NCAA Men’s Basketball: Central Arkansas Bears vs Baylor Bears- Possible Lineups and Predictions

Published 12/29/2020, 10:00 AM EST
Dec 21, 2020; Waco, Texas, USA; Baylor Bears guard Jared Butler (12) and forward Zach Loveday (32) slap hands after a made basket against the Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions during the second half at Ferrell Center. Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports


NCAA Men’s Basketball action will see the Baylor Bears, the #2 ranked team in the country take on the Central Arkansas Bears.. In this bear-y interesting matchup, Baylor will hope to solidify their position as a top-2 program in the country. Meanwhile, the Central Arkansas Bears will be looking to pull off one hell of an upset.

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Baylor are easily the best offensive team in the country this season. Averaging 90+ points on 50% + efficiency isn’t easy, but the Baylor set-up provides some enthralling and attacking basketball. They have also dominated almost every opponent, with their closest win being by a margin of 13 points over another team ranked in the AP Top 25 (Illinois Fighting Illini).

The Central Arkansas Bears are downright awful this season, having only won one of their seven games. That win was in their last game, so can they set the stage for a historic upset?

NCAA Men’s Basketball: Baylor ensures order with a big win

If Baylor doesn’t blow Central Arkansas out of the water, it will be a shame. This is one of the easiest matchups they will get all season. The team is exploding with talent and has five players averaging double-digit points. The only win that Central Arkansas has this season was over a team without even a team page on ESPN’s extremely comprehensive coverage.

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Dec 21, 2020; Waco, Texas, USA; Baylor Bears head coach Scott Drew greets his players on the court after Arkansas-Pine Bluff Golden Lions called a timeout during the first half at Ferrell Center. Mandatory Credit: Raymond Carlin III-USA TODAY Sports

KenPom already has this game looking like a 30-point blowout win for Baylor. The talent across the board can easily win the NCAA Championship this season. However, in a pandemic year in which upsets have become the norm, nobody knows what may happen.

The Baylor Bears will start with Davion Mitchell, Jared Butler, MaCio Teague, Mark Vital, and Flo Thamba. The Central Arkansas Bears will line up with DeAndre Jones, Khaleem Bennett, Rylan Bergersen, Eddy Kayuloud, and Samson George.

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Our prediction is simple. While Central Arkansas have struggled with the pandemic and have a win under their belt, they aren’t upsetting Baylor.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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