Gonzaga and Baylor Gear Up for Epic National Championship

The top two teams in the country will finally face off.

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At long last, it’s here.  Three weeks ago, sixty-eight teams geared up to participate in the wildest tournament in all of sports.  We’ve seen epic Cinderella runs, crushing buzzer beaters, and hair-pulling parlays that juuuuuuuuuust missed hitting big.  Now, only two teams remain – and it’s arguably the best national championship we could’ve asked for.  The top two teams in the nation – the Baylor Bears and the Gonzaga Bulldogs – will be going toe to toe on Monday night in Indianapolis.  

How they got here

During the regular season, the Bears and the Bulldogs were jockeying back and forth for that number one ranking.  Experts have long considered these two teams as the best in college basketball this season.  Meeting in the NCAA championship game now feels like fate in a lot of ways.  The juggernaut teams were supposed to play each other in a neutral-site tournament game back in December.  The game was initially postponed due to COVID-19 and was ultimately cancelled altogether.  Tonight, college basketball fans will finally get to witness the highly anticipated matchup.  

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For Baylor, a frustrating defense and the clutch play of guards Davion Mitchell and Jared Butler led them to a 27-2 record and the number one seed in the South region.  Throughout the tournament, their defense has been superb, leading them to big wins against Villanova, Arkansas, and Houston.  The Bears have been to the Final Four two times before (1948, 1950), but this is their first time playing for the trophy.  

History in the making

For Gonzaga, there’s a bit more on the line.  Flexing a 31-0 record, Gonzaga is looking to become just the eighth team in NCAA Basketball history to complete the perfect season.  Not since Indiana in 1976 has there been an undefeated champion – wouldn’t it be something to win it in the Hoosiers backyard?  And Gonzaga hasn’t just won – they’ve DOMINATED, winning all but two games by double-digit margins.  The Bulldogs are led by NBA prospects Jalen Suggs and Corey Kispert, as well as unguardable big man Drew Timme.  Gonzaga’s control of pace, passing ability, and impeccable shot selection makes it easy to see why they’re undefeated.  After surviving a major potential upset against UCLA in the Final Four on a half-court buzzer beater from Suggs, Gonzaga just feels like a team of destiny.  

Let us know who you got in tonight’s epic national championship game in the comments section below.  If you wanna read more from Wavypack sports, check out our rundown of all the injuries plaguing the NBA this season

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