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The Elite Eight of the 2021 NCAA Tournament begins on Monday evening, and the second game of the night includes a matchup between No.
1 seed Baylor and No.
3 seed Arkansas in the South Region.
The winner will advance to the Final Four in Indianapolis on Saturday.
Baylor is a blistering 25-2 this season, with impressive wins over Wisconsin and Villanova to advance to the Regional Final.
Arkansas (25-6) was threatened by No.
15 seed Oral Roberts on Saturday, with wins over Colgate and Texas Tech during the tournament’s opening weekend.
The game is scheduled to tip at 9:57 p.m.
ET on CBS.
William Hill Sportsbook lists the Bears as 7.5-point favorites, up from opening at -7, in the latest Baylor vs.
The over-under for total points expected is set at 147.5.
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Baylor picks, check out the March Madness college basketball predictions and betting advice from the SportsLine Projection Model.
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The Bears have been a top-three team throughout the season and, when accounting for a dip after a COVID-related team pause, Baylor has been even better.
Much of that is tied to stellar play on the perimeter, with four highly impressive guards that can put pressure on the opponent on both ends.
Jared Butler is an All-American, averaging 16.6 points, 4.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game, and he is also connecting on 39.9 percent of his 3-point offerings.
Davion Mitchell is a fellow All-American candidate, scoring 15.1 points and adding a team-leading 5.3 assists per game, all while burying 45.3 percent from 3-point range.
Butler and Mitchell are supported by MaCio Teague (15.7 points per game) and Adam Flagler (16 points in the Sweet 16 win over Villanova), and that quarter keys the Bears to a top-three mark in adjusted offensive efficiency (122.3).
Arkansas does have a bevy of impressive perimeter players, but Baylor should have the edge on offense, and the Bears are also a top-six team in the country in both turnover creation rate (24.8 percent) and steal rate (12.9 percent).
The Razorbacks are a very strong offensive team with no glaring statistical weaknesses.
Arkansas attacks the offensive glass to the tune of a 31.6 percent offensive rebound rate, and the Razorbacks dominated that area of the floor against Oral Roberts.
Baylor is a poor defensive rebounding team, and the Razorbacks should be able to generate second-chance opportunities.
Arkansas is also above-average in ball security, committing a turnover on only 17.0 percent of possessions, with good marks in 2-point shooting (51.2 percent) and free throw shooting (74.0 percent).
Eric Musselman’s team is a top-10 group in the country on the defensive end, limiting opponents to an unsightly 47.6 percent mark in effective field goal shooting.
Arkansas also creates havoc with a 20.3 percent turnover rate, and the Razorbacks should be able to hold up on the defensive glass against an aggressive Baylor team.
The Razorbacks are above-average in both block rate (13.0 percent) and steal rate (10.5 percent), and Baylor struggles to both free throw creation rate and free throw accuracy, landing outside the top 200 nationally in both metrics.
The model is leaning over on the total, projecting the teams to combine for 156 points.
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The slugfest in the round of 8 delivered what the coaches had predicted: a thriller that could have been a title game
The slugfest in the round of 8 delivered what the coaches had predicted: a thriller that could have been a title game.
SAN ANTONIO — The Final Four of the N.C.A.A.
women’s basketball tournament, it seems, came early — UConn sneaking past Baylor, 69-67, in a game between championship pedigrees that looked much more like a title slugfest than a test in the round of 8.
The Huskies used a 19-point run that started late in the third quarter to surge ahead, then held on for their tournament life until the final possession, when their freshman star Paige Bueckers snagged the Bears’ final inbound pass to seal the win, securing UConn’s 13th consecutive trip to the Final Four.
On the other side of the Alamodome, which is divided into two courts, Arizona edged Indiana, 66-53, in a physical game that included a game-stopping altercation between the players.
The Wildcats earned their first trip to the Final Four.
UConn has won the championship 11 times under Coach Geno Auriemma, who was mobbed by his team with paper confetti as he gave a postgame interview following the win.
Bueckers scored 28 points, asserting her presence early and then taking over again late as UConn turned back a determined Baylor team.
“Just to be a part of that history, that’s why I came here,” Bueckers said in a postgame interview.
Baylor held a 2-point lead going into the final quarter.
The Bears repeatedly kept UConn from taking easy shots, knocking jumpers out of bounds and securing the ball off the glass to keep control.
