No. 2 Baylor is heading west in hopes of finally opening its delayed basketball season.
The Bears, who previously canceled their first three scheduled games after coach Scott Drew tested positive for COVID-19, flew to Las Vegas on Thursday ahead of an expected weekend doubleheader.
Baylor hopes to play its first game Saturday, though the opponent wasn’t immediately announced. NCAA.com cited an anonymous source saying that Louisiana would face Baylor on Saturday.
On Sunday, the Bears will square off with Washington, which also will be making its season debut. The Huskies’ planned four-team tournament in Seattle, set for the past few days, was scrapped when the expected visitors ran into COVID-19 issues.
Baylor had been due to play twice this week in the 2K Empire Classic at Uncasville, Conn., with dates against No. 18 Arizona State on Wednesday and either No. 3 Villanova or Boston College on Thursday. Rhode Island would up replacing the Bears at the tournament.
Baylor also scratched a scheduled Saturday visit to Seton Hall that was to be part of the Big East/Big 12 Battle.
With Drew still in a 10-day coronavirus quarantine period, associate head coach Jerome Tang will coach the Bears in Las Vegas, according to the Waco (Texas) Tribune-Herald.
Next week, Baylor is slated for two games in Indianapolis, vs. Illinois on Wednesday and vs. No. 1 Gonzaga on Dec. 5.