Baylor back from pause, resumes bid for undefeated season

Baylor is again in its bid for an undefeated season.

It may not be a very easy go back.

The No. 2 Bears go back from a long COVID-19 pause this week with 3 video games in 5 days.

Baylor returns to the court docket for the primary time in 3 weeks Tuesday in opposition to Iowa State. The Bears have an afternoon to get in a position for No. 10 West Virginia, and play once more two days later at No. 17 Kansas.

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“I’d love to consider that we’re going to select up the place we left off,” Baylor junior guard Jared Butler stated. “It’s going to be just a little laborious within the first short time simply to get our wind again, however I feel in the end, we’re going to get again in our groove.”

Baylor overcame an previous coronavirus pause to stay successful, matching top-ranked Gonzaga as Department I’s best undefeated groups.

The Bears (17-Zero, Nine-Zero Giant 12) needed to pause after beating No. 14 Texas on Feb. 2, forcing the postponement of six immediately video games. Baylor has misplaced 8 video games to COVID-19 altogether.

The outlet recreation in opposition to Iowa State must permit the Bears to ease again into the drift of reside video games. The Hawkeyes are 2-16 and Zero-13 in Giant 12 video games.

It will get a complete lot harder after that.

West Virginia moved again into the highest 10 this after beating Texas final week and is without doubt one of the hardest-playing groups in school basketball.

The Bears then need to play in probably the most recreation’s hardest highway venues, Allen Fieldhouse.

They are additionally catching the Jayhawks at a nasty time. After suffering final month to drop out of the AP Most sensible 25 for the primary time in 232 weeks, Kansas has has received 5 immediately, together with over No. 18 Texas Tech and then-No. 23 Oklahoma State.

The Jayhawks shall be coming off a recreation in opposition to No. 14 Texas on Thursday.

“Seeing everyone else play, I roughly really feel like I’ve been lacking out,” Butler stated. “What do you name it when your oldsters punish you and you’ll’t pass outdoor and play with your folks? That’s what it’s been feeling like.”

TOP 10 BIG TEN

No. three Michigan and No. four Ohio State performed probably the most season’s easiest video games on Saturday, a 92-87 Wolverines’ win.

Each groups have any other top-10 recreation this week, in opposition to the similar opponent no much less.

Michigan (16-1, 11-1 Giant Ten) faces No. Nine Iowa on Thursday in what is certain to be any other high-level recreation. The Wolverines additionally face Indiana on Saturday.

The Buckeyes play suffering Michigan State on Thursday, then host the Hawkeyes on Sunday.

Each shall be must-watch video games.

TIDE TITLE?

No. Nine Alabama has a possibility this week to do one thing it hasn’t achieved in 19 years: clinch the Southeastern Convention regular-season name.

The Purple Tide can clinch a minimum of a percentage of the name Wednesday at No. 20 Arkansas. The Razorbacks were on a roll in recent years, shifting up 4 spots on this week’s ballot after stretching their successful streak to 4 video games.

Alabama then performs at Mississippi State on Saturday within the rematch of an eight-point Purple Tide win previous this season.

UNDEFEATED ZAGS

Gonzaga’s bid for an undefeated season may shut this week, barring any additions to the agenda.

The Zags (22-Zero, 13-Zero WCC) host Santa Clara on Thursday and Loyola Marymount on Saturday. Win the ones and Gonzaga might be the primary staff to head twine to twine at No. 1 within the AP Most sensible 25 since Kentucky in 2014-15.

The West Coast Convention match is scheduled to start out March four in Las Vegas. Gonzaga would be the peak seed, so it may not get started till the semifinals on March eight.

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