Baylor didn’t give Gonzaga a chance. The most-anticipated national championship game in recent memory was over within minutes.
The Bears sprinted out to a 9-0 lead on the way to an 86-70 victory over the Bulldogs to win the first men’s basketball national title in school history. Baylor’s win also ends Gonzaga’s attempt to be the first team since Indiana in 1976 to finish the season undefeated.
Much like it did against Houston on Saturday night, Baylor (28-2) punished Gonzaga (31-1) in the first half. The Bears immediately started deflecting passes and making steals on defense and crashing the offensive glass. If Baylor wasn’t making a shot in the opening minutes of the game, odds are it was getting the offensive rebound.