NCAA men’s national title game 2021: Baylor beats Gonzaga to win championship, 86-70
But that beatdown Baylor put on undefeated Gonzaga with the national title on the line — nobody saw that coming. After running to a 19-point lead early, the Bears never let Gonzaga get any closer than nine. Watch Baylor fans storm football field as Bears win title >>Zags coach Mark Few, now 0-2 in title games, gave full credit to Baylor, and didn’t blame his own team’s fatigue. They were scheduled to meet this season in Indy, on Dec. 5, but a COVID-19 outbreak on the Gonzaga team ended those plans. The 2021 All-Tournament Team 👏🏀 Johnny Juzang, UCLA🏀 Davion Mitchell, Baylor🏀 Jalen Suggs, Gonzaga🏀 Drew Timme, Gonzaga🏀 Jared Butler, Baylor pic.twitter.com/q1YWaTLOgY — NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) April 6, 2021--By Eddie Pellsmlive.com
Big 12 champ No. 3 Baylor beats No. 17 Oklahoma State 81-70
3 Baylor, fresh off clinching its first Big 12 title on the road two days earlier, beat No. 17 Oklahoma State 81-70 on Thursday night to end the Cowboys' five-game winning streak. Freshman standout and Big 12 leading scorer Cade Cunningham had 24 points and Kalib Boone 10 for Oklahoma State (17-7, 10-7), whose winning streak was the longest active in the Big 12. That came right after Matthew-Alexander Moncrieffe had a dunk for Oklahoma State, prompting a timeout by Baylor coach Scott Drew. ... Oklahoma State was without guard Isaac Likekele (hand) for the fifth time in six games.
No. 2 Baylor uses stout defense to get past No. 5 Illinois
And after an uncharacteristic first half, Drew understood why his players might have been a little unnerved. “It was a frustrating night," Illinois coach Brad Underwood said. Baylor forward Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua started the decisive stretch by making two free throws with 12:51 left. After Illinois made a 3-pointer, Baylor scored five more points and then took control with another run, this time 9-0. ... MaCio Teague added 11 points and Tchamwa Tchatchoua had nine points and nine rebounds.