2020–21 Baylor Bears basketball team

2020–21 Baylor Bears basketball
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Conference Big 12 Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 1
AP No. 3
2020–21 record 28–2 (13–1 Big 12)
Head coach
Associate head coach Jerome Tang (18th season)
Assistant coaches
Offensive scheme Motion
Base defense No-Middle
Home arena Ferrell Center
Seasons
←  2019–20
2021–22 →
2020–21 Big 12 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 3 Baylor 13 1   .929     28 2   .933
No. 12 Kansas 12 6   .667     21 9   .700
No. 9 Texas 11 6   .647     19 8   .704
No. 13 West Virginia 11 6   .647     19 10   .655
No. 11 Oklahoma State 11 7   .611     21 9   .700
No. 21 Texas Tech 9 8   .529     18 11   .621
Oklahoma 9 8   .529     16 11   .593
TCU 5 11   .313     12 14   .462
Kansas State 4 14   .222     9 20   .310
Iowa State 0 18   .000     2 22   .083
2021 Big 12 Tournament winner
As of April 8, 2021; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2020–21 Baylor Bears basketball team represented Baylor University in the 2020–21 NCAA Division I men's basketball season, which was the Bears' 115th basketball season. The Bears, members of the Big 12 Conference, played their home games at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas. They were led by 18th year head coach Scott Drew.

The 2020–21 Bears won the program’s first national championship, defeating the Gonzaga Bulldogs 86–70 in the National Championship Game.

Previous season

The Bears finished the season 2019–20 season 26–4 and 15–3 in Big 12 play to finish in second place. The team was scheduled to play Kansas State in the quarterfinals of the Big 12 Tournament before the tournament was canceled due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The NCAA Tournament was also canceled due to the pandemic.

Offseason

Departures

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Reason for departure
Devonte Bandoo 2 G 6'3" 185 Senior Mississauga, ON Graduated
Obim Okeke 15 G 6'0" 225 Senior Las Vegas, NV Graduated
Tristan Clark 25 F 6'10" 245 Junior San Antonio, TX Retired from basketball due to multiple injuries
Freddie Gillespie 33 F 6'9" 245 RS Senior St. Paul, MN Graduated

Incoming transfers

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous School
Mark Paterson 35 G 6'1" 180 Graduate Student Dallas, TX St. Edwards

Recruiting classes

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
LJ Cryer
PG
Katy, TX Morton Ranch (TX) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jun 11, 2019 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 84
Dain Dainja
C
Brooklyn Park, MN Park Center (MN) 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 260 lb (120 kg) Jun 22, 2019 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:4/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 86
Zach Loveday
C
Gallipolis, OH Huntington Prep (WV) 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sep 25, 2019 
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports:3/5 stars    ESPN:4/5 stars   ESPN grade: 80
Overall recruiting rankings:   Rivals: 42  247Sports: 28  ESPN: 22
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "Baylor 2020 Basketball Commitments". Rivals.com. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  • "2020 Baylor Bears Recruiting Class". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
  • "2020 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved November 13, 2020.

Preseason

Big 12 coaches' poll

The Big 12 preseason coaches' poll was released on October 29, 2020. Baylor was predicted to come in first place.

Big 12 coaches' poll[1]
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Baylor 79(7)
2 Kansas 73(3)
3 West Virginia 61
4 Texas 58
5 Texas Tech 53
6 Oklahoma 39
7 Oklahoma State 35
8 Iowa State 19
9 TCU 18
10 Kansas State 15

