The Baylor men’s basketball team picked up its first NCAA championship on Monday with a blowout victory against Gonzaga in Indianapolis, 86-70.
The Bears’ victory ended Gonzaga’s perfect season. Baylor finishes the season 28-2 and the best team in men’s college basketball while Gonzaga finishes 31-1 and comes up just short once again.
Baylor has only gotten to the national title game once in program history and that came in 1948. The program had previously made the Final Four in 1948, 1950 and this year. Baylor knocked off Houston in their Final Four matchup over the weekend to get to the championship against Gonzaga.
Scott Drew wins his first NCAA championship as a coach. He took over the Bears’ men’s basketball program in 2003 with the program in shambles over a murder and NCAA violations. Drew had three consecutive seasons of 10 or fewer wins before helping the team get back into the positive spotlight.
Baylor has won 20 or more games nine out of their last 10 seasons. In the 2020-21 season, Baylor even had to deal with a coronavirus stoppage which put their season on hold for a while.
The team managed to push through and get to the tournament as a No. 1 seed and make it all the way to the championship. The Bears had to beat Hartford, Wisconsin, Villanova, Arkansas and Houston to get a chance at the title.