Bulldogs take No. 1 spot; Baylor chases the top slot

Matt Haddad (TheLorian)

As we head into the month of March, there are many things to look forward to. One big thing is March Madness. Following last year’s cancellation of the tournament due to COVID-19 hitting America, it sets to make its beloved return this March, taking place in Indianapolis this year. Every team this year has not been able to play a full schedule due to the pandemic, but set to make their mark this march in the tournament.

Top teams Consist of Gonzaga Bulldogs ranking No.1 and a clean record of 20-0 and 11-0 in conference play. Right behind them are the Baylor Bears at the No.2 spot with a 17-0 record and 9-0 in conference play. The two teams were set to play on Dec. 5, but the game was postponing right before tip-off due to a positive test on Gonzaga’s team. The Bulldogs show why they have a perfect record thus far with forward Drew Timme scoring an average of 19.4 points a game and is 64.0% on field goals this year. Guard Andrew Nembhard is averaging 4.4 assists per game along with 9.2 points per game. As for the Baylor Bears, they continue to prove why they are undefeated and No.2. Bears guard Jared Butler is averaging 17 points per game and is 49.3 percent on field goals this year. Davion Mitchell is averaging 4.4 assists per game helping the Bears lead to wins.

The rivalry between Michigan and Ohio St. goes far beyond the gridiron. With Michigan having the No.3 spot with an overall record of 14-1and 9-1 in conference play. No. 4 Ohio St. is knocking on Michigan’s door with a 17-4 overall record and an 11-4 conference record. Just a little insight, Michigan has been on a three-week hiatus due to COVID-19 issues and played their first game this past Sunday coming behind from a 14-point deficit against Wisconsin. Wolverines Forward Isaiah Livers is averaging 15 points a game and is 49.0 percent FG this season. Guard Mike Smith is averaging about 5.6 assists this year with 8.2 points per game. Buckeyes forward E.J. Liddell is putting up an average of 15.1 points per game and is 49.7 percent FG. C.J. Walker is helping his team score by averaging 4.1 assists a game and is averaging 4.5 points per game. The two teams are set to tip-off against each other on Feb. 21 on CBS at 12:00.

With March being only a couple of weeks away and the tournament beginning with Selection Sunday at 6ET on Sunday, March 14, it will be interesting to see who gets in and where they are seated at. There’s a lot that can happen between now and the selection show and the first round which starts at 12 p.m. on Friday, March 19, and Saturday, March 20. I would also look out for how the NCAA handles COVID-19 in the event that a team has positive cases. Have a great week and stay warm. Go Duhawks!

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