Gonzaga and Baylor were among the top men’s college basketball teams all season and the two schools will meet in the national championship on Monday night.
It is a pairing that has been in the works for months. Gonzaga and Baylor were supposed to fight on December 5 when the Bulldogs were No. 1 and the Bears No. 2. But Baylor had some coronavirus issues early in the season that forced them to cancel some games and then postpone others. . Those problems are far behind Baylor and they will finally have a chance to defeat the nation’s number one team.
Gonzaga seeks to make history.
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The Bulldogs may be the first Division I men’s basketball team to finish a season undefeated since Indiana went 32-0 with a national championship in 1975-76. Indiana State in 1979, UNLV in 1991, Wichita State in 2014 and Kentucky in 2015 entered previous tournaments undefeated only to lose a game in the postseason.
Gonzaga could also be the first non-Power Conference school to win a national championship since UNLV won the title in 1990. The Runnin ‘Rebels were in the Big West Conference at the time. Gonzaga is a member of the West Coast Conference.
Baylor has been better known for his women’s basketball program than his men’s basketball program. The school has never won a men’s basketball title. The team was in the championship in 1948 but lost to Kentucky in the game. They hadn’t been back since.
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The Bears have had a solid streak recently and the 2020-21 season was their best season in a long time. Baylor was 27-2 overall and 13-1 in the Big 12 Conference and now has a chance to end his championshipless streak.
Baylor beat Hartford, Wisconsin, Villanova, Arkansas and Houston to reach the final. MaCio Teague and Jared Butler have been the best players on the team.
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Gonzaga beat Norfolk State, Oklahoma, Creighton, USC and UCLA to reach the final. Their Final Four showdown against the Bruins has been hailed as one of the best games of the tournament in recent memory. Drew Timme has been great for the Bulldogs in recent games. Jalen Suggs hit the winner of the game against the Bruins.
Kick-off is scheduled for 9:20 pm ET at Lucas Oil Stadium. The game can be seen on CBS.