The Bulldogs are hoping to be the first team since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers to win a national title as an undefeated team. They fought a gauntlet of top teams in non-conference games before crushing their West Coast Conference rivals. Gonzaga were the No. 1 team in the nation to start the season, and could end the season in the same way with a win.
The Bears have matched Gonzaga almost step-for-step all season. They didn’t suffer their first loss until a February loss to Kansas, but then suffered their second in a Big 12 Tournament loss to Oklahoma State. They entered the NCAA Tournament as a 1-seed and have beaten all of their opponents convincingly.
Ironically, we could have gotten a preview of this matchup in the regular season. The two teams were supposed to play this game on December 5, 2020, but COVID-19 issues resulted in its cancellation.
SportsLine’s computer model has released its prediction for the Gonzaga-Baylor game.
SportsLine’s computer model believes that Gonzaga has this game on lock. The model gives the Bulldogs a 61-percent chance to win the national title game.
Our advanced model simulated the NCAA Championship 10,000 times.
Gonzaga wins 61% of the sims. pic.twitter.com/JKUkDb3xT0
— SportsLine (@SportsLine) April 4, 2021
Gonzaga and Baylor are both seeking their first national title win. It will be a special night for one of the two programs, and one that could establish the winner as a new powerhouse in college basketball.
As for us fans, all we can hope for is a game more like Gonzaga-UCLA and less like Baylor-Houston.
Who do you have winning the national title game?