Oregon hasn't been good this season. The Ducks lost five of their first 10 games. But Baylor's weekend trip west still qualified as a true road game against a proud program that's won back-to-back outright Pac-12 championships.
Things like that can get tricky. Everybody knows it.
So it wasn't the biggest surprise in the world late Saturday when the top-ranked Bears found themselves trailing early and by as many as 10 points in the first half. But, ultimately, Scott Drew's team did what it's been doing for three years now. Baylor settled down, got great and exited with a 78-70 victory that improved the reigning national championships to 10-0.
"There is pressure at the end of the day — and we have a great group of guys who decided to step forward and take the challenge," said Baylor guard Adam Flagler, who made five 3-pointers and finished with 16 points. "It was exciting to go out in the second half and execute and get the win."
This victory over Oregon doubled as the 400th career win for Drew, a likely future Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer who has turned Baylor into an undeniable power. The Bears are now 64-6 in their past 70 games and on a 16-game winning streak that dates to last season. In that stretch, Baylor has beaten Gonzaga, Wisconsin, Arkansas, Houston, Michigan State, Oregon, VCU, Stanford, Arizona State and Villanova (twice). Incredibly, each of those wins has come by at least eight points.
Needless to say, Baylor remains No. 1 in Sunday morning's updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings. The Bears' next two games are against Alcorn State and Northwestern State. After that, they'll open the Big 12 portion of their schedule at Iowa State on New Year's Day.
Top 25 And 1 rankings
|James Akinjo finished with 17 points and six assists in Saturday's 78-70 win at Oregon. The Bears' next game is Monday against Alcorn State.||--||27-7|
|Paolo Banchero finished with 12 points and nine rebounds in Saturday's 87-56 win over Elon. The Blue Devils' next game is Wednesday against Virginia Tech.||--||32-7|
|Jamie Jaquez finished with 24 points and 11 rebounds in a 67-56 win at Marquette on Dec.11. The Bruins are currently on a COVID pause.||--||27-8|
|Jaden Ivey finished with 22 points and five rebounds in Saturday's 77-48 win over Butler. The Boilermakers' next game is Monday against Icarnate Word.||--||29-8|
|Andrew Nembhard finished with 16 points and six assists in Saturday's 69-55 win over Texas Tech. The Zags' next game is Monday against Northern Arizona.||--||28-4|
|Azuolas Tubelis finished with 19 points, seven rebounds and five assists in Saturday's 84-60 win over California Baptist. The Wildcats' next game is Wednesday at Tennessee.||--||33-4|
|Christian Braun finished with 21 points and six rebounds in Saturday's 80-72 win over Stephen F. Austin. The Jayhawks' next game is Tuesday at Colorado.||--||34-6|
|Gabe Brown finished with 15 points and five rebounds in Saturday's 80-64 win over Penn State. The Spartans' next game is Tuesday against Oakland.||--||23-13|
|Keon Ellis finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds in Saturday's 65-59 win over Jacksonville State. The Crimson Tide's next game is Tuesday against Davidson.||--||19-14|
|Walker Kessler finished with 19 points and nine rebounds in Saturday's 74-70 win at Saint Louis. The Tigers' next game is Wednesday against Murray State.||--||28-6|
|Boogie Ellis finished with 16 points and seven rebounds in Saturday's 67-53 win over Georgia Tech. The Trojans' next game is Tuesday against Oklahoma State.||--||26-8|
|Aljaz Kunc finished with 12 points and five rebounds in Sunday's 47-37 win over Jackson State. The Cyclones' next game is Sunday against Southeastern Louisiana.||--||22-13|
|Jamal Shead finished with 18 points and eight assists in Saturday's 72-61 win over Oklahoma State. The Cougars' next game is Wednesday against Texas State.||1||32-6|
|Texas Tech finished with three more turnovers than assists in Saturday's 69-55 loss to Gonzaga. The Red Raiders' next game is Wednesday against Eastern Washington.||1||27-10|
|Kennedy Chandler finished with 15 points, 10 assists and five rebounds in Tuesday's 96-52 win over South Carolina Upstate. The Vols' next game is Wednesday against Arizona.||--||27-8|
|E.J. Liddell finished with 28 points and nine rebounds in a 73-55 win over Wisconsin on Dec 11. The Badgers are currently on a COVID pause.||1||20-12|
|Bryce Aiken finished with 22 points and three assists in Sunday's 77-63 win over Rutgers. The Pirates are currently on a COVID pause.||1||21-11|
|Tari Eason finished with 21 points and eight rebounds in Saturday's 66-57 win over Louisiana Tech. The Tiigers' next game is Wednesday against Lipscomb.||1||22-12|
|Tre Mitchell finished with 14 points and five rebounds in Tuesday's 63-31 win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The Longhorns' next game is Sunday against Stanford.||2||22-12|
|Nate Johnson finished with 17 points and five rebounds in Saturday's 80-71 win over Marquette. The Musketeers' next game is Tuesday at Villanova. kentucky||2||23-13|
|David Roddy finished with 19 points and seven rebounds in a 66-63 win over Mississippi State on Dec. 11. The Rams are currently on a COVID pause.||2||25-6|
|Sahvir Wheeler finished with 26 points and eight assists in Saturday's 98-69 win over North Carolina. The Wildcats' next game is Wednesday against Louisville.||NR||26-8|
|A.J. Reeves finished with 16 points and three rebounds in Saturday's 57-53 win at UConn. The Friars' next game is Wednesday against Georgetown.||NR||27-6|
|Villanova missed 19 of the 23 3-pointers it attempted in Friday's 79-59 loss at Creighton. The Wildcats' next game is Tuesday against Xavier.||--||30-8|
|Brad Davison finished with 19 points and two assists in Wednesday's 71-68 win over Nicholls. The Badgers' next game is Thursday against Morgan State.||--||25-8|
|Braden Norris finished with 18 points and nine assists in a 69-58 victory at Vanderbilt on Dec. 10. The Ramblers are currently on a COVID pause.||--||25-8|