SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – JD Notae scored 21 points despite missing 20 shots, and a fourth-seeded Arkansas made Gonzaga miserable at both ends of the field, rebounding in the first overall standings in the NCAA with a 74-68 victory. on Thursday night.
Note finished with six rebounds, six assists, three interceptions and two blocked shots for coach Eric Musselman, who fussed Razorbacks (28-8), who reached the top eight for the second year in a row and will meet Duke or Texas Tech in the West Regional Finals. Saturday.
Drew Tim scored 25 points but was unable to unite the Bulldogs (28-4), who for the second season in a row had the advantage of winning this elusive national title but were knocked out by more physical opponents. Coach Mark Fue’s team was unbeaten last year before losing to Baylor in the country’s title match.
Arkansas has consistently challenged 7-foot freshman Gonza Chet Holmgren in the paint, and the NBA’s lean outlook has been shattered by 3:29 left after some questionable calls against him. Holmgren finished with 11 points, all in the second half, and 14 rebounds in his last student game.
Note scored 9 of 29 overall and 2 of 12 from the 3-point range, but was still the catalyst for the Razorbacks. 3 senior guards at 6:38 left 59-50, and Arkansas held on from there.
DUKE 79, TEXAS TECH 74
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski moved on as one win in his record 13th trip to the Final Four of his farewell season thanks to two late baskets by Jeremy Roach, who helped capture the Blue Devils’ victory over Texas Tech on Thursday night.
Roach’s two strokes were part of the series with a score of 7-0 when a stable sophomore came out in the grip for the second game in a row to send second-seeded Duke (31-6) into an Elite Eight match against fourth-seeded Arkansas.
Paolo Banchera led Duke with 22 points, Mark Williams scored 16 and Roach added 15 when the Blue Devils defeated third-seeded Texas Tech (27-10) and brought Coach K his record 100th victory in the NCAA.
As convincing as the action on the field was in this tense semi-final of the Western Region, the story of this Blue Devils race surrounded the farewell tour of their Hall of Fame coach.
In June last year, Krzyzewski announced that he would retire after this season. After being omitted from the tournament last year, Duke returned with a list filled with NBA prospects and capable of bringing Krzyzewski his sixth career title.
For most of the first half Duke played from behind, but in the second half was much sharper in attack. Williams received three free easy baskets at the start of the half to get the Blue Devils apart.
Bryson Williams scored 21 points, leading at Texas Tech, and McCallar added 17. Kevin Abonor scored 10 points and 10 rebounds, making his sixth double-double in six career games.
HUSTON 72, Arizona 60
SAN ANTONIA (AP) – Jamal Shed scored 21 career-high points and Houston led 72-60 over Arizona on Thursday night, moving the Cougars within one win in the second final four in a row.
Due to the fact that Taze Moore got into trouble with a foul after his 3-point lead was 5-0 in the first two minutes, Shed and Kailer Edwards were on the field for almost the entire game for the Cougars (32-5). Edwards, a Texas Tech transfer who played in the 2019 National Championship match for the Red Raiders, scored 19 points with five three-pointers.
After a quick consecutive postponement by Dalen Terry got Arizona in the 64-58 range, with just over two minutes left, Edwards counted for Houston 3 from the right flank.
Houston on Saturday in San Antonio, about 200 miles from the UH campus, in the finals of the Southern Region plays Villan (28-7) with a second seed.
Terry scored 17 points for the Wildcats (33-4), while Pac-12 best player of the year Benedict Maturin had 15 and Christian Kalaka had 10,
VILANOVA 63, MICHIGAN 55
SAN ANTONIA, Texas (AP) – Jermaine Samuels scored 22 points and suffered a Wilan attack when the Wildcats finished off Michigan.
Samuels shot 8 of 13 from the field, with most of his results killed in tough races through Michigan defenders and around the great man Hunter Dickinson. The Wildcats had long misfires on the three-pointers, but did enough to move on and face Arizona or Houston in the elite eight.
This is the deepest series in the tournament for Vilanova (28-7) since coach Jay Wright won the second of his two national titles in 2018. The defeat completes a turbulent season for Michigan (19-15), who entered the tournament field shining only in the first two rounds.
Dickinson led the Wolverine with 15 points and 15 rebounds, and Eli Brooks scored 14 points. Justin Moore scored 15 points, and Colin Gillespie – 12 for Vilanov.
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