Freshman Jalen Suggs banked in a shot at the buzzer Saturday to lift the Zags to a 93-90 overtime win over UCLA and move them one win away from an undefeated season and national title.
It was the best game of the tournament, and, considering the stakes, maybe the best finish in the history of March Madness – a banker from near midcourt to keep a perfect season alive.
After the shot went in, Suggs ran to the mostly empty press row, jumped up and pumped his fists a few times. The refs checked to make sure he got the shot off before the buzzer sounded. He did, and the Bulldogs moved onto Monday night’s final, where they’ll play Baylor for the title.
Gonzaga, the undefeated top seed in the N.C.A.A. men’s basketball tournament, will face Baylor for the title after beating U.C.L.A. in the Final Four. https://t.co/Or2dCy6nJG
— The New York Times (@nytimes) April 4, 2021
There is something so poetically appropriate about Gonzaga now needing to knock off U-C-L-A in order to make a national title game and try to match the undefeated seasons of yore under Wooden. Old hoops royalty vs. the modern King in the West for more than a decade running.
— Matt Norlander (@MattNorlander) March 31, 2021