Undefeated No More: Baylor & USC Suffer First Losses Of Season
The Baylor Bears’ and USC Trojans’ undefeated runs came to abrupt halts on Tuesday.
Following a perfect 15-0 start, the Bears were upset 65-62 by the visiting Texas Tech Red Raiders (12-3) in a low-scoring affair. This was Baylor’s lowest offensive output of the season, and it marked just the second time in which they were held to under 70 points.
As for the Trojans, their first loss of the season came at the hands of the Stanford Cardinal, who emerged in a victorious defensive affair of their own 75-69. The loss dropped USC to 13-1 on the season, while the Cardinal improved to 9-4.
Tuesday’s results mean there are no more undefeated teams.
The Bears still have some of the best March Madness Betting odds. Only Gonzaga, Duke and Purdue currently have higher odds of claiming the national championship.
The No. 19 ranked Red Raiders had five players notch double-digit points. Adonis Arms led the way with 14 points, nine rebounds and five assists. Kevin Obanor and Bryson Williams both finished with 13 points apiece. Those two also combined for nine rebounds and five assists.
Kevin McCullar (12 points) and Clarence Nadolny (11) points) also reached double-digits. The balanced scoring certainly made up for the Red Raiders’ struggles from beyond the arc, as they shot just 28.6 percent from the field.
Guards Adam Flagler and James Akinjo led the way for Baylor with 17 points apiece.
In the Trojans’ loss, the main difference was three-point shooting. Stanford hit 41.7 percent of their attempts from downtown, while USC struggled with a 28.6 percent mark.
They had five more blocks (8 to 3) and outrebounded the Cardinal 33-32. The home team also committed 24 fouls compared to USC’s 19.
But Spencer Jones and Harrison Ingram, who each scored 21 points, were too much for the Trojans to handle.
USC will look to rebound when they host Oregon State on Thursday, and the Bears are preparing to host Oklahoma State on Saturday.
Auburn Outlasts Alabama For 12th Straight Victory
The surging Auburn Tigers continued their hot streak on Tuesday.
The Tigers held off a valiant effort from No. 24 ranked Alabama, defeating the Crimson Tide 81-77 to pick up their 12th straight victory. The win moved Auburn to 15-1 on the season.
Freshman Jabari Smith led the way for the visitors, racking up 25 points, seven rebounds and four blocks. The 25 points marked the highest of Smith’s young NCAA career.
Sophomore guard Wendell Green Jr. also tuned in one of his best performances of the season, finishing with 19 points, a trio of rebounds, four assists and three steals. K.D. Johnson and Allen Flanagan also reached double-digit figures with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
The top team in the SEC will look to extend their win streak when they visit Ole Miss on Saturday evening. The Tigers will then return home for a Wednesday tilt against the Georgia Bulldogs.
A highly-anticipated showdown against No. 18 ranked Kentucky will take place three days after that.
Bears Hold Top Spot In AP Top 25 Week 10 Poll, Duke & Purdue Drop
Baylor at least got to start the week off with another positive development before Tuesday’s unexpected loss to Texas Tech.
The Bears retained the top spot for the Week 10 AP Top 25 poll, with the 12-2 Gonzaga Bulldogs right behind them at No. 2. The UCLA Bruins moved up two spots to claim the No. 3 spot, followed by Auburn (previously ninth) and USC (previously seventh).
The previous No. 2 ranked Duke Blue Devils dropped down to No. 8. They’re still sitting pretty at 12-2, but the drop had a lot to do with their shocking 76-74 home loss to the Miami Hurricanes on Saturday.
Week 10 was a milestone for the Trojans. Their No. 5 ranking in the AP Top 25 marks their highest placement since 1974.
Rounding out the top 10 were Arizona (previously eighth), Purdue (previously third), Duke, Kansas (sixth) and Michigan State (10th). The Boilermakers fell 74-69 to Wisconsin last Monday but rebounded with a 74-67 victory over Penn State five days later.
Baylor has held the top spot every week since Week 6. Previously, Purdue occupied the top spot after starting out 8-0.