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Corey Kispert summed up Gonzaga’s loss perfectly

Corey Kispert

Gonzaga saw its national championship and perfect season hopes come to an end in an 86-70 loss to Baylor on Monday night. And nobody from Gonzaga’s side even had mixed opinions about the result.

Baylor dominated Gonzaga from the start, and despite the Bulldogs’ best efforts to come back, they were unable to touch the Bears.

Corey Kispert, who was the team’s second-leading scorer, summed things up.

“They punched us in the mouth, right from the get-go,” Kispert said after the game.

That’s exactly what happened. Baylor got out to a 9-0 start and didn’t look back. They built up a 20-point lead and never really gave Gonzaga a chance to get back in the game. They dominated Gonzaga on both ends. They were sharper and more prepared to play, and it showed in the result.

Maybe if these teams played again the result would be different. But on Monday night, Baylor was the better team, and it wasn’t close.

Video: Jalen Suggs absolutely heartbroken after Gonzaga’s loss

Jalen Suggs emotional

Gonzaga got crushed 86-70 by Baylor in the national championship game on Monday night, and few people seemed to take the loss harder than Jalen Suggs.

Suggs, who hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime to beat UCLA on Saturday, was heartbroken after the defeat.

The freshman guard scored 22 to lead his team and was emotional.

The end of this video showed how hard he was taking things.

Maybe Suggs was extra emotional because he viewed that as his last college game. He has not declared any intent about his future, but he is viewed by many as a top prospect if he leaves school for the NBA Draft.

Going 31-0 only to get rolled in the championship game has to be tough for everyone involved with Gonzaga’s program. But there is no doubt that Baylor was the better team on Monday.

Baylor dominates Gonzaga to win first ever national championship

Baylor champions

The unthinkable Baylor turnaround is complete.

The Baylor Bears dominated Gonzaga from the start of Monday’s national championship to the end, winning 86-70 to take home their first ever national championship. They also denied Gonzaga and Mark Few their first national championship, as well as a perfect season.

Baylor got off to a 9-0 lead, led by 19 (33-14), and cruised to victory in the second half. Gonzaga briefly got the game to single-digits in the second half before Baylor regained control.

It was clear from the start that it was Baylor’s night and that Gonzaga was toast.

Baylor forced the Bulldogs into several turnovers early and turned them into points, resulting in the Bears building up their lead. Jalen Suggs picked up two fouls in just over the first three minutes of the game, which got his team off on shaky ground.

Meanwhile, Baylor played like the machine they were for most of the season and NCAA Tournament. The Bears got 22 points from star Jared Butler, 19 from MaCio Teague, and Adam Flagler scored 12 off the bench. They made 44.8 percent of their shots, highlighted by 10-for-23 shooting on threes (43.5 percent) and 16-for-18 on free throws (88.9 percent).

Though Gonzaga entered as the undefeated team and finishes 31-1, Baylor was right there with them as the best team in the country. The Bears finish the season 28-2, with losses only to Kansas and Oklahoma State.

Gonzaga may have been spent after their exhausting, emotional overtime win over UCLA in the Final Four on Saturday. They certainly didn’t look ready to play on Monday night, and they were no match for Baylor, which brought its A-game.

It’s hard to fathom what Scott Drew has now done at Baylor. Drew took the Baylor job in the summer of 2003 after the major scandal in the program. Patrick Dennehy was killed by a teammate, Carlton Dotson. Dotson later pleaded guilty to the charges. As if that weren’t bad enough, Dave Bliss later accused Dennehy of being a drug dealer.

The program was penalized by the NCAA, had to overcome transfers and a reputational hit. Drew somehow managed to turn Baylor into a power in the Big 12 despite all that, and now, a national champion.

Video: Jared Butler shows off Steph Curry range on deep 3-pointer

Jared Butler 3-pointer

Jared Butler showed off some serious range in the championship game on Monday night against Gonzaga.

Baylor got off to a hot start against Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament championship game. They continued that into the second half, where Butler made consecutive 3-pointers almost immediately.

On the second of two straight three-pointers he made, Butler launched and drained one from way beyond the 3-point line. He looked just like Steph Curry.

Butler was 6/10 shooting with a team-high 18 points at that point in the game. Baylor was able to maintain their double-digit lead for most of the second half as well.

The game opened up with Baylor on fire and dominating Gonzaga. The Bears made it tough for the Bulldogs to get back in the game by keeping up its hot shooting.

Video: Adam Morrison had a must-hear reaction to Gonzaga’s shot

Adam Morrison

15 years ago, Adam Morrison was the star of a Gonzaga team that collapsed down the stretch against UCLA and lost in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. Morrison infamously broke down crying on the court after his team lost and has been mocked ever since.

On Saturday, Gonzaga ripped the hearts out of UCLA and their fans with a last-second win in overtime of the Final Four on this shot by Jalen Suggs.

