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Gonzaga vs. Baylor odds, picks, predictions for national championship game

One game separates Gonzaga and Baylor from eternal — and first-time— glory.

The Bulldogs and Bears, who are considered the consensus top two teams not only in the NCAA Tournament but also all of college basketball, will face off against each other for the right to claim the 2021 men’s national championship on Monday.

History will be made regardless of who wins: Gonzaga can become the first undefeated team in college basketball since Indiana in 1975-76, and Baylor can win the first March Madness title for the Lone Star State since Texas Western (now known as UTEP) in 1966.

MORE: Watch Gonzaga vs. Baylor live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

While history certainly is on the line, the far more interesting storylines will be on the court. Will Mark Few’s team — led by the fearsome trio of Drew Timme, Jalen Suggs and Corey Kispert — complete its run of dominance? Even if one of them lags, it’s worth noting each of the Bulldogs’ starters, including Joel Ayayi and Andrew Nembhard, scored in double digits in their Final Four game vs. UCLA. Only Nembhard (4-of-9 shooting) shot less than 50 percent.

Baylor, though, is no slouch. It has beaten each of its previous March Madness opponents by multiple possessions and it roundly embarrassed 2-seed Houston in the Final Four. The Bears have their own troublesome triad of players in Jared Butler, Davion Mitchell and Macio Teague, and they enjoyed tremendous defensive success against the Cougars.

Can Baylor coach Scott Drew devise a scheme to stop the Zags’ attack, or will the Bulldogs prevail once more? Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Gonzaga vs. Baylor in the 2021 NCAA Tournament championship. Follow below for complete results from the college basketball national title game.

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Gonzaga vs. Baylor live update, highlights from NCAA championship

All times Eastern

First half: Baylor 47, Gonzaa 37

10:12 p.m.: First-half stats:

  • Field goals: Baylor 19 of 38 (50 percent); Gonzaga 12 of 22 (54.5 percent)
  • 3-pointers: Baylor 7 of 12 (58.3 percent); Gonzaga 1 of 7 (16.7 percent)
  • Free throws: Baylor 2 of 2 (100 percent); Gonzaga 12 of 13 (92.3 percent)
  • Rebounds: Baylor 16; Gonzaga 10
  • Assists: Baylor 12; Gonzaga 9
  • Steals: Baylor 5; Gonzaga 2
  • Blocks: Baylor 2; Gonzaga 1
  • Turnovers: Baylor 5; Gonzaga 8
  • Fouls: Baylor 11; Gonzaga 6
  • Biggest lead: Baylor 19; Gonzaga N/A

Butler and Teague are the scoring leaders for Baylor, scoring 10 and 14 points, respectively. Butler also has four assists. Timme (10 points) is the only player in double-digit scoring for Gonzaga. Kispert, Suggs and Nembhard have seven points apiece.

10:11 p.m.: And they sink it with 2 seconds left; Nembhard dishes to Anton Watson for the finish to make it 47-37 Baylor at the half. The Zags had a 9-2 run at the end of the half, including the last five points.

10:10 p.m.: Mitchell has a shot clock violation with 6.7 seconds left in the half. Last shot for Gonzaga to get back within double digits before the half.

10:09 p.m.: Gonzaga has 13 free throw attempts to Baylor’s two.

10:09 p.m.: Suggs gets an and-one opportunity; Vital gets his second foul, and now foul concern is serious for Baylor. Suggs makes the shot to make it 47-35 with 38.4 left in the half.

10:07 p.m.: Timme gets two from the charity stripe to make it 45-32 Bears with 1:20 left in the half.

10:06 p.m.: Tchatchoua’s third foul sends Nembhard to the line, where he sinks both to make it 45-30 Bears.

10:04 p.m.: Teague takes all the air out of Gonzaga’s run with five quick points out of the timeout. It’s back to 43-26 Baylor.

10 p.m.: Gonzaga scores two more buckets from Kispert and Ayayi to make it 38-26; timeout Bears (3:41).

10 p.m.: … Followed by a Mitchell 3. It’s 38-22 Bears.

10 p.m.: Gonzaga is on a 6-0 run to make it 35-22.

9:58 p.m.: Interesting development: Baylor’s Butler, Thamba and Tchatchoua all have two fouls.

9:53 p.m.: Another turnover, this one by Suggs, leads to fastbreak points for Baylor on the other end. Bears have 13-0 points off turnovers as part of their 33-14 lead.

9:49 p.m.: Timme is called for an offensive foul; meanwhile, Gonzaga has seven turnovers to Baylor’s two. They’re getting manhandled in every sense of the word.

9:46 p.m.: Teague hits another 3 to make it 29-10 Baylor. They’re now 5 of 5 from that range.

9:44 p.m.: Butler hits a step-back 3 to make it 26-10 Bears. Baylor is 4 of 4 from beyond the arc. That’s a direct result of this Thamba block on the other end:

9:43 p.m.: Nembhard hits two free throws to get the Zags in double digits at 23-10.

