Jay Bilas comments on how great he thought the game between UCLA and Gonzaga was and emphatically explains why it was an instant classic (1:15)

INDIANAPOLIS – – Jalen Suggs took the inbound pass and saw nothing but clear sailing. Three dribbles behind the half-court line. One small stutter

The Gonzaga freshman shot a shot at Buzzer from near the Final Four logo on Saturday night for a 93-90 win in extra time over UCLA that put the Bulldogs within one undefeated season win and the national title brought to victory

This national semifinals thriller was the best game of the tournament and, given the stakes, was possibly the best ending in March Madness history – a kiss from the glass close to midfield to ensure a perfect season alive

“You dream such things as a child and practice on your mini-hoop,” said Suggs

After the shot was fired, Suggs ran to the mostly empty row of presses, jumped on the table, pumped his fists and let out a big scream at the crowd of about 8000 socially distant fans from The referees checked that he had fired the shot before the buzzer sounded. It did and the Bulldogs moved to 31-0 and into the final on Monday night, where they will play for the title against Baylor

They are the first team to set an undefeated record in the championship game since Larry Bird and Indiana State in 1979.Bird lost that game to Magic Johnson and Michigan State, meaning Gonzaga became the first team since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers could be that remains undefeated

“We were lucky enough to hit a 50-foot-foot,” said Gonzaga’s coach Mark Few. “So it helps when you have a magical, special guy like Jalen who is special at the end of the games”

Even without Suggs’ shot, this game would have been hard to beat for sheer excitement – a welcome relief in a tournament that has mostly produced blowouts and duds, much like Baylor’s 78-59 snoozer over Houston earlier that evening

The nightcap included 15 draws and 19 leadership changes, plus a UCLA team in eleventh place that just wouldn’t give in despite losing, the Bruins posted a streak of 27 straight double-digit wins from Few’s juggernaut

UCLA (22-10) were the first team to lead Gonzaga over five tournament games in the second half and actually had a chance to win at the end of regulation

After the game was tied at 81, Johnny Juzang made it tough in the final seconds when Zags striker Drew Timme, who played four fouls, stepped in the paint, planted his feet and took on an attack

Gonzaga called the time and tried a pass from Grant Hill to Christian Laettner with 1 second to not connect. Five minutes later, Suggs Laettner’s shot was on the all-timers list

It turns out to be a shot that the freshman – who chose Gonzaga basketball as a chance to play Division I soccer – trains every day

“I’m just telling you that he makes these all the time in practice,” few said, “He just has this magical aura about himself. I knew when he shot it, it went in”

Before that, Suggs’ best game possibly was his rejection of great UCLA man Cody Riley (14 points, 10 rebounds), who went for a dunk that would have increased the Bruins by two on the 2-minute marker Suggs got the block and fed Vote (25 points) for a dunk that instead gave the Zags the slight advantage with 1:55

The Bruins went head to toe with the country’s senior team all night.This was their third extension of six games in the tournament – they played an extra in the first four boxing round – and they never fell behind by more than seven got everything they could dream of on a magical night of college tires everything but victory

And so they get stuck with their nationally leading eleven titles Most of them won in the 60s and 70s when John Wooden was the coach

“I just told them, ‘We have to let this shot go,” Cronin said. “We won. I’m sitting in Coach Wooden’s seat, when you’re in his seat, you have to channel the things he taught True Size does its best ”

Juzang had 29 points for the Bruins, including a 15-foot boat with 1:27 in regulation that helped them retreat down from seven to tie it at 79

Jamie Jaquez Jr Wasn’t intimidated by Gonzaga either. He dealt with Timmes internal pressure all night and scored 19 points. Jaquez’s two free throws came in at 81 with a 43-second lead

It looked like it was Timmes overtime. He plunged in and ducked after Gonzaga’s first six points of the extra session and a lead of 87-83 that felt like breathing space in this one

Juzang’s putback with 33 seconds left at 90 Few have no time out called Corey Kispert collected the ball as it fell through the net, passed it on to Suggs, and that set the stage for a great shot, maybe a rewrite of the history books

There was Laettner’s catch-and-shoot to help Duke beat Kentucky in 1992. In 2016, Kris Jenkins got a 3 to help Villanova win the title at Summer Eleven years ago, right here in Indy , Gordon Hayward of Butler started a half-trial that went in and out and nearly toppled Duke

Jalen Suggs puts you on the buzzer from downtown when Gonzaga beats UCLA in extra time to move on to the national title game

Jay Bilas comments on how great he thought the game between UCLA and Gonzaga was and emphatically explains why it was an instant classic

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