Ladies and gentlemen, the sultry, sweet voice of Luther Vandross.
Baylor ended Gonzaga’s bid at an undefeated season and a national championship on Monday night with an 86-70 win over the Bulldogs, after a long, long wait for men’s basketball championship glory.
You know what else has been a long wait? Hearing the saccharine sounds of “One Shining Moment” blare through your TV speakers. With the NCAA Tournament canceled in 2020 because of COVID-19, the popular wrap-up song that’s played over highlights from the tourney made a return Monday night.
Feast your eyes (and ears):
The song, originally written by David Barrett, was first used for the 1987 NCAA Tournament, with the late, great Vandross the preeminent singer of the song. In the past, Ne-Yo, Teddy Pendergrass and Jennifer Hudson also have performed the song.
The music couldn’t be sweeter for Baylor: After years of futility in the NCAA Tournament, the Bears made their first Final Four since 1950, winning their first national championship in men’s basketball in school history.
The Lady Bears are three-time women’s tourney champs, most recently winning in 2019.