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Opinion: Baylor's first loss may be blessing in disguise before possible NCAA Tournament run

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Twenty-five days ago, a consensus was building that Baylor — not Gonzaga — was the best team in college basketball. The Bears were 17-0, routinely beating good teams by double digits and seemed to have a realistic shot of entering the NCAA Tournament unbeaten. 

Then COVID-19 hit, the program shut down for three weeks and all the momentum No. 2-ranked Baylor had built was suddenly at risk. 

Since coming back from its coronavirus outbreak, Baylor has survived a close game against Iowa State, the worst team in the Big 12, and lost Saturday at No. 19 Kansas, 71-58.

In the big picture, Baylor suffering its first loss of the season isn’t a big deal. It might even be a blessing in disguise. If the goal is to make the Final Four and ultimately win the national championship, there are no bonus points for being undefeated going into the tournament. If anything, taking a loss in the regular season — and a reasonable one at that — eliminates any pressure or unnecessary focus on trying to become the first team since Indiana in 1976 to complete an unbeaten season. 



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