Baylor back for another run

Bears lose key players from Elite Eight team, but there's still talent in Waco

Originally Published: September 14, 2012
By Jordan Brenner, Dave Telep, Jay Bilas | ESPN Insider
Pierre JacksonChristian Petersen/Getty ImagesPierre Jackson will bring offense and March Madness experience to the Bears' backcourt.

Leading up to Midnight Madness in October, ESPN Insider's "Countdown to Madness" series is previewing the top five seeds in each of the four regions in Joe Lunardi's preseason 2013 NCAA bracket. To read about the key stats and freshman impact for each team as the previews are published, plus get expert predictions from Jay Bilas, Fran Fraschilla and Lunardi, click here. This is the entry for the Baylor Bears, No. 4 in the West (Los Angeles).

The key: Perimeter depth

Stat to know: 31.6 percent

If everything is bigger in Texas, Baylor certainly has played its part in helping that phrase stand up. The Bears have regularly rolled out NBA-sized frontcourts, including last season's 6-foot-7, 6-9 and 6-11 trio. But Quincy Acy, Quincy Miller and Perry Jones III, respectively, are all gone. So coach Scott Drew will likely go small in 2012-13, which makes sense, because for the first time in years, he's loaded with experience and talent in the backcourt.