Baylor back from pause, resumes bid for undefeated season

Baylor is again in its bid for an undefeated season.

It would possibly not be a very simple 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 able 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 pick out up the place we left off,” Baylor junior guard Jared Butler stated. “It’s going to be a bit of onerous within the first little while simply to get our wind again, however I believe in the long run, we’re going to get again in our groove.”

Baylor overcame an previous coronavirus pause to stay profitable, matching top-ranked Gonzaga as Department I’s handiest 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 hole recreation in opposition to Iowa State must permit the Bears to ease again into the waft of reside video games. The Hawkeyes are 2-16 and Zero-13 in Giant 12 video games.

It will get an entire lot harder after that.

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

The Bears then need to play in one of the most recreation’s hardest street venues, Allen Fieldhouse.

They are additionally catching the Jayhawks at a foul time. After suffering ultimate 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 can be coming off a recreation in opposition to No. 14 Texas on Thursday.

“Seeing everyone else play, I more or less really feel like I’ve been lacking out,” Butler stated. “What do you name it when your folks punish you and you’ll’t cross 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 one of the most season’s perfect video games on Saturday, a 92-87 Wolverines’ win.

Each groups have every 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 positive to be every 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 can be must-watch video games.

TIDE TITLE?

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

The Red Tide can clinch no less than 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 profitable streak to 4 video games.

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

UNDEFEATED ZAGS

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

The Zags (22-Zero, 13-Zero WCC) host Santa Clara on Thursday and Loyola Marymount on Saturday. Win the ones and Gonzaga will 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 event is scheduled to start out March four in Las Vegas. Gonzaga would be the height seed, so it would possibly not get started till the semifinals on March eight.

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