Xavier Musketeers made one more upset to reach the Elite 8 of the NCAA tournament. No. 2 seed Arizona were defeated, 73-71. Along with them, Oregon, Kansas, and Gonzaga advanced to the best 8 programs in this year’s NCAA tournament.
Allonzo Trier had the game-winning shot in his hands but he missed a 3-pointer some 8 seconds before the end of the match. Xavier had their revenge after losing to Arizona in 2015 NCAA tournament.
After 10 years, the Musketeers will appear in the Elite 8 stage and they have to tank Trevon Bluiett who scored 25 points in this game. He had help from Malcolm Barnard who scored 15 points and JP Macura with 14.
Trier scored 19 points and the only one who was following him was center Dusan Ristic with 17 points.
Lauri Markkanen was practically invisible on the court, scoring just 9 points shooting 1 for 6 from downtown.
The Xavier Musketeers will face number one seed Gonzaga this Saturday. The Bulldogs defeated the West Virginia in a tight match 61-58. They were losing by one point with 1:07 until the end of the game, and they managed to defend the last possession of West Virginia who had a chance to tie the game with a 3-pointer.
Jordan Matthews scored a crucial three-pointer which gave the lead to the number one seed under one minute to go.
“All year we’ve been banking on our defense, our defense, our defense,” coach Mark Few said. “Our defense stepped up and got it done there at the end. So we are absolutely elated to continue to be playing. We’re 40 minutes away from a Final Four.”
Three Gonzaga players scored 13 points a piece — Williams, Karnowski, and Matthews.
Jevon Carter scored a team-high 21 points for West Virginia, but in the end, he missed two three-pointers when they were needed the most.
“To know you were so close and you gave everything you had and to come up short, it hurts,” said Carter
In the Midwest region, we will see a clash between number one seed Kansas Jayhawks and number three seeds Oregon Ducks.
The Jayhawks blew out Purdue Boilermakers 98-66 although they were trailing seven points during the first half. Eventually, they started playing their own game, slow and organized, which immediately gave results.
“When we started to slow down and play our style of basketball, that’s when we started rolling,” said Frank Mason III who scored 26 points.
The Purdue Boilermakers are dominant on the paint, while the Jayhawks have a fantastic backcourt.
Devonte Graham scored the same number of points as Mason, and these two guys completely demolished the Boilermakers defense. Josh Jackson scored 15 points and added 12 rebounds.
Caleb Swanigan led the Boilermakers with 18 points and 7 rebounds, but he had 6 turnovers.
The Jayhawks will play this Saturday in Glendale, Arizona against the Oregon Ducks who won a dramatic game against Michigan Wolverines, 69-68.
Michigan had several chances in the last minute of the game to win but they just didn’t score. Although the Ducks missed a couple of free throws in that span, the Wolverines just didn’t use this gift.
Tyler Dorsey scored 20 points and this is his sixth straight game with 20 or more points. Jordan Bell was following him with 16 points and 13 rebounds, while Derrick Walton Jr had a team-high 20 points for the Wolverines.