INDIANAPOLIS – Coach Scott Drew led his team on a tour of a relatively new training facility several years before taking his team to his first men’s basketball national championship, beating Gonzalez 86-70 on Monday night at Lucas Oil Stadium. To open the doors, he reached for a fancy scanner.
Inside, there were large televisions above each player’s shop, which also featured video game systems. There were huge tank screens for movie sessions and cool tanks for post game recovery.
“Don’t say too much about it,” Drew said of the facilities. “I really don’t want more people to know.”
At the time, the idea of another team copying a map of his team’s facility made Drew anxious. After Baylor beat Gonzalez in the national title on Monday night, every team in Drew could look for ways to follow his plan.
It’s not just about success. This is the history associated with Baylor’s first national championship.
The Bears dominated against the losing Gonzalez team, aiming to complete their first perfect season since 1976 – never retreating. They didn’t hit a buzzer-peter or win because of some calls in question. They kicked Gonzaga’s bar and stole the chatter. Mark has no answer for some Jared Butler, Macio Teek, Adam Flag And Davian Mitchell, All of which ended with double digits and a variety of dazzling plays. Gonzalez came around the clip 50% throughout the night, but failed to beat its earnings, Baylor’s defensive pressure and its second chance chances.
The Bears did 45% of their 3-pointers. They won every individual match.
Baylor was better than Gonzalez as he completed one of the most interesting runs in recent NCAA tournament history. The Bulldogs became the fifth team to enter the NCAA tournament with a losing record since 1976, but failed to win the title.
The confetti, the cameras, the fans and the city itself were getting ready for a historic moment. They all got what they expected … but with another team.
A year after winning 23 games in a row, the NCAA may have entered a better seed in the tournament, and if it was not canceled, Baylor would have recalled every key player who contributed to that run.
When they started the season by winning their first 18 games, the Bears were largely covered by Gonzalez, who seemed capable of becoming the first team after the 1975-76 Indiana Hughes – and the first team to expand to 64 teams after the NCAA Tournament 1985 – to complete a perfect season.
In addition, Baylor’s sluggish earnings from the three-week hiatus were not encouraging.
After a poor performance against a Saber Iowa state team and losses to Kansas in the regular season and then to the state of Oklahoma in the Big 12, it is fair to question whether Baylor lost anything when he was sidelined without the ability to complete the entire procedure.
However, Drew told ESPN to focus on his team and prepare for this run after the initial loss to Oklahoma State in the Big 12 match.
While Konsaka’s history after Monday’s match did not see the impact of its shot and a plan that seemed to be destined for a spotless season, what came out for Baylor on Monday was equally rich.
Pierce also has a backward story.
Drew accepted the job in 2003 after the project bore a scandal involving an assassination and the cover-up attempt by former coach Dave Bliss. In his third season, he told NCAA Drew’s team to pay for Bliss’s sins by not playing games that have no ideas.
He turned that ash into a project that scored runs in several NCAA tournaments, but never beat the top teams that stood between that and the national championship. Until Monday.
Baylor finished the 2020-21 season as America’s best team and a champion. It was a win against a team that had not lost all seasons. One of the best joggers in the game.
Now, many years ago a coach who was worried that his coaching colleagues might get an edge over his plan if he found out about the trinkets in his locker room, has become a standard in college basketball.
Baylor is an elite project.
That’s the story.