• Men’s basketball claims big win in first game as ranked team

    Scott Drew and Curtis Jerrells hug after the Bears’ win.Now THAT’S the way to make a statement. Fresh on the heels of earning their first national ranking in almost 40 years, the No. 25 Baylor men’s basketball team battled No. 18 Texas A&M through five — count ’em, FIVE — overtimes last night in College Station before pulling out a 116-110 victory. (ESPN.com has the recap and video highlights from OT, while BaylorBears.com and the Waco Tribune-Herald each have a nice photo gallery.)

    The Bears’ impressive play so far this season (16-2, 4-0 in conference) has brought Baylor some nice attention from media outlets across the country recognizing the job head coach Scott Drew has done building this program. Drew was interviewed live on SportsCenter last night, but besides that, check out these recent features from ESPN.com (and here), MSNBC.com, The Sporting News, the Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Houston Chronicle, Austin American-Statesman, Kansas City Star, Wichita Eagle, and even the Detroit News. And that’s just in the past couple of weeks!

    Baylor has never seen anything like this before. Both the men’s and women’s basketball programs are tied for the Big 12 Conference lead. Both are nationally ranked. And both are at home Saturday — the men vs. Oklahoma at 3 p.m. CT, followed by the women against Nebraska at 7:30 p.m. CT. So order tickets now and get out to the Ferrell Center to support your Bears!

    Sic ’em, Coach Drew and your Baylor men!