The first of the men’s Final Four games is underway: No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 2 Houston.
The matchup of Lone Star state teams should be an exciting one as both seek to reach the national title game. The Cougars certainly have more history on this stage as Kelvin Sampson’s team tries to recreate the glory of the Phi Slama Jama years.
Of course, Baylor — which prior to 2021 hadn’t made the Final Four since 1950 and hadn’t made the championship game since 1948 — would love nothing more than to help 18th-year coach Scott Drew to his first national title berth in the same season he got his first Final Four appearance.
Both teams can score in streaks, but it remains to be seen which will show up on the biggest 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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6:26 p.m.: Reggie Chaney gets only the second non-Sasser bucket for the Cougars in their opening possession of the half. It’s 45-22 Baylor.
First half: Baylor 45, Houston 20
6:07 p.m.: First-half stats:
- Field goals: Baylor 16 of 28 (57.1 percent); Houston 7 of 26 (26.9 percent)
- 3 point: Baylor 8 of 15 (35.7 percent); Houston 5 of 14 (53.3 percent)
- Free throws: Baylor 5 of 7 (71.4 percent); Houston 1 of 2 (50 percent)
- Rebounds: Baylor 20; Houston 11
- Assists: Baylor 12; Houston 5
- Steals: Baylor 6; Houston 0
- Blocks: Baylor 0; Houston 3
- Turnovers: Baylor 6; Houston 9
Baylor’s Butler and Houston’s Sasser are tied for a game-high 17 points. Butler is 6 of 8 from the field and 4 of 5 from beyond the arc, adding four rebounds, two assists and a steal to his totals. Sasser is 6 of 11 from the field and 5 of 8 from 3-point land; he also has two rebounds.
The difference between the two scores: Sasser’s teammates have a combined three points and one field goal, while Butler has gotten help from Mitchell (nine points) and the bench (17 combined points).
6:05 p.m.: Mitchell hits yet another 3 right before the half to make it 45-20 Baylor. It’s called March Madness for a reason, but the second half is looking a lot like a mere formality here.
6:03 p.m.: Mitchell is called for a long 2 to make it 42-18. That’s followed by a Houston bucket — from Sasser, of course — to make it 42-20.
6:01 p.m.: Houston’s shot doesn’t go — shocker — and Mayer gets a tough layup on the other end to make it 40-18.
6 p.m.: Gorham hits the first of a 1-and-1, but Baylor touches it out of bounds last. The Cougars have a chance at a desperately needed bucket down 20.
5:58 p.m.: Gorham is called for a travel right before attempting a layup and-one under the rim. He’s not happy about that.
5:53 p.m.: A Butler layup is the last score before the final media timeout of the half. It’s 38-17 Bears with 3:53 to play.
5:52 p.m.: Adam Flager’s 3 makes it 36-17 Baylor. It’s getting late a little early for Houston.
5:51 p.m.: Here’s how incredible Sasser has been, and how irrelevant every other Cougar has been: He’s 5 of 9 shooting with 15 points. Everyone else is 1 of 11 with two points. Not a winning combination.
5:50 p.m.: … And that’s quickly followed by consecutive 3s from Butler. Sasser’s keeping Houston in it, but Butler’s keeping the Cougars at arms’ length. That makes it 33-17 Baylor, and Sampson is forced to take his second timeout to stem the bleeding.
5:50 p.m.: Sasser has his fifth 3 of the game. He’s incredible tonight. That makes it 27-17 Baylor.
5:48 p.m.: Houston has an easyd defensive rebound but can’t bring it in. So Mayer buts it in for an easy putback to make it 27-14 Baylor.
5:42 p.m.: Charbage in the Final Four? Butler gets an and-one layup with Justin Gorham getting a blocking foul. It’s 25-14 Baylor. That’s the score at the third media timeout of the half (7:48).
5:40 p.m.: Another 3 from Sasser. He’s 4 for 7 in field goal shooting and 4 of 6 from 4. He’s single-handedly keeping the Cougars in this game and shortens Baylor’s lead to 22-14.
5:36 p.m.: A Butler 3 (he’s 2 for 2) makes it 22-11 Baylor. Kelvin Sampson calls his first timeout at 10:40 left in the half; this is Houston’s largest deficit of the tournament.
5:32 p.m.: Baylor leads 17-11 at the second media time out (11:52) 17-11. Baylor is 5 for 9 on field goals, while Houston’s 4 of 10. Three of the Cougars’ four shots have come from Sasser.
5:30 p.m.: Actually, there’s another Sasser 3. He’s 3 of 4 on field goals with nine points. That mercifully ends the Bears’ 10-0 run and the Cougars’ scoring drought. It’s 16-11 Baylor.
5:28 p.m.: It’s now a 10-0 Baylor run after Tchamwa Tchatchoua makes a pair of free throws. Houston, meanwhile, has more turnovers (four) than field goals (three).
5:28 p.m.: Houston has a scoring drought of over three minutes. Definitely going to want to get that corrected against a high-powered Baylor offense.
5:26 p.m.: Baylor leads 13-8 at our first media timeout with 14:15 remaining in the game. Houston is 2 for 6 from 3-point land, while Baylor is 3 for 3.
5:23 p.m.: And now a Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua jumper from the free throw line makes it 13-8 Baylor, the latest of a 7-0 run for the Bears.
5:22 p.m.: Now Baylor’s Matthew Mayer gets in on the action with a 3. That makes it 11-8 Baylor.
5:20 p.m.: Another 3, this one by Housto’s Sasser. That gives the Cougars an 8-6 lead (DeJon Jarreau jumper).
5:18 p.m.: And there’s another 3 from Baylor’s Davion Mitchell to give Baylor its first lead at 6-3. Three buckets in this one, and they’re all 3s.
5:18 p.m.: And there’s Jared Butler with his own 3 for Baylor to knot the game at 3-3.
5:17 p.m.: Marcus Sasser gets the first bucket of the game from 3-point land to make it 3-0 Houston. Baylor’s ensuing possession ends in a travel.
5:16 p.m.: And Baylor’s opening possession ends in a shot clock violation; Jared Butler’s layup doesn’t hit the rim, and the Bears can’t get a rebound shot off in time. Also: Look at DeJon Jarreau jump over a grown man:
5:15 p.m.: Baylor wins the tip. Here we go.
5:14 p.m.: The teams have made their entrances. Now all that’s left is to play some basketball.
Baylor vs. Houston start time
- Time: 5:14 p.m. ET | 2:14 p.m. PT
The Final Four game between Baylor and Houston is scheduled to tip-off at 5:14 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 3.
How to watch 2021 Final Four
CBS, which has exclusive broadcast rights for 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 every 2021 NCAA Tournament game. The Final Four can also be streamed live with fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.
March Madness Final Four schedule 2021
Saturday, April 3
|No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 2 Houston||5 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 11 UCLA||8:30 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
NCAA Tournament national championship
Monday, April 5
|Game 67||9 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|