UCLA’s upset win over No. 1 seed Michigan on Tuesday went to 11, in a number of ways. The Bruins became just the second team to advance from the First Four to the Final Four, after VCU in 2011, and the fifth No. 11 seed to advance to the national semifinals. They were led by Johnny Juzang, who hit 11 of his 19 shots from the field for a game-high 28 points.
Appropriately, Juzang scored the final point of his team’s 51-49 win, on a free throw with six seconds left. Michigan had two shots to win or tie, but senior guard Mike Smith missed a three-pointer after bringing the ball upcourt, leaving just 0.5 seconds left. The Wolverines retained possession, but Franz Wagner couldn’t connect on a desperation shot from beyond the arc.
By winning the East Region, UCLA moves on to face West Region champion Gonzaga, the tournament’s top overall seed, in a national semifinal Saturday.
Apart from Juzang, other Bruins players combined to score 23 points on 10-of-35 shooting. Michigan missed its final eight shots and was just 20 of 51 from the field overall. Wagner, a sophomore guard who has drawn interest from NBA scouts, went 1 for 9 from the field while Smith hit just 1 of his 7 shots.
The Wolverines were led by freshman center Hunter Dickinson, the team’s leading scorer, who had 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting. Michigan turned the ball over 14 times to eight for UCLA, and the Wolverines hit 6 of 11 free throw attempts, whereas the Bruins went 6 for 7 from the stripe.