WATCH: Gonzaga Bulldogs Hit Unlikely Buzzer-Beater To Cut First Half Deficit Against Baylor Bears

Published 04/05/2021, 10:26 PM EDT
Apr 5, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Baylor Bears forward Flo Thamba (0) and Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Drew Timme (2) go for a rebound during the first half 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 Gonzaga Bulldogs have had a rough night so far against the Baylor Bears. On the biggest stage of college basketball, the stifling defense of the Bears has been neutralizing the offense of the Bulldogs. However, as the game has been wearing on, Gonzaga seems to be gaining more momentum.

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The Bears led by over 15-points at a point in the first half and looked destined to beat the Bulldogs down further. However, the Bulldogs managed to reconnect on offense and have been slowly whittling the lead down. The game is 47-37 heading into the second half of the game, but that is because of a buzzer-beating layup by Drew Timme.

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Zags not going away 👀@ZagMBB #NationalChampionship pic.twitter.com/i8fTGiac4n

— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) April 6, 2021

The Bears are definitely still in control of this game. The Bulldogs aren’t playing their own game as much as they are playing into what Baylor is giving them. This is a great matchup, and the two coaches on both teams have created a solid game plan to win this game. The Bulldogs look to become undefeated champions, while Baylor can get a title with just one loss all season. Either way, the basketball world will have first-time champions.

Gonzaga Bulldogs vs Baylor Bears: Baylor locks the fort down?

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The offense wins you games, but the defense wins you championships. This is one of the most cliched sayings in sports but is something that holds true. However, it is hard to apply to the frenzy of March Madness, where one game is all that it takes. The Gonzaga Bulldogs have relied on their nuclear offensive strength to win games before. But will the Baylor Bears let them back in the game?

Apr 5, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Baylor Bears forward Flo Thamba (0) reacts on the court with Baylor Bears guard Mark Vital (11) and Baylor Bears guard Davion Mitchell (45) 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

The Bears are trying their hardest to limit the Bulldogs in these comebacks. However, Zaga has started to slowly make their way back into the game, and it will be hard for Baylor to shut the Bulldogs out.

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However, there is still a 10-point cushion for Baylor to work with. If they can bring the same defensive tenacity that they started the game with, they could make their lead balloon into an unassailable one.

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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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