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Baylor win 2021 NCAA Championship Game vs Gonzaga result, score, summary

MaCio Teague #31 of the Baylor Bears reacts in the second half of the National Championship game of the 2021 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament against the Gonzaga Bulldogs at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 05, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

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The Baylor Bears are National Champions for the first time in program history. The Bears downed the Gonzaga Bulldogs 86-70 in a wire to wire win that caps one of the most dominant Final Four weekends we have ever in college basketball.

Beating teams at their own game

On Saturday everyone was talking about Houston’s stingy defense, but the Bears came out and played stifling D to start. Tonight Scott Drews team came out sizzling, jumping out to a 9-0 against the top scoring team in the country. Davion Mitchell scored seven of the first 11 points, and Gonzaga went to the first media timeout having only scored a free throw.

Did the OT semi-final wear out the Zags?

Gonzaga looked fatigued from the get go. Perhaps they were still reeling from the overtime thriller on Saturday, but Timme and company seemed out of sorts from start to finish against the relentless Baylor defense.

Baylor used turnovers and offensive rebounds to mount a 19 point lead in the opening ten minutes of the game. By halftime those boards and turnovers gave the Bears 16 more field goal attempts going into the halftime break.  

It was the perfect game plan for Baylor, who beat Gonzaga at their own game. They forced giveaways and got easy basketball in transition. Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua and Mo Thama overshadowed Drew Timme and Cory Krispet down low, and Jalen Suggs picking up two quick fouls in the opening minutes threw Mark Few’s game plan out the window.

Jared Butler the star of the show

Jared Butler was locked in from downtown all night. He finished with 22 points and 7 assists, becoming the first player to score at least 20 and dish 7 assists in a final since Carmelo Anthony did it in 2003.

In the second half, Gonzaga got the lead down to nine points, but for every punch the Bulldogs threw Baylor had a counter. The Bears controlled the game from start to finish, much like they did they entire tournament, and will fly back to Waco, Texas as National Champions for the first time in school history.

The Baylor Bears hoisting the trophy in Lucas Oil Stadium

The Baylor Bears are your 2021 College Basketball National Champions


Baylor had one of the most dominant Final Four Weekends in the history of college basketball


Jared Butler with 20 points and 7 rebounds led the Bears tonight


Baylor beat Gonzaga 86-70 to win their first ever National Championship




Three from Strather


Under a minute to go Butler goes to the line and hits two


Suggs with the steal and the score


Mitchell with a strong drive, The lead is 19


Gonzaga have gone cold


Tchatchoua fouled and wil go to the line after our last tv timeout


Gonzaga are going to need to play their best basketball of the season in the next 3 minutes if they want to keep their undefeated season alive


3 and some change to go in Indy and Baylor are starting to smell the title


Kispert a quick bucket on the other end


Mitchell with a quick dribble to the baseline


Teague going to the line, hits one of two, he's got 19


Baylor break the press, and Teague hits the floater


Butler with a flagrent 1, after Suggs gets a steal and had an open path to the basket. Hits 1 of 2


Flagler to the line, hits both


Vital has 7 offensive rebounds tongiht


Kispert with a quick trigger 3


Butler is the first player with 20 pts and 7 assists in a final since Carmelo Anthony in 03


Under 8 minutes to go in Indy. Baylor are in command

Nembhard to the line, but misses both


Thamba with another foul. He's night is done after picking up his 5th


Suggs with another 3. He needs some help though


Thamba hits both free throws


Thamba tried a highlight reel dunk, but fouled by Watson


Suggs with a three answering back.


Mitchell at the line for a 1 and 1. Hits both


Mayer with a short range j


Timme picks up his fourth foul, on a charge and Baylor are really in trouble now


Butler hit two of two, and he's at 20 points on the night


It seems like Bayor has a counter for every punch Gonzaga throw


Butler going to the line after a big block from Kispert, and a scramble, Baylor end up with the lose ball and Timme commints the foul. Free throws to come for Baylor out of the time out


`Ayayi with a tough shot over Mayer off the time out


Gonzaga have no answer to Baylor on the defensive end


Flagler with ANOTHER three pointer. Timeout Gonzaga


Teague going at the big boys down low


Timme around Butler, and the lead back to 11


Butler at the line, hits two of two


Vital with a bucket right under the rim


Nembhard of the glass


Tchatchoua with 4 fouls. Both Baylors big men with 4 fouls on the bench


Watson at the line for the first time tonight. Hits 2 of 2


Ally oop off the time out for Tchatchoua


1st media timeout of the second half. Gonzaga looking better, but Baylor are still keeping them at a distance.


