Gonzaga had a optimistic COVID-19 check in its program final week. Baylor’s coach examined optimistic for COVID-19 final week. So there was no assure each groups could be wholesome sufficient to play one another this weekend — and, even when they had been, who knew if they’d nonetheless be undefeated and ranked No. 1 and No. 2?
Such is basketball in 2020.
However Gonzaga spent Wednesday beating West Virginia 87-82. And Baylor spent Wednesday beating Illinois 82-69. So the Zags and Bears are each wholesome and undefeated. And so long as there isn’t any outbreak within the subsequent 48 hours, the colleges ranked No. 1 and No. 2 in Thursday morning’s up to date CBS Sports activities Prime 25 And 1 every day school basketball rankings — to not point out the Related Press Prime 25 ballot, and KenPom — will play one another Saturday at 1 p.m. ET in Indianapolis on CBS.
It ought to be nice.
Gonzaga had extra issues Wednesday than Baylor had — partially as a result of Jalen Suggs went down within the first half with what was described as a left ankle damage. Given the best way he was shifting, and the expressions on his face, and the truth that he left the court docket and went to the locker room, the five-star freshman appeared unlikely to return. However, considerably surprisingly, he did return within the second half and completed with 4 factors, 5 assists and 6 rebounds whereas serving to the Zags win after outscoring West Virginia 53-43 within the ultimate 20 minutes.
“Him coming again within the sport was large for us,” mentioned Andrew Nembhard, a switch from Florida who had 19 factors, six assists and 5 rebounds in 35 minutes. “He performed soccer [in high school] so you realize he is robust. And we’re fairly versatile so we may do some various things within the second [half] to assist him out. It labored out effectively for us.”
Essentially the most notable shock of Wednesday’s schedule was Oregon shedding 83-75 to Missouri. On account of that end result, the Geese had been faraway from the Prime 25 And 1 and changed by Michigan, which is 3-0 after Wednesday’s 84-65 victory over Ball State.
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