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The Lady Bears face their first ranked opponent of the young season tonight at 5:00 PM at the Ferrell Center as part of the 24-Hour Tipoff Classic, televised on ESPN2. The 6th-ranked Kentucky Wildcats pose the first challenge to unanimously 1st-ranked Baylor, and both teams are coming off a blowout win in their first game of the season. The Wildcats play in a style reminiscent of former Big 12 foes Texas A&M, so this game might be more interesting than some feel. The Tipoff Classic will also honor the 2013 inductees to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, as well as the banner drop for the national champion Lady Bears. This will be the first time the Lady Bears have ever faced the Wildcats.
Baylor Football faces a different set of Wildcats on Saturday at Floyd Casey Stadium, when BCS-ranked no. 1 Kansas State comes to Waco to face a team that nearly upset them last year. Art Briles and assorted players met with the media yesterday to discuss the upcoming showdown and the Bears looking for their fifth win, after a late rally couldn't overcome Oklahoma's "sketchy" defensive schemes last weekend.
Baylor star WR Terrance Williams was named to the Biletnikoff Award semifinalist list, along with 9 other college receivers yesterday, a year after Baylor alum Kendall Wright was also selected as a semifinalist. Williams looks to make his case on Saturday and possibly add to his 1,431 receiving yards on 77 catches with 10 touchdowns.
In case you missed it, Baylor swept the Big 12 Basketball weekly awards for the fourth time in program history this weekend, with Isaiah Austin bringing home the Big 12 Rookie of the Week award and redshirt junior Cory Jefferson being named the Big 12 Player of the Week. Austin had 22 points and was 10-12 shooting in only 17 minutes of play this weekend, before leaving Friday's game with an injured ankle.
Jefferson had a career high 26 points and 13 rebounds in Friday's blowout win over Lehigh, and scored 18 of those points on 9 dunks, almost tying Quincy Acy's program record of 10. Jefferson also had 14 points, 7 rebounds, and 6 blocks on Sunday in the win over Jackson State. The now 16th-ranked (AP) Bears play next in Charleston on Thursday against Boston College at 2:00 PM CT on ESPN2 in the ESPN Charleston Classic.