home games dating back to Dec. 12, 2012.

• Baylor is 26-3 in home games against unranked opponents since 2016-17 (losses vs. K-State (2) & Miss. St).

• Baylor is 117-14 in non-conference home games in the Drew era, including 91-6 since 2007-08.

• Baylor is 26-5 in games against non-Big 12 teams since 2016-17 – losses in the 2017 Sweet 16 vs. South Carolina, at No. 21 Xavier, vs. No. 8 Wichita State, at No. 20 Florida and vs. Mississippi State.

PICKED 9TH IN BIG 12 PRESEASON COACHES POLL

• Baylor was picked ninth in the 2019 Big 12 Preseason Coaches Poll.

• BU received 20 points, one point back of Oklahoma in 8th and 10 points ahead of 10th place Oklahoma State.

• Baylor's 9th-place projection is the lowest the Bears have been picked since 2009-10, when BU was tabbed 10th, won 28 games and tied for second place in the league before advancing to the NCAA Tournament Elite Eight.

SEVEN CONSECUTIVE POSTSEASON BERTHS

• Baylor is on a school-record streak of seven consecutive postseason berths, matching the total number of postseason berths in the program's 97 seasons prior to the Scott Drew era.

• Baylor is 1 of 16 teams to appear in every postseason since 2012, joining Arizona, BYU, Cincinnati, Duke, Gonzaga, Iona, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan State, New Mexico State, North Carolina, Oregon, Saint Mary's, Virginia and Wichita State.

• The Bears earned NCAA Tournament bids in 2012, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 and NIT bids in 2013 and 2018.

• Baylor has made postseason appearances in 10 of 11 seasons since 2008. Prior to that, Baylor's only postseason berths were in 1946 (NCAA), 1948 (NCAA), 1950 (NCAA), 1987 (NIT), 1988 (NCAA), 1990 (NIT) and 2001 (NIT).

• Baylor is 20-9 in postseason national tournaments during the Drew era after going 3-9 prior to Drew's arrival.

PROTECTING HALFTIME LEADS

• Baylor went 15-0 last season when leading at halftime and has won 18 consecutive games when leading at half.

• Baylor has won 89% of its games (133-16) when leading at the half since 2011-12 (15-0 in 2017-18, 18-3 in

2016-17, 18-2 in 2015-16, 21-7 in 2014-15, 18-2 in 2013-14, 17-1 in 2012-13 and 26-1 in 2011-12).

• BU has won 38% of games in which its been tied or trailing at the half since 2011-12, going 38-63 in those.

• BU has led at halftime in 149 of 250 games over the last seven seasons, and BU is 171-79 since 2011-12.

BEST IN TEXAS

• Baylor is 55-12 against in-state opponents since the start of the 2011-12 season, and the Bears have advanced deeper into postseason play than any of Texas' 23 Division I team in five of the last six seasons.

• BU is a combined 69-16 against Lone Star State teams over the last nine seasons after going 10-27 against in-state teams in Scott Drew's first six seasons at Baylor (6-3 in 2017-18, 7-1 in 2016-17, 9-3 in 2015-16, 10-1 in 2014-15, 6-3 in 2013-14, 7-1 in 2012-13, 10-0 in 2011-12, 5-3 in 2010-11 and 9-1 in 2009-10).

• Additionally, six of the 18 NBA Draft picks from Texas colleges since 2012 have come from Baylor. SMU (three), Texas (three), Texas A&M (two), North Texas (one), Houston (one), Texas Tech (one) and UT Arlington (one) have also had players selected in the last seven NBA Drafts.