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COVID-19 is Baylor’s ‘kryptonite’ vs. Kansas in ugly first loss of season

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The No. 2 Baylor Bears suffered their first loss of the season against the 17th-ranked Kansas Jayhawks on Saturday, falling 71-58 on the road. In response to his team’s first defeat of the college basketball season, Scott Drew said that COVID-19 protocols led to Baylor’s demise on Saturday.

“We were the No. 1-shooting team in the country, and we’ll get back to that,” Drew said, via ESPN’s Jeff Borzello. “But even Superman has kryptonite. And I guess COVID protocols is ours.”

Before facing Iowa State on Tuesday earlier this week, Baylor had six consecutive games postponed. The last game they had played was on Feb. 2 against Texas, which was an 83-69 victory on the road.

Heading into Saturday, Baylor was shooting an impressive 43.2 percent from 3-point range as a team. But against Kansas, the Bears couldn’t convert on their 3-pointers, making just six of their 26 attempts from deep. Versus Iowa State on Tuesday, Baylor made only eight of their 25 3-point tries.

It had been weeks since Baylor was able to practice, with last Sunday being their first practice in quite some time. Drew believes the lack of practice time as a team has led to them shooting poorly from outside the arc in recent games.

Even with Saturday’s loss, Baylor is positioned well for the tournament in March, with three regular-season games currently remaining on their schedule. Following their first taste of defeat against Kansas, Baylor will look to get their outside shooting back on track against No. 10 West Virginia on Tuesday.