Almost twenty years prior, Scott Drew chose to leave his usual range of familiarity at small Valparaiso for the embarrassment tormented ball program at Baylor, disclosing to his dad that there was no place for the Bears to go however up.
Presently, they’re one win away from the top.
Driven by Jared Butler and the remainder of their splendid backcourt, a protection that would not offer Houston a bit of leeway and a mentor aim on benefiting as much as possible from his first outing to the Final Four, the Bears thundered to a 78-59 triumph Saturday night in their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament elimination rounds in 71 long years.
“Consistently you’re crushing, and you don’t actually think back. You’re not kidding,” Drew said, “however I’m so honored to have these mind boggling players that became tied up with how we like to manage the program.”
Or on the other hand, as Butler put it: “This is the thing that we came to Baylor to do.”
Steward scored each of the 17 of his focuses in the main half, yet pretty much everybody from Baylor (27-2) got into the demonstration, with five players scoring in twofold figures. They assembled a 45-20 lead by halftime and drifted the remainder of the route in the main Final Four standoff between schools from the Lone Star State.
Next up for the Bears is Gonzaga, the in general No. 1 seed, which beat UCLA 93-90 when Jalen Suggs banked in a bell blender in additional time. Monday night’s title is a matchup that should occur in December, yet that game was canceled hours before hint because of a COVID-19 flare-up inside the Bulldogs program.
“They got masters, we got professionals. They win a ton of games, we win a great deal of games,” Butler said. “I think we coordinate quite well.”
Better than Houston did with them.
Marcus Sasser had 20 focuses and Quentin Grimes 13 for the cool shooting Cougars (28-4), whose fantasy way to their first Final Four since 1984 — they confronted groups cultivated fifteenth, tenth, eleventh and twelfth en route — finished with a whine against a group that burned through the greater part of the period positioned No. 2 in the country behind Gonzaga.