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No. 1 Baylor, last unbeaten team in Division I men’s basketball, falls to Texas Tech

No. 1 Baylor, last unbeaten team in Division I men's basketball, falls to Texas Tech
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and then there Were None.

Both the No. 1 Baylor and No. 5 USC teams, the remaining undefeated Division I men’s basketball teams, suffered losses Tuesday night.

Baylor’s 21-game winning streak, which began last season, ended with a 65-62 loss to 19th-placed Texas Tech in Waco, Texas.

The Red Raiders have struggled with injuries and the challenges of COVID-19 in recent weeks. But Kevin McCullar, who had missed his team’s previous two games with an ankle injury, came back against the Bears to score 12 points from the bench and was one of five double-digit scorers for Texas Tech. Adonis Arms stepped up and led the team with 14 points.

“My ankles… I didn’t know if I was going to play until the start,” McCullar said after the match. “Just be prepared,” the coach said.

Texas Tech played without Terrence Shannon Jr., the team’s top scorer (14.3 PPG), who missed his sixth game in a row while dealing with a back injury.

Baylor was the first defending champion since Duke in 2001-02 to be the last undefeated team in college basketball, according to ESPN Statistics and Information Research.

Stanford’s 75-69 win over USC on Tuesday was in a nearly empty arena due to COVID-19 protocols. The Cardinal was suspended for nearly three weeks but returned in his first game since December 23 to beat the top five USC team members. Harrison Ingram and Spencer Jones each scored 21 points for Stanford, which secured its first win in the top five since 2007.

Baylor entered Tuesday night’s match as the number one seed in ESPN analyst Joe Lonardi’s forecast.

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