Roster

2020–21 Baylor Bears men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
F 0 Flo Thamba 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 245 lb (111 kg) Jr Mountain Mission Kinshasa, DR Congo
G 4 LJ Cryer 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 185 lb (84 kg) Fr Morton Ranch Katy, TX
G/F 5 Jordan Turner 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS Fr Sunrise Christian Academy Houston, TX
G 10 Adam Flagler 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) RS So Presbyterian Duluth, GA
G/F 11 Mark Vital 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 250 lb (113 kg) RS Sr Advanced Prep International Lake Charles, LA
G 12 Jared Butler 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr Riverside Academy Reserve, LA
G/F 13 Jackson Moffatt (W) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS So Magnolia Magnolia, TX
F 23 Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 245 lb (111 kg) RS So UNLV Douala, Cameroon
G/F 24 Matthew Mayer 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr Westlake Austin, TX
G 31 MaCio Teague 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS Sr UNC Asheville Cincinnati, OH
F 32 Zach Loveday 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Fr Huntington Prep Gallipolis, OH
G 35 Mark Paterson (W) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 180 lb (82 kg) GS St. Edward's Dallas, TX
F 42 Dain Dainja 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 270 lb (122 kg) Fr Park Center Brooklyn Park, MN
G 45 Davion Mitchell 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 205 lb (93 kg) RS Jr Auburn Hinesville, GA
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: November 10, 2020

Depth Chart

Pos. Starting 5 Bench
C Flo Thamba Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua
PF Mark Vital
SF MaCio Teague Matthew Mayer
SG Jared Butler Adam Flagler
PG Davion Mitchell

[2]

