BAYLOR Cruises to a National Title over Gonzaga

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - APRIL 05: (L-R) Mark Vital #11, Davion Mitchell #45. Jackson Moffatt #13 and Flo Thamba #0 of the Baylor Bears celebrate after their win against the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the National Championship game of the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 05, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Brett Wilhelm/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

FINAL from Indy —

BAYLOR WINS THEIR FIRST EVER NATIONAL TITLE. THE CHAMIONSHIP IS HEADED TO WACO.

Baylor never trailed, starting off on a 9-0 run & never looked back the entire game.

Coach Drew brought this program from the dumpster to a perennial contender every season, and it’ll continue climbing on an upward trajectory. Baylor just handed Gonzaga a wire-to-wire beating, using athleticism & killing Gonzaga on the offensive glass. After going on that prolonged COVID pause, Baylor regained form these past two games. Baylor limited Gonzaga to shoot less than 30% from deep, using tremendous close-outs on jumpers, forcing turnovers & making shots themselves.

Most fans won’t consider this Gonzaga team one of the all-time greats, but undeniedbly they are. I get losing is a disappointment, especially in this fashion, but Baylor’s amazing too — not many teams can go 31-0 in any conference they play in. It’s one game & in one game, anything can happen, just a clunker from the Zags tonight.

Mark Vital made a huge difference adding eight offensive rebounds, Just killing Gonzaga on the glass.

Jared Butler led all scorers with 22 points, while MaCio Teague added 19 points & Davion Mitchell contributed with 15 points. I didn’t envision a 17 point victory for either side today, but what a win for Scott Drew, the better team tonight by a wide margin. Both played all season phenomenally, though.

Next season, Baylor is set to lose four of five starters & potentially Matthew Mayer to the NBA while adding two big-time recruits in Langston Love & Kendall Brown.

Gonzaga will lose Suggs, Kispert, Ayayi & likely return Timme, and add Hunter Sallis & Chet Holmgren — both teams will be tremendous next season again.

CONGRATS TO SCOTT DREW & BAYLOR!

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