At the end of the day, the tournament gave us exactly what we all want and need: a national championship showdown between the clear-cut two best teams all season long.
Gonzaga, coming into the title game 31-0 and looking to secure the first perfect season in nearly 50 years, has proven more vulnerable during the tournament than the regular season. Baylor, at 27-2, has stifling defense, balanced offense with some incredible guard play and a relentlessness that makes them feared. The individual talent and matchups are exciting: Jalen Suggs vs. Davion Mitchell, lottery prospects Jared Butler and Corey Kispert, the exploding offensive juggernaut of Drew Timme.
Ahead of Monday night's title game, let's look at ten storylines, schematic points and tactical decisions that will help write the story of the 2021 National Championship.
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