HILARIOUS: Baylor Bears Coach Reveals Odd Summer Activity With Gonzaga Bulldogs Coach

Published 04/28/2021, 7:30 PM EDT
Apr 5, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Baylor Bears head coach Scott Drew and Gonzaga Bulldogs head coach Mark Few greet each before the playing in the national championship game during the Final Four of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports


The NCAA hosted the 2021 March Madness in the Indianapolis bubble because of the ongoing COVID-19 issues. Forced to be in a bubble for a month, players and coaches had to pick up new hobbies to spend time with. While his players might have played video games, Baylor Bears head coach Scott Drew was playing pickleball.

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The best part about his pickleball story is that his partner was Gonzaga Bulldogs’ head coach Mark Few. These pickleball team-ups helped them to develop a strong friendship. Despite being rival coaches, they share a great relationship.

During a recent podcast, Drew spoke about how a hectic summer would hamper their pickleball plans. He said, “Coach Few and I aren’t gonna get in sufficient pickleball this summer, that’s for sure… We were an undefeated team; we were great partners. So till someone can beat us, we’re both champs.”

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Apr 5, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Baylor Bears head coach Scott Drew (right) greets Gonzaga Bulldogs head coach Mark Few (left) prior to their game 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

In the Indianapolis bubble, Few and Drew were undefeated as pickleball partners and since then are yet to lose a game together. This bond helped their relationship to grow spiritually, too. “We have a great relationship,” Drew said during the tournament. “We started texting each other and saying a prayer for each other’s teams before the games in the tournament.”

Revisiting the Baylor Bears triumph over the Gonzaga Bulldogs

The Gonzaga vs Baylor NCAA tournament game was a highly anticipated game. They were scheduled to play early in the regular season, but COVID-19 issues led to the game being canceled. There was no rescheduling either, so fans were upset. Finally, on April 5, exactly four months after their canceled game, the Bears faced the Bulldogs in the Final.

The Bulldogs came in as the favorites after being unbeaten all season. The Bears had lost a few games, and very few expected them to reach all the way to the final. But that only motivated them more.

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Right from tip-off, the Bears attacked strongly on both ends. The Bulldogs had never witnessed such athleticism and spirit before and were stunned. They had no answer as the Bears kept piling on the points. Whenever they tried to make a comeback, Baylor would answer back with two buckets.

Apr 5, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Baylor Bears head coach Scott Drew and the Baylor Bears celebrate after beating the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the national championship game during the Final Four of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The Bears eventually won 86-70 to win their first-ever NCAA tournament title. It was a historic win and beating an undefeated team in the final only made their run sweeter.

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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