The No. 2 Baylor Bears took down the No. 9 Kansas Jayhawks on Monday night to improve to 13-0 on the season. Baylor looks ridiculously good (they’re the No. 1 offense and No. 4 defense out of 357 schools, according to Ken Pomeroy’s metrics), and that’s a story in itself (could Baylor be a real threat to Gonzaga in March, for example?).
However, we’re going to focus on a shot to end the game that seemed meaningless, but mattered to some people.
Baylor led 77-66 with 1.9 seconds remaining, when Kansas senior walk-on Chris Teahan — who had three points on the season — banked in a three from the Baylor logo to beat the buzzer. That made it a 77-69 final score.
Well, the Jayhawks were 8.5-point underdogs, so that meaningless three meant that Kansas covered the spread. Brutal.
Significant to some. pic.twitter.com/QW9k9Gs294
— The Comeback NCAA (@TheComebackNCAA) January 19, 2021
ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt — the bad beat king — had a terrific tweet in response to the moment, pointing out a very frustrated man at the bottom right of the video.
We’ve all been the guy in the white hat on the baseline (bottom right) The good news, buddy, is that….well, there’s no good news. At least you have a story. 🤷♂️ https://t.co/CtUBukStxV
— Scott Van Pelt (@notthefakeSVP) January 19, 2021
Yeah, that guy definitely had Baylor -8.5.