It took Baylor 19 matches to finally check the loss column, but on Saturday – versus the program that has dominated the Big 12 over the past two decades – The Bears, # 2 in the Ferris Mowers Coach Poll, Finally succumbed to defeat.
Nineteenth-ranked Kansas, the program that won 16 of the 17 regular-season titles in the regular season, halted a late run-off to defeat Baylor, 71-58. The No. 1 Gonzaga is now the only unbeaten team in the country.
The Bears (18-1, 10-1) were impressive in their winning streak throughout 2020-21, playing in the nation’s third-best conference according to the NCAA’s NCAA Scale.
David McCormack for Kansas scored 20 points. Kansas was able to win despite making 14 turns (compared to Baylor’s three) and shooting 3 to 16 (19%) from a three-point range. Jared Butler, Baylor’s leading scorer, only finished 2 to 9 off the pitch with five points.
The loss won’t dampen Baylor’s NCAA Tournament hopes, as the Bears are close to remaining top seed on Selection Sunday given their overall business boasting the second-best result in the nation and a six-quadrant 1 (top-25 homes, top 75 roads).
A win would definitely boost the Kansas tournament credentials. He was out of the year for Coach Bill Self’s group. The Jayhawks haven’t gone without the NCAA’s No. 4 seed since 2000. With the win and the other teams faltering, KU could be in the mix to secure the No. 3 seed on March 14 – an achievement that seemed impossible at the start of the month when Kuwait University lost five of the seven.
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