The first of the men’s Final Four games is underway: No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 2 Houston.
The Lone Star state teams’ showdown should be exciting as they both seek to reach the national title. The Cougars certainly have more history in this setting, as Kelvin Sampson’s team tries to recreate the glory of the Phi Slama Jama years.
Of course, Baylor, who hadn’t made the Final Four before 2021 since 1950 and hadn’t made the championship game since 1948, would love nothing more than to help 18-year-old coach Scott Drew land his first spot at the national title the same season got his first appearance in the Final Four.
Both teams can score on streaks, but it remains to be seen which one will appear on the bigger stage. To that end, look to Houston’s Quentin Grimes and Baylor’s Jared Butler to set the tone and pace for their respective teams.
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Baylor vs. Houston score
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5:42 pm: Charbage in the Final Four? Butler lands a layup and one with Justin Gorham receiving a blocking foul. Is 25-14 Baylor. That’s the score at the third half timeout (7:48).
5:40 pm: Another 3 from Sasser. He’s 4 of 7 in field goals and 4 of 6 of 4. He just keeps the Cougars in this game and shortens Baylor’s leads 22-14.
5:36 pm: A 3 butler (it’s 2 by 2) does it 11-22 Baylor. Kelvin Sampson calls his first time out at 10:40 left in the middle; this is the biggest deficit of the Houston tournament.
5:32 pm: Baylor leads 17-11 in second timeout for media (11:52) 17-11. Baylor is 5 of 9 in shooting from the field, while Houston is 4 of 10. Three of the Cougars’ four shots come from Sasser.
5:30 pm: In fact, there’s another Sasser 3. He’s 3-for-4 in shooting from the field with nine points. That thankfully ends the Bears ’10-0 streak and the Cougars’ scoring drought. Is 16-11 Baylor.
5:28 pm: Now it’s a 10-0 Baylor run after Tchamwa Tchatchoua scores a pair of free throws. Houston, meanwhile, has more turnovers (four) than field goals (three).
5:28 pm: Houston has a scoring drought of more than three minutes. He’ll definitely want to correct that against a high-powered Baylor offense.
5:26 pm: Baylor leads 13-8 in our first time out of the media with 14:15 left in the game. Houston is 2-for-6 from 3-point ground, while Baylor is 3-for-3.
5:23 pm: And now a shot by Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua from the free throw line does it 13-8 Baylor, the latest in a 7-0 run for the Bears.
5:22 pm: Now Baylor’s Matthew Mayer kicks in with a 3. That makes him 11-8 Baylor.
5:20 pm: Other 3, east of Housto’s Sasser. That gives cougars a 8-6 leads (Jumper by DeJon Jarreau).
5:18 pm: And there are 3 others from Baylor’s Davion Mitchell to give you Baylor his first advantage with 6-3. Three cubes in this one, and they are all 3.
5:18 pm: And there’s Jared Butler with his own 3 for Baylor to tie the game at 3-3.
5:17 pm: Marcus Sasser gets the first cube of the game from the ground of 3 points to achieve it 3-0 Houston. Baylor’s subsequent possession ends in a trip.
5:16 pm: And Baylor’s initial possession ends in a shot clock violation; Jared Butler’s layup doesn’t hit the rim, and the Bears can’t hit a rebound in time. Also: watch DeJon Jarreau jump on a grown man:
5:15 pm: Baylor wins the point. Here we go.
5:14 pm: The teams have made their entries. Now all that’s left is to play basketball.
Baylor vs. Houston start time
- Time: 5:14 pm ET | 2:14 pm PT
The Final Four game between Baylor and Houston is scheduled to begin at 5:14 pm ET on Saturday, April 3.
How to watch the 2021 Final Four
CBS, which has exclusive broadcast rights to the 2021 Men’s Final Four, will broadcast both Baylor-Houston and Gonzaga-UCLA on Saturday.
Those with a cable subscription can stream the game on March Madness Live, the online home of all the 2021 NCAA tournament games. The Final Four can also be streamed live on fuboTV, offering a seven-day free trial.
March Madness 2021 Final Four Schedule
Saturday April 3
|No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 2 Houston||5 pm||CBS, fuboTV|
|No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 11 UCLA||8:30 pm||CBS, fuboTV|
NCAA National Tournament Championship
Monday April 5
|Game 67||9 p. M.||CBS, fuboTV|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.