Baylor Vs. Houston picks, chances, predictions for the March Madness Final Four game
The two schools that did not make it to the Quarter Finals before the start of the NCAA Championship in 1985 are once again in the spotlight this year.
Baylor No. 1 will face Houston No. 2 on Saturday in the National Finals quarterfinals. Tipoff will be ET at 5:00 pm or 8:30 pm at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. CBS TV will broadcast the game.
Baylor (26-2) won the Southern Region under coach Scott Drew 81-72 in the Arkansas regional final. The Bears are in the quarterfinals for the first time since the 1950s. Jared Butler, MaCio Teague and Davion Mitchell continue to lead Baylor throughout the tournament career.
Houston (28-3), the Midwest Region champion, is in the Quarter-Finals for the first time since the 1982-84 Phi Slama Jama peak. Coach Kevin Sampson has returned to the Final Four for the first time since 2002. Quentin Grimes and Marcus Sasser combined with nine 3-pointers for the Cougars to a 67-61 victory over Oregon State in the Elite Eight.
Here’s everything you need to know about betting on Baylor and Arkansas at the 2021 NCAA Championships, including updated odds, trends, and predictions for the Final Four game.
Baylor vs Houston odds
- Scatter: Baylor (-5)
- Over under: 135.5
- Money: Baylor -210, Houston +176
Three betting trends to watch out for
– Baylor have 19-10 ATS this season. The Bears are 8-3 ATS with less than 10 points.
– Baylor is 9-3 ATS and 12-0 S / U in non-conference games.
– Houston is 20-11 ATS this season and 11-0 S / U in non-conference games. This is the Cougars ’first game as a loser this season.
Final Four story
Houston makes its Fourth Final Four appearance. The Cougars reached the NCAA Championship Game in 1983 and 1984 with teams led by Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler. Baylor made his Fourth Final appearances in 1948 and 1950. Kentucky beat Bears 58-42 in the 1948 national championship.
Baylor main players
Butler (16.5 points per game), Teague (15.9 ppg) and Mitchell (14.0 ppg) carry the scoring burden for the Bears, and even the top ones carry about 12 assists per game. Baylor also has the core of the cast, including Adam Flagler (9.0 ppg), Matthew Mayer (8.2 ppg), Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua (6.3 ppg), Mark Vital (5.7 ppg) and Flo Thamba (3.6 ppg). This rotation of eight men is meshing at the right time.
Major players in Houston
Juvenile guard Quentin Grimes averaged 18.0 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. It is 17 of the 3 points in the NCAA Tournament’s 17 (43.6 percent) 17. Sasser has an average of 13.3 points on the Cougars ’dynamic backcourt, and senior Dejon Jarreau gives up 10.8 points and 5.4 rebounds per game. Justin Gorham (8.6 ppg, 8.6 rpg) is the main player
Best Individual Match: Grimes Vs. Mitchell
That has become an issue for Baylo all season. Mitchell is a stopper – a great defensive player for 12 years. Bears ’defense struggled in the first half against Arkansas when Mitchell picked up three fouls in the first half. Grimes has only one game with 10 or more free throws this season, and he can’t settle for 3-point shots on the perimeter with Mitchell.
Baylor Vs. To find out the statistic in Houston
Both teams have defended the 3-point line well throughout the tournament. Houston’s four opponents have shot 24 out of 80 (30%) from there. Baylor limited their opponents from 72 to 72 (26.4%) by 3 points. If this trend continues, quick points and mid-court executions will make a difference on both sides.
Meet. . . MaCio Teague
Teague, a senior who began his career at UNC-Asheville, has been one of the good stories in the tournament. He didn’t get a double figure in foreign games for the first time this season in the second and third games against Villanova and Wisconsin, but he bounced back with 22 points against Arkansas. Teague is Baylor’s second-best free-kicker with 85.9 percent. On an important stage, he can be a key player in the final minutes.
Baylor vs Houston forecast
Schools have a history of Southwestern Conference days, and the Cougars have a 38-15 advantage in the series. The team has not reunited since 2003, and the Final Four drought should increase the intensity. Both teams can win with the defense, which can result in a hard shot in the first half. Look to consolidate the two teams in a tight second half, but Baylor’s back (and depth) will be the difference. The bears take advantage of the second-choice points and make free clutches in between.
Final result: Baylor 73, Houston 67