Elite Eight takeaways from men’s NCAA Tournament: Can Final Four-bound Gonzaga go undefeated?

The Final Four is now set. Two more teams solidified their place in the final weekend of men's college basketball on Tuesday, joining Baylor and Houston – Monday's Elite Eight winners. 

No. 1 Gonzaga steamrolled Southern California in the first game, flexing its muscle as the top overall seed in this tournament and getting back to the Final Four for the second time in program history after falling in the 2017 national championship game. 

No. 11 seed UCLA played giant killer again, upsetting No. 1 Michigan behind a tempo-controlling defense and Johnny Juzang's 28 points. Coach Mike Cronin's Bruins might be a blue blood at heart, but they've been the biggest surprise of this tournament going from the First Four to the Final Four. 

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Gonzaga and UCLA will meet on Saturday in the later game. But before then, let's take a look at what we learned from two Elite Eight games.

Gonzaga could really go undefeated

Southern California was no challenge for the 30-0 Bulldogs, who won 85-66, showing a style that makes it difficult to imagine this team not cutting down the nets on April 5. That would mean that the 'Zags would be the first undefeated team to win the national title since a Bobby Knight-coached Indiana team did it in 1976.

At this point, it's likely that history will be made, with Mark Few showcasing one of his best teams he's ever coached. Drew Timme is a big man who can take over, Corey Kispert is the best outside shooter in the Final Four and Jalen Suggs is coming into his own, nearly tallying a triple-double vs. USC – finishing with 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists.  


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