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What channel is Baylor vs. Houston on today? Time, TV schedule for 2021 Final Four game

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What channel is Baylor vs. Houston on today? Time, TV schedule for 2021 Final Four game

Two Lone Star State teams set on returning to former glory will make up the first Final Four matchup of the 2021 NCAA Tournament.

The matchup between Houston (Midwest 2 seed) and Baylor (South 1 seed) would be interesting enough on its own if you focused solely on the Texas supremacy angle; luckily for March Madness fans, the players and coaches on both teams provide great storylines that only add to the intrigue of the matchup.

Consider Houston, a team that has not made the Final Four since the Phi Slama Jama days in the mid-1980s. The Cougars would love nothing more than to extend their NCAA Tournament stay in honor of those players who took the NCAA Tournament — and college basketball — by storm. Then there’s coach Kelvin Sampson, whose road here was built brick by brick after he left college for six years. Quentin Grimes, a former one-and-done candidate whose early career at Kansas didn’t play out as he wanted, but that regardless has found him among college basketball’s elite.

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Baylor, meanwhile, was once considered on the same tier as No. 1 overall seed Gonzaga and a potential undefeated candidate — before COVID-19 disrupted their season. The Bears have two losses this season, but are still considered to be on a collision course with the Bulldogs, if they can get past Houston first. A resurgent defense makes it all the more likely that collision happens. It would also be the team’s first championship berth since 1948.

Here’s hoping the team’s play on Saturday matches the incredible storylines prevalent in this matchup. Until then, here’s everything you need to watch Baylor vs. Houston in the first Final Four game, including time, date, location, updated betting odds and more:

What channel is Baylor vs. Houston on tonight?

CBS, which has exclusive broadcast rights for the 2021 Final Four, will air both Baylor-Houston and Gonzaga-UCLA on Saturday.

Baylor vs. Houston start time

  • Date: Saturday, April 3
  • 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.

Where is the Final Four in 2021?

  • Location: Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis)

Lucas Oil Stadium will serve as the Final Four site for the third time since 2010. Because the COVID-19 pandemic forced the 2021 NCAA Tournament to be played entirely in the state of Indiana, the venue also was used as early as the first round to host games.

March Madness will move to New Orleans in 2022, Houston in 2023, Phoenix in 2024 and San Antonio in 2025 before returning to Indianapolis’ Lucas Oil Stadium in 2026. Below are the full dates for the Final Four in each of the next five seasons.

Year Host city Venue Dates
2022 New Orleans Mercedes-Benz Superdome April 2, 4
2023 Houston NRG Stadium April 1, 3
2024 Glendale, Ariz. State Farm Stadium April 6, 8
2025 San Antonio Alamodome April 5, 7
2026 Indianapolis Lucas Oil Stadium April 4, 6

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

Baylor vs. Houston odds to win Final Four matchup

Baylor opened as a five-point favorite over Houston, and the line has stayed consistent as the game approaches. The Bears have had a slightly more taxing road to the Final Four, beating three straight single-digit seeds to reach the national semifinal. The Cougars, meanwhile, were paired against the 15, 10, 11 and 12 seeds. Whether that means Baylor is more battle-tested or weary remains to be seen.

Below is spread, over/under and moneyline for Baylor-Houston as of noon ET on Wednesday, March 31:

  • Spread: Baylor (-5)
  • Over/under: 135
  • Moneyline: Baylor -200, Houston +175

Baylor NCAA Tournament 2021 record

Date Round Opponent (region seed) Result
Friday, March 19 Round 1 Hartford (South 16 seed) W, 79-55
Sunday, March 21 Round 2 Wisconsin (South 9 seed) W, 76-63
Saturday, March 27 Sweet 16 Villanova (South 5 seed) W, 62-51
Monday, March 29 Elite Eight Arkansas (South 3 seed) W, 81-72
Saturday, April 3 Final Four Houston (Midwest 2 seed) TBD

Houston NCAA Tournament 2021 record

Date Round Opponent (region seed) Result
Friday, March 19 Round 1 Cleveland State (Midwest 15 seed) W, 87-56
Sunday, March 21 Round 2 Rutgers (Midwest 10 seed) W, 63-60
Saturday, March 27 Sweet 16 Syracuse (Midwest 11 seed) W, 62-46
Monday, March 29 Elite Eight Oregon State (Midwest 12 seed) W, 67-61
Saturday, April 3 Final Four Baylor (South 1 seed) TBD

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

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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

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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

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'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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