Jared Butler on Potential Baylor-Gonzaga Title Game: 'They Got Pros, We Got Pros'

Blake SchusterContributor IApril 3, 2021

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA - APRIL 03: Jared Butler #12 of the Baylor Bears reacts in the first half against the Houston Cougars during the 2021 NCAA Final Four semifinal at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 03, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images)
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The Baylor Bears moved one major step closer to a long-awaited matchup with undefeated Gonzaga on Saturday with a 78-59 Final Four beatdown of No. 2 Houston. 

Before the No. 1 Bulldogs even took the court against No. 11 UCLA in the second semifinal game, No. 1 Bears guard Jared Butler wasn't sweating the outcome—even if that means facing the Zags for a national championship. 

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Baylor guard Jared Butler asked about a potential title game matchup with Gonzaga: "I think we match up pretty well. They got pros, we got pros. They win a lot of games, we win a lot of games. I think we match up well."

"I think we match up pretty well," Butler said after knocking off the Cougars. "They got pros, we got pros. They win a lot of games, we win a lot of games. I think we match up well."

Gonzaga and Baylor were scheduled to meet at Bankers Life Fieldhouse when they were ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, back in early December but was canceled after members of the Bulldogs' traveling tested positive for COVID-19. 

Now nearly five months later and both teams are back in Indianapolis with a significantly larger stage. 

In order for the two teams to face off for a title, Gonzaga will have to get past a No. 11 UCLA team that has taken down Michigan, Alabama, Abilene Christian and BYU—not to mention Michigan State in the First Four. 

It won't be an easy task, but the 26-0 Bulldogs are more than up for it.

Should the Zags pull off another win, college basketball will have its two best teams competing for a title in earnest. 

Butler has zero concerns if it comes to that. Between him, MaCio Teague and Davion Mitchell on Baylor, as well as Gonzaga's Drew Timme, Corey Kispert, Joel Ayayi and Jalen Suggs, there's more than enough NBA talent on the floor to field a pro team. 

College basketball fans will automatically count the title game as a win before it even tips off should Gonzaga beat UCLA on Saturday.