Location: Waco, TX
Conference: Big 12
Coach: Scott Drew
Record: 27-9 (11-7 Pac12)
Kenpom ranking: 15
Good wins (Kenpom ranking): vs. Iowa State, vs. Oklahoma, vs. Texas
Bad losses (Kenpom ranking): vs. Illinois, vs. Kansas State
Tournament appearances: 8 (current streak: 2)
Best result: Runner-up (1948)
Notable NBA alumni: Ekpe Udoh, Quincy Acy
Best name: Deng Deng
Celebrity fans/alumni: Trey Wingo, Angela from The Office
Baylor missed the NCAA Tournament 57 of 58 times between 1950 and 2008. With this bid, they'll go dancing for the third time in a row, a first in program history. Scott Drew has somehow figured out how to built a Baylor team that doesn't just win, but wins after losing stars to the NBA. This squad shed talent -- and still earned a top-half finish in the nation's toughest league.
Style of play: Boardcrashers
Baylor misses a lot of shots, but it's what happens after the shot clangs that makes Baylor impressive: The Bears rebound 43.2 percent of their own misses, the best offensive rebound rate in the nation. Crashing the glass leads to some fast breaks, but all those offensive boards give Baylor a lot of high percentage looks close to the rim -- better looks than Drew could've ever drawn up without a shot.
Key player: Rico Incredibly Not Suave
You're trying to guard a 6'8, 280-pound man, and it seems to you about 270 of those pounds are muscle. You think the smart move is to do everything in your power to prevent him from getting the ball, because, jeez, what will that enormous piece of human do if he gets it? Bad news! You lost. He got into better rebounding position than you, and it was completely impossible to move him, and he got the board and put it in the hoop. That's what he wanted all along.
The tallest, youngest assistant coach
Isaiah Austin went pro after his sophomore year last season, a guard trapped in a 7'1 body that had intrigued NBA Draft scouts for years. But a routine pre-draft checkup revealed he had a genetic disorder known as Marfan's Syndrome that could kill him if he kept playing hoops. NBA commissioner Adam Silver promised him a job with the league -- but with the contingency he finish his Baylor's degree. So he's the super-tall guy in the suit who looks too young to be coaching.