Houston or Baylor? Boston College hoops coach Earl Grant joins Steve Burton to preview Saturday's Final Four matchup between the Cougars and Bears,
STEVE BURTON: Well, here we go, Final Four, Houston-Baylor, UCLA-Gonzaga. Who knew it would be these four?
EARL GRANT: Wow, well, I had Gonzaga and Baylor right, and I think you guys asked me for my prediction a couple of weeks ago. So I had Gonzaga and Baylor right. I said, those were the only two I knew that may be there. They had exceptional seasons. Really hadn't lost too many. Well, Gonzaga hadn't lost it all, but I think Baylor maybe only lost once. So I felt like those two were capable of getting there.
And then UCLA, I wasn't sure they could get there, but I know we had a conversation. I think about the tempo and the style of play, and I said, whoever can control the tempo. UCLA wants to slow it down, the opponent wants to speed it up. They held them to 52 points. They won the tempo battle, and here they are in the Final Four.
STEVE BURTON: How do Houston and Baylor-- let's start with them first-- how do they match up?
EARL GRANT: Whew, that's a good one there. Again, you can't count out Kelvin Sampson. His teams really, really defend you, and they rebound the first miss. And they send four to the offensive glass. That's a very gritty bunch, so I think they've got a style that's suitable for this time of year. You've got to defend the half court, you've got to rebound. So that suits them.
But Baylor has been unbelievable with their four-guard system. They've got multiple guards that are capable of exploding on you for big scoring outings, make a lot of 3's. And so it's going to be a very interesting game. One team trying to score 80, and the other team trying to hold to 55. So we'll see. If the game's in the 80s, Baylor's going to win. If the game's in the 60s, Houston's going to win.
STEVE BURTON: Just like that.