Jalen Suggs needed 3.3 seconds to put Gonzaga 40 minutes away from the first national championship in program history with one of the greatest buzzer beaters in sports history. His heroics, however, weren’t enough to put him atop the odds for Most Outstanding Player in the 2021 NCAA Tournament.
Suggs averaged 14 points per game during a true freshman season that began with his arrival as the highest-ranked recruit in program history. He scored only six points in the Bulldogs’ win over Norfolk State in the First Round and, even with 18 points and 10 rebounds against USC in the Elite Eight, entered the Final Four with modest numbers not typical of a Most Outstanding Player. And the odds reflected that; Suggs was buried behind teammates Drew Timme and Corey Kispert and players from Baylor.
Suggs is no longer buried but his buzzer-beater to cap a 16-point, six-assist, five-rebound, one-block effort in the overtime win didn’t push him of Timme. And history says if Gonzaga doesn’t beat Baylor on Monday, neither Suggs nor Timme (or any other Bulldog) will win Most Outstanding Player. Each of the last 35 winners has been on the championship team.
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