9:40 p.m.: Gonzaga will head to the charity stripe coming out of the second media timeout (11:42). Baylor’s lead is still significant at 23-8.

9:39 p.m.: Baylor forces three turnovers on Gonzaga, two of which came from Timme. Baylor has zero to Gonzaga’s five.

9:37 p.m.: Uh-oh. Baylor forces the turnover, and Adam Flagler scores a 3 on the other end. That makes it 21-6 Baylor — the largest deficit for Gonzaga all season.

9:36 p.m.: Timme gets a drive to the rim to get his first score. It’s 16-6 Bears.

9:33 p.m.: Mitchell and Butler retaliate with a jumper and 3-point to make it 16-4 Baylor. Bulldogs have no answer for them defensively yet. They have seven points apiece. Gonzag timeout (14:25).

9:32 p.m.: Right on cue, Kispert gets the Zags’ first basket with a timely 3. It’s 11-4 Baylor.

9:31 p.m.: A big part of the Zags’ early deficit: Baylor is out-rebounding Gonzaga 6-2.

9:27 p.m.: Nembhard hits the second of a pair of free throws to get on the board at the 16:16 mark. That’s followed promptly by a Mitchell jumper to make it 11-1 Baylor at the media timeout (15:30).

9:26 p.m.: Suggs is hit with his second foul before the media timeout. He has zero points.

9:25 p.m.: And another Butler drive makes it 9-0 Bears, giving them the biggest lead over the Zags all tournament.

9:24 p.m.: Mitchell hits a 3 to make it 7-0 Bears. Zags looking a little slow early.

9:23 p.m.: And now a bucket by Butler to make it 4-0 Baylor; Vital gets his third offensive board of the game. The Bears are out-rebounding Gonzaga 4-0 early.

9:22 p.m.: Vital misses a couple of easy layups, but Mitchell gets the jumper with Ayayi in defense to make it 2-0 Baylor.

9:22 p.m.: Baylor wins the tipoff and we are underway!

9:17 p.m.: And now Gonzaga’s: Drew Timme; Corey Kispert; Jalen Suggs; Andrew Nembhard; and Joel Ayayi.

9:15 p.m.: Baylor’s starters: Flo Thamba; Mark Vital; Jared Butler; Macio Teague; and Davion Mitchell.

9:13 p.m.: Joe Hamm with a nice pregame message:

Gonzaga vs. Baylor start time

  • Time: 9:20 p.m. ET | 6:20 p.m. PT
  • Broadcast team: Jim Nantz (play-by-play), Grant Hill, Bill Raftery (analysts), Tracy Wolfson (reporter), Gene Steratore (rules analyst)

The national championship game between Gonzaga and Baylor is scheduled to tip off at 9:20 p.m. ET on Monday, April 5.

What channel is Gonzaga vs. Baylor on?

CBS, which has exclusive broadcast rights for the 2021 Final Four, will broadcast Gonzaga vs. Baylor.

Those with a cable subscription can stream the game on March Madness Live, the online home of every 2021 NCAA Tournament game. The Final Four can also be streamed live with fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.

March Madness Final Four schedule 2021

Saturday, April 3

No. 1 Baylor 78, No. 2 Houston 59
No. 1 Gonzaga 93, No. 11 UCLA 90 (OT)

NCAA Tournament national championship

Monday, April 5

Game Time (ET) TV
Game 67: No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 1 Baylor 9:20 p.m. CBS, fuboTV

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ESPN’s Holly Rowe speaks French and English in WNBA Draft interview; Twitter reacts

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ESPN reporter Holly Rowe received many a “tres bien” from her confrères in media for conducting a bilingual interview with WNBA Draft pick Iliana Rupert, a France international, on Thursday night.

Rupert was chosen 12th overall by the Las Vegas Aces. With the draft being a virtual event for the second year in a row because of COVID-19, Rowe conducted the post-selection interview in an ESPN studio while Rupert was on camera remotely.

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Rowe began the interview with “Bonsoir,” or “Good evening,” and asked Rupert in French whether she spoke English. Rupert responded in the affirmative and the interview proceeded in English.

“It’s always been one of my dreams and it’s amazing being recognized,” Rupert said. “I’m really happy to [represent] my country and I’m just excited to finally start this journey.”

After two more questions and responses in English, Rowe switched back to French for the interview’s conclusion, telling Rupert “Bienvenue,” or “Welcome,” to the WNBA. She also gave her regards to Rupert’s family.

Rowe’s media colleagues were quick with the compliments.

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‘It shows how exciting we can be!’ – Saka says Arsenal have real chance of winning Europa League after Slavia rout

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'It shows how exciting we can be!' - Saka says Arsenal have real chance of winning Europa League after Slavia rout

Bukayo Saka says Arsenal have a real chance of winning the Europa League after their rout of Slavia Prague, and claims their latest performance “shows everyone how exciting we can be”.

Arsenal bounced back from a disappointing 1-1 draw against Slavia in the first leg of their quarter-final tie at Emirates Stadium by picking up a comprehensive 4-0 victory in the Czech Republic on Thursday night.

