Christian schools continue to turn heads in the NCAA's basketball championship tournament known as March Madness.
Baylor University defeated Arkansas 81-72 on March 29 to advance to the Final Four for the first time since 1950.
“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 on national television immediately following their win. Drew was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year earlier.
Baylor is a private Baptist university in Waco, TX. In the early 2000s, the basketball program was plagued with scandals including the murder of one of its players. Drew then came in as the coach in 2003 and began to turn the team around using a hierarchal "culture of JOY (Jesus, Others, then Yourself)."
Christian school Oral Roberts University also had a solid run in the tournament making it to the Sweet 16 before being defeated by Arkansas on March 27.
Senior guard MaCio Teague scored 22 points in the Bears' victory on Monday. “It means the world, but all glory goes to God in these situations, win or lose,” Teague says.
“God still brings us here, and we’re here for His glory. We’re just really happy that everything is working out the way it is right now.”
Baylor will face Houston on Saturday for a chance to advance to the championship game.
The school's women's basketball team made it all the way to the Elite Eight of their own tournament before being eliminated by UConn.