No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 2 Baylor are scheduled to meet in the game of the young season so far in a matchup taking place at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN, on Saturday.
No. 1 Gonzaga (3-0) vs. No. 2 Baylor (3-0) – TV: CBS
Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Indianapolis; Saturday, 1 p.m. EST
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Both teams are undefeated entering this top-5 contest with the winner expected to be the top-ranked side when the next AP college basketball rankings are released. Baylor and Gonzaga will be meeting for the sixth time, with the Bulldogs taking the previous five meetings. Gonzaga is 4-0 over the Bears in the Scott Drew era.
Coming into this game, Gonzaga has one win and no defeats against ranked opponents this season, while Baylor has against a ranked team.
Gonzaga (3-0) has won all three games so heading into this early-season showdown, including a pair of victories against ranked teams. The Bulldogs have wins against then-No. 6 Kansas and No. 11 West Virginia, as well as Auburn in their three outings.
Meanwhile, Baylor (3-0) has also won its three fixtures thus far, with victories against Louisiana and Washington in November followed by an 82-69 win against No. 5 Illinois on Wednesday night. The Bears had their first three games canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Bulldogs will be hoping freshman Jalen Suggs will be fit for the game after the NBA prospect injured his ankle in the first half during the win over West Virginia.
Suggs was able to return the game in the second half but was not as mobile.
With Suggs expected to be less than 100%, Gonzaga will look to Drew Timme, Corey Kispert, and Joel Ayayi to lead the offense with the trio combining for 64 percent of all Bulldogs scoring this season.
Already this season, Kispert has attempted 20 3-pointers for Gonzaga and has connected on 45 percent of them. He is 9 of 20 over his past three games.
Baylor will look to guard Jared Butler, who is averaging 16.3 points, 4.0 assists, 3.7 rebounds and 2.7 steals to lead the way. So far this season, Butler, a junior, is connecting on 43.8% of the 16 3-pointers he’s attempted.
MaCio Teague is scoring 15.7 points and 5.0 rebounds per game so far, while fellow guard Adam Flagler averages 15.7 points with 3.7 assists and 3.0 rebounds across three games. He is shooting 54.8% from the field and 45.0% from 3s.
Davion Mitchell, who leads the Bears with 6.7 assists per game this campaign, is also averaging 13.0 points, 4.0 rebounds and 2.0 steals, while shooting 56.0% overall and 58.3 from 3-pointers.
As a club, the Baylor Bears are have made 11.7 3-pointers per game this season, enough for the eighth-best among Division I teams.