David Singleton scored seven of his 15 points in overtime and 11th-seeded UCLA booked a spot in the Elite Eight with a stunning 88-78 overtime victory over second-seeded Alabama on Sunday in the East Region semifinals of the NCAA Tournament at famed Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
Jaime Jaquez Jr. contributed 17 points, eight rebounds and three steals as the Bruins (21-9) won their fourth straight game in the tourney to advance this deep for the first time since 2008. UCLA joins Virginia Commonwealth (2011) as the only schools to play in the First Four and reach the Elite Eight.
UCLA will face top-seeded Michigan (23-4) in Tuesday’s regional final.
Jules Bernard tallied 17 points, Johnny Juzang scored 13 points before fouling out and Tyger Campbell also had 13 for the Bruins. Cody Riley scored 10 points and blocked four shots for UCLA.
Jahvon Quinerly scored 20 points and John Petty Jr. scored 14 of his 16 points after halftime for Alabama (26-7). Keon Ellis added 10 points, nine rebounds and three steals before fouling out.
No. 1 Michigan 76, No. 4 Florida State 58
The Wolverines used stout first-half defense and efficient second-half offense to rout the Seminoles in the East regional semifinals in Indianapolis, eliminating the Atlantic Coast Conference from the tournament while keeping the Big Ten’s only representative alive.
Hunter Dickinson and Brandon Johns Jr. each scored a game-high 14 points for the Wolverines (23-4), who will play No. 11 UCLA on Tuesday for the regional crown and a berth in the Final Four. Michigan converted 18 of 26 field-goal attempts in the second half.
Malik Osborne scored 12 points for the Seminoles (18-7), hitting 4 of 7 from 3-point range. M.J. Walker added 10 points, but he made only 5 of 14 field-goal attempts. Florida State canned only 40 percent of its shots from the floor and was outrebounded 37-31.
No. 1 Gonzaga 83, No. 5 Creighton 65
Drew Timme scored a game-high 22 points on 10-of-14 shooting as the top overall seeded Bulldogs cruised into the NCAA Tournament’s Elite Eight, defeating the Bluejays.
Andrew Nembhard scored 17 points on 7-for-9 shooting with eight assists and Joel Ayayi added 13 points and eight rebounds for Gonzaga, which is seeking to become the first team to cap an undefeated season with a national title since Indiana in 1975-76.
Corey Kispert and Jalen Suggs, who along with Timme were named to the 10-man Wooden All-American team, scored 12 and nine points, respectively. Suggs added six assists and five rebounds and Kispert grabbed seven rebounds. Timme had six rebounds and four assists.
No. 6 USC 82, No. 7 Oregon 68
Isaiah White scored 22 points as the Trojans reached their first Elite Eight since 2001 by dispatching the Ducks.
Tahj Eaddy scored 20 points, Isaiah Mobley added 13, and Evan Mobley had a strong all-around game — 10 points, eight rebounds, six assists — as USC (25-7) eliminated a Pac-12 foe.
Eugene Omoruyi led the Ducks (21-7) with 28 points and 10 rebounds. Chris Duarte scored 21, but no other Oregon player scored more than eight.
–Field Level Media