No. 2 Baylor upset No. 19 Kansas for first loss

It took Baylor 19 video games to lastly test into the loss column, however on Saturday – in opposition to this system that had held a stranglehold over the Huge 12 for the final twenty years – the Bears, ranked No. 2 within the Ferris Mowers Coaches Ballot, lastly succumbed to defeat. 

It was 19th-ranked Kansas, a program that had gained 16 of the previous 17 regular-season Huge 12 titles, that held off a late surge to take down Baylor, 71-58. No. 1 Gonzaga is now the one undefeated group within the nation.

The Bears (18-1, 10-1) have been spectacular of their successful streak all through 2020-21, enjoying within the third-best convention within the nation in accordance the the NCAA’s NET metric. 

David McCormack paced Kansas with 20 factors. Kansas was capable of win regardless of committing 14 turnovers (in comparison with Baylor’s three) and taking pictures 3-for-16 (19%) from three-point vary.  Baylor main scorer Jared Butler completed simply 2-for-9 from the ground with 5 factors. 

Kansas guard Marcus Garrett shoots against Baylor guard Adam Flagler in the first half at Allen Fieldhouse.

The loss will not hinder Baylor’s NCAA Match hopes, because the Bears are near locked in as a No. 1 seed on Choice Sunday given their total physique of labor that options the nation’s second-best NET rating and 6 Quadrant 1 (top-25 dwelling, top-75 highway) wins. 

The win will definitely bolster Kansas’ event credentials. It has been an off-year for coach Invoice Self’s group. The Jayhawks have not gone with no top-four seed within the NCAA Match since 2000. With the victory and different groups stumbling, KU might be within the combine to safe a No. Three seed on March 14 – a feat that appeared unattainable at first of the month when KU had misplaced 5 of seven. 

Comply with faculty basketball reporter Scott Gleeson on Twitter @ScottMGleeson

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