Duke exits Texas Tech, Arizona sadly

Duke survived Texas Tech, while top seed Arizona fell to Houston on the latest night of crazy March.

While four teams like the Duke Blue Devils and Houston Cougars move to the Elite Eight in March Madness, the other four will go home like the Arizona Wildcats and Texas Tech Red Raiders.

The first half of Sweet 16 takes place on Thursday nights in San Antonio and San Francisco. Although the two higher seeds advanced to the Elite Eight, two of the remaining No. 1 seeds saw their spectacular season come to an end. The South and West regional finals will take place on Saturday. Find out which teams are still playing and who will go home after Thursday night.

This is the newest one Updated March Madness framework after the first four Sweet 16 games have been played.

March Madness Frame Update, March 25: Duke, Houston keep dancing

4 Arkansas played better than top seed Gonzaga in their Sweet 16 game. Hogs picked up 21 points from JD Notae in their upset 74-68 win over Zags. Drew Timme may have had the top 25 in the game, but the Bulldogs and his mustache came back empty-handed with Spokane. Mark Few remains the best head coach without a national championship to date.

It was shocking to watch Arkansas beat Gonzaga, Houston No. 5 one step closer to returning to Round 4 of the Finals, as the Cougars handled the top-seeded Wildcats with ease in their Sweet 16 matchup. Many thought Arizona could win it all, but Kelvin Sampson turned U of H’s show into an absolute trivia in The American. Jaguars beat the Wildcats 72-60.

The miracle run for the 11th Michigan Wolverines ended in San Antonio, when they fell to Villanova No 2, 63-55. Michigan entered the NCAA Tournament by doing its job well. While the Wolverines’ run to the Sweet 16 was an impressive one, Villanova was the show with a chance to knock the net in Texas on Saturday. The Wildcats are the Elite Eight bound by Jay Wright.

And in the final game of the Sweet 16 leaderboard Thursday night, #2 Duke beat #3 Texas Tech by 78-73. Paolo Banchero had a high 22 in the game to keep the K-coach era alive at least a little longer. For Texas Tech, the Red Raiders fought bravely, but not enough to end Mike Krzyzewski’s coaching career in San Francisco on Thursday night.

While there are plenty of games to be decided in the East and Midwest Zones on Friday, the Southern Division finals will be between No.5 Houston and #2 Villanova on Saturday night. Tipoff from the AT&T Center in San Antonio will be at 6:09 p.m. ET, 5:09 p.m. ET on March 26. #4 Arkansas will face Duke #2 at the Chase Center in San Francisco at 8:49 p.m. ET , 5:49 p.m. ET to decide on the West.

Only 12 teams alive to win the 2022 NCAA Tournament entered the standings on Friday night.

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