Final Four Picks: Baylor vs Houston 4/3/21 College Basketball Picks, Odds, Predictions
April 3, 2021 5:14 pm EDT
The Baylor Bears face the Houston Cougars in an NCAA Tournament Final Four matchup in college basketball action from Lucas Oil Stadium on Saturday.
The Houston Cougars reached their first final four since 1985 after a 67-61 win over Oregon State in the Elite Eight. Marcus Sasser led the Cougars with 20 points including 5 threes and a pair of steals while Quentin Grimes added 18 points with 4 threes, 4 assists and a pair of steals and Dejon Jarreau chipped in 10 points with 8 rebounds, a pair of blocks and a team-high 8 assists to cap off the trio of double-digit scorers for Houston in the winning effort. Justin Gorham added 6 points with a team-high 10 rebounds for the double-double for the Cougars in the victory.
The Baylor Bears reached their first final four since 1950 after an 81-72 win over Arkansas last time out. MaCio Teague led the Bears in scoring with 22 points on 8 of 18 shooting with 3 threes and 5 rebounds while Jared Butler added 14 points on 4 of 11 shooting with a pair of threes and 5 assists. Davion Mitchell chipped in 12 points on 6 of 11 shooting with a team-high 6 assists and Adam Flagler added 10 points with 3 assists and a team-high 4 steals in the winning effort as well for Baylor to cap off the group of double-digit scorers for the Bears in the victory.
Houston is 11-2 ATS in their last 13 games as an underdog and 14-6 ATS in their last 20 games overall while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 NCAA tournament games. Baylor is 26-12 ATS in their last 38 games against a team with a winning record and 10-3 ATS in their last 13 neutral site games while the over is 13-3 in their last 16 games overall.
I have no doubts that this is going to be a fantastic game between two teams that can really play outstanding defense and have the offense to go along with it. However, I just think that as good as Baylor is, Houston’s going to bring the intensity to match and this is a well-coached Houston team that can do it all just as well as Baylor can. In a tight game like this, five points in our pocket is going to be huge. Give me Houston and the points here.