Bruins advance “from First Four to Final Four,” while Bulldogs extend unbeaten run

UCLA is heading to the Final Four for the first time since 2008 – and this time they accomplished the feat after surviving a First Four game. The Bruins join VCU (2011) as the only first four entrants to advance until last weekend. Their road will not be easier, however, as they face the next undefeated Gonzaga on Saturday. Mark Few’s side passed USC on Tuesday and are just two wins away from reaching the perfect first season since the 1975-1976 Indiana national championship campaign.

Michigan missed an open three-point attempt in under 1 with 12 seconds left. After a free throw from Johnny Juzang extended UCLA’s lead to 51-49 with 6 seconds left, the Wolverines missed two more shots from behind the arc, and the Bruins held on to advance to the Final. Oven.

The seeded Gonzaga completely dominated the first half, putting USC in his rearview mirror with a 49-30 lead in the locker room. The second half was a bit sloppy at times, but the Zags made enough buckets when they needed them to never let the Trojans have a big run. At 30-0, the West Coast Conference champions are just two victories away from perfection and their first national title.

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