Baylor is abet in its expose for an undefeated season.
It obtained’t be a easy return.
The No. 2 Bears return from a prolonged COVID-19 quit this week with three games in five days.
Baylor returns to the court docket for the first time in three weeks Tuesday against Iowa Issue. The Bears have a day to acquire ready for No. 10 West Virginia, and play all another time two days later at No. 17 Kansas.
“I’d settle to imagine that we’re going to rob up the place we left off,” Baylor junior guard Jared Butler mentioned. “It’s going to be a petite bit laborious within the first few minutes devoted to acquire our wind abet, nonetheless I mediate in a roundabout map, we’re going to acquire abet in our groove.”
Baylor overcame an earlier coronavirus quit to preserve a success, matching top-ranked Gonzaga as Division I’s most appealing undefeated groups.
The Bears (17-0, 9-0 Colossal 12) had to quit after beating No. 14 Texas on Feb. 2, forcing the postponement of six straight games. Baylor has lost eight games to COVID-19 altogether.
The outlet recreation against Iowa Issue ought to enable the Bears to ease abet into the waft of stay games. The Hawkeyes are 2-16 and 0-13 in Colossal 12 games.
It gets a lot of more difficult after that.
West Virginia moved abet into the tip 10 this after beating Texas final week and is one of the most hardest-taking part in groups in college basketball.
The Bears then have to play in one of the most recreation’s hardest road venues, Allen Fieldhouse.
They’re also catching the Jayhawks at a foul time. After struggling final month to tumble out of the AP Top 25 for the first time in 232 weeks, Kansas has has obtained five straight, including over No. 18 Texas Tech and then-No. 23 Oklahoma Issue.
The Jayhawks will be coming off a recreation against No. 14 Texas on Thursday.
“Seeing all americans else play, I form of feel like I’ve been lacking out,” Butler mentioned. “What operate you call it when your folk punish you and also you may possibly per chance presumably per chance’t tear exterior and play alongside with your mates? That’s what it’s been feeling like.”
TOP 10 BIG TEN
No. 3 Michigan and No. 4 Ohio Issue performed one of the most season’s simplest games on Saturday, a 92-87 Wolverines’ acquire.
Both groups have one other top-10 recreation this week, against the a similar opponent no less.
Michigan (16-1, 11-1 Colossal Ten) faces No. 9 Iowa on Thursday in what’s certain to be one other excessive-stage recreation. The Wolverines also face Indiana on Saturday.
The Buckeyes play struggling Michigan Issue on Thursday, then host the Hawkeyes on Sunday.
Both will be ought to-in discovering games.
No. 9 Alabama has a gamble this week to operate one thing it hasn’t done in 19 years: clinch the Southeastern Conference abnormal-season title.
The Crimson Tide can clinch no decrease than a share of the title Wednesday at No. 20 Arkansas. The Razorbacks were on a roll fair as of late, transferring up four spots on this week’s poll after stretching their a success disappear to four games.
Alabama then plays at Mississippi Issue on Saturday within the rematch of an eight-point Crimson Tide acquire earlier this season.
Gonzaga’s expose for an undefeated season may possibly presumably per chance well end this week, barring any additions to the schedule.
The Zags (22-0, 13-0 WCC) host Santa Clara on Thursday and Loyola Marymount on Saturday. Own these and Gonzaga is many times the first team to head wire to wire at No. 1 within the AP Top 25 since Kentucky in 2014-15.
The West Flit Conference event is scheduled to birth March 4 in Las Vegas. Gonzaga will be the tip seed, so it obtained’t birth till the semifinals on March 8.