Brilliant Baylor see off Gonzaga

07 April 2021 00:03:11 GMTPlus11

Baylor Bears overcame the previously unbeaten Gonzaga Bulldogs 86-70 in the NCAA Tournament final on Monday.

The Zags had been bidding to become the first team since 1976 to go through an entire season unbeaten but they fell at the final hurdle, with Baylor in electric form in the national title game.

The Bears raced into a 9-0 lead in just two-and-a-half minutes and with just over seven minutes on the clock Gonzaga were 15 points behind, their biggest deficit of the season.

Jared Butler scored 22 points and MaCio Teague had 19 for the Bears, while Gonzaga's semifinal hero Jalen Suggs managed 22 but most of those came when his team were all-but beaten.

"I knew at some point, we were up big," said Butler, as reported by NBC. "We were scoring, they weren't scoring. It was just electrifying."

Gonzaga had to come through overtime in a tough last four clash with UCLA, while Baylor brushed aside Houston Cougars in their own semifinal encounter.

The Zags appeared to be suffering from fatigue during the final but coach Mark Few refused to blame tiredness for his team's defeat and stressed the better side won.

"Obviously, it's a tough turnaround, but it was more just the aggressiveness and athleticism of Baylor," he said. "They deserved it. Quite frankly, they were terrific."

Baylor claimed their first ever national championship, while Few has now lost both of his national title games as coach.

Meanwhile, Milwaukee Bucks are 17/10 to win the NBA Championship outright.

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