This NCAA Tournament couldn't have worked out any better.
A few Cinderellas knocking out heavyweights in their path. A record-number of double-digit seeds making the Sweet Sixteen. Improbably runs from Loyola-Chicago, Oral Roberts, Oregon State and Syracuse. The UCLA run to the Final Four, which included two instant classics against Alabama and Gonzaga.
At the end of the day, the tournament gave us exactly what we all wanted and needed: 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.
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.
Assistant Men's Basketball Coach, Dickinson College.