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What time is the Final Four tonight? TV schedule, channels for 2021 March Madness semifinal games

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What time is the Final Four tonight? TV schedule, channels for 2021 March Madness semifinal games

The 2021 NCAA Tournament — the entire 2020-21 college basketball season — comes down to four teams.

The biggest surprise of the Final Four is 11 seed UCLA, a team that no one (if we’re being honest) saw advancing past the first weekend, at best. And yet the Bruins, led by coach Mick Cronin and the fantastic duo of Johnny Juzang and Jaime Jaquez Jr., won the East Region with wins over 1-seed Michigan, 2-seed Alabama and 6-seed BYU, among others.

They will face off against Gonzaga, which has left no doubt it is deserving of its top overall seed. The West Region champion Zags have been unstoppable not only on offense, as evidenced by their average 24-point margin of victory, but also their defense; only one of Gonzaga’s opponents has eclipsed the 70-point mark. The trio of Drew Timme, Corey Kispert and Jalen Suggs are running Mark Few’s machine to perfection.

MORE: Watch the Final Four live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)

On the other side of the bracket, Midwest champion Houston will face off against South champion Baylor. Quentin Grimes has been the primary playmaker of Kelvin Sampson’s Cougars team, but it should take a team effort to upend Baylor. The Bears are led by Jared Butler, but their defensive effort against Villanova and Arkansas should make them the favorite to play in the national championship game.

Here’s everything you need to know to watch the Final Four in 2021, the penultimate set of games for the 2020-21 college basketball season:

What time does the Final Four start?

  • Date: Saturday, April 3
  • Time: 5:14 p.m. ET | 2:14 p.m. PT

Tip off for the first Final Four game between Houston and Baylor is 5:14 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 3. The scheduled time for Gonzaga-UCLA is 8:34 p.m. ET, though that’s subject to change if the first game runs over.

Below is the full schedule for the Final Four on Saturday:

Game Time (ET) TV
No. 2 Houston vs. No. 1 Baylor 5:14 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
No. 11 UCLA vs. No. 1 Gonzaga 8:34 p.m. CBS, fuboTV

What channel is the Final Four on?

CBS has broadcast rights for the Final Four and national title game in 2021, meaning every game from here on out will be broadcast on the station. Cord-cutters have several options to watch the game as well, including NCAA March Madness Live, Paramount+ and fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.

MORE: Ranking the Final Four teams’ chances to win it all, from the Zags to Bruins

March Madness results for Final Four teams

Houston

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

Baylor

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

UCLA

Date Round Opponent (region seed) Result
Thursday, March 18 First Four Michigan State (East 11 seed) W, 86-80 (OT)
Saturday, March 20 Round 1 BYU (East 6 seed) W, 73-62
Monday, March 22 Round 2 Abilene Christian (East 14 seed) W, 67-47
Sunday, March 28 Sweet 16 Alabama (East 2 seed) W, 88-78 (OT)
Tuesday, March 30 Elite Eight Michigan (East 1 seed) W, 51-49
Saturday, April 3 Final Four Gonzaga (West 1 seed) TBD

Gonzaga

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) TBD

Where is the Final Four in 2021?

  • Location: Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis)

Lucas Oil Stadium is the host venue for the Final Four 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 Final Four in 2020?

No one. The tournament was canceled outright just days before Selection Sunday due to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The last teams to play in the Final Four were Virginia (South 1 seed); Auburn (Midwest 5 seed); Michigan State (East 2 seed); and Texas Tech (West 3 seed) in 2019. The Cavaliers beat Auburn — controversially — 63-62. Texas Tech beat Michigan State 61-51.

From there, Virginia went on to beat the Red Raiders 85-77 in overtime — again, not without controversy — to win the program’s first-ever national title.

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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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