The Baylor Bears basketball program started in 1907 and first appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 1946. The Bears lost in the first round to the Oklahoma State Cowboys that season and missed the tournament the following year. Baylor returned to the Big Dance in 1948 and had their best performance in program history as they reached the national championship game, but lost to the Kentucky Wildcats 58-42. Overall, the Bears have appeared in more than 7 NCAA Tournaments, more than three Elite Eights while also reaching multiple Final Fours.
In recent years, the Bears have had their most consistent success in the NCAA Tournament. Baylor reached the Elite Eight in both 2010 and 2012 while making the Sweet Sixteen in 2014. After making the tournament in 1988, the Bears didn’t make it back until 2008. The resurgence of the basketball program has taken place under the leadership of Scott Drew. Drew took over in 2003 and already has the most wins in program history.
The highlight of the Baylor Bears occurred in 1948 and 1950 as the program reached the Final Four in both of those seasons. The Bears in both seasons were coached by Bill Henderson who compiled over 200 wins in his tenure with Baylor. The Bears advanced to the National Championship game against the Kentucky Wildcats, but lost 58-42. Baylor has yet to make it back to the title game since their defeat to the Wildcats that season.