The Baylor Bears are now one of only two remaining undefeated teams in NCAA Division I college basketball after the Drake Bulldogs lost to Valparaiso on Sunday afternoon.
The Bears (17-0, 9-0 in Big 12), who did not play on Saturday due to a COVID-19 pause within the program, could only watch as Drake fell to the Crusaders, 74-57.
Drake (18-1, 9-1 in Missouri Valley) not only suffered its first loss of the season, it fell into a first-place tie with Loyola-Chicago at the top of the Missouri Valley standings. It also likely means the Bulldogs will fall out of the Associated Press Top 25 after making an appearance at No. 25 in this week’s poll.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs, the nation’s only other undefeated team, are expected to remain at no. 1. But, the Bulldogs have a nonconference game on Monday against BYU, which will force them to put their undefeated record on the line outside of West Coast Conference play.
Baylor and Gonzaga were supposed to play each other in December, but a positive COVID-19 test an hour before tip-off stopped the game. Baylor coach Scott Drew and Gonzaga coach Mark Few would like to reschedule the game, but an opportunity has not presented itself.
The Bears are three games ahead of West Virginia in the Big 12 standings, and at this point feel like a good bet to win the Big 12 regular season conference title. The Bears will not play their scheduled game with Oklahoma on Wednesday due to the COVID pause, and they are expected to hit the floor on Saturday against Texas Tech.
This Week’s Big 12 Schedule (all times local)
Monday, Feb. 8
Oklahoma State at Kansas, 8 p.m., ESPN
Tuesday, Feb. 9
Texas at Kansas State, 7 p.m., ESPN+/Big 12 Now
West Virginia at Texas Tech, 8 p.m., ESPN
Iowa State at TCU, 8 p.m., ESPNU
Wednesday, Feb. 10
Baylor at Oklahoma, postponed
Thursday, Feb. 11
Iowa State at Kansas, 7 p.m., ESPN+/Big 12 Now
Saturday, Feb. 13
Kansas State at Oklahoma State, 11 a.m., ESPNU
Oklahoma at West Virginia, 1 p.m., ESPN+/Big 12 Now
Texas Tech at Baylor, 1 p.m., ESPN
TCU at Texas, 1 p.m., LHN
Kansas at Iowa State, 2 p.m., ABC
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