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March is over, but the madness continues. The laten-night Final Four game needed overtime Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, and it ended with a spectacular 3-point shot at the buzzer to send Gonzaga to the national championship.

Gonzaga ended UCLA’s Cinderella run with a heart-pounding 93-90 win. It extends Gonzaga’s record to 31-0 this season and, on Monday, the Bulldogs can become the first team since 1976 to finish a season with a perfect record. The last to do it was the Indiana Hoosiers, who won the national championship 45 years ago with perfection.

If Gonzaga can accomplish it, the Bulldogs will need to beat a Baylor team that looked almost perfect in their win over Houston in the other semifinal earlier in the night.

UCLA’s Jaime Jaquez Jr. made a pair of free throws in the last-minute of regulation to tie the game and send it to overtime on Saturday. The Bulldogs extended their lead to 90-85 when Andrew Nembhard drained a 3-pointer, but UCLA responded with a 3-pointer by Jaquez, and then tied the game at 90-90 with a Johnny Juzang layup with three seconds remaining.

Jalen Suggs #1 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs celebrates making a game-winning three point basket in overtime to defeat the UCLA Bruins 93-90 during the 2021 NCAA Final Four semifinal at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 03, 2021 in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Photo by Tim Nwachukwu/Getty Images

Gonzaga quickly inbounded the ball and got it to freshman guard Jalen Suggs, who launched a shot well beyond the 3-point arc. As the ball flew from Suggs’ hands, the red light went off to signify time had expired. The ball hit the backboard and swished the net, sending the Bulldogs into a frenzy.

INSTANT CLASSIC 🥶@ZagMBB #FinalFour pic.twitter.com/THDIWRKwdS

— NCAA March Madness (@marchmadness) April 4, 2021

NBA superstar LeBron James said it’s one of the best games he’s seen in a while.

“One of the best games I’ve seen in a very long time!!,” James tweeted.

One of the best games I’ve seen in a very long time!!

— LeBron James (@KingJames) April 4, 2021

Gonzaga will be making its second national championship appearance, with its only other appearance in 2017 against North Carolina. That season was Gonzaga’s only other Final Four appearance as well.

Baylor, who was the second-ranked team most of the season and recent winner of the South region, crushed old in-state foe Houston, 78-59, in a game that was more lopsided than the score indicated in the first national semifinal.

Baylor is making its first national championship game appearance since 1948, when they lost to Adolph Rupp’s Kentucky team, 58-42. Baylor last made the Final Four two years later and the Bears ended that 71-year drought last weekend.

Gonzaga and Baylor will meet Monday, April 5, at 9:20 p.m. on CBS.

The two teams were scheduled to play earlier this season, but COVID-19 protocols eventually cancelled the game just a few hours before their scheduled tipoff on December 5, 2020. The teams had been ranked No. 1 (Gonzaga) and No. 2 (Baylor) for most of the regular season, and they entered the tournament as the two top seeds.

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