2021 NCAA Final Four Preview


Christopher Adams, Sports Writer

This year’s March Madness has been very entertaining to watch. Everything from Oral Roberts almost making a crazy Cinderella run, all the upsets, and 11 seed first four-team UCLA now playing in the Final Four. 

This year’s Final Four matchups are very interesting, with two teams that almost everyone expected playing in it, and also a team that basically no one thought would make it this far.

The first game of the matchups is Number two seed Houston vs Number one seed Baylor. The other game is Number 11 seed UCLA vs Number 1 seed Gonzaga. 

Everyone expected Baylor and Gonzaga to be in the Final Four, a good amount of people might have expected Houston to be in it also. However, almost no one expected the 11 seed UCLA to make it all the way to the Final Four. 

These two games will be played on Saturday, April 3rd at the Lucas Oil Stadium. The Houston vs Baylor game will tip-off at 4:14 P.M. and the UCLA vs. Gonzaga game will tip-off at 7:34 P.M.

The UCLA Bruins went 22-9 this season, and they are on a 5 game win streak. Their opponent, The Gonzaga Bulldogs went 30-0 this season, which means they have yet to lose a game. 

Gonzaga is obviously the favorite to win, as they are favored to win by 14. The leading scorer for Gonzaga is Drew Timme, as he averages 19 points a game.  The leading scorer for UCLA is Johnny Juzang, as he averages 15.5 points per game. 

The Houston Cougars went 28-3 this season, and they are on an 11 game win streak. Their opponent, the Baylor Bears went 26-2 this season. 

The Baylor Bears are favored to win this game, but only by five points. The leading scorer for Houston is Quentin Grimes, as he averages 18 points per game. The leading scorer for Baylor is Jared Butler, as he averages 16.5 points per game. 

Both of these games should be very competitive and entertaining to watch on Saturday. Whoever wins the two games on Saturday, will face off in the National Championship on Monday, April 5th.