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This was a history-making year for the Baylor Bears. The Bears were ranked No. 1 for the first time in the program’s long history, and they held that ranking for five weeks before losing to Kansas. They won a school record 23 straight games from mid-November to mid-February, and Baylor was set to earn its best seed ever in the NCAA Tournament. The Bears were a probable No. 1 seed before the coronavirus caused the cancellation of March Madness.

2019-20 Baylor Bears at a Glance

National Championship Odds: N/A

Season Recap

A loss to Washington in Alaska in early November nearly led to Baylor falling out of the Top 25, but Scott Drew and the Bears showed that they were a team to be reckoned with over the rest of the season. They won the Myrtle Beach Invitational later that month by beating Ohio, Coastal Carolina, and a very good Villanova team in the span of four days, and they followed that up by knocking off Arizona and Butler two weeks later.

Baylor was at its best in early January, facing Texas Tech and Kansas on the road in consecutive games and beating both teams convincingly. The Bears were the only team to beat the Jayhawks by more than one possession all season, cruising to a 67-55 win over Kansas in Lawrence.

This team looked like it was running out of gas over the final few weeks of the regular season though. Baylor lost its intense rematch with Kansas in Waco, and then the Bears nearly lost their final three games of the season. They couldn’t beat either TCU or West Virginia on the road, and they nearly lost to Texas Tech at home before narrowly winning in overtime.

Jared Butler was one of the top players in the country this season. Butler led the Bears with 16.0 PPG, and he was Baylor’s second-best three-point shooter too. He knocked down 38.1 percent of his threes, while also being one of the best perimeter defenders in the country. Butler is not seen as a lottery pick either, so he could return to Waco for another year.

Freddie Gillespie is likely to leave Baylor though. Gillespie was the Bears’ top big man in the paint, averaging 9.6 PPG and 9.0 RPG this season. He has shown a lot of growth this season, but he is a senior and is unlikely to stay even if the NCAA grants him another year of eligibility.

MaCio Teague and Davion Mitchell will likely return for at least another season. Teague was Baylor’s second-leading scorer with 13.9 PPG, while Mitchell was averaging 9.9 PPG and leading the team in assists.

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2019-20 Baylor Bears Betting Schedule

DATE OPPONENT START (ET) VENUE
Nov 5, 2019 vs Cent. Arkansas 12:00 pm The Ferrell Center
Nov 8, 2019 vs Washington 9:30 pm Alaska Airlines Arena
Nov 15, 2019 vs Texas St. 8:00 pm The Ferrell Center
Nov 21, 2019 vs Ohio 4:30 pm The Ferrell Center
Dec 3, 2019 vs Md.-E. Shore 7:30 pm The Ferrell Center
Dec 7, 2019 vs Arizona 12:00 pm The Ferrell Center
Dec 10, 2019 vs Butler 9:00 pm The Ferrell Center
Dec 18, 2019 @ UT Martin 10:00 pm Skyhawk Arena
Dec 30, 2019 vs Jackson St. TBA The Ferrell Center
Jan 4, 2020 vs Texas 8:00 pm The Ferrell Center
Jan 7, 2020 @ Texas Tech 9:00 pm United Supermarkets Arena
Jan 11, 2020 @ Kansas 1:00 pm Allen Fieldhouse
Jan 15, 2020 vs Iowa St. 8:00 pm The Ferrell Center
Jan 18, 2020 @ Oklahoma St. 12:00 pm Gallagher-Iba Arena
Jan 20, 2020 vs Oklahoma 9:00 pm The Ferrell Center
Jan 25, 2020 @ Florida 8:00 pm O'Connell Center
Jan 29, 2020 @ Iowa St. 9:00 pm Hilton Coliseum
Feb 1, 2020 vs TCU 4:00 pm The Ferrell Center
Feb 3, 2020 @ Kansas St. 9:00 pm Bramlage Coliseum
Feb 8, 2020 vs Oklahoma St. 6:00 pm The Ferrell Center
Feb 10, 2020 @ Texas 9:00 pm Frank Erwin Center
Feb 15, 2020 vs W. Virginia 4:00 pm The Ferrell Center
Feb 18, 2020 @ Oklahoma 9:00 pm Lloyd Noble Center
Feb 22, 2020 vs Kansas 12:00 pm The Ferrell Center
Feb 25, 2020 vs Kansas St. 8:00 pm The Ferrell Center
Feb 29, 2020 @ TCU 2:00 pm Schollmaier Arena
Mar 2, 2020 vs Texas Tech 9:00 pm The Ferrell Center
Mar 7, 2020 @ W. Virginia 1:00 pm WVU Coliseum

Baylor begins its schedule with a few games that should be easy victories, but does have a big-time showdown against Arizona on December 7. That could be a good early-season barometer for this team as the Wildcats will have a good deal of talent.

Conference play kicks off against Texas on January 4 and two big games against Kansas come on January 11 and February 22. If the Bears can hang tough against the Jayhawks in those matchups, it will be an encouraging sign moving forward.

List of Baylor Bears Seasons (Since 2000)

SEASON RECORD NCAA TOURNAMENT RESULT
2018-19 20-14 Second Round
2017-18 19-15 -
2016-17 27-8 Regional Semifinal
2015-16 22-12 First Round
2014-15 24-10 Second Round
2013-14 26-12 Regional Semifinal
2012-13 23-14 -
2011-12 30-8 Regional Final
2010-11 18-13 -
2009-10 28-8 Regional Final
2008-09 24-15 -
2007-08 21-11 First Round
2006-07 15-16 -
2005-06 4-13 -
2004-05 9-19 -
2003-04 8-21 -
2002-03 14-14 -
2001-02 14-16 -
2000-01 19-12 -

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