Baylor soon made it clear that it would fight for the national championship on Monday night.
The Bears took an incredible 29-9 lead in the final 12:48 of the first half, and easily defeated Houston 78-59 in the semifinals of the men’s semifinals on Saturday to take the lead in the half. Leading advantage.
Houston pulled Baylor to within 5 points with a 16-11 advantage in less than 13 minutes at halftime. In less than two minutes, Baylor’s lead was 10 points, and in the next 10 minutes, the lead was expanded to 20 points. In the last minute of the first half, two baskets gave Baylor a 45-20 halftime lead and sucked all the drama out of the game.
If Houston wants to have a chance to beat Baylor, then he needs to do what he does best. The Cougars are one of the best offensive rebounding teams in the United States, and rebounding is one of Baylor’s (relative) weaknesses. But when you can’t score at the basket, rebounding doesn’t matter much, even if you surpass your opponent.
Houston shot 27% in the first half, leading by nine points.
Yes, it was a night like a cougar.
Baylor coach Scott Drew told CBS after the game that he said: “I think we were really attentive. The guy came out and executed the game plan.” “God bless us. We drove some balls.” , We know Houston will never disappear. They are well-trained, well-trained, and really proud of our players in the second half. We have never let anything like that happen and the game is in danger.”
Baylor led by Jared Butler
Jared Butler was an important part of Baylor in the first half. The 12 biggest players of the year scored 17 points in the first 20 minutes and only 4/5 after the 3-point line.
So far, those 17 first-half points have exceeded Butler’s scoring in the first four games of the NCAA Tournament. Butler’s highest score in the game was in the game against Wisconsin with 16 points. Thanks to Villanova and Hartford’s 17-pass 2 shooting percentage, he entered the final four with only 25% shooting.
Facing Butler, his shooting percentage exceeded 40%, and Baylor was a pity opponent of Gonzaga.
The bear’s past is really amazing
Houston’s strengths are rebounding and defense. This is why it is not crazy to think that the Cougars can hang out with the Bears for a while and even win the game directly. Communication is two assets.
Baylor has ensured that this game is not a game through the success of the game. The Bears hit the ball into the court so quickly and precisely that players like Butler have many open shots. On Saturday, there was no university defense in the country that could stop Baylor’s ball-handling exercise. Baylor finished the game with 23 assists in 29 goals.
Sasser shines, other Houston stars struggle
Houston played well in Marcus Sasser’s game, but Quentin Grimes and DeJon Jarreau contributed little.
When Jarreau provided the first highlight of the game when he skipped Butler in the first leg, he only scored 6 points. At the same time, in the first half of the year, Grimes scored no points. Some results from the transfer of the former five-star recruits and Kansas State could have kept Houston and Baylor in touch. Instead, the Cougars’ top scorer was only 0 out of 5 on the court and seemed to be hesitant for most of the game.
At the same time, Sasser. Single-handedly prevented the game’s early blowout. Thanks to a three-pointer, he scored a staggering 17 points in Houston’s 20 first-half games.
Baylor wins first national championship
Baylor once participated in a national championship game. That was in 1948, when the Bears defeated Washington and Kansas to advance to the championship game against Kentucky. But the Wildcats won that game 58-42.
If the Bears behave like Saturday night, they won’t lose 16 points on Monday.
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