May the BEST TEAM win this game. Not the team that takes advantages of another team's nerves/pressure on itself. Neither team has a CBB mystique or name advantage (like say a DUKE)
My opinion is that Gonzaga just slayed a "dragon" they had in their own history. UCLA had cast a long shadow on their program when they played more relaxed and beat them in an upset due to an errant pass, choked away a FF and a chance at glory, a stinging memory, as UCLA went on to lose to Florida.
I can't mindread collective thoughts, but getting past UCLA was a huge deal psychologically (I am guessing this is the case).
I believe Baylor is an obstacle now, playing with equal if not more performance anxiety. ANXIETY kills performance we all know, and causes BLUNDERS. Some anxiety is good. Having a confident freshman like Gonzaga has is a tremendous advantage for the Zags--they play with nothing to lose. They just DO.
That said, I don't like giving two possesions in a Natl Champ game.
Will Baylor take GOOD SHOTS? You simply cannot rely on your league style of shooting from anywhere....as Gonzaga style is made for that. UCLA was methodical, poised. I can't see how Baylor can top what UCLA did, and even if you do, you are in for a tight game. UCLA was in control the first 10' of that game, and put pressure on Gonzaga. What if Baylor is down 5 or more in the first half and they are the ones who need a controlled comeback? In such a scenario, I like Gonzaga to prevail and Baylor to lose control late in this one. It appears Gonzaga's program will put a final stamp of approval on a fine season, and they have a chance to be undefeated--A PHENOMENAL FEAT for the record books for ALL TIME. Can't see them fck this up.
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