UCLA edges Alabama in thrilling Sweet 16 matchup, back in Elite Eight for first time since 2008

UCLA is within the Elite 8 of the Males’s Basketball Event for the primary time since 2008 after beating Alabama in an exhilarating Candy 16 matchup on Sunday evening, 88-78.

Jaime Jacquez Jr. and Jules Bernard led the Bruins with 17 issues each and every. Johnny Juzang and Tyger Campbell each and every had 13 issues within the sport. David Singleton had 15 issues off the bench. Jacquez added 8 issues, 3 assists and 3 steals within the sport.

The No. 2-seeded Red Tide didn’t move down with out some battle. Down 3 issues with time winding down, Alabama giant guy Alex Reese discovered himself with the basketball and tied the sport with a take hold of three-point basket as time expired in law.

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But it surely used to be the relentless capturing from No. 11 UCLA that put the Bruins excessive within the further duration.

Alabama ignored a handful of three-pointers within the additional time duration, which harm them down the stretch. Alabama used to be additionally 11-for-25 from the free-throw line.

Jahvon Quinerly led Alabama with 20 issues. John Petty Jr. had 16 issues.

UCLA just about shot itself within the foot within the ultimate seconds of the second one part. The Bruins had abundant alternative to foul earlier than the 3 used to be introduced via Reese however elected to not. The verdict drew some scrutiny from the ground generals on Twitter.

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The Bruins are vying for a place within the Ultimate 4. The crew ultimate made the Ultimate 4 in 2008, dropping to Memphis in that sport 78-63. That UCLA Bruins crew integrated long term NBA stars Kevin Love, Russell Westbrook, Darren Collison and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute.

The Bruins can have made the event ultimate 12 months after a 19-12 document, however the postseason used to be canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Bruins hadn’t made the event since 2017 when Steve Alford led the crew to a 31-Five document.

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UCLA got here into the event as a First 4 crew. They’ll be the second one crew in historical past to make the Elite 8 from that spherical. The primary crew used to be VCU and so they made the Ultimate 4 in 2011.

UCLA will play Michigan within the Elite 8 regional ultimate.

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