INDIAN POLIS – Almost an hour after Baylor won the nation’s first men’s basketball title via Monday’s Gonzaga 86-70 shot at Lucasoy Stadium coach. Scott Drew bear sits on a daisy with Coca-Cola in hand, a net champion. Around the neck and there was a smile on the face.
“First of all, I want to thank God for blessing us with this opportunity tonight,” Drew said after the game. “I know they worked really hard and I am very happy that they have a chance to celebrate now, at the same time I feel the coach. [Mark] Few of them and his crew because they are top performers. And Coach Fue is a Hall of Fame coach and an unbelievable person. A person who is better than him is a coach. And you hate it when your friends don̵7;t feel good. “
The extension to Monday’s tournament suggests the popular team Gonzaga will film the finale of a Disney movie, winning national championships and completing a perfect first season in 45 years. The greatest of Baylor’s stories was written.
When he arrived in 2003, Drew was in his early 30s, tasked with creating a new and unique job in college basketball history. Baylor player Carlton Dotson was recently charged with the murder of teammate Patrick Dennehy, then former Baylor head coach Dave Bliss was caught on tape telling players to paint Dennehy. It’s a drug dealer to hide illegal payments and other NCAA violations within the program.
Before Drew’s third season, the NCAA dropped the hammer and barred Baylor from playing the meeting no game.
To fill his roster that year, he openly conducted trials, the team finished 4-13.
“Obviously, getting into every game is 30 or 40 points under your underdog and half your Walkon team, and you know, as a coach, if we can just close, keep it within 20 in the first half or 10, “Drew said,” but give credit to those who really won. [four] That year’s game they laid the foundations. They stay with the program and help support them. And that’s what you love. For 18 years, there are people who work hard and sweat. ”
On Monday night, a confetti covered the field, setting the stage for the show’s top success, showing its journey from idea to champion.
Baylor made rapid progress after his challenging early years under Drew and quickly became a threat in college basketball. In 2010 Baylor arrived at the Elite Eight just five years after the NCAA. Cut the schedule in half
A few years ago, Drew took a tour of the team’s relatively new practice facility. He placed his hand on the fancy scanner to unlock the door.
Inside there are large TVs above each console’s stalls, which also have video game systems. There is a large theater screen for movies and a cool water bath for post-game recovery.
“Don’t talk too much,” Drew said about the facility at the time. “I don’t want too many people to know”
At the time, the idea of another team copying the blueprints of his team’s facilities in the middle of an arms race across the country worries Drew, however, after Baylor’s win over Gonzaga in the national game Drew may give. Every team in the country finds a way to mimic his list.
Not just winning It’s history attached to Baylor’s first national championship.
The Bears dominated – and never wavered – with the defeated Gonzaga team aiming to perfect their first season since 1976. A few suspicious calls They kicked Gonzaga’s butt and stole the buzz. Few of them didn’t have any answers for Jared Butler, MaCio Teague, Adam Flagler and Davion Mitchell, who combined to finish with 69 points and lots of dazzling highlights.
The Butler, who scored 22 points and used four 3-pointer, won the top four players.
Gonzaga scored 51% off the field but failed to beat Turnover (14) and Baylor’s second inning (16 rebounds, 16 attacking points, second innings). Bears scored 44%. Of the 3 points, they also won every match.
Baylor did better than Gonzaga as the Bears made one of the most impressive races in recent NCAA tournament history and the Bulldogs became the fifth team since 1976 to enter Tourney with a record. Undefeated But failed to win the championship
Confetti, cameras, fans and residents are all set for this historic moment. And they all got what they expected … just with another team.
A year after winning 23 games in a row and likely coming in to the top in the NCAA tournament if not canceled, Baylor brings back all the key players who have contributed to that tournament.
While they had a strong start with winning their first 18 games this season, most of the Bears were overshadowed by Gonzaga, who appears to be able to end the campaign as their first team since Indiana Hoosiers in 1975-76 and their first ever since. The NCAA Tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985 – to complete the season.
Additionally, Baylor’s sluggish comeback from a three-week pause due to the unsupported COVID-19 protocol.
After a poor performance against the bad Iowa State team and losing to Kansas in the regular season and then Oklahoma State in the Big 12 tournament, it’s fair to question what Baylor is losing. Something while being sidelined by being unable to perform the full action?
However, Drew told ESPN that the Oklahoma State’s first loss in the Big 12 event helped his team stay focused and prepared for this run.
While the aftermath of Monday’s match was likely centered on Gonzaga missed a historic shot and the impact on the program seemed set for a flawless season, what happened to Bay. Lurker is just as wealthy as the bear has an underdog story as well.
Baylor finished the 2020-21 season as the best team in America and was the champion. It was victorious over a team that was unbeaten all season.Gonzaga appears to be one of the game’s great leaders.
On Monday, however, a coach who once had to comb the university to walk through to celebrate his first national championship.
That’s the story
“Our team,” said Drew, “is special.”