UPDATE 5:00 p.m. Here are the latest bet splits from DraftKings Sportsbook:
Houston +5 (25% of action, 20% of bets)
Baylor -5 (75% of action, 80% of bets)
It’s a battle of two Texas teams in the first national semifinal of the 2021 NCAA Tournament, as the No. 2 Houston Cougars will face the No. 1 Baylor Bears on Saturday night.
Below is all the information you’ll need for the first national semifinal this Saturday in Indianapolis, including the opening odds from DraftKings Sportsbook.
Game date: Saturday, April 3rd
Game time: 5:14 p.m.
TV channel: CBS
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN
March Madness Odds from DraftKings Sportsbook
Point spread: Baylor -5
Point total: 135.5
Moneyline: Houston +180, Baylor -220
No. 2 Houston 28-3 (14-3 American Conference)
First Round: Defeated No. 15 Cleveland State 87-56
Second Round: Defeated No. 10 Rutgers 63-60
Third Round: Defeated No. 11 Syracuse 62-46
Fourth Round: Defeated No. 12 Oregon State 67-61
KenPom rating: 4 Overall, 8 Offense, 6 Defense
Leading scorer: Quentin Grimes (18.0 ppg)
Key stat of tournament: The Cougars are the first team to have played four double-digit seeds to reach the Final Four.
The Coogs got past the Oregon State Beavers 67-61 to get through to the Final Four, and are the first team not from the Pac-12 to beat a Pac-12 team in this tournament. Marcus Sasser led all players with 20 points, and UH was 16-24 from the free throw line while grabbing 19 offensive rebounds to just seven for the Beavers.
No. 1 Baylor 26-2 (13-1 Big 12)
First Round: Defeated No. 16 Hartford 79-55
Second Round: Defeated No. 9 Wisconsin 76-63
Third Round: Defeated No. 5 Villanova 62-51
Fourth Round: Defeated No. 3 Arkansas 81-72
KenPom rating: 2 Overall, 3 Offense, 27 Defense
Leading scorer: Jared Butler (16.6 ppg)
Key stat of tournament: Baylor has shot 30-84 from three-point range in the tournament.
Baylor shot 8-15 from three-point range against Arkansas and forced 15 turnovers while committing only nine. MaCio Teague led all scorers with 22 points to get the Bears back to the Final Four for the first time in 71 years.
The All-Texas battle on Saturday night will be filled with athleticism, but Houston might have more length than any team the Bears have faced during the regular season.