Schedule and results

The Bears' initial schedule included participation in the Empire Classic at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, where they would have played Arizona State on November 25, followed by either Villanova or Boston College on November 26; however, the Bears were forced to withdraw after Scott Drew announced he had tested positive for COVID-19.[3] The Bears were likewise forced to cancel their game scheduled for November 29 against Seton Hall.[3]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record High points High rebounds High assists Site (attendance)
city, state
Regular Season
November 28, 2020*
7:00 p.m., FloHoops
No. 2 vs. Louisiana W 112–82  1–0
 21  Teague   7  Teague   7  Mitchell  T-Mobile Arena (0)
Paradise, NV
November 29, 2020*
5:00 p.m., FloHoops
No. 2 vs. Washington W 86–52  2–0
 20  Butler   15  Vital   7  Mitchell  T-Mobile Arena (0)
Paradise, NV
December 2, 2020*
9:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 2 vs. No. 5 Illinois
Jimmy V Classic
W 82–69  3–0
 18  Flagler   8  Tchatchoua   7  Mitchell  Bankers Life Fieldhouse (0)
Indianapolis, Indiana
December 5, 2020*
12:00 p.m., CBS
No. 2 vs. No. 1 Gonzaga
Cancelled due to COVID-19 issues
Bankers Life Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis, Indiana
December 9, 2020*
7:00 p.m., ESPN+
No. 2 Stephen F. Austin
Replaced game against Nicholls scheduled for December 8
W 83–52  4–0
 14  Flagler   6  Tie   7  Tie  Ferrell Center (2,350)
Waco, Texas
December 13, 2020
2:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 2 No. 13 Texas
Postponed due to COVID-19 issues
Ferrell Center 
Waco, Texas
December 15, 2020*
7:00 p.m., ESPN+
No. 2 Tarleton State
Cancelled due to COVID-19 issues
Ferrell Center 
Waco, Texas
December 19, 2020
3:00 p.m., ESPN+
No. 2 at Kansas State W 100–69  5–0
(1–0)
 23  Teague   10  Teague   13  Butler  Bramlage Coliseum (848)
Manhattan, Kansas
December 21, 2020*
7:00 p.m., ESPN+
No. 2 Arkansas–Pine Bluff W 99–42  6–0
 15  Cryer   8  Tied   7  Butler  Ferrell Center (2,350)
Waco, Texas
December 29, 2020*
3:00 p.m., ESPN+
No. 2 Central Arkansas W 93–56  7–0
 20  Teague   11  Tchatchoua   12  Mitchell  Ferrell Center (0)
Waco, Texas
December 30, 2020*
2:00 p.m., ESPN+
No. 2 Alcorn State W 105–76  8–0
 18  Teague   8  Tchatchoua   10  Mitchell  Ferrell Center (2,350)
Waco, Texas
January 2, 2021
12:00 p.m., ESPN+
No. 2 at Iowa State W 76–65  9–0
(2–0)
 21  Butler   10  Tchatchoua   5  Butler  Hilton Coliseum (1,318)
Ames, Iowa
January 6, 2021
8:00 p.m., ESPN2
No. 2 Oklahoma W 76–61  10–0
(3–0)
 17  Teague   8  Vital   4  Mitchell  Ferrell Center (2,350)
Waco, Texas
January 9, 2021
1:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 2 at TCU W 67–49  11–0
(4–0)
 28  Butler   8  Butler   6  Mitchell  Schollmaier Arena (1,891)
Fort Worth, Texas
January 16, 2021
3:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 2 at No. 15 Texas Tech W 68–60  12–0
(5–0)
 19  Mitchell   5  Tie   3  Butler  United Supermarkets Arena (4,250)
Lubbock, Texas
January 18, 2021
8:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 2 No. 9 Kansas W 77–69  13–0
(6–0)
 30  Butler   10  Vital   8  Butler  Ferrell Center (2,350)
Waco, Texas
January 23, 2021
1:00 p.m., CBS
No. 2 at Oklahoma State W 81–66  14–0
(7–0)
 22  Butler   7  Mayer   9  Mitchell  Gallagher-Iba Arena (3,350)
Stillwater, Oklahoma
January 27, 2021
8:00 p.m., ESPN2
No. 2 Kansas State W 107–59  15–0
(8–0)
 31  Mitchell   7  Butler   5  Tied  Ferrell Center (2,350)
Waco, Texas
January 30, 2021*
3:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 2 Auburn
Big 12/SEC Challenge
W 84–72  16–0
 19  Flagler   11  Thamba   7  Mitchell  Ferrell Center (2,350)
Waco, Texas
February 2, 2021
6:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 2 at No. 6 Texas W 83–69  17–0
(9–0)
 27  Mitchell   6  Tied   4  Mitchell  Frank Erwin Center (2,532)
Austin, Texas
February 6, 2021
3:00 p.m., ESPN+
No. 2 TCU
Postponed due to COVID-19 issues
Ferrell Center 
Waco, Texas
February 10, 2021
5:00 p.m., ESPN2
No. 2 at No. 12 Oklahoma
Postponed due to COVID-19 issues
Lloyd Noble Center 
Norman, Oklahoma
