Recap: Michigan misses last eight shots, falls to UCLA in Elite Eight, 51-49
Michigan had every chance to punch its ticket to the Final Four on Tuesday night, but the Wolverines missed their last eight shots of the game in a 51-49 loss to UCLA.
Franz Wagner clanked a 3-pointer at the buzzer to put an exclamation mark on a tough shooting performance from the Wolverines (23-5).
Johnny Juzang exploded for 28 points and Tyger Campbell added 11 for UCLA (22-9).
Michigan went 6-for-11 at the free-throw line and gave up 14 points off 14 turnovers and had just one player in double-digit scoring. Hunter Dickinson led the team with 11.
Michigan misses last eight shots, loses 51-49 in Elite Eight
Jules Bernard misses a 3-pointer but gets the rebound and finishes at the hoop out of the break. It's 46-43, UCLA. Chaundee Brown ties the game with a 3-pointer on the other end.
The Wolverines get a critical stop and then feed Hunter Dickinson inside, who draws a foul and will go to the line. Dickinson makes just one, putting Michigan up 47-46. He's 1-for-4 from the line tonight.
Bernard almost loses it but still finishes at the rim, and UCLA has the lead once again. 3:30 to go in the game.
Wagner can't get a bucket to go at the rim, but Michigan does get a stop on the defensive end.
Media timeout: UCLA 48, Michigan 47 (2:26 2nd)
Dickinson works his way inside but misses at the rim. Michigan forces a turnover on defense, but then it's Mike Smith missing at the hoop. Michigan hasn't gotten the big shots it's needed tonight.
Juzang makes it a 3-point game with a bucket inside. One minute remaining. Wagner drives to the rim and draws a shooting foul on Cody Riley, who has fouled out.
Wagner makes both. It's 50-49 with 0:44 remaining.
UCLA timeout: UCLA 50, Michigan 49 (0:35 2nd)
Michigan needs a stop and a bucket at the other end to win the game. Here we go.
UCLA takes a 3 to drive a dagger and misses. Michigan gets the rebound, and Juwan Howard calls timeout.
Michigan timeout: UCLA 50, Michigan 49 (0:19 2nd)
Franz Wagner airballs a wide-open 3-pointer. Michigan fouls, but still has two more to give with 7 seconds left. Smith fouls quickly. Michigan needs one more. Juzang gets it, and that's who will head to the line for a one-and-one with 6.3 remaining.
Juzang makes the first.
Michigan timeout: UCLA 51, Michigan 49 (0:06 2nd)
Juzang misses the second.
Michigan timeout: UCLA 51, Michigan 49 (0:06 2nd)
Michigan gets one last chance. They'll need to go the full court.
Smith pulls up from 3, misses. The ball bounces off UCLA and goes out of bounds. We'll see how much time they put on the clock, but it'll be less than a second, presumably.
They put 0.5 on the clock.
UCLA timeout: UCLA 51, Michigan 49 (0:01 2nd)
Wagner gets the last shot, it banks off glass, hits the rim, and bounces out. UCLA wins.
FINAL: UCLA 51, Michigan 49
Michigan roars back, briefly takes lead
UCLA finally gets back on the board after a field-goal drought of over six minutes. Hunter Dickinson fouls at the other end. That's his second personal and Michigan's 11th turnover of the game.
Media timeout: UCLA 36, Michigan 33 (11:22 2nd)
UCLA and Michigan trade buckets as Austin Davis gets an and-1 to make it 38-36. Johnny Juzang hits a jumper on the other end, which is matched by a second-chance layup from Chaundee Brown on the next Michigan possession. It's 40-38.
Juzang and Davis go back-to-back again as the energy picks up here in the second half. Mike Smith finally gets a bucket, and it's a big one. He drills a 3 to to put Michigan up, 43-42, its first lead of the game since it was 17-16 in the first half.
Tyger Campbell cuts through the lane and lays in a bucket, followed by a travel by Franz Wagner at the other end. Another Michigan turnover.
Media timeout: UCLA 44, Michigan 43 (6:13 2nd)
Michigan rides momentum, draws within 1 in second half
Johnny Juzang is back on the court after getting his ankle taped with what we can only assume is some sort of cast. He's sprained that ankle three times.
Hunter Dickinson draws another foul inside, but again, it's not a shooting foul. He gets the ball moments later and misses.
Eli Brooks helps settle things down with a bucket, and Michigan has its smallest deficit of the half, 34-31. Brooks comes right back down on the next possession and lays it in inside yet again, and Michigan is fired up.
Media timeout: UCLA 34, Michigan 33 (12:26 2nd)
UCLA starts second half hot, temporarily loses Juzang to ankle injury
Tyger Campbell hits a stepback jumper to open the half and put UCLA up, 29-23. Hunter Dickinson scores at the other end, but Campbell comes right back and adds another bucket to make it 31-25.
