Though UCLA misplaced a heartbreaker to Gonzaga within the Last 4, they go away the NCAA Match with a lot to be ok with their March Insanity run.
The Last 4 led to disappointment for UCLA. The Bruins misplaced to Gonzaga when Jalen Suggs hit an extended buzzer-beater.
Make no mistake, the Bruins are nonetheless the massive winner of the NCAA Match.
UCLA did the unbelievable all through the event. They have been down by 5 factors to Michigan State with 89 seconds remaining within the First 4 and nonetheless managed to win.
They upset No. 6 seed BYU. They ended Abilene Christian’s fairytale. They outlasted No. 2 seed Alabama in additional time.
Beating this Gonzaga crew was a step too far for the Bruins, however Saturday’s efficiency was something however disappointing.
The Bulldogs had blown out each opponent they’d confronted in March Insanity. UCLA bought of their face. They went toe-to-toe with one of the best of one of the best. They need to be pleased with that.
Most groups couldn’t get inside 10 factors of Gonzaga. The Bruins have been inside a ridiculous half-court shot that banked in off the backboard.
UCLA can use this event run to return to glory
Even UCLA’s most bitter rival needed to provide a tip of the cap.
The Bruins can take just a few issues away from this event expertise.
The primary is appreciation for Johnny Juzang, who was the driving power behind the No. 11 seed getting this far. He put up a career-high 29 factors to cap his unimaginable run of kind.
The second is confidence in head coach Mick Cronin. As a lot as Juzang made a reputation for himself, the crew’s success wasn’t constructed on flash. It was all about grit, toughness, effort, and a never-say-die perspective. Cronin instilled that mentality. This run is the type of factor he can construct on, even because the expertise adjustments.
The third is a reminder that UCLA’s basketball model nonetheless means one thing. Earlier than the sport, Cronin balked on the concept the Bruins have been Cinderellas. Even a No. 11 seed UCLA is harmful.
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