Baylor coach Scott Drew knows given a choice, his players would rather being playing games. They won two in 23 hours.
“Coming back from break, you’re either practicing or playing,” Drew said. “I know guys would rather play a game than be in practice for two or three hours.”
MaCio Teague had 18 points to lead six players scoring in double figures the Bears in a 105-76 victory Wednesday over Alcorn State, just a day after a 37-point win over Central Arkansas.
Preseason AP All-America guard Jared Butler added 17 points on 6-for-8 shooting and Matthew Mayer had 14 points for the Bears. Davion Mitchell, Jordan Turner and Zach Loveday each scored 10.
Baylor (8-0), the only Big 12 team without a loss, returned from its Christmas break with back-to-back midweek afternoon games. They were the last games for the preseason conference favorites before resuming Big 12 play this weekend, with the Alcorn game a late add after some earlier changes to the schedule.
No. 23 Virginia 66, Notre Dame 57 — At South Bend, Ind.: Kihei Clark had 19 points and five assists as Virginia continued its string of dominance over Notre Dame. The Cavaliers (5-2, 1-0) improved to 12-0 in Atlantic Coast Conference openers under Tony Bennett and 10-0 in ACC regular-season matchups against the Irish.
No. 25 Ohio State 90, Nebraska 54 — At Columbus, Ohio: Justin Ahrens came off the bench to score 18 points and freshman Zed Key added 14 points on 5-for-5 shooting as the Buckeyes used balanced scoring to beat Nebraska.