Gonzaga Rolls, UCLA Makes Unlikely Final Four

Jonathan Grant | March 31st, 2021

30-0. That’s what the Gonzaga Bulldogs can proclaim after Tuesday night’s Elite 8 victory that booked them a spot in the Final Four. The #1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament took down #6 USC with aplomb, dominating them in the first half to set up a comfortable 85-66 win. A 49-point first half basically ended all Trojan hopes, and Drew Timme’s 23-point performance was also a big factor. Corey Kispert and Jalen Suggs (ten rebounds, too) chipped in as well, each scoring 18 apiece.

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With the win, the Zags became the third team since 1985 to bring an undefeated record into the Final Four. In that meeting in Indy, they will be taking on #11 seed UCLA who continued their improbable run with a 51-49 win over the #1 Michigan Wolverines. The Bruins have had to fight extremely hard to get to this point. This time around, it was leading scorer Johnny Juzang that led the way. Having fouled out early in the Sweet 16, he was decisive here, putting up 28 of the team’s points. That’s well over half; critical buckets in a game where neither team shot 40% from the field. Michigan had two chances to tie it late, but neither found the net and now the Bruins will be the next team to try and step up and end the unbeaten charge of the Bulldogs.

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