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History will be made in the second of Saturday’s men’s Final Four games, regardless of who wins between No. 1 Gonzaga and No. 11 UCLA.

If the Bulldogs win, as they are favored to do, then they will be the first team since Indiana State in 1979 to enter the national title game undefeated. They will also have the opportunity to become the first undefeated national champion since Indiana in the 1975-76 season. A win Saturday would also be the program’s second berth in the national title game, which also came under coach Mark Few.

Then there’s UCLA, which has tied the NCAA Tournament record for lowest seed to reach the Final Four. A win Saturday would make Mick Cronin’s 11-seed Bruins the most successful team on that seed line in March Madness history. None of the previous four 11 seeds to have made this stage advanced beyond the FInal Four.

It’s easy to talk in superlatives with this matchup, but naturally the game will be decided by the play on the court. Will Gonzaga’s seemingly unstoppable trio of Drew Timme, Jalen Suggs and Corey Kispert advance? Or will the previously immovable combination of Johnny Juzang, Jaime Jaquez Jr. and Tyger Campbell shock the world once again?

We can’t wait to find out. Sporting News is tracking live scoring updates and highlights from Gonzaga vs. UCLA in the 2021 Final Four. Follow for complete results from the NCAA Tournament semifinal game.

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Gonzaga vs. UCLA live updates, highlights from 2021 Final Four

All times Eastern

First half

9:31 p.m.: Ayayi shooting one-and-one out of the timeout. He hits the first to make it 38-35 UCLA.

9:28 p.m.: UCLA still leads 38-34 at the media timeout (2:46).

9:27 p.m.: Just a note that Riley is doing an incredible job defending Timme in the paint. Every shot is contested, every point earned. He’s 3 of 5 shooting with eight points so far.

9:26 p.m.: UCLA takes advantage of Gonzag’s fullcourt press to get Riley a relatively undefended bucket on the other end to make it 38-34 UCLA.

9:22 p.: Ayayi’s layup hung on the rim a looooong time before it finally sunk. Then he gets a a steal and dish to Timme who slams it home to make it 36-34 UCLA. A Cronin timeout pauses the action at 3:41.

9:20 p.m.: Timme misses on the front end of a one-and-one, and UCLA rebounds with a chance to extend the lead. … Juzang hits a jumper, but UCLA is called for a foul, sending Suggs to the free throw line on the other end. It’s 34-28 before Suggs’ shots, then 34-30 UCLA after he sinks them both.

9:18 p.m.: UCLA is absolutely committed to taking away Gonzaga’s ability to score in the paint. The Bruins are crashing down whenever Timme, Suggs or Co. try to score.

9:17 p.m.: Juzang with the 3. These teams are scoring in droves. Bruins lead 32-28.

9:15 p.m.: Jaquez scores both of his free throws on the other end to lengthen UCLA’s lead back to 3 at 29-26.

9:15 p.m.: Watson hits the first of two to close the game to 27-26.

9:14 p.m.: Per the CBS telecast, Gonzaga had trailed a total of 10:09 in NCAA Tournament games prior to its game vs. UCLA. That mark is at 5:34 coming out of the media timeout.

9:11 p.m.: Gonzaga’s Anton Watson is fouled on his layup attempt and will shoot two when the teams come out of the third media timeout (7:57). UCLA leads 27-25.

9:10 p.m.: Juzang hits a 3 from the wing to make it 27-25 UCLA. Back. And. Forth.

9:08 p.m.: But there’s Campbell again, with an and-one! These teams are going back-and-forth early. Campbell gmakes it 24-23 UCLA.

9:08 p.m.: And then there’s Ayayi to answer with another 3. He has 13 points on 5-of-5 shooting.

9:07 p.m.: Campbell scores an unreal goal to break the 5-0 Gonzaga run; he sinks it with a defender’s hand on the ball as it comes out of his hands.

9:06 p.m.: Gonzaga forces the turnover on the ensuing possession, and Ayayi scores an and-one layup on the other end. He helps Zags retake the lead 20-19 with 10 minutes left in this one. He already has 10 points.

9:06 p.m.: Jaquez misses it, and Gonzaga gets a bucket on the ensuing possession to make it 19-17 UCLA.

9:02 p.m.: Jaquez is fouled on his run to the basket. He’ll have a chance at an and-one coming out of the second TV timeout. It’s currently 19-15 with 10:55 left in the half.

9:02 p.m.: Juzang’s hot streak continues with a big 3. He maies it 17-13 UCLA.

9:01 p.m.: Replay just showed why Suggs was uncomfortable. Jaquez landed with both of his feet on his left ankle. Lucky it didn’t do some lasting damage.

