Baylor Dominates Undefeated Gonzaga to Win the NCAA Championship

Christopher Adams, Sports Writer

On Monday, April 5th, the Baylor Bears took down the Gonzaga Bulldogs 86-70 to win the school’s first NCAA Men’s National Championship. 

Many people believed Gonzaga would win this game because they went undefeated the whole season, but Baylor simply outplayed them the whole game.

The Baylor Bears got off to a very hot start, going up 9-0 to start the game, and not looking back once. They had the lead the entire game, making sure Gonzaga couldn’t catch up.

Gonzaga was able to cut Baylor’s lead to just 10 points at halftime, but it wasn’t enough to keep the momentum going throughout the second half. 

The Bears played a great team game, but three specific players dominated the court. 

Guards Jared Butler, Davion Mitchell, and MaCio Teague combined for 56 out of Baylor’s 86 points.

Baylor’s defense was another key factor that helped them win.

Gonzaga was known for their high-scoring offense this season but was held to only 70 points. Top players Jalen Suggs was held to 22 points and Forward Drew Timme was held to just 12 points.

“Our guys, when the best is needed, the best is provided. The better the opponent, the better they play,” Baylor Bears coach Scott Drew said after the game.

Although Gonzaga lost the big game, their undefeated season leading up to the championship is still an accomplishment. 

“It’s a really, really tough one to end a storybook season on, but listen, Baylor just beat us. They beat us in every facet of the game and deserve all the credit,” Gonzaga Bulldogs coach Mark Few said after the game.

Although this game wasn’t as competitive, entertaining, or close as we all hoped it would, it was still nice to watch an NCAA basketball championship game after missing out on it last year.