Heading into the annual March Madness, many players entered with an extra step due to the tournament being cancelled the year previously due to the ongoing pandemic. The NCAA revised the tournament, making it happen this year due to advanced protocols with testing and social distancing.
As known, the tournament is a single knockout making March the month of upsets for schools. In the final four number one seed, Gonzaga faces number 11 seed UCLA, while on the other side, number one seed Baylor meeting number two seed Houston. Gonzaga is always a fan favourite to win the tournament due to its depth year in and year out. The most impressive path to the final four was UCLA, the underdog in four out of the five games they played to get to the Final Four. In the first round, UCLA faced off against 6th seed BYU, who fell short by 11 points with a final score of 73-62. In the second round, UCLA showcased their dominance over 14th seed Abilene Christian when they won by 20 points with a score of 67-47, while in the Sweet 16, they faced their biggest challenge so far. The Sweet 16 matchup was against Alabama, ranked 2nd; Alabama had won their previous matches with ease yet fell short against UCLA by 10 points with a final score of 88-78. The Elite 8 matchup was set where UCLA was to face off against first seed Michigan who was on a rampage in their previous games dominating in every game. UCLA won by 2 points with a score of 51-49. The game was an enormous upset where guard Johnny Juzang dropped a team-leading 28 points in 38 minutes of play. Now the match is set for the Bruins to face off against the Bulldogs for their entry into the Championship Game.