The 2021 men's NCAA tournament is almost finished with the vast majority of games having already been completed. A champion, though, has yet to be crowned and a number of worthy candidates remain in the field.
Four teams still have hopes of making this season's Final Four and joining both Houston and Baylor in the biggest stage in the sport. Prior to its win in the Midwest Regional final over Oregon State on Monday night, it had been 37 years since Houston last made the Final Four. Baylor's men's team will be making its first Final Four debut since 1950 after defeating Arkansas in the Elite Eight and winning the South Regional.
The top-seeded Bulldogs finished out their domination of the men's NCAA tournament's West Region with a 85–66 win over No. 6 seeded USC. This one was never competitive: Gonzaga scored the game’s first seven points in less than two minutes to trigger a USC timeout and never looked back. The Zags led the entire way, including by double figures for the game’s final 34:55, blowing away a Trojans club that had won its first three games in Indianapolis by an average of 21.3 points.
UCLA completed its miraculous run through the East Region with a 51–49 victory over No. 1 seed Michigan. The Bruins, who spent Selection Sunday sweating after losing their last four regular season games, are headed to the Final Four for the first time since the program's run of three straight that ended in 2008. UCLA becomes just the second team ever to go from the First Four to the Final Four, joining a VCU team coached by Shaka Smart back in 2011. Despite re-injuring his ankle, Johnny Juzang led UCLA to its narrow victory with his game-high 28 points. Michigan missed its final eight shots, which included attempted three-pointers from Mike Smith and Franz Wagner on the final possession.
How to Watch:
Date: April 3, 2021
Time: 5:14 p.m. ET & 8:34 p.m. ET
TV Channel: CBS
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