Baylor drops to #3 after its first road loss after its first road loss to Kansas. They picked up their first loss. The surging Michigan Wolverines moved above them with an identical overall record of 18-1.
The Baylor Bears first loss of the season came Allen Fieldhouse, where all visitors seem to lose especially on senior night.
Baylor does not have much success in Allen Fieldhouse as they are 1-18 in the building. However, it’s important to note that Baylor had to deal with a COVID-19 shutdown as Bears coach Scott Drew stated the challenges he and his team had to go through during that process.
In a zoom call Drew summarized it best by saying, “We had three weeks where we got worse, and they had three weeks where they got better,” Drew said. “Even Superman has kryptonite. And I guess COVID protocols are ours.”
End Of A Perfect Record
In the last meeting, Baylor was able to beat Kansas 77-69 in Waco. This time, the Bears walked into hostile territory, where they were able to win once in eighteen meetings in the building before the clash on Saturday.
Kansas was riding a hot five-game winning streak before a close overtime loss to Texas. The Jackhawks had something to prove by showing that they could compete against a top-three school in the country.
They definitely did that as they held the Bears to a 34.8 field goal percentage (23-66), while the home team shot 51 percent from the field (25-49). The Jayhawks also held the nation’s top three-point shooting team to 6-26 from behind the arc. Kansas also struggled from downtown as they went 3-16.
They forced Baylor to get into foul trouble, which gave Kansas easy points from the charity stripe. They proceeded to go 18-26 from the free-throw line, while the Bears went 6-16 from the line.
Kansas also outrebounded the Bears by 20 (48-28). This loss meant that Baylor has to wait a couple more days to its first-ever conference title since 1950.
MaCio Teague was the most active for the Baylor Bears on Saturday as he had 18 points and 8 rebounds. His teammate Davion Mitchell followed up with 13 points.
The projected first-round pick, Jared Butler had an abysmal shooting night as he managed to put up five points on 2 of 9 shooting.
This was Baylor’s second loss in 12 games against ranked opponents over the past two years.
The first half was close with Kansas closing out the half with seven straight points to lead 33-30. The Jayhawks tried to change the momentum in their favor in the second-half as Ochai Agbaji made a shot behind the arc after missing six in a row from deep.
Kansas was holding onto a 57-52 with 5 minutes left to go in the game. Christian Braun made two free throws. This was the start of a 10-2 run over the next three and a half minutes. This put an end to Baylor’s streak of being undefeated.
AP Top 25 Shift
The Gonzaga Bulldogs continue to hold down the top spot in the AP top 25, receiving 59 of 63 first-place votes. Gonzaga is the only team with an undefeated record in the nation.
On the other hand, the Michigan Wolverines moved up a spot and defeated the struggling Indiana Hoosiers 73-57. This victory was huge for the Kansas Jackhawks as they moved up from #17 to #13.
Will the Baylor Bears be able to erase this 13 point loss and remain dominant as they head to West Virginia tomorrow who is currently ranked #6.