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Tip time set for Michigan vs. UCLA showdown in Elite Eight

The Wolverines and Bruins will play for a spot in the national semifinal.

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-Florida State at Michigan Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

The Michigan Wolverines have a date set for the Elite Eight.

Hours after closing out a victory over the Florida State Seminoles in the Sweet Sixteen, the No. 11-seed UCLA Bruins upset No. 2 seed Alabama by a score of 88-78 in overtime. It will be the Bruins’ first Elite Eight appearance since 2008.

Michigan and UCLA will to play in the 9:57 p.m. ET slot with Gonzaga and Oregon/USC in the earlier game at 7:15 p.m.

A quick snapshot of UCLA’s run to the Elite Eight saw them begin the tournament in the First Four against Michigan State. The Spartans had them on the ropes, but UCLA was able to outlast them in overtime. Since then, the Bruins have earned wins over BYU, Abilene Christian and now Alabama. KenPom had UCLA as the No. 20 team in the country coming into Sunday’s games with the 12th-ranked offense and 52nd-ranked defense.

We will have more on the Bruins in the coming day or so. All that stands between Michigan and its third Final Four appearance since 2013 is a double-digit seed. That’s not to say it will be a cakewalk, but the road might be just a little less stressful. Maybe.