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Who’s in the Final Four? Teams, odds and more to know for March Madness 2021 semi-finals

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Half the slate of the Final Four has been established and includes two teams that haven’t reached this stage of the NCAA tournament in decades.

Houston, the No.2 seed in the Midwest region, will face Baylor, the No.1 seed in the South region, on Saturday in a national semi-final. The winners of Tuesday’s eight Elite games (USC-Gonzaga and UCLA-Michigan) meet in the other semi-final on Saturday. The winners of the Final Four matches will play in the National Championship match – the first since the 2019-20 season.

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Here’s everything you need to know about Saturday’s Final Four games, including times, dates, location, odds and more:

Who is in the Final Four in 2021?

  • Houston (Midwest Region Champion)
  • Baylor (champion of the southern region)
  • Gonzaga or USC (Western Region Champion)
  • Michigan or UCLA (Eastern Region Champion)

Houston was the first team to land their Final Four ticket with a landslide 67-61 victory over 12-seeded Oregon State on Monday. The Cougars had a 17-point lead that narrowed to a tie before putting the pincers on the Beavers and winning by six. Baylor was also challenged against Arkansas before the Razorbacks suffered a major drought and Baylor retired in a possible 81-72 victory.

Final Four odds, lines, spreads

This section will be updated

Houston (No.2, Midwest) vs. Baylor (No.1, South)

  • Propagated: Baylor -5
  • More under: 135.5
  • Moneyline: Baylor -220, Houston +180

When and where is the Final Four?

The 2021 NCAA tournament concludes with the Final Four and the National Championship on April 3 and 5, respectively. All games will be played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis on the site’s two courts, named “Equality” and “Unity” to recognize the NCAA’s commitment to inclusion and social justice.

Below is the Final Four TV show:

Thu Time (ET) TV
Game 65: No.2 Houston vs. No.1 Baylor 5 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
Game 66: Gonzaga / USC vs. Michigan / UCLA 8:30 p.m. CBS, fuboTV

How many times has Houston been to the Final Four?

The Cougars had participated in the Final Four five times before their place in 2021, all before the start of the era of extended support: in 1967, 1968 and 1982-84. The last three were the famous “Phi Slama Jama” teams of Guy V. Lewis. Neither team won the tournament, with the Cougars finishing second in 1983 and 1984. The schedule is closest to the Final Four since 2019, when Kelvin Sampson took the team to Sweet 16.

Below is an overview of each of the Cougars’ last four appearances, along with the end result of the respective tournaments:

Year Final result
1967 Houston 84, NC 62 (Third Place Domestic Game)
1968 Ohio State 89, Houston 85 (Third Place Domestic Game)
1982 North Carolina 68, Houston 63 (Final Four)
1983 NC State 54, Houston 52 (national championship)
1984 Georgetown 84, Houston 75 (national championship)
2021 against Baylor

How many times has Baylor been to the Final Four?

Baylor will make their third Final Four appearance on Saturday, and their first since 1950. Prior to that, the team’s only other Final Four appearance was in 1948. The Bears have since moved closer, reaching the Sweet 16 in 2010, 2012 , 2014 and 2017 and the Elite Eight in 2010 and 2012.

Here’s how Baylor’s previous appearances in the Final Four went:

Year Final result
1948 Kentucky 58, Baylor 32 (national championship)
1950 NC State 53, Baylor 41 (Domestic Third Place Game)
2021 against Houston


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