Baylor Beatdown: Bears Win Name, Hang 86-70 Loss on Gonzaga
But that beatdown Baylor put on undefeated Gonzaga together with the national title online — nobody noticed that coming.The fresh-as-can-be Bears obliterated wobbly-legged Gonzaga’s Rush to perfection Monday night in an 86-70 runaway that attracted this once-downtrodden app’s first national title back home to Waco, Texas.
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Baylor defeats Gonzaga 86-70 to acquire the men’s NCAA basketball national tournament
Baylor guard Jared Butler guide the way with 22 points along with seven assists
Jared Butler scored 22 points and MaCio Teague had 19 to the Bears (28-2), that were ranked second or third in the AP poll all year — but not , all due to one team.
Pounding the glass and scrapping for — and winning — the lion’s share of the 50-50 balls, Baylor never let this one come down to a Jalen Suggs miracle. The Gonzaga freshman’s buzzer-beater from around the half-court emblem captured the Zags into the final in a game which stood as their first true test of this year.
They passed from UCLA. Against Baylor? Not really close.
After running to a 19-point lead premature, the Bears never let Gonzaga get any closer than twenty five.
Guard Davion Mitchell — nicknamed”Off Night” because so many opponents encounter one when they move against him finished with 15 points and did his best on Suggs. The freshman finished with 22 points — most of them after the Zags were nicely into despair mode — and likely will be heading into the NBA lottery following.
Gonzaga’s first loss in 32 games this year — 36 dating to 2019-20 — leaves Indiana’s 1975-76 team as the last to go undefeated. If Bob May, Quinn Buckner, and the remainder of trainer Bob Knight’s staff were maintaining champagne cold to celebrate — a la the ideal’72 Miami Dolphins — they could have uncorked it by halftime.
Baylor was upward 9-0 after 2 1/2 minutes along with the Bulldogs confronted only their fourth largest shortage of this year at 11-1. They confronted their biggest deficit of the year — 15 points — together with 7:10 gone. By then, Suggs had just two fouls and has been watching from the bench.
He strove hard to breathe a little passion to his teammates, or the Zags lovers — that made about as much noise as the cardboard cutouts which were scattered through Lucas Oil Stadium to make it seem complete.
“Let us…. go!” He missed the free throw.
But more than anything else in the title game, it was Suggs’ memorable basket two nights before that laid the groundwork to get this one. His bank shot at the buzzer capped among the most riveting school basketball games ever. Back on the ground about 46 hours after that emotional roller coaster, it was apparent that the Zags were gassed.
The sequence that best exemplified the power gap came approximately half an hour into the contest when Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua struck the ball from Drew Timme’s hands along with also the Bears worked the ball forward of Mitchell. He missed a layup, however, Tchamwa Tchatchoua captured the offensive rebound and fed Adam Flagler for a 3.
Gonzaga was almost just standing there for this all.
This was among the most-anticipated finals in recent history, a number of the two greatest teams in the past two seasons — that one and 2020, when COVID-19 battled the action before tournament time. They were also scheduled to meet this year in Indy, on Dec. 5, however a COVID-19 outbreak over the Gonzaga team finished those plans.
But the game did not live up to the hype, and it was out of hand early.
Gonzaga shot 54 percent from the floor over the first 20 minutes but Baylor had 16 more attempts — the type of math that does not add up for a team playing in the title game.
Andrew Nembhard’s basket on the next possession cut Gonzaga’s deficit below double digits for the first time as ancient.
It was from there. Yes, Gonzaga might have become the season’s most watchable team using its own dramatic run at perfection, yet to mention nothing of this shooter of the championship.
But Baylor was cutting down the nets.
It’s the culmination of a 18-year reconstruct, the likes of which no program has ever noticed.
Coach Scott Drew took over a roster with only seven scholarship players and a team staring in the years of NCAA probation in the wake of the murder of player Patrick Dennehy by a teammate in 2003. The Bears won only 21 games over Drew’s first 3 years.
It took a lot of creativity and over a little faith to think that a day such as this might happen.
It took the exact same matter to hang a loss on the Bulldogs.
But that type of loss? Just Baylor could have seen that one coming.