Congratulations to UCLA!
The Bruins punched a ticket to the Final Four with a 51-49 win against Michigan assisted by the Wolverines’ offensive swoon in the game’s final three minutes.
UCLA has returned to the brightest stage in men’s college basketball in coach Mick Cronin’s second season, allowing Cronin to answer the critics, doubters and naysayers who questioned the hiring of a coach who had failed to get out of the first weekend of the men’s NCAA Tournament in his previous seven appearances.
In fact, getting to the Final Four is such an incredible feat that anything achieved from this point forward is gravy, especially given the Bruins’ lack of preseason hype — not to mention their status as one of the teams in this year’s First Four.
Despite owning the most national championships of any team in college basketball, the Bruins are a success story worthy of being celebrated and commended for the next three days.
Of course, Gonzaga is going to beat UCLA like a drum.
The Final Four field is set: UCLA and Gonzaga will meet in one game, Baylor and Houston in the other. Is it too soon to skip ahead to the final two?
Baylor and Gonzaga have been on a collision course for months in a cross-country rivalry pitting the unquestioned best teams in college basketball.