DiJonai Carrington served as her team’s main disruptive force off the bench, leading with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 2 steals and making numerous plays on defense to keep UConn from getting into a flow.
DiDi Richards, the 2020 Naismith defensive player of the year, went down clutching her left hamstring at the end of the third, and UConn started to close the gap.
By the time Richards returned to the game, UConn had gained an advantage.
“The whole story of the game is DiDi Richards goes down and the whole momentum shifted,” Baylor Coach Kim Mulkey said.
The Huskies took the lead on a second-chance layup by Aaliyah Edwards with less than nine minutes left.
Bueckers followed up with two jumpers, but the teams repeatedly fouled one another to inch the score up point by point.
Two free throws with 19 seconds left by Carrington put Baylor back within a point of the win.
On Baylor’s penultimate possession, Carrington drove to the basket and wanted a foul to be called, but the referees did not blow the whistle and Baylor’s players were so frustrated that they delayed fouling as crucial time ticked away.
“It’s a tough way to end a game,” Carrington said after the game.
“Really frustrating, pictures don’t lie, tape don’t lie.”
It was UConn’s defense that came through at the end — the Bears missed their last four field goal attempts — to deliver yet another Final Four.
“This was harder than winning some of the national championships that we’ve won,” Auriemma said.
Mulkey had predicted correctly that the game could be “ugly,” with both teams scoring less than they were used to and turning the ball over more often.
The all-star matchup came a few months late: The Huskies were set to visit the Bears in Waco, Texas, in January before Mulkey contracted the coronavirus.
The last time the teams met was in January 2020, when the Bears — the reigning champion after winning the N.C.A.A.
tournament in 2019 — walked away with a 74-58 win and snapped a 98-game home winning streak for UConn.
A year earlier, Baylor broke UConn’s run of 126 consecutive regular-season wins.
Headed into their regional final, UConn and Baylor had met eight times, and each had won four times.
“I wish it was for the national championship and not a chance to get to a Final Four because I think both programs are just elite and it’s a shame somebody has to lose,” Mulkey told reporters on Sunday.
Their matchup happening this early in the tournament was in part a credit to the depth at the top of the 64-team field, with Baylor as one of several formidable teams seeded second who could certainly be considered title contenders.
Already in this tournament, some teams at the top have been tested, and one No.
1 seed, North Carolina State, was upset by Indiana in the round of 16.
“Explain to me how they are a No.
2 seed,” Auriemma said of Baylor on Sunday.
“These things happen, I know, but I think they deserved to be an No.
1 seed, if you look around the rest of the tournament.”
To reach the round of 8, Baylor blew past its first- and second-round opponents but needed overtime to prevail against Michigan in the regional semifinal, 78-75.
Its best player this tournament has been NaLyssa Smith, a junior forward from Converse, Texas, who had made 26 of her 33 shots this tournament leading up to Monday’s game, including all 11 she took in Baylor’s round of 16 win.
Against UConn, she had 14 points.
UConn has delivered three clear wins in this tournament, its first two without Auriemma present after he contracted the coronavirus.
The Huskies won in the round of 16 by containing Caitlin Clark, the leading scorer in Division I, and Iowa in a 92-72 victory on Saturday.
Bueckers has been the buzz for the Huskies — posting 62 points, 23 rebounds and 18 assists in their first three tournament games — but Saturday’s game reminded opponents that UConn’s depth is its true weapon.
Indiana gave Arizona a run for its money in a low-scoring game.
After trailing throughout the third quarter, the Hoosiers tied the game going into the fourth thanks to a second-chance pull-up jumper by Aleksa Gulbe.
But Indiana missed its last three shots — and all nine of its 3-point attempts in the game.
Aari McDonald, Arizona’s leader who has a streak of 91 games scoring at least 10 points, had game highs of 33 points, 11 rebounds and 4 assists.
She was walked off the court with less than three minutes to play to have her left ankle wrapped after a fall, but she returned to deliver a driving layup on a fast break and several free throws without a sign of pain.
Her final free throw was the last bit of action before her teammates and coaches swarmed the court with a bucket of confetti.
On Tuesday night, top-seeded South Carolina faces No.
6 seed Texas while Stanford, another top seed, plays No.
2 seed Louisville for the other two spots in the national semifinals scheduled for Friday.
– March 30, 2021
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