Half the Final Four roster has been established, and it features two teams that haven’t reached this stage of the NCAA Tournament in decades.
Houston, the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region, will meet Baylor, the No. 1 seed in the South Region, on Saturday in a national semifinal. The winners of Tuesday’s Elite Eight games (USC-Gonzaga and UCLA-Michigan) will meet in the other semifinal on Saturday. Winners of Final Four games will play in the national championship game, their first since the 2019-20 season.
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Here’s everything you need to know about Saturday’s Final Four matchups, including times, dates, location, odds, and more:
Who is in the Final Four of 2021?
- Houston (Midwest region champion)
- Baylor (South Region champion)
- Gonzaga or USC (West Region Champion)
- Michigan or UCLA (Eastern Region Champion)
Houston was the first team to earn their ticket to the Final Four with a thrilling 67-61 victory over Oregon State on Monday. The Cougars held a 17-point lead that was reduced to a tie before putting the pincers on the Beavers and winning by six. Baylor was similarly challenged against Arkansas before the Razorbacks experienced a significant scoring drought and Baylor walked away in an eventual 81-72 victory.
Final Four odds, lines, spreads
This section will be updated
Houston (No. 2, Midwest) vs. Baylor (No. 1, South)
- Spread: Baylor -5
- Below: 135.5
- Money line: Baylor -220, Houston +180
When and where is the Final Four?
The 2021 NCAA Tournament ends with the Final Four and the national championship on April 3 and 5, respectively. All games will be held at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on the site’s two fields, named “Equality” and “Unity” to recognize the NCAA’s commitment to inclusion and social justice.
Below is the television schedule for the Final Four:
|Game 65: No. 2 Houston vs. No. 1 Baylor||5 pm||CBS, fuboTV|
|Game 66: Gonzaga / USC vs. Michigan / UCLA||8:30 pm||CBS, fuboTV|
How many times has Houston been to the Final Four?
The Cougars had been to the Final Four five times before their 2021 job, all before the start of the era of expanded support: in 1967, 1968 and 1982-84. The last three were Guy V. Lewis’s famous “Phi Slama Jama” teams. Neither team won the tournament, and the Cougars finished as runners-up in 1983 and 1984. The closest the Final Four program has been since 2019, when Kelvin Sampson led the team to the Sweet 16.
Below is a summary of each of the Cougars’ Final Four appearances, as well as the final result of the respective tournaments:
|1967||Houston 84, North Carolina 62 (national game for third place)|
|1968||Ohio State 89, Houston 85 (national game for third place)|
|1982||North Carolina 68, Houston 63 (Final Four)|
|1983||NC State 54, Houston 52 (national championship)|
|1984||Georgetown 84, Houston 75 (national championship)|
How many times has Baylor been to the Final Four?
Baylor will make his third Final Four appearance on Saturday, and his first since 1950. Before that, the team’s only other Final Four appearance was in 1948. The Bears have come close ever since, reaching the Sweet 16 in 2010. 2012, 2014 and 2017 and Elite Eight in 2010 and 2012.
Here’s how Baylor’s previous Final Four appearances unfolded:
|1948||Kentucky 58, Baylor 32 (national championship)|
|1950||NC State 53, Baylor 41 (national game for third place)|
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.