In a surprise twist amongst the cavalcade of news regarding the cancellation and postponement of games in college sports, Matt Norlander of CBS Sports broke astonishing news on Monday night that Gonzaga and Baylor have agreed to play a non-conference game THIS SEASON.
BREAKING: Gonzaga and Baylor—who went a combined 57-6 last season and might be the two best teams in CBB NEXT season—have made a midsummer scheduling pivot and agreed to play each other in 2020-21, coaches Scott Drew and Mark Few tell @CBSSports. Story: https://t.co/mm9bh61OH5— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) August 18, 2020
As reported by Norlander, thanks to the Pac-12’s recent decision to cancel its non-conference games in all sports, both programs had some spots open on their schedule. So, Mark Few and Baylor head coach Scott Drew decided to put their heads together and make this matchup happen.
No date has been announced as of yet, but Few confirmed the news to CBS Sports, stating “We will be playing Baylor this year in some form or fashion.”
Assuming (fingers crossed) that this game happens as planned at some point in time during this year, we’ll be treated to what could be a Final Four caliber showdown between two of the best teams in the country. The Zags and Bears are expected to be ranked inside the Top 5, and possibly the Top 2, whenever the season begins.
It’s unheard of for two highly ranked teams to schedule each other in non-conference play in the middle of August, but these are uncommon times. While the circumstances that precipitated this union from taking place are less than ideal, it’s nice to get some exciting news about college sports for a change.
Recent reports indicate that the NCAA will make a decision by mid-September with respect to whether the college basketball season starts as scheduled on November 10. Whether the season starts on time or not, Gonzaga’s willingness to challenge itself against the best teams in the country once again cannot be questioned.