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What time does the NCAA championship start? TV schedule, channel for 2021 college basketball title game

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Gonzaga vs. Baylor odds, picks, predictions for national championship game

One game remains to conclude one of the most tumultuous college basketball seasons in recent memory.

There’s no denying the COVID-19 pandemic wrought havoc over the last calendar year, one that saw the abrupt cancellation of the 2020 tournament and several postponed or canceled games the season after. It has even affected the 2021 tournament, forcing VCU to go home without so much as a game under its belt.

And yet, at the end of it all, we have a matchup between what are considered the best two teams in college basketball: No. 1 Gonzaga out of the West, 31-0, and No. 1 Baylor out of the South, 27-2. Ironically, this is a matchup college basketball fans were supposed to see earlier in the season; naturally, it was canceled because of COVID-19.

Better late than never, yes?

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Regardless, you couldn’t have asked for a better end to the season. Both Mark Few’s Bulldogs and Scott Drew’s Bears are looking for their respective programs’ first ever NCAA Tournament championship. Both have been the clear best team on the floor throughout March Madness — barring a Final Four gauntlet between Gonzaga and UCLA — meaning something has to give come Monday.

These teams have a combined five players represented among Sporting News’ 2020-21 first-, second- and third-team All-Americans, including such NCAA Tournament stalwarts as Gonzaga’s Drew Timme, Jalen Suggs, Corey Kispert and Baylor’s Jared Butler and Davion Mitchell.

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That said, only one team can claim eternal March Madness glory. Here’s everything you need to know about the final game of the season:

What time does the NCAA Tournament championship start?

Tipoff for the national title game Gonzaga and Baylor is 9:20 p.m. ET on Monday, April 5.

Game Time (ET) | (PT) Date TV
Game 67: No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 1 Baylor 9:20 p.m. | 6:20 p.m. Monday, April 5 CBS, fuboTV

What channel is the Final Four on?

CBS will broadcast the national title game in 2021. Cord-cutters can watch the game online with NCAA March Madness Live, Paramount+ and fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.

MORE: Gonzaga vs. Baylor odds, picks, predictions for national championship game

March Madness results for Final Four teams

Gonzaga NCAA Tournament 2021 record

Date Round Opponent (region seed) Result
Saturday, March 20 Round 1 Norfolk State (West 16 seed) W, 98-55
Monday, March 22 Round 2 Oklahoma (West 8 seed) W, 87-71
Sunday, March 28 Sweet 16 Creighton (West 5 seed) W, 83-65
Tuesday, March 30 Elite Eight USC (West 6 seed) W, 85-66
Saturday, April 3 Final Four UCLA (East 11 seed) W, 93-90 (OT)
Saturday, April 3 National championship Baylor (South 1 seed) TBD

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) W, 78-59
Monday, April 5 National championship Gonzaga (West 1 seed) TBD

Where is the NCAA Tournament championship in 2021?

  • Location: Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis)

Lucas Oil Stadium is the host venue for the Final Four and national title game in 2021 — the third time since 2010. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the 2021 NCAA Tournament to be played entirely in the state of Indiana, meaning it also hosted games as early as the first round of the tournament.

Who won the national championship in 2020?

No one. The tournament was canceled outright because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The last teams to play in the national title game were Virginia (South 1 seed) and Texas Tech (West 3 seed) in 2019. The Cavaliers beat the Red Raiders 85-77 in overtime — not without controversy — to win the program’s first-ever national title. Below is a full rundown of each of the previous national title winners:

School National titles Most recent Runner-up finishes
UCLA 11 1995 2
Kentucky 8 2012 4
North Carolina 6 2017 5
Duke 5 2015 6
Indiana 5 1987 1
Connecticut 4 2014 0
Kansas 3 2008 6
Villanova 3 2018 1
Cincinnati 2 1962 1
Florida 2 2007 1
Louisville 2 1986 0
Michigan State 2 2000 1
North Carolina State 2 1983 0
Oklahoma State 2 1946 0
San Francisco 2 1956 0
Arizona 1 1997 1
Arkansas 1 1994 1
California 1 1959 1
City College of New York 1 1950 0
Georgetown 1 1984 3
Holy Cross 1 1947 0
La Salle 1 1954 0
Loyola (Ill.) 1 1963 0
Marquette 1 1977 1
Maryland 1 2002 0
Ohio State 1 1960 4
Oregon 1 1939 0
Stanford 1 1942 0
Syracuse 1 2003 2
UNLV 1 1990 0
Utah 1 1944 1
UTEP 1 1966 0
Virginia 1 2019 0
Wisconsin 1 1941 1
Wyoming 1 1943 0

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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.

MORE: Why Paige Bueckers was ineligible for ’21 WNBA Draft

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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