Gonzaga Bulldogs Star Believes Baylor Bears ‘Would’ve Beat the Lakers’ in NCAA Finals Game

Published 04/22/2021, 2:00 PM EDT
Los Angeles, CA, Tuesday, December 22, 2020 – Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James (23) and Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis (3) talk during a break in the action against the Clippers at Staples Center. (Robert Gauthier/ Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


The Gonzaga Bulldogs had one of the greatest seasons in NCAA history. However, it won’t be remembered as such because they didn’t win the title. But outside the championship game, the Bulldogs won every game they were in. This includes one of the best games of the tournament when the Bulldogs beat the UCLA Bruins in the Final Four.

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But they still fell short to the Baylor Bears in the finals. What was worse is the fact that the Bears absolutely dominated that game. The Bulldogs had one of the best offenses in NCAA history, and the Bears made it look ineffective. They bullied the Bulldogs and won the championship game relatively easily.

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Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert had an especially disappointing showing in that final game. However, he feels that the Bulldogs didn’t stand a chance anyway as the way the Bears played that first half would have been good enough to topple the LeBron James and Anthony Davis led LA Lakers. Yes, the defending champions of the NBA.

“I was in the mindset that it didn’t matter what happened… It definitely didn’t help that Baylor would’ve beat the Lakers in the first half of that game. They were just really that good.”

Gonzaga Bulldogs: Does Kispert believe in what he is saying?

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Apr 5, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Corey Kispert (24) looks to pass the ball as Baylor Bears guard Mark Vital (11) defends in the first half during the national championship game in the Final Four of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Corey Kispert was on the court the night the Gonzaga Bulldogs fell short to Baylor. He is the man that can best describe how tough that game was. But the comparison with the LA Lakers might just be too tall. Everyone is well aware of the gulf in talent at the NBA level and the college level.

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College players don’t regularly go in and dominate the NBA. It would be a tall order to expect the champions of the NCAA to beat the champions of the NBA, especially when the NBA Champions have two of the best players in the entire league. But anything can happen in one game of basketball, and Kispert knows the effort Baylor played with the best. Maybe some performances just can’t be overcome.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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