Zags rematch with Baylor Bears coming December 2

Ncaa Men's Basketball Tournament Elite Eight
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 30: head coach Mark Few of the Gonzaga Bulldogs coaches his team against the USC Trojans in the Elite Eight round of the 2021 NCAA Division I MenÕs Basketball Tournament held at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 30, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Jack Dempsey/NCAA Photos via Getty Images)

SPOKANE, Wash. — The rematch of the 2021 NCAA national championship game is heading to Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

The Gonzaga Bulldogs will play against the Baylor Bears at the Sanford Pentagon on December 2. The last time these two teams played against each other, the Bears came out victorious, halting the Zags from their first national championship in school history.

“Gonzaga and Baylor have catapulted into the short list of elite programs in all of college basketball, and we are thrilled they will have their title game rematch at the Sanford Pentagon,” Jesse Smith, vice president of Sanford Sports, said. “The Pentagon is the perfect venue for early season, neutral-court games to see where teams stack up, and oftentimes these matchups are a preview of who you’ll see playing for conference titles and making deep runs in the NCAA Tournament.”

The last time the Zags played in the Sanford Pentagon, the Zags defeated Luka Garza and the Iowa Hawkeyes 99-88. Jalen Suggs scored 27 points in the victory.

The WCC champs went 28-4 last season before losing in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament to Arkansas.

“We’re excited to play such a talented opponent in a great venue,” said GU head coach Mark Few. “We have tremendous respect for Coach Drew and his program. A game like this showcases college basketball.”

This will be the seventh overall matchup between the Bulldogs and the Bears. Baylor fell to North Carolina in the NCAA tournament last season. 

 “Baylor Basketball has so much respect for Coach Few and the entire Gonzaga program, and we share the same scheduling philosophy about testing ourselves early in the season,” Baylor head coach Drew Scott said. “This will be a terrific event for college basketball in one of the game’s most unique venues at the Sanford Pentagon.”

Tickets and game time will be announced at a later date.