UCLA reaches Final Four to continue Pac-12 Men's Basketball's historic 2021 NCAA Tournament run
SAN FRANCISCO - No. 11 seed UCLA became the sixth double-digit seed ever to advance to the Final Four with a 51-49 victory over top-seeded Michigan in the East Region final on Tuesday. The Bruins' victory kept alive the historic success for Pac-12 Men's Basketball in the 2021 NCAA Tournament.
Along with UCLA, which joined VCU in 2011 as teams to go from the First Four to Final Four, the ARIZONA and STANFORD Women's Basketball teams also advanced to the Final Four this week to give the Conference a combined three teams in the national semifinals for the first time.
Years with Pac-12 teams in men's & women's Final Fours
- 2021: 3 (UCLA men, Arizona/Stanford women)
- 2017: 2 (Oregon men, Stanford women)
- 2008: 2 (UCLA men, Stanford women)
- 1997: 2 (Arizona men, Stanford women)
- 1995: 2 (UCLA men, Stanford women)
Despite the thrilling postseason runs of OREGON STATE and USC coming to close in the Elite Eight, UCLA's win Tuesday gave the Pac-12 its 13th victory in the 2021 NCAA Tournament to equal the most-ever for the league (2001, 1997 - 13).
The Bruins' anticipated semifinal showdown with No. 1 seed Gonzaga on Saturday (5:34 p.m. PT, CBS) would mark the Pac-12's 18th game played in the 2021 NCAA Tournament, which would also equal the most-ever for the league (2001 - 18).
So far in the 2021 NCAA Tournament, Pac-12 Men's Basketball programs have combined for:
- 13-4 overall record (.765)
- 10 victories by double digits
- Nine wins over Power Conference opponents (inclusive of USC/Oregon), the most ever for the Conference in a single NCAA Tournament
- Eight wins by teams seeded lower than opponent
- Seven victories over Associated Press Top 25 teams
- Six upsets (team seeded five spots lower than opponent)
For UCLA, it marks the program's 19th all-time Final Four appearance and first since 2008. The Bruins are the first Pac-12 entrant into the Final Four since Oregon in 2017, the 11th for the league since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985 and the Conference's 41st all-time.