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INDIANAPOLIS – Baylor mocked the first Final Four game, ditching Houston for a chance at the program’s first national title

The showdown between Baylor and Gonzaga, which was canceled in December due to the pandemic, has finally reopened, with the greatest commitment of all: the two best teams of the entire season will play for the national championship on Monday evening

The Bears opened the first Final Four in two years by overpowering Houston (78-59) and cruising for their first national championship game since 1948

Gonzaga’s free-flowing offense was put down in a nightcap by UCLA, which shut down the game enough to make it work overtime. Newbie Jalen Suggs came to the aid of Bulldogs and turned a 3-pointer from half the field line to the buzzer to score a 93-90 win

“In the end you could see how both staff and all players reacted that it was an all-timer,” said Gonzaga’s coach Mark Few

“It was crazy I still can’t speak,” Suggs said. “I’ve got a million things on my mind I just can’t believe it happened”


Baylor appeared to be losing some of his defensive mojo during a three-week COVID-19 hiatus late in the season The twists aren’t that sharp The remaining stock, not quite as close, but the Bears (27-2) rolled through the top four NCAA tournament games, won by almost 15 points on a clip, and seemed to have an extra boost of energy in their first Final Four game since 1950

Baylor flew through Lucas Oil Stadium, causing the Cougars (28-4) to tumble across the ground in wave after wave, making every shot a chore for Houston by switching screens or pinching to get one to prevent an open look and collapse in color when the cougars tear themselves away

“It feels like we’re back where we were before the break,” said Baylors Jared Butler, who had 17 points. “It’s great that this is the right time We thought it was the worst when we stopped and it was a three week hiatus but I think it worked out perfectly for us ”

UCLA’s angry offer against the juggernaut of college basketball depended on two big factors: stalling the game and making shots

The stall came via the slow roll, with trainer Mick Cronin making slow hand gestures, UCLA refused to run even when they got the chance, and worked methodically on half court sentences

The part that makes shots is something UCLA has done throughout the brace. Heavy shots have been going on since the Bruins arrived at Indy and they kept falling into the Final Four – 15 of 26, 4 of 7 of 3

All of those shots meant fewer rebounds, which in turn meant fewer opportunities for the Bulldogs to get out and do what they do best: running Gonzaga made 17 of 28 shots but only led 45-44 at halftime >

The Zags (31-0) were in a similar position in the title game of the West Coast Conference Tournament. They followed in the first half at 14, found their rhythm and won with 10

The Bruins wouldn’t let it happen to them. They kept shooting and taking them on the wire

Drew Timme belatedly filed charges against Johnny Juzang to send her into overtime.After Juzang scored a putback, Suggs made what was just happening dribbled over half the pitch and got him for the first buzzer Beater of the tournament let fly

“He has this magical aura”, few said “It was crazy this year how many he did in practice where (it runs) was shot at the last second I felt pretty good I just stared at it I said, “It’s in” and it was ”

A miracle that is sure to make a fascinating title game College basketball fans have waited two years to see it

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