LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Crosstown rivals USC and UCLA are both in the Elite Eight for the first time ever.
Cody Riley of the UCLA Bruins dunks against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament held at Hinkle Fieldhouse on March 28, 2021, in Indianapolis, Ind. (Getty Images)
No. 6 seed USC easily handled No. 7 Oregon Sunday to make it to its first Elite Eight in 20 years, while No. 11 seed UCLA continued its Cinderella run with a thrilling overtime win over No. 2 Alabama.
The two schools each have their work cut out for them Tuesday if they hope to advance to the Final Four. USC will face undefeated No. 1 seed Gonzaga, while UCLA takes on No. 1 seed Michigan.
If both Los Angeles schools were to win, they would face off on Saturday, April 3 in Indianapolis.
“We believe we can beat anybody,” USC senior guard Isaiah White said after scoring a team-high 22 points in an 82-68 victory over seventh-seeded Oregon.
USC’s only Final Four appearance came in 1954. This is their third Elite Eight appearance.
Isaiah Mobley of the USC Trojans goes up for a shot against the Oregon Ducks in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament held at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 28, 2021 in Indianapolis, Ind. (Getty Images)
UCLA upset Alabama 88-78 in overtime to advance to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2008 and 22nd time in school history. The Bruins have reached the Final Four 18 times, most recently in 2008.
“It feels amazing to advance to the Elite Eight, but … we’ve still got a lot of work to do,” UCLA guard-forward Jamie Jaquez Jr. said. “What we can improve on every day, just our defense, talking more on switches because sometimes we get confused and making sure our rebounding is on point.”
Both Tuesday’s games are being televised by TBS. Tipoff for USC-Gonzaga is at 4:15 p.m. UCLA-Michigan begins at 6:57 p.m.