NCAA Men's Tournament Top Moments: National Championship
A champion has been crowned.
For the first time since the 2005 national championship between the Illinois Fighting Illini and the North Carolina Tar Heels, the top two teams in the AP poll faced each other for all of the marbles.
Baylor left no question as to which was the best college basketball team in the country this season with an emphatic, 86-70 win over Gonzaga.
Here are the top moments of the national championship game.
Baylor could not have asked for a better start to the championship. The Bears started the game on a 9-0 run before taking an 11-1 lead into the first media timeout.
The fast start caught Gonzaga — and viewers — by surprise.
Pouring it on
The onslaught continued for the Bears, as they started 5-for-5 from 3-point range and built their lead to as many as 19 points.
For as hot as they started from deep, their defense was just as impactful.
Gonzaga makes a run
The Bulldogs showed signs of life late in the first half, with a surge to cut the Baylor lead to 10 at halftime.
Normally, a 10-point halftime deficit would be cause for concern, but considering how this one started, the Zags' run was seen by many as a win for Gonzaga.
Baylor stays hot
Basketball is a game of runs, and Baylor responded to Gonzaga's push to close the first half with a run of its own, keyed by back-to-back Jared Butler 3-pointers.
Not much went right for the Zags against Baylor, but Jalen Suggs' effort was there all game.
Baylor reigns supreme
For the first time in program history, the Baylor men's basketball team is the national champion.
Social media reacted to Baylor's decisive and dominant victory with praise for the Bears' performance and the job Scott Drew has done rebuilding the program.