February 13, 2021
1:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 2 No. 7 Texas Tech
Postponed due to COVID-19 issues
Ferrell Center 
Waco, Texas
February 15, 2021
8:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 2 at No. 13 West Virginia
Postponed due to COVID-19 issues
WVU Coliseum 
Morgantown, West Virginia
February 18, 2021
4:00 p.m., ESPN2
No. 2 No. 13 West Virginia
Rescheduled from January 12; Postponed due to COVID-19 issues
Ferrell Center 
Waco, Texas
February 20, 2021
3:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 2 Oklahoma State
Postponed
Ferrell Center 
Waco, Texas
February 23, 2021
7:00 p.m., ESPN+
No. 2 at Iowa State W 77–72  18–0
(10–0)
 22  Flagler   15  Vital   4  Mitchell  Ferrell Center (2,350)
Waco, Texas
February 25, 2021
4:00 pm, ESPN2
No. 2 No. 10 West Virginia
Rescheduled from February 18, Canceled
Ferrell Center 
Waco, Texas
February 27, 2021
7:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 2 at No. 17 Kansas L 58–71  18–1
(10–1)
 18  Teague   8  Teague   3  Tied  Allen Fieldhouse (2,600)
Lawrence, Kansas
March 2, 2021
4:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 3 at No. 6 West Virginia
Rescheduled from February 15
W 94–89 OT 19–1
(11–1)
 25  Butler   8  Vital   6  Butler  WVU Coliseum (2,800)
Morgantown, West Virginia
March 4, 2021
6:00 p.m., ESPN2
No. 3 No. 17 Oklahoma State
Rescheduled from February 20
W 81–70  20–1
(12–1)
 22  Butler   7  Mayer   7  Mitchell  Ferrell Center (2,350)
Waco, Texas
March 7, 2021
3:00 p.m., ESPN
No. 3 No. 18 Texas Tech
Rescheduled from February 13
W 88–73  21–1
(13–1)
 35  Teague   15  Vital   7  Mitchell  Ferrell Center (2,350)
Waco, Texas
Big 12 Tournament
March 11, 2021
1:30 pm, ESPN
(1) No. 2 vs. (9) Kansas State
Quarterfinals
W 74–68  22–1
 24  Teague   10  Vital   6  Vital  T-Mobile Center (3,491)
Kansas City, MO
March 12, 2021
5:30 pm, ESPN
(1) No. 2 vs. (5) No. 12 Oklahoma State
Semifinals
L 74–83  22–2
 17  Teague   10  Vital   3  Mitchell  T-Mobile Center (3,298)
Kansas City, MO
NCAA Tournament
March 19, 2021
2:30 pm, truTV
(1 S) No. 3 vs. (16 S) Hartford
First Round
W 79–55  23–2
 22  Teague   9  Mayer   9  Butler  Lucas Oil Stadium (5,837)
Indianapolis, IN
March 21, 2021
1:40 pm, CBS
(1 S) No. 3 vs. (9 S) Wisconsin
Second Round
W 76–63  24–2
 17  Mayer   7  Vital   8  Mitchell  Hinkle Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis, IN
March 27, 2021
4:15 pm, CBS
(1 S) No. 3 vs. (5 S) No. 18 Villanova
Sweet Sixteen
W 62–51  25–2
 16  Flagler   9  Vital   3  Butler  Hinkle Fieldhouse 
Indianapolis, IN
March 29, 2021
8:57 pm, CBS
(1 S) No. 3 vs. (3 S) No. 10 Arkansas
Elite Eight
W 81–72  26–2
 22  Teague   6  Tchatchoua   6  Mitchell  Lucas Oil Stadium (7,519)
Indianapolis, IN
April 3, 2021
4:14 pm, CBS
(1 S) No. 3 vs. (2 MW) No. 6 Houston
Final Four
W 78–59  27–2
 17  Butler   6  Tchatchoua   11  Mitchell  Lucas Oil Stadium (8,131)
Indianapolis, IN
April 5, 2021
8:20 pm, CBS
(1 S) No. 3 vs. (1 W) No. 1 Gonzaga
National Championship
W 86–70  28–2
 22  Butler   11  Vital   7  Butler  Lucas Oil Stadium 
Indianapolis, IN
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Central Time.

source: [4]

Rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Final 
AP 2 (24) 2 (6) 2 (7) 2 (7) 2 (3) 2 (2) 2 (1) 2 (1) 2 (2) 2 (3) 2 (3) 2 (8) 2 (5) 2 (4) 3 2 (2) 3 Not released 
Coaches 1 (12) 1 (12)^ 2 (8) 2 (6) 2 (5) 2 (3) 2 (3) 2 (3) 2 (3) 2 (3) 2 (4) 2 (4) 2 (4) 2 (4) 3 2 3 1 (32)

^Coaches did not release a Week 1 poll.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Baylor Picked as Big 12 Preseason Favorite for First Time". big12sports.com.
  2. ^ "2020-21 Baylor Bears Starting Lineups". sports-reference.com. Sports Reference CBB. Retrieved April 11, 2021. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b Gardner, Michelle (23 November 2020). "College basketball COVID updates: No. 1 Baylor stays home; Wichita State must return home after positive tests". Retrieved 24 November 2020.
  4. ^ "2020-21 Men's Basketball Schedule". Baylor University. Retrieved 1 November 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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