No. 19 Kansas upsets No. 2 Baylor as Bears suffer first loss of the season

It took Baylor 19 video games to in spite of everything take a look at into the loss column, however on Saturday – towards this system that had held a stranglehold over the Giant 12 for the final 20 years – the Bears, ranked No. 2 within the Ferris Mowers Coaches Ballot, in spite of everything succumbed to defeat. 

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

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

David McCormack paced Kansas with 20 issues. Kansas was once ready to win in spite of committing 14 turnovers (in comparison to Baylor’s 3) and taking pictures Three-for-16 (19%) from three-point vary.  Baylor main scorer Jared Butler completed simply 2-for-Nine from the ground with 5 issues. 

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

The loss may not impede Baylor’s NCAA Match hopes, because the Bears are on the subject of locked in as a No. 1 seed on Variety Sunday given their total frame of labor that includes the country’s second-best NET ranking and 6 Quadrant 1 (top-25 house, top-75 highway) wins. 

The win will for sure bolster Kansas’ event credentials. It is been an off-year for trainer Invoice Self’s staff. The Jayhawks have not long past with no top-four seed within the NCAA Match since 2000. With the victory and different groups stumbling, KU may well be within the combine to protected a No. Three seed on March 14 – a feat that appeared not possible to start with of the month when KU had misplaced 5 of 7. 

Practice faculty basketball reporter Scott Gleeson on Twitter @ScottMGleeson

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