No. 6 Baylor (9-0) vs. Michigan State (4-5), Saturday, Dec. 16
The Baylor Bears are one of the handful of remaining undefeated teams in the country, and the No. 6 ranked Bears have a tough pseudo-road test on Saturday when they take on Michigan State. The Bears have quietly built up a 9-0 record albeit against a schedule that is not the strongest. This is a tricky spot for Baylor not only against a Tom Izzo-coached team that has yet to live up to expectations so far this season, but they don’t want to get caught looking ahead to their matchup with Duke at MSG next week.
Up to this point, the Bears’ schedule hasn’t been that challenging, their NET Strength of Schedule currently sits at 223. Outside of their two quad 1 wins over Auburn and Florida, the highest-ranking team in the NET that the Bears have beaten is Seton Hall at 118. That will surely change when league play starts for Baylor with a quad 1 opportunity nearly every night. The metrics like what the Bears have done and seemingly what they will do in the future, all four currently sit in the top 10. So far so good for the Bears and their conference will give them ample opportunities to find themselves on the top seed line.
Before the season started there was some buzz that Michigan State (4-5) had the ingredients to make a final-four run, things certainly haven’t started that way with an 0-5 quad 1 record and three of their four wins landing in quad 4. A matchup with Baylor gives them a chance to turn their season around and perhaps dig out of the 0-2 Big Ten hole they’ve dug.