Baylor beatdown: Bears win title, hang 86-70 loss on Gonzaga

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Gonzaga forward Drew Timme loses control of the ball in front of Baylor guard MaCio Teague (31) during the first 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) – The fresh-as-can-be Baylor Bears obliterated wobbly-legged Gonzaga’s march to perfection in an 86-70 runaway in the national title game.

It brought this once-downtrodden program’s first national title back home to Waco, Texas. Jared Butler scored 22 points and MaCio Teague had 19 for the Bears, who were ranked second or third in the AP poll all year long – but never first, all because of Gonzaga.

The Bulldogs finish the season at 31-1. Indiana’s 1975-76 squad remains the last team to run the table.

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