Suggs and 1!!!! Last game's hero is heating up. Thamba with his 4th foul. Suggs misses the ft


Suggs in the paint with a lay up


Thamba to the line after getting fouled by Kispert. Thamba sinks one of two


Mitchell in transition, Baylor looking strong out of the gate


Butler with another 3!


Ayayi with a finger roll down the lane


Butler with a 3 to start the second half


Back in play in Indy


Foul trouble may come into play in this second half. Tchatchoua has 3, Thamba 2 and Gonzaga's Suggs has 2


Let's see what adjustments on the defensive side of the ball Mark Few makes for Gonzaga coming out of halftime


20 minutes to go in Indy... who will be walking off the court at Lucan Oil Stadium as kings of college basketball


Can Gonzaga compete with Baylor's physicality on the boards


If Gonzaga are going to come back in this game they will have to figure out a way to slow Baylor's scoring down


Baylor have 16 more fg attempts. They have created turnovers and been hitting the offensive boards hard


`Baylor coach Scott Drew said at the halftime break he wants to see his team commiting fewer fouls and his side go to the line more in the second half

Can Baylor keep up the defensive intensity in the second half?


If Gonzaga are going to comeback in this game they will need someone other then Suggs and Timme to step up in the second half... Joel Ayayi???


You had to know Gonzaga was going to have a run in that first half. It came at the right time, can they keep the momentum up in the second half?


9-2 for Gonzaga to end the half


Timme hits  a layup and cuts this Baylor lead to 10 going into halft time

Last 30 seconds of the half


Suggs goes strong to the rack, gets fouled and 1! Free throw good


Vital off the feed from Butler


Timme hits both free throws


Timme fouled down low, and will go to the line for 2 shots


Nembhard goes to the line, Tchatchoua to the bench with 3 fouls. Nembhard hits both


Teague finding soft spots in the 2-3 zone


Kispert answers back


Butler with a 3


Teague with a free throw line jumper. It looks easy on the offensive end for Baylor


The Gonzaga defense is starting to step of, and as a result they are getting better looks off those fast breaks


Little run for Gonzaga after a steal leads to and Ayayi dunk in transition.


Kispert with the jumper


Flagler with a deep 3


Thamba with his second foul. Both he and Tchatchoua have two. Ayayi to the line hits both


Suggs starting to find his groove on offense


Timme is the only one for the Zags finding good looks


Vital on the scramble down low gets a close range bucket


Suggs with a dash to the rack, fouled, and will hit both free throws


Teague off the turnover takes it to the iron and a goaltending call against the Zags


Big stretch of the game for Gonzaga right now. Can they get a run before the end of the half to close this gap?


Baylor miss their first three pointer of the game! Foul of Mayer that takes us to a timeout in Indy


Teague with the floater out side the lane


Suggs finds Timme in transition and that what Gonzaga need to see more of


Timme starting to warm up


Teague adds on another three pointer!!! 5-5 from down town


Butler with another triple


Timme can find much space down low agains Thamba and Tchatchoua


Nembhard with two free throws out of the TV timeout


Commentator Grant Hill with a great point. Gonzaga look fatigued after Saturday night


Gonzaga are down by 15. That's their largest deficit all season long.


Under 12 minutes to go and Baylor are all over the Bulldogs


Another turnover by Gonzaga. That's 5 already


Mayer drains his first bucket of the night


Nembhard with a mid range jumper


Flagler with a three hes got 5 quick points


Flagler hits two from the stripe


Timme finally gets his first points off the timeout


Butler with a three and Mark Few needs a time out for Gonzaga


Tchatchoua with a close range bucket and points continue to flow for Baylor


Kispert out of the timeout with a three


Gonzaga need to find their way on the offensive end. The easiest way they will do that is creating turnovers and getting easy points in transition


We are at the first TV timeout in Indiana, and the nation's top scoring team has just 1 points over four minutes in


Mitchell looks on the money early on. 7 points for the Baylor guard


Nembhard goes to the line, gives Gonzaga their first point of the game, splitting the free throws


4 offensive rebounds for Baylor already


Suggs picks up his second foul  just three minutes into the game.


Butler again down the middle with a finger roll. This is the most Gonzaga has trailed all tournament.


