Chem­istry class: Bay­lor’s best started else­where

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MaCio Teague prefers all the time spent in the gym bond­ing with his Bay­lor team­mates more than that week­end camp­ing trip.

“Ac­tu­ally my least fa­vorite thing that I’ve done since I’ve been here,” Teague said, prompt­ing a chuckle from team­mate Fred­die Gille­spie as he dis­cussed the team re­treat that came soon af­ter he trans­ferred to Bay­lor be­fore last sea­son.

“We all get on the bus and then we pull up and it’s the woods, and they say give us your phones,” Gille­spie said. “We get out there, and they said, here’s some tents, and we spent a long week­end in the woods.”

Long af­ter com­ing out of the woods, the top-ranked Bears — and their top five scor­ers, who all be­gan col­lege else­where — have cer­tainly come to­gether.

Bay­lor (22-1, 11-0 Big 12) has won a school-record 21 games in a row since blow­ing a 10-point lead against Wash­ing­ton in the fi­nal five min­utes of its only loss, back dur­ing the first week of the sea­son. The Bears lead the Big 12 with their long­est con­fer­ence win­ning streak ever, and have been No. 1 in the AP Top 25 four weeks in a row af­ter so much volatil­ity at the top of the poll be­fore that.

Guards Jared But­ler, Davion Mitchell, Devonte Ban­doo and Teague had never all played to­gether be­fore this sea­son.

Gille­spie, the gre­gar­i­ous 6-foot-9 se­nior cen­ter, played two sea­sons at D-III Car­leton Col­lege in Min­nesota be­fore trans­fer­ring to Bay­lor. He had to sit out in 2017-18, when the Bears missed the NCAA Tour­na­ment for the first time in five years.

That same sea­son, But­ler was still in high school and headed to Alabama, Teague was a sopho­more at UNC-Asheville, Mitchell a fresh­man at Auburn and Ban­doo was at a com­mu­nity col­lege in Kansas. Teague and Mitchell had to sit out last sea­son fol­low­ing their trans­fers.

South Carolina re­ceives no­tice: South Carolina be­came the lat­est school to re­ceive an NCAA no­tice of al­le­ga­tions over the fed­eral probe into col­lege bas­ket­ball.

The school re­ceived the no­tice about a Level I vi­o­la­tion to have been com­mit­ted by for­mer as­sis­tant coach La­mont Evans, who worked for coach Frank Martin for four sea­sons from 2012-13 to 2015-16.

Hoosiers snap skid: Devonte Green scored 18 of his 27 points in the first half, help­ing host In­di­ana close out an 89-77 vic­tory over No. 21 Iowa.

The Hoosiers (16-8, 6-7 Big Ten) snapped a four-game skid.

Luka Garza scored 38 points for the Hawkeyes (17-8, 8-6).

Howard at the top: Se­nior guard Markus Howard scored 24 points for No. 18 Mar­quette in a 72-71 road loss to No. 15 Vil­lanova on Wednesday night and be­came the Big East’s all-time leading scorer in con­fer­ence games with 1,408 points.

JERRY LARSON/AP

Fred­die Gille­spie (33) and MaCio Teague both ar­rived at Bay­lor as trans­fers.

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