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Michigan drops heartbreaker to UCLA, bad news for Big Ten

A heartbreaking end to the NCAA tournament for the Wolverines.
Published: Mar. 31, 2021 at 7:08 AM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - The Michigan Wolverines lost to UCLA, 51-49. The Wolverines missed their final 8 shots, including two 3-pointers in the last few seconds.

Hunter Dickinson led the Wolverines with 11 points. UCLA’s Johnny Juzang led the Bruins with 28 points.

The Bruins have ended a lengthy Final Four drought and become the first team in a decade to go from a first four play-in team to making the Final Four. UCLA is going to their 18th Final Four appearance, breaking a tie with Kentucky for the second-most in the history of the men’s tournament, excluding vacated appearances.

UCLA is now the sixth double-digit seed ever to reach the Final Four and the first since Loyola Chicago did so in 2018.

Michigan’s loss adds to the pain of the big ten’s performance in the big dance.

The Big Ten sent a record nine teams to this year’s March Madness, more than any other conference this year. The loss by Michigan is a tough pill to swallow as the conference is now shut out of the Final Four in a tournament played entirely in Big Ten Country.

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