Gonzaga seem out of sorts on offense


Mitchell with a triple try! He's got a quick 5


Butler on the second chance points. Baylor looking strong on the boards early on


MItchell with the opening bucket of the game


Baylor with the opening possestion

Gonzaga in their white jerseys and Baylor in their dark green jerseys

The Starters have been announced and we are just moments away from tipping of the NCAA Basketball National Championship

Gonzaga's Starting 5:

1 Jalen Suggs

2 Drew Timme

3 Andrew Nembhard

11 Joel Ayayi

24 Corey Kispert


Starting 5 for Baylor

0 Flo Mamba

11 Mark Vital

12 Jared Butler

31 MaCio Teague

45 Davion Mitchell

Betting line according to Bet365.com

Gonzaga -4.5

Over/Under 158.5

The National Anthem is being sung as we continue the countdown to tip off

Message from President Joe Biden and his wife Jill, who take the chance to ask people to mask up and get the vaccine against covid-19 when they get the opportunity. 

Lucas Oil Stadium is home to the Indianapolis Colts, and has also hosted a Chelsea and Inter match in the International Champions Cup

This is the third title game played at Lucas Oil Stadium:

2010, 2015, 2021

The venue has a 70,000 capacity, but there will only be 17,500 fans here tonight, due to coronavirus restrictions. There'll be plenty of cardboard cuts too though!

Teams are out and warming up at the Lucas Oil stadium

History is going to be made tonight, no matter... Baylor Bears or Gonzaga Bulldogs, who ya got?

Just 20 mintues to tip-off from Lucas Oil Stadium

Does Gonzaga's Suggs block vs. UCLA top buzzer beater?


Does Gonzaga's Suggs block vs. UCLA top buzzer beater?

What was the best play of Gonzaga's semi-final game?

Tip off is less than an hour away

Baylor roster

Baylor's Roster for the Final

0 Flo Thamba

4  LJ Cryer

5 Jordan Turner

10 Adam Flagler

11 Mark Vital

12 Jared Butler

13J ackson Moffatt

23 Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua

24 Matthew Mayer

31 MaCio Teague

32 Zach Loveday

35 Mark Paterson

42 Dain Dainja

45 Davion Mitchell

Head Coach Scott Drew

Gonzaga roster

Gonzaga's Roster for the Final Four

0 Julian Strawther

1 Jalen Suggs

2 Drew Timme

3 Andrew Nembhard

5 Martynas Arlauskas

10 Pavel Zakharov

11 Joel Ayayi

20 Colby Brooks

21 Oumar Ballo

22 Anton Watson

23 Matthew Lang

24 Corey Kispert

30 Abe Eagle

32 Evan Inglesby

33 Ben Gregg

35 Will Graves

55 Dominick Harris

Head Coach Mark Few

Gonzaga... Focused

Coach Drew and the Bears on the way to Lucas Oil Stadium

NCAA offensive stats

These two teams are two of the top offensive sides in the nation (from NCAA.com)


BAYLOR: How did they get here?

1-seed Baylor are 27-2 and have a chance to win the first National Championship in program history.

The Bears got off to a flying 17-0 start but missed six games in February due to covid-19. When they got back to the court things didn’t quite click and they lost to Kansas on the road and then got knocked out of the Big 12 by Oklahoma State.

They have thumped their opponents in the tournament, winning all five of their games by nine points or more.

In the semi-final against Houston, Baylor’s defense looked as good as it has all year long. They held the Cougars to a Final Four low 20 first half points and cruised to victory in the second half.

Baylor are led by Jared Butler, who dropped 17 points in the first half of the semi-final and Davion Mitchell who had a double-double against Houston

GONZAGA: How did they get here?

Widely considered the favorite by most experts and non experts in the basketball world, the Gonzaga Bulldogs have rolled through their opponents all year long, all except the semi-final against UCLA on Saturday.

They are undefeated this year, and have won 28 of their 30 games by double digit margins. They have steam rolled through the tournament, defeating Norfolk State in the first round, then Oklahoma, and then Creighton and USC to stamp their ticket to the Final Four. UCLA gave them their toughest test of the year on Tuesday, forcing the Bulldogs to overtime.

Jalen Suggs and Drew Timme will be the two to keep and eye on tonight. How will Suggs follow up his game winning performance last game? Timme will need to continue to make headlines, the Bulldog big man is averaging 22 points and 6.8 rebounds a game.

Gonzaga have a chance to win their first title in program history.

NCAA National Championship: Gonzaga vs Baylor

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the NCAA Basketball National Championship, live from Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis where the Gonzaga Bulldogs square off against the Baylor Bears.

Tip-off is at 8:20 ET (5:20 PT and 3:20 Tuesday morning in CET) and we’ll have coverage of all the build-up and then play-by-play commentary.