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Baylor vs. Houston live score, updates, highlights from 2021 Final Four game



Baylor vs. Houston odds, picks, predictions for March Madness Final Four game

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.

Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Baylor vs. Houston in the 2021 Final Four. Follow for complete results from the NCAA Tournament semifinals.

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Baylor vs. Houston score

  1H 2H Final
Baylor 45
Houston 30

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Baylor vs. Houston live updates, highlights from 2021 Final Four

All times Eastern

Second half

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

Game Time (ET) TV
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 Time (ET) TV
Game 67 9 p.m. CBS, fuboTV

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Why are Jake Paul and Ben Askren fighting? A callout lured ex-MMA champion out of retirement



Why are Jake Paul and Ben Askren fighting? A callout lured ex-MMA champion out of retirement

Jake Paul will look to improve his boxing record to 3-0 on April 17 when he steps into the ring with former MMA champion Ben Askren on Triller’s Fight Club.

Paul started his pro boxing career in January 2020 with a first-round knockout against fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib. He followed that with a knockout of former NBA player Nate Robinson in November on the undercard of Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones. This will be the first time that Paul steps into the ring with a former fighter.

Askren is a two-time Division I wrestling national champion who became a champion at Bellator and ONE Championship before finishing his mixed martial arts career in the UFC. He amassed a record of 19-2 before retiring from the sport in November 2018.

How did a fight between a YouTuber and a former MMA champion happen?

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Why are Jake Paul and Jake Paul fighting?

Before and after his second-round knockout over former NBA player Nate Robinson last November, Jake Paul called out several MMA fighters to step into a boxing ring with him. Among them were Conor McGregor, Nate Diaz, Dillon Danis, Jorge Masvidal and Ben Askren. Although some suggested they’d take the fight on social media, only the recently retired Askren made it clear that he’d be more than willing to meet the YouTube celebrity for a fight. 

“Boxing, that seems kind of easy,” Askren told Submission Radio about the possibility of stepping into the ring following hip surgery. “Like, I’m sure I could do that. Like, there’s no shots, there’s no slams, there’s not leg locks. I dunno, that seems relatively safe to me.”

Askren wasn’t impressed with Paul’s knockout of Robinson and stated that he’s sure he’d fare much better than Robinson and AnEsonGib, a YouTuber that Paul stopped in the first round last January.

“It’s hard to say when you’re going against someone who’s that bad,” Askren said. “I watched the highlights, Nate Robinson, good god. I mean, honestly, it looked like he’d never been boxing before. For someone who’s such an elite athlete – I mean, this guy’s a very elite athlete, he was a great basketball player – he couldn’t box worth a damn.

“Obviously I’m someone who is a high-level fighter, who has a large following, who was maybe not known for his stand-up. I think that’s probably what he’s thinking.”

After a bit of back and forth on social media, it was announced that Paul would return to the ring in April for a fight on Triller against Askren in an eight-round cruiserweight bout. 

Since the fight was announced, the two have ramped up their rivalry on social media with Paul dragging Askren’s wife into the feud. The feud heated up at a March press conference where words were exchanged and it nearly became physical during the staredown. 

Both have made promises to knock out the other but only one will come out victorious on April 17. 

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ESPN’s Holly Rowe speaks French and English in WNBA Draft interview; Twitter reacts



ESPN's Holly Rowe speaks French and English in WNBA Draft interview; Twitter reacts

ESPN reporter Holly Rowe received many a “tres bien” from her confrères in media for conducting a bilingual interview with WNBA Draft pick Iliana Rupert, a France international, on Thursday night.

Rupert was chosen 12th overall by the Las Vegas Aces. With the draft being a virtual event for the second year in a row because of COVID-19, Rowe conducted the post-selection interview in an ESPN studio while Rupert was on camera remotely.

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Rowe began the interview with “Bonsoir,” or “Good evening,” and asked Rupert in French whether she spoke English. Rupert responded in the affirmative and the interview proceeded in English.

“It’s always been one of my dreams and it’s amazing being recognized,” Rupert said. “I’m really happy to [represent] my country and I’m just excited to finally start this journey.”

After two more questions and responses in English, Rowe switched back to French for the interview’s conclusion, telling Rupert “Bienvenue,” or “Welcome,” to the WNBA. She also gave her regards to Rupert’s family.

Rowe’s media colleagues were quick with the compliments.

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‘It shows how exciting we can be!’ – Saka says Arsenal have real chance of winning Europa League after Slavia rout



'It shows how exciting we can be!' - Saka says Arsenal have real chance of winning Europa League after Slavia rout

Bukayo Saka says Arsenal have a real chance of winning the Europa League after their rout of Slavia Prague, and claims their latest performance “shows everyone how exciting we can be”.

Arsenal bounced back from a disappointing 1-1 draw against Slavia in the first leg of their quarter-final tie at Emirates Stadium by picking up a comprehensive 4-0 victory in the Czech Republic on Thursday night.

Saka was among the scorers as the Gunners booked a last-four clash with Villarreal, and he is confident they can now go all the way in the competition after flexing their attacking muscles at the Sinobo Stadium.

What’s been said?

“It was fantastic from start to finish. We did it for all the fans, they all deserve it for all the support they give us. We are really happy to progress,” the Arsenal winger told BT Sport.

“We showed real character. The first one was disallowed, Emile deserved a goal, we kept going and got the first one again. We pretty much killed the game in the first half.

“In the first leg we played well but weren’t clinical, credit to the manager and coaching staff, the way we set up, pressed, they couldn’t get out.

“It shows everyone how exciting we can be, when we play like this it is so amazing to be involved in. We have a chance of going to the final and winning this competition, it is up to us. We look forward to the next opponent.”

Arsenal put Slavia to the sword

The Gunners went at their Czech opponents right from the first whistle in the second leg clash, and found themselves in front after just 18 minutes when Nicolas Pepe dinked the ball into the net after being teed up by Emile Smith Rowe.

Alexandre Lacazette then doubled the visitors’ account from the penalty spot after Saka was fouled in the box, and the teenager got his goal moments later when he cut in from the right-wing before firing the ball low past the goalkeeper at his near post.

Lacazette added extra gloss to the final scoreline with a trademark finish 13 minutes from time as Arsenal progressed to the semi-finals 5-1 on aggregate.

What’s next?

Arsenal will now turn their attention back to the Premier League, with a home fixture against Fulham scheduled to take place on Sunday.

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