A Christian university defeated the No. 1 ranked team in the nation (and another Christian school) to claim the title of National Champions in the NCAA's March Madness tournament Monday night.
Baylor University, a private Baptist research university in Waco, Tex., stunned the Gonzaga Bulldogs and many basketball fans, with a decisive 86-70 win. The Bulldogs had been undefeated in their season leading up to the championship match. Gonzaga is a private, Catholic university in Spokane, Wash.
The Baylor Bears came into the tournament ranked No. 3 headed into the tournament. Matt Norlander of CBS Sports calls it "one of the most impressive title-game performances in recent college basketball history."
“First and foremost, we’ve got to give all the honour and glory to God, for blessing us with this,” Baylor head coach Scott Drew said in an interview following a victory that sent the team into the Final Four. Drew took over the team in 2003 following years of controversy. He began to turn the team around using a hierarchal "culture of JOY (Jesus, Others, then Yourself)," Baylor University says.
"First and foremost, I want to thank God for blessing us with this opportunity tonight," Drew said after the game. "I know the guys have worked really hard. And I'm so happy they get a chance to celebrate now. At the same time, I feel for Coach [Mark] Few and his team because they're such class acts. And Coach Few is a Hall of Fame coach and an unbelievable guy. A better person than he is a coach. And you hate when friends aren't feeling good."
Jared Butler led the Bears in scoring with 22 points in the win.
The win is the first men's National Championship for the school.