Oddly enough, the long version of the men's college basketball traveling championship spent the conference portion of 2020-21 in the Big East, yet Villanova never played for it. Thus, the Wildcats didn't extend their all-time leading win total of 27. The best team of the year in this chase was Connecticut.
Gonzaga's win, 93-90, in overtime, unified the short and and the long versions for the first time since the 2016 postseason, when they first broke apart.
Of course, Baylor easily prevailed in the championship game against Gonzaga, so the titles came right back apart. Gonzaga still holds the short version entering 2021-22.