The Last of the Unbeatens Bow as USC, Baylor Take First Loss

USC Baylor NCAA Basketball Background

  • Sportsbooks still give Baylor and USC solid odds after first losses
  • Cardinal join Pac-12 race with upset of Trojans
  • Red Raiders’ defense keys another Top 5 shocker

In two hours Tuesday night, the last of college basketball’s unbeatens took a bow as around 7 pm EST, Stanford finished off USC, 75-69.

Then as the 9 pm block of games started, Texas Tech took a come-from-behind upset over Baylor, 65-62.

Stanford came back after a three-week hiatus due to COVID-19 protocols to upset the Trojans and gain their first win over a Top 5 team in 15 years.

USC had three postponements and a cancellation, as well, as the Trojans had played only one game since Dec. 18. Harrison Ingram scored 21 points as did Spencer Jones and the Cardinal threw themselves into the middle of the Pac-12 race with a solid win. Stanford is now posting odds at (+4000) to win the Pac-12 while USC is still (+500) as the Trojans are keeping the heat on UCLA and Arizona who share odds at (+135).

Stanford came into the season at (+3500) to win the title in the Conference of Champions while the Trojans were written at (+650).

Trailing 64-62 with 4:06 to go, Jaden Delaire and Ingram scored nine of the Cardinal’s last 13 points as Stanford was able to convert from the free-throw line.

Isaiah Mobley led the Trojans with 16 points while Boogie Ellis popped in 14. USC led for 28 minutes, but went only 1-for-6 from the field over the last 5:07 while the Cardinal was 5-for-7.

Ingram made two free throws with 2:59 to play to give the Cardinal a 66-64 lead, which was their first since 52-51 with 10:01 remaining.

Even with the loss:
The Trojans are a Final Four threat with four players averaging double figures, led by 15.4 points, 9.4 rebounds, and 2.3 assists from Isaiah. Mobley. The defensive end of the floor is where the Trojans thrive as opponents have shot only 36.1 percent, third nationally. USC has shot 57.5 percent from inside the three-point arc (2nd/Pac-12) in Pac-12 play while they are 30.2 percent from three (9th/Pac-12). USC’s odds to get to the Final Four are resting at (+1200) while their odds to win the national championship are written at (+5000) as of now.

Stanford played it’s first game since Dec. 23 when the Cardinal beat Liberty, 79-76, in the semifinals of the Diamondhead Classic.

The championship game against Vanderbilt was canceled via covid protocols.

The Cardinal are still a long shot to make it to the Final Four at (+6000) while they have (+20000) odds to win the national championship.

UCLA has the best odds from the Pac-12 to win the national title as the Bruins are (+1600) with the sixth-best odds in the nation. The Bruins are behind leader Gonzaga (+600), Duke and Purdue who are adjoined with a (+900) listing, and Baylor at (+1100) and Kansas (+1600).

Red Raiders Take Down Another Top 5 Team

Just 72 hours after No. 19 Texas Tech took a 75-67 win over No. 9 Kansas in Lubbock, the Red Raiders were at it again as they went on the road and defeated No. 1 and unbeaten Baylor, 65-62.

The Bears went ahead, 31-16, on a jumper by Adam Flagler with 6:13 to go in the first half. However, Texas Tech turned the momentum from there until halftime as the Red Raiders went on a 10-0 run as Clarence Nadolny had four of those points to spark the effort.

Baylor was 0-of-6 from the floor with four turnovers in that last 6:13.

Tech pulled even at 35-35 on a layup by Kevin McCullar and then went ahead 47-46 with 9:52 to pay on a free throw by Nadolny. The clincher was a late 8-0 run powered by threes from Bryson Williams and McCullar that gave the Red Raiders a 59-52 advantage with 2;39 to play.

Baylor and Kansas share (+200) odds to win the Big 12 as Kansas survived Iowa State, 62-61, as the Cyclones’ Gabe Kalscheur missed a three at the buzzer.

Texas is still third with a (+400) as the Longhorns controlled Oklahoma, 66-52, for most of Tuesday evening.

Texas Tech now is posted at (+500) to win the Big 12 as first-year coach Mark Adams has gotten the Red Raiders to buy in on the defensive end of the floor where opponents shoot only 37.8 percent (15th/CBB).

A big story inside that defense is that they hold opponents to 52 field goal attempts per game (19th/CBB) as a deliberate half-court offense that hosts the ball for 18.2 seconds (267th/CBB) supplements that number.

Iowa State (+1200) and West Virginia (+2000) are next as the Cyclones were an unknown entity in T.J. Otzelberger’s first season as they were assigned (+15000) to win the league in the preseason with the Mountaineers at (+1200).

Inside the Big 12 at the beginning of the year, Kansas had the best odds to win the league at (+190) with Texas at (+240). Baylor (+450) and Texas Tech (+800) were next.

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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.

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