History will be made in the second of Saturday’s men’s Final Four games, regardless of who wins between No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 11 UCLA.
If the Bulldogs win, as they are favored to do, then they will be the first team since Indiana State in 1979 to enter the national title game undefeated. They will also have the opportunity to become the first undefeated national champion since Indiana in the 1975-76 season. A win Saturday would also be the program’s second berth in the national title game, which also came under coach Mark Few.
Then there’s UCLA, which has tied the NCAA Tournament record for lowest seed to reach the Final Four. A win Saturday would make Mick Cronin’s 11-seed Bruins the most successful team on that seed line in March Madness history. None of the previous four 11 seeds to have made this stage advanced beyond the FInal Four.
It’s easy to talk in superlatives with this matchup, but naturally the game will be decided by the play on the court. Will Gonzaga’s seemingly unstoppable trio of Drew Timme, Jalen Suggs and Corey Kispert advance? Or will the previously immovable combination of Johnny Juzang, Jaime Jaquez Jr. and Tyger Campbell shock the world once again?
We can’t wait to find out. Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Gonzaga vs. UCLA in the 2021 Final Four. Follow for complete results from the NCAA Tournament semifinal game.
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10:22 p.m.: Or not. Campbell scores on the corner 3 as part of a 5-0 UCLA run. It’s 66-62 Zags.
10:22 p.m.: Couple traded baskets gives Gonzaga a 66-59 lead. This is where they can clamp down on this Bruins team.
10:21 p.m.: Nembhard gets a mid-range bucket to extend the lead further to 64-57.
10:20 p.m.: Nembhard hits the first of two to extend Gonzaga’s lead to 62-57. Still Zags’ ball.
10:20 p.m.: And it has been upgraded to a flagrant 1. Nembhard will get two shots and Gonzaga will retain possession.
10:19 p.m.: Looks like Riley is going to get the foul for hooking Nembhard. Now the question is whether it’s a flagrant.
10:17 p.m.: Curious situation unfolding. Officials are heading to the replay monitor to see if UCLA’s Riley or Gonzaga’s Nembhard fouled on a rebound attempt.
10:15 p.m.: Suggs dishes the ball to Timme, who gets an and-one opportunity after the foul by clark. … He gets it for the 3-point play, and Gonzaga now leads UCLA 51-57.
10:14 p.m.: More fastbreak points, these from Ayayi. He now has 20 on the game to give Gonzaga a 58-55 lead.
10:13 p.m.: … Followed quickly by a Clark 3 to give UCLA the 55-54 lead. Absurd, this game is. They’re scoring at a break-neck pace.
10:12 p.m.: Ayayi gets another steal and Suggs scores on the fast break. That’s nine such points for the Zags and that makes it 54-52 in favor of Gonzaga.
10:11 pm.: Suggs seems to be favoring his shooting hand. He has been a little gimpy all game.
10:09 p.m.: UCLA will have the ball coming out of the media timeout (14:52).
10:07 p.m.: Timme scores his second straight bucket. He’s starting to exert himself a bit in the paint. That ties it at 52 apiece.
10:06 p.m.: A near turnover by UCLA instead goes to the possession arrow. The ball stays with the Bruins.
10:05 p.m.: And there’s Jaquez to give the Bruins the lead … followed by a Timme layup on the other end. It’s tied at 50. No backing down from either of these teams.
10:03 p.m.: Jaquez scores a great basket under the rim with Timme in defense. Suggs rushes back down to the other end for a quick bucket to retake the lead at 48-46.
10 p.m.: Bernard notches his fourth foul of the game just 11 seconds into the half. Nembhard hits the first of two free throws to make it 46-44 Zags.
First half: Gonzaga 45, UCLA 44
9:47 p.m.: Juzang has a team-high 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting (2 of 3 from 3), adding two rebounds and assists. Ayayi is the guy for Gonzaga, scoring 16 points on 6-of-6 shooting (2 of 2 from 3). He also has two rebounds and a steal.
9:44 p.m.: First-half stats:
- Field goals: UCLA 15 of 26 (57.7 percent); Gonzaga 17 of 28 (60.7 percent)
- 3-pointers: UClA 4 of 7 (57.1 percent); Gonzaga 4 of 8 (50 percent)
- Free throws: UCLA 10 of 14 (71.4 percent); Gonzaga 7 of 10 (70 percent)
- Rebounds: UCLA 14; Gonzaga 11
- Assists: UCLA 8; Gonzaga 13
- Steals: UCLA 2; Gonzaga 5
- Blocks: UCLA 0; Gonzaga 1
- Turnovers: UCLA 5; Gonzaga 4
9:38 p.m.: A Kispert jumper with his feet on the line gives Gonzaga a 45-44 lead heading to halftime. That’s the 11th lead change of the game, including five ties. What. A. Game.
9:37 p.m.: Clark hits the second. And here comes the Zags on the final possession of the half.
9:36 p.m.: Gonzaga takes its first timeout with 27.4 left to go; UCLA’s Johnny Clark will shoot his second free throw out of the break after missing his first. Looks like Few is working something up to end the half on.
9:35 pm.: And a Suggs 3 ties it at 43. What a first half. Still 45 seconds to go.
9:34 p.m.: A Kispert 3 makes it a one-point game; UCLA leads 41-40. Bruins defense is excellent regardless.
9:34 p.m.: Juzang scores his 13th point on the back half of two free throws to make it 39-35 UCLA.
9:31 p.m.: Ayayi shooting one-and-one out of the timeout. He hits the first to make it 38-35 UCLA.
