All-time UCLA Bruins March Madness starting lineup

The 11-time national champion UCLA Bruins have had some of the greatest college basketball players in history pass through Pauley Pavilion. But what is the best March Madness starting lineup we can make, taking into account only their performance in the NCAA Tournament.

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Mick Cronin’s second season at UCLA was largely seen as a failure, with a talented team nearly missing the tournament. However, UCLA went to Dayton for a chance in the First Four, and behind Johnny Juzang’s 23 points, the Bruins beat Michigan State 86-80. 

Then, Juzang dropped 27 to knock off BYU in a 6-11 matchup in the first round. The Bruins got lucky with Abilene Christian winning as a 14-seed, so they coasted into the Sweet 16 behind a game-high 17 from Juzang. The Kentucky transfer was officially on a heater, but even as he cooled off, UCLA beat Alabama to advance to the Elite Eight. 

In the Elite Eight, Juzang had his most memorable game of the tournament. In a 51-49 slog of a win over Michigan, Juzang was masterful, scoring 28 points on 19 shots including a floater with a minute left to give the Bruins a 50-47 lead. 

He may not be a basketball legend like those before him on the list and UCLA didn’t win the title in 2021. Still, even in the Final Four loss to Gonzaga on a Jalen Suggs half-court heave, Juzang had a game-high 29 points and his improbable run through the tournament deserves to be immortalized.

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