Not since 1976 when the Indiana Hoosiers finished 32-0 has a men’s college basketball team gone undefeated.
Tonight, the Gonzaga Bulldogs aim to break that streak and end a season with a perfect record, in the process, earning their first national championship in program history. To do that, they’ll have to get past the Baylor Bears, who incidentally are also searching for their school’s first men’s basketball title.
Whatever happens tonight, history will be made. What a treat that we get to watch it.
The Zags have bulldozed their way through most of the season, winning every game but one by double digits until having to squeak out a buzzer-beating overtime victory over UCLA in the Final Four. The quartet of Drew Timme, Corey Kispert, Jalen Suggs, and Joel Ayayi each score in double figures and have Gonzaga averaging 92.1 points per game, one of the finer offensive teams we’ve seen in recent memory.
Meanwhile, the Bears are led by their trio of double-digit scorers, including stars Davion Mitchell and Jared Butler. Baylor was favored to cut down the nets a year ago before the tournament was canceled and hasn’t had a close call yet in this year’s dance, punctuated with an annihilation of Houston in the Final Four.
These were arguably the two best teams in the country all season, and now they’ll fight it out for the ultimate prize. Should be a must-watch.
How to Watch Gonzaga vs. Baylor:
When: Monday, April 5, 6:20 p.m. PT
Where: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana
How to watch: CBS