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What channel is Gonzaga vs. UCLA on today? Time, TV schedule for 2021 Final Four game

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What channel is Gonzaga vs. UCLA on today? Time, TV schedule for 2021 Final Four game

Saturday’s Final Four matchup between UCLA and Gonzaga present an interesting dichotomy.

On one hand you have undefeated, 30-0 Gonzaga. The Bulldogs are the 2021 NCAA Tournament’s top overall seed and aiming to become the first unbeaten team since Indiana in 1975-76. That said, they’ve never won an NCAA Tournament and have only one previous Final Four to their name, and that in 2017. On the other hand you have First Four team UCLA, which has enjoyed more Final Four success than any team in college basketball yet finds itself an overwhelming underdog to Gonzaga as the 11 seed out of the East Region.

If this tournament has taught spectators anything, it’s that seeds truly don’t matter in the maddest March in college basketball history. And still, it’s easy to fall back on those familiar, comfortable rankings as precursors to games — even in the Final Four.

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Will Mark Few and his trio of Jalen Suggs, Drew Timme and Corey Kispert make another victim out of UCLA? Or will the Bruins, playing the unfamiliar role of Cinderella, advance to yet another title game behind the coaching prowess of Mick Cronin and excellent play from Jaime Jaquez Jr., Johnny Juzang and Tyler Campbell?

We can’t wait to find out when the teams tip off in primetime on Saturday. Here’s what you need to know about the matchup ahead of time, including TV invo, odds and both teams’ run through the tournament to this point:

What channel is Gonzaga vs. UCLA on tonight?

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

Gonzaga vs. UCLA start time

  • Date: Saturday, April 3
  • 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.

Where is the Final Four in 2021?

  • Location: Lucas Oil Stadium (Indianapolis)

Lucas Oil Stadium is the host venue for the Final Four; it has served that capacity three times since 2010. The COVID-19 pandemic forced the 2021 NCAA Tournament to be played entirely in the state of Indiana, meaning it also hosted games as early as the first round of the tournament.

New Orleans’ Mercedes-Benz Superdome will be the host of the 2022 Final Four, followed by Houston’s NRG Stadium in 2023, Phoenix’s State Farm Stadium in 2024 and San Antonio’s Alamodome in 2025. The tournament will once again return to Lucas Oil Stadium in 2026. Below are the full dates for the Final Four in each of the next five seasons.

Year Host city Venue Dates
2022 New Orleans Mercedes-Benz Superdome April 2, 4
2023 Houston NRG Stadium April 1, 3
2024 Glendale, Ariz. State Farm Stadium April 6, 8
2025 San Antonio Alamodome April 5, 7
2026 Indianapolis Lucas Oil Stadium April 4, 6

MORE: Gonzaga vs. UCLA odds, picks, predictions for March Madness Final Four game

Gonzaga vs. UCLA odds to win Final Four matchup

The Zags are an overwhelming favorite over UCLA, with linemakers favoring them by 14 points in the opening odds. Gonzaga has beaten every team by double digits, with the closest team (Oklahoma) falling by 16 points. That said, UCLA has done a good job of taking away its past two opponents’ strengths: For Alabama, its ability to shoot 3s; for Michigan, reducing its ability to score in the paint.

Below is spread, over/under and moneyline for Gonzaga-UCLA as of noon ET on Wednesday, March 31:

  • Spread: Gonzaga (-14)
  • Over/under: 145.5
  • Moneyline: Gonzaga -1100, UCLA +700

Gonzaga NCAA Tournament 2021 record

Date Round Opponent (region seed) Result
Saturday, March 20 Round 1 Norfolk State (West 16 seed) W, 98-55
Monday, March 22 Round 2 Oklahoma (West 8 seed) W, 87-71
Sunday, March 28 Sweet 16 Creighton (West 5 seed) W, 83-65
Tuesday, March 30 Elite Eight USC (West 6 seed) W, 85-66
Saturday, April 3 Final Four UCLA (East 11 seed) TBD

UCLA NCAA Tournament 2021 record

Date Round Opponent (region seed) Result
Thursday, March 18 First Four Michigan State (East 11 seed) W, 86-80 (OT)
Saturday, March 20 Round 1 BYU (East 6 seed) W, 73-62
Monday, March 22 Round 2 Abilene Christian (East 14 seed) W, 67-47
Sunday, March 28 Sweet 16 Alabama (East 2 seed) W, 88-78
Tuesday, March 30 Elite Eight Michigan (East 1 seed) W, 51-49
Saturday, April 3 Final Four Gonzaga (West 1 seed) TBD

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ESPN’s Holly Rowe speaks French and English in WNBA Draft interview; Twitter reacts

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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.

MORE: Why Paige Bueckers was ineligible for ’21 WNBA Draft

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

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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Slavia Prague 0-4 Arsenal: Match statistics

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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