#2 Baylor vs. #5 Illinois live stream, NCAA college basketball, TV channel, start time, odds, predictions

The No. 2 ranked Baylor Bears will face the No. 5 ranked Illinois Fighting Illini on Wednesday from the Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indy.

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Baylor is coming off a 86-52 win over Washington on Sunday to improve to 2-0 on the season. Baylor is averaging 99 points over their last two games and will look to continue that against the Fighting Illini tonight in a showcase matchup. Illinois is averaging 98.7 points per game and will look to improve to 4-0 on the season with a win tonight.

This will be a fun one, it has the signs of a high scoring affair that you will not want to miss. Here is everything you need to know to tune in to tonight’s college basketball action:

#2 Baylor vs. #5 Illinois

When: Wednesday, December 2 Time: 10:00 p.m. ET TV Channel: ESPN Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free) 

Prediction: Both of these teams have no problem scoring and would expect a high scoring game. I think Baylor is the better team but expect to see a lot of three-point scoring at the end of the game with Illinois fighting to come back. Stay safe and take the over.

Bet: Over 142.5

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O/U: 142.5

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Baylor University Announces Statues Honoring Medal of Honor Recipients | Media and Public Relations

Gift from Houston couple installs statues in McLane Stadium plaza

Media Contact: Lori Fogleman, Baylor University Media and Public Relations, 254-709-5959
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WACO, Texas (Nov. 28, 2020) – Baylor University today celebrated the installation of two bronze statues honoring the institution’s two Medal of Honor recipients, U.S. Army Corps Col. John Riley Kane (BA 1928) and U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. Andrew Jackson “Jack” Lummus Jr. Efforts to honor these Baylor heroes were spurred forward and funded through a gift by A. Haag and Millette Sherman of Houston. The statues were unveiled during a dedication ceremony in the McLane Stadium Plaza.

“We are truly grateful for the generosity of Haag and Millette Sherman and their heartfelt dedication to honoring two of Baylor University’s most decorated heroes: John Kane and Jack Lummus,” said Baylor President Linda A. Livingstone, Ph.D. “As Medal of Honor recipients, these two Baylor alumni truly served their country selflessly, and we are humbled to count them as members of our Baylor Family. We are forever grateful for their service, and for Jack’s sacrifice, and we are honored to have the privilege of keeping their memories alive through future generations of Baylor students.”

Both multi-sport Baylor Letterwinners, John Kane and Jack Lummus’s likenesses are located on the grounds of McLane Stadium as a reminder of the lives they lived at the University, beyond the heroism they were compelled to display during World War II. The two men received their honors for heroism in distinctly different circumstances – one as a pilot in the European theatre of World War II, while the other for his ultimate sacrifice on the ragged hills of Iwo Jima in the Pacific Theatre of the war. Haag and Millette Sherman were inspired to create the Medal of Honor tribute as a way to honor Baylor’s history and recognize the singular heroism of Kane and Lummus.

The statues are the work of Baylor alumnus Dan Brook, a Native American artist based in Dallas, Texas, at Brook Studio. The statues honor Lummus and Kane, with both dressed in military uniforms denoting their affiliation and rank within the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army Air Corps (the precursor to the U.S. Air Force), respectively.

“Jack Lummus and John Kane represent the very best of our Baylor Family and our country,” Haag Sherman said about the project and his family’s inspiration for initiating the statue construction. “Their selfless heroics in humankind’s greatest struggle for freedom have immortalized them, and their leadership, service and faith are foundational to both Baylor and our country. Dan Brook’s beautiful work will educate and inspire generations of our Baylor Family and our guests. Millette and I are proud and honored to have played a small part in the commemoration of these heroes.”

The Shermans’ generous gift is helping teach future generations about the rich tradition of bravery and military service among Baylor alumni. The stories of Lummus and Kane speak to the

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No. 1 Baylor stays home; Wichita State must return home after positive tests

No. 1 men’s team Baylor is out of the Empire Classic at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday.