Franz Wagner misses inside. Eli Brooks is called for an extremely questionable shooting foul as Johnny Juzang stands along the perimeter. He'll get three shots at the free-throw line, making all three. It's a 9-point game.
Dickinson will go to the line on the offensive end, missing both. Juzang comes down awkwardly on his previously sprained ankle, and will go to the trainer's table.
Dickinson scores in the paint as Michigan gets a turnover on the ensuing UCLA possession, opening the door for 2 more points from Dickinson. The big man is fired up, and we've got a 5-point game.
Michigan's defense gets a stop, and Dickinson goes to work again. This time he draws a foul, but not a shooting foul, apparently.
Media timeout: UCLA 34, Michigan 29 (15:20 2nd)
Juzang goes off to give UCLA lead over Michigan at halftime, 27-23
UCLA takes a lead with a pair of free throws from Jaime Jaquez out of the break before Hunter Dickinson gets nailed for a foul on the offensive end.
Tyger Campbell puts UCLA up 3 with a pullup jumper, which Brandon Johns promptly answers at the other end.
Johnny Juzang scores on a nice little turnaround, again matched by a bucket from Johns. These two players do this again on the next two possessions, and we've got a 24-23 UCLA lead.
Campbell makes his presence felt again with a 3, and Juzang finally has some help. UCLA is up, 27-23.
Chaundee Brown gets a good look from 3, but it catches iron.
Timeout UCLA: UCLA 27, Michigan 23 (0:27 1st)
UCLA can't convert on its final possession of the half. Mike Smith comes the other way and goes to the hoop, drawing a foul in the process with 1.2 seconds remaining.
He misses both free throws.
HALFTIME: UCLA 27, Michigan 23
Johnny Juzang doing all the work for UCLA
Chaundee Brown hits the game's first 3, and hopefully that's the start of something energetic here in this regional final. It's a 9-0 Michigan run.
Johnny Juzang finally ends the run with a bucket inside, which is immediately answered by Austin Davis at the other end. It's 13-6, Michigan.
Juzang then gets the Bruins on a roll with 3-pointers on two straight UCLA possessions, interrupted by a layup from Franz Wagner. It's a 3-point game.
Media timeout: Michigan 15, UCLA 12 (7:38 1st)
Juzang scores again out of the break to make it a 1-point game for UCLA. Eli Brooks gets to the line on the other end, makes both. It's 17-14.
Back to Juzang, and he scores again. He's on fire; 6-for-8 from the field with 14 of UCLA's 16 points.
Michigan has a poor sequence on the glass, and Wagner fouls Jaime Jaquez after he pulls down the board.
Media timeout: Michigan 17, UCLA 16 (3:40 1st)
Michigan, UCLA off to slow start in Elite Eight
Michigan gets the first possession of the game, and we are officially underway with a trip to the Final Four on the line. The Wolverines come up empty but Brandon Johns forces a turnover and lays it in on the other end to go up 2-0.
The Wolverines struggle offensively over the following minutes while UCLA's Johnny Juzang and Jaime Jaquez score off turnovers on back-to-back possessions. It's only 4-2, Bruins, but the Wolverines have to clean up the sloppy play sooner rather than later if they have any hopes of making the Final Four.
Media timeout: UCLA 4, Michigan 2
Eli Brooks scores in the paint to snap a scoring drought that was nearing four minutes.
Hunter Dickinson dunks and moments later scores after a UCLA offensive foul to make it 8-4, Wolverines.
Media timeout: Michigan 8, UCLA 4 (11:55 2nd)
The Michigan men's basketball team is one step away from the Final Four.
Michigan (23-4) takes on UCLA (21-9) in an NCAA Tournament regional final on Tuesday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, beginning at 9:57 p.m.
The Bruins lost four straight heading into the Big Dance but coach Mick Cronin said their season turned around on the defensive end in the second half of the play-in victory against Michigan State.
“Our defense is why we're alive,” Cronin said. “And our defense is why we will survive.”
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No. 1 Michigan vs. No. 11 UCLA
►Tip-off: 9:57 p.m. Tuesday, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis
►Records: Michigan 23-4, UCLA 21-9
►Outlook: This is the 18th all-time meeting between the programs and UCLA leads the series 11-6. This is also the fifth time the two teams have met in the NCAA Tournament and first time since 1998. …The Bruins are led by sophomore guards Johnny Juzang and Jaime Jaquez Jr., who are averaging a combined 36.8 points per game in the NCAA Tournament. …The winner will advance to face either Gonzaga or USC in a national semifinal on Saturday.