The lineups for the first weekend of the NCAA basketball tournament this weekend had no shortage of elite teams facing off in double-digit matchups. Gonzaga, against UCLA, was considered one of the best 1-2 matchups on tap for the first weekend of the tourney.
What made this potential showdown even better was that UCLA and Gonzaga were long-time rivals in the West Coast Conference. Gonzaga, as the number four seed, was a year removed from winning the tournament and attempting to advance to the Final Four. UCLA, at the time a low seed, won the championship in 2014.
While both teams played very well in the tourney, this was clearly not a one-horse race. Gonzaga led by as many as 15 points in the first half.
The Bruins, playing on their home court in Los Angeles, pulled to within one point with about 10 minutes left to play in the game. But they were unable to make up any of the 25-point deficit they faced earlier in the year at Spokane Arena.
Gonzaga advances with an 85-75 win over UCLA to play Kansas for the NCAA championship on April 2nd in New Orleans.