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How and what to watch for No. 11 UCLA vs. No. 1 Michigan in Elite Eight of 2021 NCAA Tournament

We break down everything you need to know for Tuesday’s Elite Eight NCAA Tournament matchup between UCLA and Michigan. We’ve got a best bet, how to watch, and key stats for the game.

Will UCLA have another upset win in the tournament?

One of two Pac-12 double digit seeds in the NCAA Tournament will face the No. 1 team from the East Region in the Elite Eight as UCLA takes on Michigan Tuesday night with a berth in the Final Four on the line.

Once the odds from DraftKings Sportsbook are made available for this game, we’ll add that information below. We’ll also add the game time and TV channel once it’s settled.

Game date: Tuesday, March 30th
Game time: 9:57 p.m.
TV channel: TBS
Location: Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, IN

March Madness Odds: Michigan -7.5, 136

No. 11 UCLA 21-9 (13-6 Pac-12)

First Four: Defeated No. 11 Michigan State 86-80 (OT)
First Round: Defeated No. 6 BYU 73-62
Second Round: Defeated No. 14 Abilene Christian 67-47
Third Round: Defeated No. 2 Alabama 88-78
KenPom rating: 20 Overall, 12 Offense, 58 Defense
Leading scorer: Johnny Juzang (15.1 ppg)
Key stat of tournament: UCLA lost four straight games before the NCAA Tournament, and has won four in a row since.

UCLA didn’t enter March Madness with high expectations but pulled off its best win of the year in the Sweet 16 by topping Alabama by double digits. The Bruins’ guard-centric was at a major size disadvantage against the Crimson Tide but went toe to toe with the bigger team on the boards. The underdog only lost the rebounding battle by four, and all it’s players came ready to play on offense. Six Bruins reached double-digits in points, but Jules Bernard and Jaime Jacquez Jr. led the way with 17 points apiece. Alabama’s leading scorer, Jaden Shackelford, scored just four points and was outshined by Jahvon Quinerly, Quinerly poured in a game-high 20 points off the pine.

No. 1 Michigan 23-4 (14-3 Big Ten)

First Round: Defeated No. 16 Texas Southern 82-66
Second Round: Defeated No. 8 LSU 86-78
Third Round: Defeated No. 4 Florida State 76-58
KenPom rating: 4 Overall, 8 Offense, 11 Defense
Leading scorer: Hunter Dickinson (14.2 ppg)
Key stat of tournament: Michigan has shot over 50% in two of their three games so far.

The Wolverines had no issues dispatching of Florida State on Sunday, led by a gaudy 26-48 from two-point range as a team, and four different scorers in double digits. Franz Wagner shined with 13 points on 4-5 shooting. With MJ Walker rolling his ankle, any chance of FSU being able to mount a comeback wasn’t happening.

UM held Florida State to just 5-20 from three-point range, while forcing 14 turnovers and committing only nine.