INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest from the Final Four (all times EDT):
So far, Marcus Sasser is carrying the Houston offense. And the defense is struggling to slow Baylor.
The sophomore guard has 15 points on 5-for-9 shooting, with each made shot coming from behind the arc. But the rest of the team has started 1 for 11 and has just two points.
Sasser had struggled in the past three tournament games with his shot, making 11 of 43 attempts and 7 of 27 3-pointers.
More alarmingly, Houston’s defense that had held every tournament opponent to 61 points or less allowed Baylor to shoot 58% and make 6 of 12 3-pointers. The Bears led 33-17 near the 5-minute mark of the first half.
The first NCAA Tournament semifinal has tipped off in Indianapolis between two Texas teams that have Indiana connections.
Baylor coach Scott Drew graduated from Butler and coached at Valparaiso. Houston coach Kelvin Sampson spent two seasons as coach of the Indiana Hoosiers.
It’s only the third time that two teams from the same state have squared off in the Final Four, the last being Louisville and Kentucky in 2012.
The top-seeded Bears have reached the Final Four for the first time since 1950. The Cougars, the Midwest Region champs, have reached the national semis for the first time since 1984.
Students from six Indiana schools sang the national anthem before the tip.
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