Two NCAA Men’s Championship The final was completed by four teams Elite Eight on Mondays And now two more are joining the group – they are set to play on Saturday with spots in the national championship at stake.
No. 11 UCLA seed Surprise, annoying top seed Michigan 51-49, And became the second team to move from the top four to the last four (joined the Virginia Commonwealth in 2011).
Gonzaga, the No. 1 seed, appeared to dominate on Tuesday Southern California hit To claim the Western Region title. An undefeated Zagreb joins a fellow Baylor’s No. 1 classifier And Number 2 ranked Houston In the last four. Coach Mark Few is back at the Final Four for the second time in his career, after the Bulldogs made it to the National Championship match in 2017.
A look at the winners and losers of Tuesday’s Elite Eight games:
University of California. Remember when Bruins (9-22) trailed Michigan by 17 points in their first four games a few days ago? Now they are still dancing in April after a shocking surprise 51-49 from No. 1 Michigan. Johnny Guzang carried the squad with 28 points and coach Mick Cronin’s hard-line group used a choking defense to choke the Wolverines and control the tempo of the match. UCLA didn’t shoot it well (3 versus 13 out of three), but it did win all 14 games with less than 10 turns. The Bruins only had eight and they forced Michigan to 14.
Gonzaga. The Bulldogs (30-0) put the match away early on, making a first-half lead with 19 points from the strong play of their three stars. Drew Timmy (23 points), Corey Kisbert (18 points) and Galen Sugs (18 points, 10 rebounds, eight assists) were at their best and Southern California had no chance. Gonzaga wins 83-64. Gonzaga was particularly strong in defense in this early match and won a high percentage of passes through dynamic passing and cut-off attack, while he was 7 versus 21 from the three-point range (33%).
Michigan. The Wolverines (23-5) fell victim to a slow-paced UCLA-led defense throttle. Hunter Dickinson (11 points) couldn’t move forward well enough and no other Michigan player had reached double figures. Franz Wagner was 1-to-10 from ground and 0-4 from behind the arc, including a three-point late attempt in the closing seconds. Nobody in Michigan can survive UC’s Juzang, either. Coach Joan Howard has done a great job re-identifying this team without second scorer Isaiah Leavers. But on Tuesday night, Livers’ toughness wasted a lot of time.
Southern California. The Trojans (25-8) had no answer for the dominant Gonzaga offensive clinic, and as much as the confrontation between the two big men Drew Timmy and Evan Mobley, the USC outperformed in every position, as it struggled to defend the highest level in the “Zaggs” octane scoring attack. Count on continuous motion and swipe for easy passes. Isaiah Mobley led the way for USC with 19 points. The Trojans weren’t exactly bad at attack. They weren’t on par with Zags and delivered enough in the first half for Gonzaga to banish the match early.
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