Baylor Basketball

Baylor Basketball ends Gonzaga’s perfect season to win its first-ever National Title.

Gonzaga basketball had battled back from as much as a 19 point lead from Baylor basketball at the half. Baylor basketball was attacking the boards at the start of the game, getting three-possession after two offensive rebounds to put points on the board. The Bears went on to score nine unanswered points. This set a standard for Baylor basketball, and Coach Scott Drew showed his preparation.

It took almost four minutes for Gonzaga basketball to score a point which came from the free-throw line. Corey Kispert opened up scoring from the field, but the Bear’s intensity in attacking the glass, disrupting passing lanes, and the hot scoring start was an onslaught that the Bulldogs were not ready for. Baylor basketball shared the basketball having 12 assists to Gonzaga basketball’s nine assists. Another impressive stat was the Bears had more offensive rebounds (9) than defensive rebounds (6) and outrebounded Gonzaga basketball by six.

Macio Teague had an impressive first half putting up 14 points and one block. He had help from Jared Butler, who added 10 points, two rebounds, and four assists for Baylor basketball. Gonzaga basketball was led by Drew Timme, who put up 10 points, two rebounds, one assist, and one block. Baylor basketball was shooting out of its mind in the first half, making 50% from the field and 58.3% from 3-point land. Meanwhile, Gonzaga basketball struggled from the 3-point range with 16.7% but had 54.5% from the field.

Baylor Basketball is the NCAA Tournament Champions, and hear one shining moment. This team won by a score of 86-70 over the Gonzaga Bulldogs. The Bears were led by Jared Butler, who put up 22 points, three rebounds, and seven assists. Baylor basketball had other major contributors in Macio Teague, who put up 19 points, two rebounds, and one block. Another contributor was Davion Mitchell with 15 points, six rebounds, five assists, one steal, and one block.

Finally, off the bench, Adam Flagler added 13 points, two rebounds, two assists, and one steal. Meanwhile, Gonzaga was led by Jalen Suggs with 22 points, one rebound, three assists, and two steals. The Bulldogs had great leadership with Drew Timme, who added 12 points, five rebounds, three assists, and two blocks. Corey Kispert added 12 points, three rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block.

1) Rebounding

An area that Baylor basketball that showed prowess was in its rebounding as a top 10 offensive rebounding team this year. The display they put on to add second and third chances at scoring allowed the team to separate offensively. The Bears outrebounded Gonzaga basketball by 16 with 38 to 22. The intensity that Mark Vital had on the offensive glass and really just on the boards.

This was something that Baylor basketball stepped up against the Houston Cougars had done well. The Bears and Coach Drew knew how important it would be in this final game. Ending the Bulldog’s undefeated season was a surprise to everyone. The impressive stats that Gonzaga basketball had put up all year offensively was just not enough in this game.

2) Defense

One area that really stood out was the length and talent of Baylor basketball. All the players were able to have great footwork, keep players in front of them, and disrupt passing lanes. Baylor basketball did everything right on defense. While the team had moments, the game they put together was impressive. The Bears had five blocks, eight steals and caused Gonzaga to turn the ball over 14 times. All of these extra opportunities were a huge part of the winning recipe for the Bears.

3) Three-point shooting

This was the other area that Baylor basketball had excelled at all year. The Bears led the nation in a 3-point field goal percentage with 41.2% from beyond the arc. That came in waves tonight as Gonzaga struggled to shot from 3-point land, only making 29.4% compared to Baylor basketball’s 43.5%. The high scorers for Baylor basketball were also the only players to hit 3-pointers. Flagler was the most efficient hitting 3-of-4 3-pointers, while Butler hit 4-of-9 3-pointers. What will likely go overlooked is the fact that the Bears sealed it by making 16-of-18 free throws. Meanwhile, Gonzaga struggled and made 15-of-21 from the charity stripe.

Congratulations to Baylor basketball for overcoming Covid and winning the NCAA tournament. I would also like to congratulate the Gonzaga Bulldogs on an awe-inspiring season. Unfortunately, the Baylor Bears put together a great game, and Gonzaga needed to play near perfect to win this game.

 

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