Unbeaten Gonzaga defeated No. 11 UCLA in an overtime thriller and enters the NCAA Final. Some say that Gonzaga’s win over the UCLA Bruins might have been one of the greatest games in NCAA tournament history.
The game was a breathtaking back-and-forth between Gonzaga, which has legitimate aspirations of going down as one of the greatest college basketball teams of all time, and UCLA, which had its sights set on going from the First Four to the title game. Both teams gave the other their best shot, with every moment feeling like it had the potential to create a layer of separation that never came.
Gonzaga’s free-flowing offense was struck down in the nightcap by UCLA, who slogged the game down enough to get it to overtime. Freshman Jalen Suggs came to Bulldogs’ rescue, banking in a 3-pointer from just inside the half-court line at the buzzer for a 93-90 win.
The now 31-0 Bulldogs just survived their toughest game of the season and stand a win away from the first perfect season in college basketball since Indiana’s undefeated run to a championship in 1976.
In the NCAA Final, top-ranked Gonzaga will take on Baylor in a matchup of the two clear-cut best teams in all of college basketball.