Baylor’s basketball team praises God after winning first NCAA championship

by Jenny Mount · Apr 8th, 2021 11:19 am
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Last Updated Apr 10th, 2021 at 11:56 am

The Baylor University Bears celebrated Monday night in prayer after defeating Gonzaga and winning their first-ever NCAA men's college basketball championship.

Jared Butler, who was named the Final Four most outstanding player, led the team in prayer after the game.

"I'm not trying to preach a prosperity gospel, but our Lord and Savior, I say it all the time: He gets us through everything," said Butler. "Jesus Christ, man, He's the truth. He was with us tonight, He was with us all season, He's with us wherever we go. He just sustained us. He brought us together. He brought this team together — transfers, people from overseas. It's just tremendous how it just comes and it comes all full circle."

"We're so blessed to have unbelievable upperclassmen and leadership. But we play with a culture of joy," said Baylor's Head Coach Scott Drew after the team's victory.

"We've been a Christ-centered program since we've been here," Drew said. "Everybody comes in, spiritually, at different levels, but the great thing is that everybody's open to growing. Each and every year, we want our players to grow academically and athletically, but also spiritually and in character."

Baylor's basketball practices begin and end with a prayer.


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