Final Score: Arizona 70, San Diego State 64
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - T.J. McConnell stripped the ball away from Winston Shepard near halfcourt, dove to retrieve it and alertly found Gabe York with a bounce pass from his back. York then left a pass for Nick Johnson, whose layup finally put him in the scoring column.
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Johnson's second field goal less than a minute later was the dagger.
Johnson scored 15 of Arizona's final 16 points and the Wildcats advanced to the West Region Final following a 70-64 triumph over San Diego State on Thursday night.
The Pac-12 Player of the Year Johnson began 0-of-10 from the floor before his layup gave Arizona 56-51 lead with 2:46 left. After J.J. O'Brien made two foul shots, Johnson knocked down a right wing triple to extend the margin to 59-53 with 1:52 on the clock.
Johnson hit all 10 of his foul shots down the stretch to send top-seeded Arizona to its first Elite Eight since 2011.
Final Score: Dayton 82, Stanford 72
Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Dayton has not danced this long in 30 years.
Jordan Sibert led the way with 18 points and the upstart Flyers thoroughly handled Stanford, 82-72, in a Sweet 16 battle of double-digit seeds from the South Region.
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Eleven different players scored in an efficiently balanced attack for the 11th-seeded Flyers (26-10), who made 48.3 percent of their shots and assisted on 19 of their 28 made baskets.
Kendall Pollard scored 12 points off the bench, Devin Oliver chipped in with 12 points and seven rebounds and Matt Kavanaugh added 10 points for Dayton, which last reached the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament in 1984, when they lost to Georgetown in the regional final.
They'll face another perennial power next in the winner of Thursday's nightcap at FedEx Forum between top-seeded Florida and fourth-seeded UCLA.
Stanford's leading scorer, Chasson Randle, needed 21 shots to score 21 points, and the 10th-seeded Cardinal (23-13) had three other double-digit scorers in Dwight Powell, Stefan Nastic and Josh Huestis.
Powell finished with 17 points and nine rebounds, Nastic had 15 points before
fouling out and Huestis netted 13, but Stanford only received two points from its short bench as opposed to Dayton getting 34 from its reserves.
Final Score: Wisconsin 69, Baylor 52
Anaheim, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Bo Ryan may have his most offensively gifted team yet.
The defense is still there too.
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Wisconsin's crisp ball movement and passing picked apart Baylor's zone and the Badgers' third Sweet 16 appearance in the last four years finally resulted in a win.
Frank Kaminsky had 19 points and six blocks and Wisconsin routed Baylor, 69-52, in a West Region semifinal from Anaheim.
Second-seeded Wisconsin, which hasn't reached a Regional Final since 2005, hasn't made the Final Four during Ryan's tenure since he took over the program in 2001.
It'll get a shot Saturday against the winner of the Arizona/San Diego State game later in Anaheim.
Ben Brust tallied 14 points and six rebounds, while Nigel Hayes added 10 points and six boards for the Badgers, who tallied 18 assists on 26 made field goals (26-of-50).
Final Score: Florida 79, UCLA 68
Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Another Florida-UCLA meeting in the NCAA Tournament went the way of the Gators.
Michael Frazier II made five 3-pointers and scored a team-high 19 points and top-seeded Florida ousted the Bruins for the fourth time in the past eight years with a tense 79-68 victory in a familiar Sweet 16 showdown.
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Florida has now reached the Elite Eight four straight years, and while the previous three all ended in defeats, the Gators get another shot at a Final Four appearance on Saturday against upstart Dayton. The 11th-seeded Flyers beat Stanford, 82-72, in Thursday's other South Region matchup at FedExForum.
The nightcap was a tight affair despite what the final score may indicate and the fact that Gators (35-2) never trailed in the second half.
UCLA (28-9) was within one with 10 minutes to go before SEC Player of the Year Scottie Wilbekin stepped up and scored eight of his 13 points in the final six-plus minutes to help Florida pull away for its 29th consecutive win.
Casey Prather added 12 points and Dorian Finney-Smith netted 10 in the win.
Jordan Adams led the Bruins with 17 points, while Travis Wear had 14 for the Pac-12 Tournament champions, who also lost to Florida in the 2006 title game, the 2007 Final Four and the 2011 round-of-32.