Baylor wins again, should be ranked No. 1 for first time in school history
Bears (15-0) have seven top-55 KenPom wins, are one of two D-I undefeated teams
Baylor trailed at the half and for much of the game, leaving history in doubt for the capacity crowd at the Ferrell Center that came to witness and enjoy it. But in the end, the Bears did what they've done all season.
They won again and for the 15th straight time.
So barring some combination of stupidity and stubbornness from Associated Press voters, Baylor will move to No. 1 in the AP poll for the first time in school history Monday. That's the result of Saturday's 61-57 victory over Oklahoma State.
Here are three takeaways from the game:
1. There was nothing simple about it
Baylor trailed 30-25 at halftime and 48-47 with less than eight minutes to play. And the Bears only led 58-56 with 36 seconds remaining. So this was never not-close. And Baylor had to overcome a lot -- including Phil Forte making five of the seven 3-pointers he attempted for Oklahoma State. But the Bears did it. They still won. Out of 351 Division I teams, only Baylor and Gonzaga still have a zero in the loss column.
2. Jonathan Motley was good again
Motley finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds in 31 minutes, giving him four straight double-doubles and six for the season. The junior forward is averaging 15.8 points and 9.4 rebounds. He's on track to become Baylor's first first- or second-team AP All-American since Terry Teagle was a second-team selection in 1982.
3. Baylor absolutely deserves the No. 1 ranking
The Bears have zero losses and seven top-55 KenPom wins. Here's some context: Nobody has fewer losses. Nobody has as many top-55 KenPom wins.
So it doesn't matter what you like or value.
Baylor checks the boxes.
The Bears are unblemished with victories over Louisville, Oregon, Xavier, Iowa State, Oklahoma State, Michigan State and VCU. They're legit good. They're one of only five teams with a top-15 offensive efficiency rating and a top-15 defensive efficiency rating. And they've got the best resume in the country undeniably.
It's an amazing story, all things considered.
The Bears had zero Top 25 votes in the preseason.
But they should be atop all college basketball polls Monday.
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