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It might seem strange that a team v such an illustrious background as UCLA"s might ever be taken into consideration one that the NCAA Tournament"s finest Cinderella stories.

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

With an elite Eight win over 1-seed Michigan in Tuesday"s East an ar final, 11-seed UCLA bound the march Madness document for the shortest seed to make the last Four. There, castle will challenge West region champion — and also top as whole NCAA competition seed — Gonzaga because that the ideal to play in the national championship.


That"s not even the many astounding part of the Bruins" operation to the last Four; they additionally join the 2010-11 VCU squad together the only teams to breakthrough all the means to the nationwide semifinal from the first Four. The Bruins" 2021 last Four berth come at the expense 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 also 1-seed Michigan (51-49).

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Unfortunately because that the Bruins — or fortunately, considering they had to victory their previous 5 tournament gamings — background repeated against Cronin and Co. No team lower than one 8 seed has actually ever progressed beyond the last Four, and only one such team has ever before won it all (Villanova"s 1984-85 team, which win Georgetown 66-64 in the final).

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Several teams have tried it since 2000, however all have fallen — some harder than others — in the penultimate ring of the NCAA Tournament. UCLA come close, but an tremendous buzzer-beater by Gonzaga"s Jalen Suggs damaged the understanding of Bruins faithful everywhere, sending out Cinderella residence early.

Either way, UCLA"s final Four run was amongst the finest we"ve seen, nevertheless of seed. Here"s a breakdown of how it fits among every team, seeded 8 or lower, that has made it to the last Four:

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Lowest final Four seeds in NCAA Tournament


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

How numerous times has UCLA to be to the final Four?


YearFinal result
1962Wake woodland 82, UCLA 80 (national third-place game)
1964UCLA 98, duke 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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