The No. 11 seed UCLA Bruins barely got into the NCAA Tournament, and were even placed in the First Four. But the Bruins have certainly made the most of their opportunity, and are now just one win away from the Final Four.

UCLA upset the No. 2 seed Alabama Crimson Tide 88-78 on Sunday in the Sweet 16, despite Alabama providing an incredible March Madness moment to send the game into overtime.

With 4.2 seconds remaining and Alabama trailing 65-62, UCLA (questionably) chose not to foul, and the Crimson Tide’s Alex Reese made a long three to send the game into overtime.

But in overtime, it was all UCLA. The Bruins outscored Alabama 23-13, and Jaime Jaquez Jr. had a nasty three to beat the shot clock with under two minutes remaining in overtime to put UCLA up seven. This felt like the dagger and featured a great call from Ian Eagle:

Alabama will especially be kicking themselves over their performance at the free-throw line. The Crimson Tide went just 11-of-25 at the line. That’s 44 percent. And maybe of the misses were down the stretch.

While UCLA is a historically great college basketball program, this is their first trip to the Elite Eight since 2008.

And with UCLA and No. 12 seed Oregon State making the Elite Eight, it makes for the first time in NCAA Tournament history that two teams seeded 11th or worse reached the Elite Eight.

The Pac-12 was underrated by just about everybody but Bill Walton, and the UCLA legend is surely having a fun Sunday night.

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