Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY
Published 10: 17 p.m. ET Feb. 27, 2021 | As a lot as this point 10: 33 p.m. ET Feb. 27, 2021
It took Baylor 19 video games to lastly check into the loss column, but on Saturday – against the program that had held a stranglehold over the Primary 12 for the last two decades – the Bears, ranked No. 2 in the Ferris Mowers Coaches Poll, lastly succumbed to defeat.
It was 19th-ranked Kansas, a program that had received 16 of the past 17 popular-season Primary 12 titles, that held off a unhurried surge to purchase down Baylor, 71-58. No. 1 Gonzaga is now the handiest undefeated crew in the nation.
The Bears (18-1, 10-1) had been impressive in their a success scamper in the path of 2020-21, taking half in in the third-most effective conference in the nation in accordance the the NCAA’s NET metric.
David McCormack paced Kansas with 20 points. Kansas was in an arena to assume despite committing 14 turnovers (in contrast with Baylor’s three) and capturing 3-for-16 (19%) from three-point range. Baylor main scorer Jared Butler finished suitable 2-for-9 from the ground with 5 points.
The loss could moreover fair not hinder Baylor’s NCAA Tournament hopes, as the Bears are shut to locked in as a No. 1 seed on Replacement Sunday given their total physique of work that aspects the nation’s second-most effective NET rating and 6 Quadrant 1 (top-25 home, top-75 avenue) wins.
The assume will undoubtedly bolster Kansas’ match credentials. It is been an off-year for coach Bill Self’s group. The Jayhawks haven’t long past with out a top-four seed in the NCAA Tournament since 2000. With the victory and other teams stumbling, KU could moreover be in the mix to stable a No. 3 seed on March 14 – a feat that looked not likely in the starting of the month when KU had misplaced 5 of seven.
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