Congratulations one more time to both the Baylor men’s and women’s basketball teams, and thanks for a wonderful 2007-08 season!
For head coach Scott Drew’s men’s squad, it was a season of superlatives: best start since 1946; most wins since 1987-88; most points scored in school history; first top-25 ranking since 1969; first back-to-back weekly rankings in school history; highest finish and most conference wins in Big 12 history; and the Bears’ first NCAA Tournament appearance in 20 years.
The Lady Bears continued their winning ways, finishing second in the Big 12 and making their seventh NCAA Tournament appearance in head coach Kim Mulkey’s eight seasons. In each of the last six appearances, the team has advanced to at least the second round; that includes the women’s three Sweet 16 appearances and the 2005 national championship.
This season, Mulkey became the sixth-fastest coach in women’s hoops history to earn her 200th victory. Senior Angela Tisdale set a new school record for assists and was a finalist for national player of the year.
The Bears’ and Lady Bears’ combined conference record of 21-11 was second-best in the Big 12, and this season marked the first time the men’s and women’s squads ever ranked among the nation’s top 25 at the same time. The two teams only lose a total of four players to graduation, which means fans of both programs should be able to look forward to even more success next year.
Sic ‘em, Baylor basketball!