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The Baylor Bears celebrate their first championship season – beating the previously undefeated Gonzaga Bulldogs 86-70 Monday night at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
Gonzaga only had to win one more game to end with a perfect season, but it ends with a 31-1 record. Not since 1979 has an unbeaten team lost the title game.
Baylor, who last appeared in a national championship game 73 years ago, kept Gonzaga at a season-low point overall.
“Our guys, when the best is needed, the best is delivered,” Baylor coach Scott Drew said after the game. “The better the opponent, the better they play.”
Baylor relied on their guards for the victory. Jared Butler scored 22 points with 7 assists, Davion Mitchell had 15 points and 5 assists, while MaCio Teague had 19 points.
Gonzaga coach Mark Few said after the match: “It’s a really, really tough end to a history book season, but listen, Baylor just beat us. They beat us in every aspect of the game and deserve all the credit.”
The victory is sweet revenge for Baylor. Two years ago, the Gonzaga Bears eliminated in the second round. There was no championship game last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.