Jalen Suggs’ buzzer-beater in overtime against UCLA in the Final Four reverberated across the Big 12 and college basketball on Saturday night.
Suggs, a freshman for the Gonzaga Bulldogs, scored 16 points in the contest, as the Bulldogs defeated UCLA, 93-90, in overtime in the second national semifinal game of the night. The first game, won by the Baylor Bears, means the Bulldogs and the Bears will face each other in the national championship game on Monday night.
But all anyone wanted to talk about after the game was that shot by Suggs, the near-halfcourt 3-pointer that gave the Bulldogs the victory in perhaps the best game of the 2021 NCAA Tournament to this point.
Suggs, a freshman, could leave after Monday’s national championship game for the NBA Draft. Some consider him an NBA lottery pick. The same is true for former Oklahoma State guard Cade Cunningham, who declared for the NBA Draft on April 1. Cunningham had just one word after the shot.
West Virginia guard Taz Sherman, who has also declared for the NBA Draft, but has left open the door to return to the Mountaineers, made an interesting reference to a Baylor player that will be on the court Monday night against the Bulldogs.
Former Texas Tech and current Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes weighed in, too.
And, Baylor didn’t tweet specifically about Suggs’ shot. But, once it fell, they were ready to tout what many college basketball observers say is the matchup everyone has been waiting for all season.
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