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It may seem strange the a team v such one illustrious background as UCLA"s can ever be thought about one that the NCAA Tournament"s finest Cinderella stories.

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But that"s exactly the scenario for Mick Cronin"s 2020-21 Bruins team.

With an upstream Eight victory over 1-seed Michigan in Tuesday"s East region final, 11-seed UCLA tied the march Madness document for the lowest seed to make the final Four. There, they will face West an ar champion — and also top as whole NCAA tournament seed — Gonzaga because that the appropriate to beat in the national championship.


That"s not also the most astounding part of the Bruins" operation to the final Four; they likewise join the 2010-11 VCU squad as the only teams to development all the means to the national semifinal from the an initial Four. The Bruins" 2021 last Four berth come at the price of defeating five teams: Fellow an initial Four team Michigan State (86-80 in overtime); 6-seed BYU (73-62); 14-seed Abilene Christian (67-47); 2-seed Alabama (88-78, in overtime); and 1-seed Michigan (51-49).

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Unfortunately because that the Bruins — or fortunately, considering they had actually to win their previous five tournament gamings — history repeated against Cronin and also Co. No team lower than one 8 seed has actually ever advanced beyond the last Four, and also only one such team has ever won it all (Villanova"s 1984-85 team, which win Georgetown 66-64 in the final).

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Several teams have actually tried it since 2000, however all have fallen — some harder 보다 others — in the penultimate round of the NCAA Tournament. UCLA came close, however an remarkable buzzer-beater through Gonzaga"s Jalen Suggs broke the understanding of Bruins faithful everywhere, sending out Cinderella home early.

Either way, UCLA"s final Four operation was amongst the best we"ve seen, regardless of seed. Here"s a breakdown of how it fits among every team, seeded 8 or lower, that has actually made it come the last Four:

HISTORY that UPSETS by SEED:15 vs. 2 | 14 vs. 3 | 13 vs. 4 | 12 vs. 5

Lowest final Four seed in NCAA Tournament


SeedTeamsFinal results
8Villanova (1985)National championship win (66-64 end Georgetown)
 North Carolina (2000)Final four loss (71-59 to Florida)
 Wisconsin (2000)Final 4 loss (53-41 come Michigan State)
 Butler (2011)National championship lose (53-41 come UConn)
 Kentucky (2014)National championship ns (60-54 to UConn)
9Wichita State (2013)Final four loss (72-68 come Louisville)
10Syracuse (2016)Final four loss (83-66 to north Carolina)
11LSU (1986)Final 4 loss (88-77 to Louisville)
 George Mason (2006)Final 4 loss (73-58 to Florida)
 VCU (2011)Final four loss (70-62 to Butler)
 Loyola Chicago (2018)Final four loss (69-57 come Michigan)
 UCLA (2021)Final 4 loss (93-90 come Gonzaga in overtime)

How countless times has UCLA been to the last Four?


YearFinal result
1962Wake woodland 82, UCLA 80 (national third-place game)
1964UCLA 98, fight it out 83 (national championship)
1965UCLA 91, Michigan 80 (national championship)
1967UCLA 79, Dayton 64 (national championship)
1968UCLA 78, phibìc Carolina 55 (national championship)
1969UCLA 92, Purdue 72 (national championship)
1970UCLA 80, Jacksonville 69 (national championship)
1971UCLA 68, Villanova 62 (national championship)
1972UCLA 81, Florida State 76 (national championship)
1973UCLA 87, Memphis 66 (national championship)
1974UCLA 78, Kansas 61 (national third-place game)
1975UCLA 82, Kentucky 85 (national championship)
1976UCLA 106, Rutgers 92 (national third-place game)
1980Louisville 59, UCLA 54 (national championship)
1995UCLA 89, Arkansas 78 (national championship)
2006Florida 73, UCLA 57 (national championship)
2007Florida 76, UCLA 66 (Final Four)
2008Memphis 78, UCLA 64 (Final Four)
2021Gonzaga 93, UCLA 90 (OT) (Final Four)

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