Baylor earns No. 1 spot in preseason men’s basketball poll



The Bears were to be the marquee team before coach Scott Drew tested positive for COVID-19. Their opening-game opponent was No. 17 Arizona State. No Baylor players have been reported as testing positive.

The Sun Devils departed on Monday for Connecticut. While the team was still en route, Rhode Island was announced as the replacement for Baylor. The winner of that game would advance to play the winner of No. 3 Villanova-Boston College.

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Rick Barnes wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a crowd: Tennessee Head Coach Rick Barnes during a basketball game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the LSU Tigers at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday, January 4, 2020.

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Tennessee Head Coach Rick Barnes during a basketball game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the LSU Tigers at Thompson-Boling Arena in Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday, January 4, 2020.

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a person standing in front of a crowd: Scott Drew's Baylor Bears enter the season as No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports men's basketball coaches poll.

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Scott Drew’s Baylor Bears enter the season as No. 1 in the USA TODAY Sports men’s basketball coaches poll.

Wichita State’s rough start to season gets rougher

Less than a week after head coach Gregg Marshall resigned amid an investigation into player abuse allegations, Wichita State finds itself with a COVID-19 outbreak that will stall the start of the season.

According to the Wichita Eagle, the Shockers flew to Sioux Falls, South Dakota on Monday for the eight-team Crossover Classic that starts Wednesday. But when the traveling party arrived, several members tested positive for COVID-19. The team withdrew from the tournament. 

CBS Sports first reported the positive tests, following by The Eagle. The paper said the team is to return home Tuesday. If it has to quarantine for 14 days, two more games could be called off, bringing to five at the start of the season the team cannot play.

Tennessee coach Rick Barnes tests positive

Tennessee basketball canceled its first two games Monday and paused all team activities after multiple positive COVID-19 tests within the program, including coach Rick Barnes.

UT announced the positive tests are among its “Tier 1 personnel, which consists of coaches, student-athletes, team managers and support staff.” The tests were conducted Sunday as part of UT’s three weekly tests. UT retested Monday.

Barnes entered isolation protocol after his positive test.

The Vols canceled The Volunteer Classic, a multi-team event at Thompson-Boling Arena, due to contact tracing after consulting with the Knox County Health Department.

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Baylor out of Empire Classic, NCAA basketball impacted by COVID


College basketball’s opening night will be missing its marquee game due to Baylor’s withdrawing from the Empire Classic.

Head coach Scott Drew confirmed to CBS Sports that the No. 2 ranked Bears will not travel to the event at the Mohegan Sun in Connecticut. Baylor was scheduled to play No. 18 Arizona State on Wednesday. However, ESPN reported Monday morning that Arizona State had pulled out from the Empire Classic after Drew tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.

Drew announced his positive test on Sunday and said his team still planned to play its season opener against Arizona State. The coach said everyone else in the program tested negative on Friday and Sunday and would be tested again early this week. 

The Empire Classic was scheduled as a four-team event that included Baylor, Arizona State, No. 3 Villanova and Boston College. CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein reports that a fourth unknown team will possibly replace Baylor, and the other three programs will remain in the event.

Florida also withdrew from a separate event at Mohegan Sun on Sunday after members of its program tested positive for COVID-19. The Gators’ highly anticipated game against No. 4 Virginia on Friday was canceled, as well as their matchup against UMass-Lowell on Wednesday.

The Mohegan Sun is set to host over 30 basketball teams and 40 games from Nov. 25-Dec. 5 in “Bubbleville” after several events were relocated due to the pandemic. Oregon was among the teams set to play non-conference games in the bubble, but according to Rothstein, the Ducks will pull out of the event and stay closer to home due to the virus.

Meanwhile, Tennessee announced on Monday that it will pause all basketball activities following multiple positive COVID-19 test results within the program, including coach Rick Barnes and athletic director Phillip Fulmer. The school is expected to provide an update on Tuesday regarding this week’s scheduled games.

