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Predictions for the Baylor-Gonzaga championship game in the men’s NCAA Tournament

When the NCAA men’s tournament pairings came out three weeks ago, Gonzaga and Baylor were considered the two favorites to win the title. But it is rare that the championship game matches the two best teams after a single-elimination event that requires five or sometimes six victories to reach the conclusion.

So having the Bulldogs and Bears survive the 68-team field and meet Monday (9 p.m. ET, CBS) is something college basketball fans can celebrate. It has the makings of a classic that will produce a high level of play and a dramatic finish. But who wins?

Our experts offer their picks on who will cut down the nets after the buzzer sounds.

Nancy Armour

There is the chance Gonzaga won’t be able to muster the energy and emotion needed against Baylor after having to expend so much of it to beat UCLA on Saturday night, needing a half-court shot

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NCAA Men’s Tournament Top Moments: Final Four

And then there were two.

The 11-seed UCLA Bruins went on a Cinderella story run and fought their hardest to keep it alive.

But they met their end against the undefeated, top-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs, thanks to an unbelievable 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime by freshman guard Jalen Suggs, propelling Gonzaga to a 93-90 win.

Before that, the 2-seed Houston Cougars faced the 1-seed Baylor Bears, as just one Texas team could two-step into Monday’s national championship game.

That team was the Baylor Bears, who won in dominant fashion.

Here are the top moments and plays from the Final Four.

No. 2 Houston Cougars vs. No. 1 Baylor Bears
Result: Baylor wins 78-59

High-flying act

Houston guard DeJon Jarreau showed off his vertical early against Baylor, but it wasn’t for a dunk. Instead, it was on defense.

Microwave

Matthew Mayer has been a spark off the bench

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