No. 2 Baylor Rallies Past No. 6 Texas to Stay Undefeated
Baylor made NCAA basketball history on Tuesday night to remain undefeated thanks to a late rally versus Texas.
Baylor is the first string to go 10-1 vs. ranked opponents in an 11-game span in 45 years, Matt Norlander reported. The last to do so was Indiana from 1974-76.
The Bears slid past the Longhorns 83-69 with 3 gamers scoring in the double digits, two of which tallied 20+ points. Davion Mitchell finished the night with 27 points while Jared Butler made 21 points.
Texas, nevertheless, had 4 gamers score in double digits with Andrew Jones blazing a trail with 25 points. The group went 54.9% in the field and 45.5% from the three-point line while Baylor went 58.6% from basket range and 52.4% in three-pointers.
What saved Baylor, aside from Mitchell and Butler striking 20+, was the team going 100% from the totally free throw line, making 4 baskets amount to. Texas, nevertheless, just hit 21.4% (3/14) of its totally free tosses.
Heading into the Tuesday evening match, the Longhorns had been experiencing COVID-19 issues within the program, sidelining 3 crucial rotational gamers (who were all available against Baylor). Coach Shaka Smart revealed on Monday that he experienced ‘substantial’ symptoms while in seclusion.
” This was not a walk in the park for me, not saying it has been for anyone else,” Smart said ahead of Tuesday night’s matchup of the top two groups in the Huge 12. “When you go through that type of things, it definitely swirls some things around your mind.”
There were minutes where it looked like Texas would overcome and beat Baylor, like when Greg Brown hit a vicious dunk to pull the Longhorns within four points with just over 13 minutes to go.
Nevertheless, he was required a technical.
But that moment wound up being a momentum shift for Baylor, Mitchell said in his postgame interviews. The Bears went on a 6-0 run in simply over a minute and half of play before the Longhorns scored again.
Baylor is now 17-0, 9-0 in BIG 12 play while Texas is 5-3 in conference play, tied for 2nd with West Virginia.