They call it "March Madness" for a reason as 64 teams are now whittled to four over a month for the widely watched NCAA men's college basketball tournament.
The knockout tournament will see the four teams play on Sunday, April 4, and then the championship on Monday, April 5, with UCLA facing a powerhouse Gonzaga program, with the tiny school from Bozeman, Montana, looking to finish off its historic undefeated season.
Two Texas schools, Baylor and Houston, will also meet to square off for the national championship.
UCLA Bruins (No. 11 seed)
UCLA will be a massive underdog to a Gonzaga team that looks like one of the best in the modern history of the sport. In that sense, there isn't much pressure on the Bruins heading into the Final Four. They've already proven the world wrong by getting this far. What's one more victory?
Houston Cougars (No. 2 seed)
Houston will try to get Baylor into a rock fight. If they can control the tempo and hit their threes, an upset is absolutely possible. Yes, the Cougars have had an 'easy' path through the bracket, but they still very much deserve to be here.
Baylor Bears (No. 1 seed)
Baylor's trio of guards - Davion Mitchell, Jared Butler, and MaCio Teague - have powered the program to elite status for two seasons now. Mitchell has become the leading man in March, showcasing his incredible offensive burst and lockdown individual defense throughout this run. Teague's shooting and Butler's steady hand in running the offense have also shined, while Matthew Mayer and his mullet have provided some essential floor spacing.
We were supposed to get Baylor vs. Gonzaga back in early Dec. before the game was canceled just before tip-off because of Covid-19 protocol. Let's do it again for the national championship.
Gonzaga Bulldogs (No. 1 seed)
Gonzaga has been the best team all season. They certainly look like the best team as we reach the final weekend of the season. It probably won't be easy, but at this point we haven't seen any teams' best shot actually be good enough to beat the Zags.