Probability, chances, predictions of the Final Four: Baylor leaves Houston, Gonzaga beats UCLA to win 2021 title
Which Final Four will become the story of the national tournament?
There are four compelling stories to tell at the national oil semifinals at Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday.
Baylor No. 1 (26-2) meets No. 2 Houston (28-3) in the first national semifinal at 5:14 p.m. The Bears are making their third appearance in the Third Quarterfinals and want to play in the tournament for the first time since 1948. The Cougars have returned to the Quarter-Finals for the first time since the best of the 1980s Phi Slama Jama. This match between the former rivals of the Southwest Conference needs to be warmed up.
That’s Gonzaga No. 1 (30-0) and UCLA No. 11 (22-9) for the second semifinal match at 8:34 p.m. The Bulldogs are trying to finish the first season undefeated. Indiana 1975-76. The Bruins escaped from the Top Four and are trying to add the 12th national championship to their collection.
Which two groups will make up these stories? Sporting News announces national semi-finals:
Final Four odds 2021
Below are the options for the March Fool’s March final, including the distribution of each point, the money lines, and the excess amounts for each match. According to the FanDuel sports center.
|The game||Scatter||Moneyline||Over under|
|Baylor vs Houston||BADIA -5||BADIA -215||134|
|Gonzaga vs. UCLA||GON -14||GON -1100||145.5|
Final Four options, predictions
Baylor No. 1 (-5) vs. Houston No. 2
Saturday, 5:14 p.m., CBS
Baylor Gonzaga is considered the best bet to be eliminated for a 10.0-point average break in the game, but mostly they will have to beat the Houston defensive team. That’s a reflection of coaches Scott Drew and Kelvin Sampson.
The Bears ’strength is the backcourt made up of Jared Butler, MaCio Teague and Davion Mitchell. Baylor is playing 35.7% of the three-point sessions in the tournament, but the hidden key to that success has been roles like Adam Flagler, Matthew Mayer, Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua, Mark Vital and Flo Thamba.
This rotation of eight men has been effective, and the bears are enough to win with attack or defense.
Houston’s offense revolved around Quentin Grimes, who scored 43.6% of his 3-point attempts in the tournament. Marcus Sasser is a great man on the wing and plays an average of 13.3 points, and Dejon Jarreau and Justin Gorham are the key protagonists. The Cougars are winning with the defense. They only support 55.8 ppg. in the championship, and that view will not change against Baylor.
The key fixture will be Grimes against Mitchell, who is one of the best defensive players in college basketball. Houston has to shoot the ball from 3 points, and Baylor has limited his opponents to shoot 26.4 from that range.
We expect a close match in the first half, a tough defense on both sides. Baylor, however, are a consistent attacking team, and in the second half they should have created enough transition points and a second chance to get away. Bears will have to throw free kicks late to seal, which is no guarantee that they are at 70.2% in the season.
Baylor, however, will move on and play in the national championship.
Final result: Baylor 73, Houston 67
No. 1 Gonzaga (-14) vs. No. 11 UCLA
Saturday, 8:34 p.m., CBS
The Bulldogs defeated their first four tournament opponents by an average of 24 points per game, averaging 91.6 pp this season. Mark Few is on the verge of achieving that elusive national championship, and the attack is spectacular.
Gonzaga will present UCLA’s crime issues, which will begin with the Drew Timme Center (p. 18.9). The Bruins are already with a size advantage, and Timme’s ability to get through double teams will be much more difficult. UCLA striker Cody Riley, who failed against Michigan, will be there.
Corey Kispert (19.0 pp) and Jalen Suggs (14.0 pp) are high-scoring options on the backfield, and Joel Ayayi and Andrew Nembhard can get double figures on any night.
UCLA should be great on both sides, but coach Mick Cronin deserves it for causing disagreements against No. 2 Alabama in the Eastern Region and No. 1 in Michigan.
The Bruins ’offense continues with Johnny Juzang, averaging 22.4 ppg with a transfer to Kentucky. championship. Jaime Jaquez, Jules Bernard and Tyger Campbell – the goalkeeper who has risen to the championship – make up the talented backcourt.
The problem is that UCLA is suffering from drought, and it can’t resist Gonzaga’s fast pace. The Bruins are 9-1 when they force 13 or more bills, but they may need Gonzaga to make at least 20 bills and spend the night.
That’s too much to ask for. Emotions should be high for the Pac-12 pride dynamic, but Gonzaga has won the season in style.
Final result: Gonzaga 84, UCLA 70