Saka was among the scorers as the Gunners booked a last-four clash with Villarreal, and he is confident they can now go all the way in the competition after flexing their attacking muscles at the Sinobo Stadium.

What’s been said?

“It was fantastic from start to finish. We did it for all the fans, they all deserve it for all the support they give us. We are really happy to progress,” the Arsenal winger told BT Sport.

“We showed real character. The first one was disallowed, Emile deserved a goal, we kept going and got the first one again. We pretty much killed the game in the first half.

“In the first leg we played well but weren’t clinical, credit to the manager and coaching staff, the way we set up, pressed, they couldn’t get out.

“It shows everyone how exciting we can be, when we play like this it is so amazing to be involved in. We have a chance of going to the final and winning this competition, it is up to us. We look forward to the next opponent.”

Arsenal put Slavia to the sword

The Gunners went at their Czech opponents right from the first whistle in the second leg clash, and found themselves in front after just 18 minutes when Nicolas Pepe dinked the ball into the net after being teed up by Emile Smith Rowe.

Alexandre Lacazette then doubled the visitors’ account from the penalty spot after Saka was fouled in the box, and the teenager got his goal moments later when he cut in from the right-wing before firing the ball low past the goalkeeper at his near post.

Lacazette added extra gloss to the final scoreline with a trademark finish 13 minutes from time as Arsenal progressed to the semi-finals 5-1 on aggregate.

What’s next?

Arsenal will now turn their attention back to the Premier League, with a home fixture against Fulham scheduled to take place on Sunday.

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What pressure? Arsenal sweeps Slavia Prague aside to set up a reunion with Emery

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Slavia Prague 0-4 Arsenal: Match statistics

What was all the fuss about?

It was billed as the game that would define Arsenal’s season, a night that could even shape Mikel Arteta’s future at the club.

The pressure was supposed to be on against Slavia Prague but within 25 superb minutes, the Gunners were in cruise control.

Last week’s 1-1 draw at Emirates Stadium had left the Gunners with a very simple equation going into the second leg of their Europa League quarterfinal in the Czech capital: score a goal.

Arteta’s side knew failure to find a way through a Slavia side that was unbeaten at home in all competitions this season would send it crashing out of the tournament and leave an already disappointing season in tatters.

Serious questions were being asked of the players after the way in which they threw away a lead in the closing stages of the first leg to hand Prague the advantage going into Thursday night’s return fixture.

But in the space of six scintillating first-half minutes, those questions were answered in emphatic style.

The brilliant Emile Smith Rowe had already had a goal ruled out for the tightest of offside calls before Nicolas Pepe gave the visitors the lead on 18 minutes, thus canceling out Slavia’s away goal.

Alexandre Lacazette then struck from the penalty spot three minutes later to make it 2-0 on the night before Bukayo Saka added a classy third goal – all within 24 minutes of the game getting underway.

It was game, set and match Arsenal before we had even reached the half-hour mark.

Even in his wildest dreams, Arteta would never have imagined such an impressive start from his side, especially with his captain and talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missing due to contracting malaria while away with Gabon on international duty.

This was a major statement from his side and another example of why there is genuine belief within the club that things are heading in the right direction under the Spaniard.

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The abject performances throughout November and the majority of December may have led to a hugely disappointing Premier League campaign, but the improvement since Christmas has been undeniable.

Since beating Chelsea 3-1 on Boxing Day, Arteta’s side sits fourth in the form table, with only Manchester City, Manchester United and West Ham picking up more points.

And now the Gunners have booked their spot in the Europa League semifinals, where they will meet Unai Emery’s Villarreal.

Clearly, there is still much for Arsenal to improve on and failure to go on and win the Europa League will more than likely leave it facing up to a season without European competition for the first time in 25 years.

For a club of Arsenal’s stature, that is not good enough, but there are still plenty of reasons for optimism and they were all on show as Prague was blown away in its backyard.

Arsenal’s homegrown youngsters have been the catalyst for the improvement since Boxing Day and one again they led the charge – with academy graduates Smith Rowe and Saka proving far too good for the Czech champions.

Immediately after seeing a goal ruled out for offside, Smith Rowe waltzed through the Slavia defense before working the ball to Pepe, who showed wonderful composure to score his fifth Europa League goal of the season.

Saka then took center stage, winning a penalty, which was converted by Lacazette, before scoring the third himself with a fine finish from the edge of the box.

At that point, the game was done and dusted. Arsenal had done its job and it cruised through the remainder of the quarterfinal, with Lacazette putting the gloss on a fabulous night’s work with a fourth goal on 77 minutes.

All eyes now turn to the semifinal against Villarreal and the return of Emery, the man Arteta replaced just over 16 months ago.

Emery led Arsenal to the Europa League final in 2019 and now he is the man standing in their way of repeating the trick two years later.

A return to the Champions League is now within touching distance for Arsenal. Just three games stand between the Gunners and a seat back at Europe’s top table.

They went to Prague with their season on the line and they return to London with the dream still alive.

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