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College basketball rankings: Baylor wins big but takes blow to national title hopes as Top 25 And 1 updates

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Baylor added a national-best ninth Quadrant 1 victory on Saturday with an 80-63 win over Texas — but it wasn’t all good. While doing so, the Bears lost a key player, Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua, perhaps for the season.

“Bittersweet as a coach,” Baylor’s Scott Drew told reporters after the game. “I think all parents can relate to, whenever you see your child, or one of your players, get hurt like that, and they’ve worked so hard. Don’t know the severity of it, but it obviously didn’t look good.”

Drew told me after the game that Tchamwa Tchatchoua has an MRI scheduled for Sunday. So, we’ll wait for the results. But if you saw the 6-foot-8 forward collapse while running — suffering what school officials quickly called a “significant knee injury” — you know there’s no reason to expect good news.

It looked bad. It probably is bad.

Tchamwa Tchatchoua has never started a game in two seasons at Baylor, but that fact doesn’t properly reflect how important he is to the Bears. The big man was averaging 21.5 minutes per game this season, 2.2 minutes more than he did in the 2020-21 campaign. He’s a key piece that matters. If his knee injury is indeed season-ending, Baylor’s attempt to become college basketball’s first back-to-back national champion since Florida in 2006-07 will obviously become even more difficult than it already was going to be.

Baylor remains No. 6 in Sunday morning’s updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings. The Bears have six regular-season games remaining — among them Quadrant 1 opportunities on the road at Texas Tech, Oklahoma State and Texas with a home meeting scheduled against Kansas.

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