Other games and events, including the Justin Reed Ole Miss Classic, have been canceled this week. This list will be updated as game schedules change.

SEC Games:

  • Florida @ UMass-Lowell: The Nov. 25 game has been canceled due to COVID-19 cases and contact tracing protocols within the Gators’ program. The Gators have paused basketball activities at this time.
  • Florida vs. Virginia: The Nov. 27 game at the Mohegan Sun was also canceled.
  • Memphis @ Ole Miss: The Dec. 5 game has been canceled due to COVID-19 issues within the Rebels’ program.
  • Charlotte @ Tennessee: The Nov. 25 game reportedly is canceled due to COVID-19 issues in the Vols’ program.

ACC Games:

  • Gardner-Webb @ Duke: The Nov. 25 game has been postponed following a positive COVID-19 test within the Gardner-Webb program. Duke will now open its season at home vs. Coppin State on Nov. 28.

Pac-12 Games:

  • Northern Arizona @ Arizona: The Nov. 25 game has been postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test within NAU’s program.

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  • Charlotte @ VCU: The Nov. 26 game reportedly is canceled.
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Texas vs. Baylor odds, line: 2020 college football picks, predictions from expert on 25-11 run

A critical Big 12 matchup is on tap Saturday when the visiting Baylor Bears take on the Texas Longhorns. Kickoff is 3:30 p.m. ET from Darrell K. Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium. Both teams are eager to get back on the field, albeit for different reasons. Texas wants to erase the sting of a quadruple-overtime loss in the Red River Shootout. And Baylor just wants to play after losing three games this season due to COVID-19.

The Bears and Longhorns have split their last 10 games since 2010, with the Bears winning 24-10 at home last season. The Longhorns are nine-point favorites and the over-under for total points scored is 61 in the latest Texas vs. Baylor odds from William Hill. Before making any Baylor vs. Texas picks, be sure to see the college football predictions from SportsLine’s Josh Nagel. 

A Nevada-based handicapper with more than 20 years of experience in the sports wagering industry, Nagel specializes in college sports and has been a consistent winner for SportsLine members. Last year, he went 82-61-1 on his against-the-spread college football picks to give his followers a profit of nearly $2,000. He’s currently on a 15-8 run overall with his selections heading into Week 8.

What’s more, he has had a keen eye for the trajectories of both programs, posting a 25-11 record on against-the-spread picks involving either Baylor or Texas over the past three seasons. Anyone who has consistently followed him is way up.

Now, he has set his sights on Baylor vs. Texas. You can visit SportsLine now to see his picks. Here are the college football odds from William Hill and trends for Texas vs. Baylor:

  • Texas vs. Baylor spread: Texas -9
  • Texas vs. Baylor over-under: 61 points
  • Texas vs. Baylor money line: Texas -335, Baylor +275
  • BAY: The Bears have had three games either canceled or postponed because of COVID.
  • TEX: The Longhorns have won four of the last five meetings overall between the two teams. 

What you need to know about Baylor

Nagel has considered that the Bears practiced Sunday for the first time since Oct. 7 after a coronavirus outbreak that included 28 players and 14 coaches testing positive following their Oct. 3 road game at West Virginia. Making matters more problematic, 17 other Baylor players underwent contact tracing on Oct. 12.

Baylor opened the 2020 season with a 47-14 victory over Kansas on Sept. 26, but fell to the Mountaineers 27-21 in double-overtime three weeks ago. Quarterback Charlie Brewer has thrown for 371 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions in two games.

What you need to know about Texas

The Longhorns hope an open week helps soothe the pain of a 53-45, quadruple-overtime loss to Oklahoma in the Red River Shootout on Oct. 10. Texas was ranked as high as No. 8 in the country before losing two straight games. 

Texas still possesses a strong offense, ranking first in the nation in scoring offense (49.5 points per game) and 13th in total offense (495.3 yards per

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