Gonzaga and Baylor each paused all basketball actions earlier this month due to COVID-19 points inside their applications. Consequently, Gonzaga went 17 days between video games. Baylor went 10. However once they returned to the courtroom Saturday, each appeared something however rusty.
Prime-ranked Gonzaga had no points with third-ranked Iowa in an eventual 99-88 victory whereas second-ranked Baylor cruised to a 100-69 win over Kansas State. So now the Zags and Bears are a mixed 9-0. And it appears fairly clear, based mostly each on the computer systems and so-called eye check, that these two groups have established themselves as favorites to win the 2021 NCAA Match.
And so they’re most likely co-favorites.
There was a whole lot of speak Saturday about Gonzaga being “far and away” one of the best crew within the nation after the Zags appeared nice towards Iowa — however Baylor now truly ranks forward of the Zags at KenPom and Torvik. So whereas it is true that Gonzaga would positively be the No. 1 general seed if the NCAA Match began at this time based mostly on a resume that already contains victories over Iowa, Kansas and West Virginia, the concept that Gonzaga is certainly higher than Baylor is not backed by knowledge. For what it is price, in accordance with the computer systems, these are comparable groups. Each are undeniably implausible.
Gonzaga stays No. 1 in Sunday morning’s up to date CBS Sports activities Prime 25 And 1 every day school basketball rankings. Baylor stays No. 2. And, sure, Iowa stays No. 3 even after that 11-point loss to Gonzaga as a result of shedding by 11 to the top-ranked crew within the nation doesn’t essentially imply you should not be the third-ranked crew within the nation. Past that, if I dropped the Hawkeyes even one spot, I would be dropping them under a Kansas crew that suffered a 12-point loss to Gonzaga. So, for now not less than, I am going to simply preserve the one-loss crew that misplaced by 11 factors to Gonzaga one spot forward of the one-loss crew that misplaced by 12 factors to Gonzaga and let Michigan State spherical out the highest 5.
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Sunday’s Prime 25 And 1 rankings
IN: Arkansas, Colorado. OUT: Louisville, Florida State