Baylor nearly flawless in title game rout of Gonzaga

Baylor rout of Gonzaga
Baylor guard MaCio Teague (31) drives around Gonzaga guard Jalen Suggs, right, during the second half of the championship game in the men's Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Monday, April 5, 2021, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Baylor knew it would need to play to near-perfection to end Gonzaga’s flawless season.

The Bears just about did that in a 86-70 rout of the overall No. 1 seed for their first men’s basketball national championship.

Jared Butler led the Bears in scoring 

Jared Butler and their dynamic backcourt hit their first five 3-pointers and never cooled off.


Undersized big man Mark Vital delivered as many headaches as bruises. Their bench was superb, their rebounding exceptional, their game plan impeccable and the coaching of Scott Drew spot-on in the crowning moment of his long building job in Waco, Texas.