9 p.m.: Campbell sinks the jumper and makes it 14-11 UCLA. He follows that up with a steal to give UCLA the ball.

9 p.m.: Suggs tries to score on the fast break but is met by three Bruins defenders under the rim. Looks to be in mild discomfort and needed to re-tie his shoe under the basket.

8:58 p.m.: Campbell is fouled by Timme and sinks both of his free throws to retake the lead at 12-10. That’s followed by an uncharacteristic unforced turnover by Zags. The Bruins have a chance to extend the lead.

8:57 p.m.: Timme gets the inbound, navigates the defense under the bucket and gets the tough bucket to make it 11-10 Zags.

8:53 p.m.: Gonzaga will have the ball with seven seconds remaining coming out of the first media timeout (14:38).

8:53 p.m.: Jaquez with the corner 3 makes it 10-9 UCLA.

8:51 p.m.: Cody Riley shoots a mid-range jumper with Timme’s hand in his face to tie it 7-7. Both teams shooting well early.

8:49 p.m.: Ayayi gets his third bucket of the day to make it 7-3 Gonzaga. Campbell sold getting charged but the officials weren’t having it.

8:48 p.m.: Juzang starts with a quick 2, followed by an Ayayi 3. Zags lead 3-2 within the first minute.

8:47 p.m.: UCLA wins the tipoff. Here we go.

8:42 p.m.: And Gonzaga’s: Drew Timme, Corey Kispert, Jalen Suggs, Andrew Nembhard, Joel Ayayi.

8:40 p.m.: UCLA starting lineup: Cody Riley, Jaime Jaquez Jr., Jules Bernard, Johnny Juzang, Tyger Campbell.

Gonzaga vs. UCLA start time

  • Time: 8:34 p.m. ET | 5:34 p.m. PT

The Final Four game between Gonzaga and UCLA is scheduled to tip off at 8:34 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 3.

How to watch 2021 Final Four

CBS, which has exclusive broadcast rights for the 2021 Final Four, will broadcast both Baylor-Houston and Gonzaga-UCLA on Saturday.

Those with a cable subscription can stream the game on March Madness Live, the online home of every 2021 NCAA Tournament game. The Final Four can also be streamed live with fuboTV, which offers a seven-day free trial.

March Madness Final Four schedule 2021

Saturday, April 3

Game Time (ET) TV
No. 1 Baylor vs. No. 2 Houston 5 p.m. CBS, fuboTV
No. 1 Gonzaga vs. No. 11 UCLA 8:30 p.m. CBS, fuboTV

NCAA Tournament national championship

Monday, April 5

Game Time (ET) TV
Game 67 9 p.m. CBS, fuboTV

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ESPN reporter Holly Rowe received many a “tres bien” from her confrères in media for conducting a bilingual interview with WNBA Draft pick Iliana Rupert, a France international, on Thursday night.

Rupert was chosen 12th overall by the Las Vegas Aces. With the draft being a virtual event for the second year in a row because of COVID-19, Rowe conducted the post-selection interview in an ESPN studio while Rupert was on camera remotely.

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Rowe began the interview with “Bonsoir,” or “Good evening,” and asked Rupert in French whether she spoke English. Rupert responded in the affirmative and the interview proceeded in English.

“It’s always been one of my dreams and it’s amazing being recognized,” Rupert said. “I’m really happy to [represent] my country and I’m just excited to finally start this journey.”

After two more questions and responses in English, Rowe switched back to French for the interview’s conclusion, telling Rupert “Bienvenue,” or “Welcome,” to the WNBA. She also gave her regards to Rupert’s family.

Rowe’s media colleagues were quick with the compliments.

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‘It shows how exciting we can be!’ – Saka says Arsenal have real chance of winning Europa League after Slavia rout

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Bukayo Saka says Arsenal have a real chance of winning the Europa League after their rout of Slavia Prague, and claims their latest performance “shows everyone how exciting we can be”.

Arsenal bounced back from a disappointing 1-1 draw against Slavia in the first leg of their quarter-final tie at Emirates Stadium by picking up a comprehensive 4-0 victory in the Czech Republic on Thursday night.

Saka was among the scorers as the Gunners booked a last-four clash with Villarreal, and he is confident they can now go all the way in the competition after flexing their attacking muscles at the Sinobo Stadium.

What’s been said?

“It was fantastic from start to finish. We did it for all the fans, they all deserve it for all the support they give us. We are really happy to progress,” the Arsenal winger told BT Sport.