Morrison is the analyst for Gonzaga games on the radio along with Tom Hudson. He is the guy who went crazy yelling after Suggs’ shot. Here’s the video:

That is so awesome. That is exactly how Gonzaga fans all likely reacted to the amazing shot and ending.

And who better to get to experience it than Morrison? The man probably has so much pain over his 2006 loss that hopefully this helps him overcome it somewhat.

Video: This was Bill Walton’s reaction to UCLA losing on miracle shot

Bill Walton

Bill Walton is a UCLA alum and as big of a Pac-12 fan as it gets. So how did the analyst feel about UCLA losing to Gonzaga on a great shot by Jalen Suggs at the buzzer in overtime on Saturday? Well, he didn’t lose his mind. Rather, Walton seemed to acknowledge what a great game it was.

How else can you react to something like that? That’s a shot that will go down in March Madness history. It’s a special moment, and it went Gonzaga’s way. That’s just how it is, and Walton accepted it immediately.

Still, he was a lot closer with his pick of five Pac-12 teams in the Final Four than almost anyone else was with their picks of how the Pac-12 would fare.

UCLA has been a blessing to CBS during March Madness

Mick Cronin

Gonzaga and Baylor may be facing off in the national championship game on Monday night, but it is UCLA that has been the team of the NCAA Tournament.

The Bruins got bounced 93-90 in overtime by the Bulldogs on Saturday night in their Final Four game. They lost after making a great comeback in the final minute of regulation, closing a 5-point margin to tie things. And then they lost in overtime after tying things once again, only to fall on a miracle shot by Jalen Suggs.

The great game — the game of the tourney so far — was a continuation of what UCLA has done throughout the tournament. The Bruins made a great run as an underdog, played three overtime games, and have given CBS plenty of enjoyable games.

To start, the Bruins faced Michigan State in a play-in game. They came back from down 14 points to tie Michigan State and send the game to overtime, where they won 86-80. They had the only play-in game that went to overtime.

They beat BYU fairly comfortably in the first round and handled Abilene Christian with ease in the second round. But then they went to overtime against Alabama in the Sweet 16. The other three Sweet 16 games played that day were blowouts, but UCLA and Bama played a tight one. The Bruins won it 88-78 in OT.

Then UCLA played the closest game in the Elite Eight too, beating Michigan in a nail-biter 51-49. The game was close throughout, unlike Gonzaga, which blew out USC in the other game.

Then, of course, UCLA played Gonzaga tight the entire way in the Final Four and even sent it to overtime before losing on a miracle shot. Without UCLA involved, many of the NCAA Tournament days featured blowouts. The Bruins gave sports fans what they enjoy — close games, especially ones featuring an underdog team. CBS and Turner Sports should be grateful for the Bruins.

Mark Few had great comment about Jalen Suggs’ final shot

Mark Few

Mark Few had a great comment about Jalen Suggs’ final shot that helped Gonzaga beat UCLA 93-90 in overtime on Saturday night.

Suggs made the shot of the tournament when he banked in a 3-pointer at the buzzer from well beyond the arc (video here). The shot gave Gonzaga the win and sent them to the championship game of the NCAA Tournament.

Few said he had no doubt about the shot and knew immediately that it was going in.

Few said he had so much confidence in the shot because he sees Suggs do it all the time in practice.

Suggs only finished with 16 points, but he had the 3 biggest ones. He also had a great block on a Cody Riley dunk attempt with two minutes to go in regulation.

Now the Bulldogs will face Baylor in the championship game on Monday, looking for their first national title.

Video: Jalen Suggs sends Gonzaga to championship game on amazing buzzer-beater

Jalen Suggs shot

Jalen Suggs delivered a March Madness moment for the ages to beat UCLA on Saturday in the Final Four.

Gonzaga was up 90-85 against UCLA with under a minute left. UCLA’s Jaime Jaquez made a 3-pointer, then the Bruins got a stop. Johnny Juzang missed a shot but got his own rebound and then put the ball back in to tie the game with 3.3 seconds left.

Just when you thought the game was headed to a second overtime, Suggs dribbled the ball down the court and pulled up for a final shot well beyond the 3-point line. He raised up and his shot went off the backboard and in for the win at the buzzer!

Unbelievable. That was a memorable moment few will forget.

Now Gonzaga advanced to the championship game against Baylor. What a shot.

Video: Jalen Suggs makes incredible block on Cody Riley dunk attempt

Cody Riley dunk block

Jalen Suggs made a heck of a play late in Gonzaga’s Final Four game against UCLA on Saturday night.

UCLA’s Cody Riley drove to the basket for a dunk attempt with the game tied at 77 and two minutes left. He went up but Suggs was able to get a hand on the ball. Riley missed the dunk as he got blocked at the rim and by Suggs.

That was a heck of a play. It kept the game tied, and then Drew Timme responded with a dunk on the other end to put Gonzaga up.

The game ended up going to overtime tied at 81.