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SBNation Reacts: Post Final Four Reactions

I think Aari McDonald was robbed.

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The men’s and women’s NCAA Tournament has come to an end, with the Baylor men and Stanford women standing alone as champions. Whoop-de-doo. Couldn’t feel better about upstart women's program Stanford led by... checks notes... the all time winningest coach in Women's college basketball history. And Baylor, where a coach covered up murder and the entire athletic department overlooked a LOT of sexual assault. Awesome.

I’m kidding about Stanford a little, obviously an elite university, but the story of Tara Vanderveer and her path towards being the winningest coach, and the success of Stanford compared with their championship drought... even though I was probably pulling for Arizona... it was still pretty cool to see Vanderveer reach the mountaintop again after nearly 30 years.

Baylor on the other hand, clearly a disaster of a school athletically. But at least Scott Drew has been consistent over the years, and people seem to like him.

However, their domination was pushed in no small part by each team’s star power. According to fans around the country, Stanford’s Haley Jones’ was picked by 51 percent of fans as the MVP. Arizona’s star guard Aari McDonald earned 27% while UConn freshman Paige Bueckers took 15 percent. Aari was robbed... forget who won, Stanford had the better deeper team and no offense to Haley Jones, but she wasn’t the best players over the course of the Final Four... the best player was Aari McDonald. The votes anyways...

On the men’s side, it was a fellow champion picked as the best player in the Final Four. Baylor’s Jared Butler was tapped as the men’s Final Four MVP, receiving 52 percent of the vote. Butler topped UCLA’s Johnny Juzang who earned 20 percent and Gonzaga’s Jalen Suggs with 14 percent.

Baylor’s run to the championship was overshadowed through much of the season by Gonzaga’s attempt at perfection. However, the Bears put together a dominant season by any standard.

But that still isn’t enough, according to fans around the country, to rank them among the game’s elite.

Turning the page to next season, fans expect to see much of the same at the top of every top-25 list. According to the survey, 33 percent of fans believe Gonzaga should be ranked number one to start next season. This time the Bulldogs beat out Baylor, who finished with 31 percent of the vote.

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