Gonzaga and Baylor have been widely regarded as the top two college basketball teams this season. It seems fitting that the Bulldogs and Bears will battle it out for the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship on Monday night.
Baylor and Villanova were expected to face each other at the beginning of the 2020-21 college basketball season, but Baylor had to pull out of the Empire Classic in Connecticut. The two teams were ranked in the top three at the time, so it is fitting we get to finally see the Bears and Wildcats on the same court during the NCAA Basketball Tournament's second weekend.
Wisconsin tries to channel their inner 2017 Badgers when they take on the South Region's top-seeded Baylor Bears in the second round on Sunday. Back in 2017, Wisconsin knocked off 1-seed Villanova 65-62 after beating No. 8 Virginia Tech. This year's version is feeling good after crushing North Carolina 85-62 on Friday. Brad Davison led the way with 29 while D'Mitrik Trice added 21 points in the rout.
Other than Kansas, no team in the Big 12 has been as consistent in recent years as Baylor. Scott Drew’s program has finished in the upper half of the league standings six of the past eight years and has averaged 10.1 conference wins during that span.
Still, despite all of their success, the Bears have never been able to win a Big 12 title. That could change in 2019-20.
Neither Baylor nor Syracuse are strangers to NCAA Tournament success during this decade. For that reason, their matchup on Thursday in Salt Lake City promises to be one of the must-see first-round games.
The Orange made Final Four runs in 2013 and '16. They also reached the Elite Eight in 2012 and the Sweet 16 in '10 and '18. The Bears made a Sweet 16 run a year ago and in 2014. Before that, Baylor reached the Elite Eight in 2010 and '12.
A pair of teams with identical overall records get the ball rolling in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament on Thursday afternoon, as the Georgia State Panthers clash with the Baylor Bears at Memorial Arena.
The semifinal round of the Big 12 Conference Tournament kicks off Friday with a matchup featuring the 16th- ranked and fourth-seeded Baylor Bears taking on the ninth-ranked and top- seeded Kansas Jayhawks at Sprint Center.