The 2021 Final Four has a matchup of West Coast teams and this Texas-sized tilt between the Houston Cougars and Baylor Bears. These two schools last met in 2002 in the final game of the Space City Classic as Terrance Thomas hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Bears a 62-60 victory. The Lone Star State programs are set to renew acquaintances on Saturday night in Lucas Oil Stadium, and the stakes couldn’t be much higher.
Houston’s path to the Final Four was a pretty easy one considering the No. 2 seed in the Midwest Region has yet to face a team seeded higher than 10. The Cougars picked up an easy win over No. 14 Cleveland State before needing a late comeback to overcome No. 10 Rutgers. Houston righted the ship in a win over No. 11 Syracuse before holding off No. 12 Oregon State in the second half to punch their ticket to the Final Four. None of the Cougars’ opponents managed to score more than 62 points either.
Baylor’s path was much tougher, although the top seed in the South Region made it look really easy with double-digit victories over No. 16 Hartford, No. 9 Wisconsin, and No. 5 Villanova before beating No. 3 Arkansas 81-72 on Monday night. The Bears have flashed some defense during March as well, so points could be hard to come by in the first Final Four matchup.
Final Four: No. 2 Houston (28-3) vs. No. 1 Baylor (26-2)
Time: Saturday, April 3 at 5:14 p.m. ET