Baylor Wins First Ever National Championship


Kaleigh Stewart, Staff Reporter

After the crazy year that COVID brought, Baylor Men’s Basketball persevered and made it all the way to the NCAA championship. Coach Scott Drew, who has spent 18 years in the program, led Baylor to win their first national championship in team history.

In the middle of the season, Baylor experienced what no team would wish for. After they went their first two months of games undefeated, all their momentum was stopped by a three week COVID interruption which led them to losses in late February and early March. 

Baylor went to win the last five games by 10+ points and even took down #1 seed Gonzaga that was undefeated and on their way to having their perfect season.

“Prior to Covid, us and Gonzaga were on track to being undefeated,” Coach Scott said in a post game interview. 

Jared Butler received most outstanding player after 22 points and seven assists. He played lights out defense causing Gonzaga to turn over the ball countless times. 

Baylor pushed one of Gonzaga’s key players, Jalen Suggs into foul trouble in the first few minutes of the game. 

Not only did Baylor lead in points the entire game, but Baylor led Gonzaga in all aspects, three point percentage, rebounds, steals, blocks and forced turnovers.

Baylor went on to outscore Gonzaga by nine points before Gonzaga scored a point and Baylor led by double digits the entire game. 

“When you come against a team that’s just firing off on all cylinders for 40 minutes, it’s kind of hard to compete with,” Gonzaga’s forward Corey Kispert said.