“We showed real character. The first one was disallowed, Emile deserved a goal, we kept going and got the first one again. We pretty much killed the game in the first half.

“In the first leg we played well but weren’t clinical, credit to the manager and coaching staff, the way we set up, pressed, they couldn’t get out.

“It shows everyone how exciting we can be, when we play like this it is so amazing to be involved in. We have a chance of going to the final and winning this competition, it is up to us. We look forward to the next opponent.”

Arsenal put Slavia to the sword

The Gunners went at their Czech opponents right from the first whistle in the second leg clash, and found themselves in front after just 18 minutes when Nicolas Pepe dinked the ball into the net after being teed up by Emile Smith Rowe.

Alexandre Lacazette then doubled the visitors’ account from the penalty spot after Saka was fouled in the box, and the teenager got his goal moments later when he cut in from the right-wing before firing the ball low past the goalkeeper at his near post.

Lacazette added extra gloss to the final scoreline with a trademark finish 13 minutes from time as Arsenal progressed to the semi-finals 5-1 on aggregate.

What’s next?

Arsenal will now turn their attention back to the Premier League, with a home fixture against Fulham scheduled to take place on Sunday.

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What pressure? Arsenal sweeps Slavia Prague aside to set up a reunion with Emery

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What was all the fuss about?

It was billed as the game that would define Arsenal’s season, a night that could even shape Mikel Arteta’s future at the club.

The pressure was supposed to be on against Slavia Prague but within 25 superb minutes, the Gunners were in cruise control.

Last week’s 1-1 draw at Emirates Stadium had left the Gunners with a very simple equation going into the second leg of their Europa League quarterfinal in the Czech capital: score a goal.

Arteta’s side knew failure to find a way through a Slavia side that was unbeaten at home in all competitions this season would send it crashing out of the tournament and leave an already disappointing season in tatters.

Serious questions were being asked of the players after the way in which they threw away a lead in the closing stages of the first leg to hand Prague the advantage going into Thursday night’s return fixture.

But in the space of six scintillating first-half minutes, those questions were answered in emphatic style.

The brilliant Emile Smith Rowe had already had a goal ruled out for the tightest of offside calls before Nicolas Pepe gave the visitors the lead on 18 minutes, thus canceling out Slavia’s away goal.

Alexandre Lacazette then struck from the penalty spot three minutes later to make it 2-0 on the night before Bukayo Saka added a classy third goal – all within 24 minutes of the game getting underway.

It was game, set and match Arsenal before we had even reached the half-hour mark.

Even in his wildest dreams, Arteta would never have imagined such an impressive start from his side, especially with his captain and talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang missing due to contracting malaria while away with Gabon on international duty.

This was a major statement from his side and another example of why there is genuine belief within the club that things are heading in the right direction under the Spaniard.

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The abject performances throughout November and the majority of December may have led to a hugely disappointing Premier League campaign, but the improvement since Christmas has been undeniable.

Since beating Chelsea 3-1 on Boxing Day, Arteta’s side sits fourth in the form table, with only Manchester City, Manchester United and West Ham picking up more points.

And now the Gunners have booked their spot in the Europa League semifinals, where they will meet Unai Emery’s Villarreal.

Clearly, there is still much for Arsenal to improve on and failure to go on and win the Europa League will more than likely leave it facing up to a season without European competition for the first time in 25 years.

For a club of Arsenal’s stature, that is not good enough, but there are still plenty of reasons for optimism and they were all on show as Prague was blown away in its backyard.

Arsenal’s homegrown youngsters have been the catalyst for the improvement since Boxing Day and one again they led the charge – with academy graduates Smith Rowe and Saka proving far too good for the Czech champions.

Immediately after seeing a goal ruled out for offside, Smith Rowe waltzed through the Slavia defense before working the ball to Pepe, who showed wonderful composure to score his fifth Europa League goal of the season.

Saka then took center stage, winning a penalty, which was converted by Lacazette, before scoring the third himself with a fine finish from the edge of the box.

At that point, the game was done and dusted. Arsenal had done its job and it cruised through the remainder of the quarterfinal, with Lacazette putting the gloss on a fabulous night’s work with a fourth goal on 77 minutes.

All eyes now turn to the semifinal against Villarreal and the return of Emery, the man Arteta replaced just over 16 months ago.

Emery led Arsenal to the Europa League final in 2019 and now he is the man standing in their way of repeating the trick two years later.

A return to the Champions League is now within touching distance for Arsenal. Just three games stand between the Gunners and a seat back at Europe’s top table.

They went to Prague with their season on the line and they return to London with the dream still alive.

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