9:28 p.m.: UCLA still leads 38-34 at the media timeout (2:46).
9:27 p.m.: Just a note that Riley is doing an incredible job defending Timme in the paint. Every shot is contested, every point earned. He’s 3 of 5 shooting with eight points so far.
9:26 p.m.: UCLA takes advantage of Gonzag’s fullcourt press to get Riley a relatively undefended bucket on the other end to make it 38-34 UCLA.
9:22 p.: Ayayi’s layup hung on the rim a looooong time before it finally sunk. Then he gets a steal and dish to Timme who slams it home to make it 36-34 UCLA. A Cronin timeout pauses the action at 3:41.
9:20 p.m.: Timme misses on the front end of a one-and-one, and UCLA rebounds with a chance to extend the lead. … Juzang hits a jumper, but UCLA is called for a foul, sending Suggs to the free throw line on the other end. It’s 34-28 before Suggs’ shots, then 34-30 UCLA after he sinks them both.
9:18 p.m.: UCLA is absolutely committed to taking away Gonzaga’s ability to score in the paint. The Bruins are crashing down whenever Timme, Suggs or Co. try to score.
9:17 p.m.: Juzang with the 3. These teams are scoring in droves. Bruins lead 32-28.
9:15 p.m.: Jaquez scores both of his free throws on the other end to lengthen UCLA’s lead back to 3 at 29-26.
9:15 p.m.: Watson hits the first of two to close the game to 27-26.
9:14 p.m.: Per the CBS telecast, Gonzaga had trailed a total of 10:09 in NCAA Tournament games prior to its game vs. UCLA. That mark is at 5:34 coming out of the media timeout.
9:11 p.m.: Gonzaga’s Anton Watson is fouled on his layup attempt and will shoot two when the teams come out of the third media timeout (7:57). UCLA leads 27-25.
9:10 p.m.: Juzang hits a 3 from the wing to make it 27-25 UCLA. Back. And. Forth.
9:08 p.m.: But there’s Campbell again, with an and-one! These teams are going back-and-forth early. Campbell makes it 24-23 UCLA.
9:08 p.m.: And then there’s Ayayi to answer with another 3. He has 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting.
9:07 p.m.: Campbell scores an unreal goal to break the 5-0 Gonzaga run; he sinks it with a defender’s hand on the ball as it comes out of his hands.
9:06 p.m.: Gonzaga forces the turnover on the ensuing possession, and Ayayi scores an and-one layup on the other end. He helps Zags retake the lead 20-19 with 10 minutes left in this one. He already has 10 points.
9:06 p.m.: Jaquez misses it, and Gonzaga gets a bucket on the ensuing possession to make it 19-17 UCLA.
9:02 p.m.: Jaquez is fouled on his run to the basket. He’ll have a chance at an and-one coming out of the second TV timeout. It’s currently 19-15 with 10:55 left in the half.
9:02 p.m.: Juzang’s hot streak continues with a big 3. He makes it 17-13 UCLA.
9:01 p.m.: Replay just showed why Suggs was uncomfortable. Jaquez landed with both of his feet on his left ankle. Lucky it didn’t do some lasting damage.
9 p.m.: Campbell sinks the jumper and makes it 14-11 UCLA. He follows that up with a steal to give UCLA the ball.
9 p.m.: Suggs tries to score on the fast break but is met by three Bruins defenders under the rim. Looks to be in mild discomfort and needed to re-tie his shoe under the basket.
8:58 p.m.: Campbell is fouled by Timme and sinks both of his free throws to retake the lead at 12-10. That’s followed by an uncharacteristic unforced turnover by Zags. The Bruins have a chance to extend the lead.
8:57 p.m.: Timme gets the inbound, navigates the defense under the bucket and gets the tough bucket to make it 11-10 Zags.
8:53 p.m.: Gonzaga will have the ball with seven seconds remaining coming out of the first media timeout (14:38).
8:53 p.m.: Jaquez with the corner 3 makes it 10-9 UCLA.
8:51 p.m.: Cody Riley shoots a mid-range jumper with Timme’s hand in his face to tie it 7-7. Both teams shooting well early.
8:49 p.m.: Ayayi gets his third bucket of the day to make it 7-3 Gonzaga. Campbell sold getting charged but the officials weren’t having it.
8:48 p.m.: Juzang starts with a quick 2, followed by an Ayayi 3. Zags lead 3-2 within the first minute.
8:47 p.m.: UCLA wins the tipoff. Here we go.
8:42 p.m.: And Gonzaga’s: Drew Timme, Corey Kispert, Jalen Suggs, Andrew Nembhard, Joel Ayayi.
8:40 p.m.: UCLA starting lineup: Cody Riley, Jaime Jaquez Jr., Jules Bernard, Johnny Juzang, Tyger Campbell.
Gonzaga vs. UCLA start time
- Time: 8:34 p.m. ET | 5:34 p.m. PT
The Final Four game between Gonzaga and UCLA is scheduled to tip off at 8:34 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 3.
How to watch 2021 Final Four
CBS, which has exclusive broadcast rights for the 2021 Final Four, will broadcast both Baylor-Houston and Gonzaga-UCLA on Saturday.
Those with a cable subscription can stream the game on March Madness Live, the online home of every 2021 NCAA Tournament game. The Final Four can also be streamed live with fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.
March Madness Final Four schedule 2021
Saturday, April 3
|No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 2 Houston||5 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
|No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 11 UCLA||8:30 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|
NCAA Tournament national championship
Monday, April 5
|Game 67||9 p.m.||CBS, fuboTV|