SAN FRANCISCO — Arkansas goes to the Elite Eight for the third consecutive March.
To get there, the No. 4 seed Razorbacks needed to get previous the workforce the NCAA choice committee thought of probably the most elite workforce within the discipline, No. 1 general seed Gonzaga, which they defeated 74-68 Thursday night time on the Chase Middle.
For Gonzaga, which was within the Candy 16 for the seventh consecutive 12 months, it was a bitter defeat. The Zags failed at every thing that they had excelled in any respect season: Taking pictures the basketball.
Gonzaga entered the sport main the nation in each scoring (87.8 factors per recreation) and field-goal proportion (52.6-percent) this season.
It scored 19 fewer factors than their common and shot 37.5 p.c. Arkansas (28-8) muddied up the sport fantastically, by no means letting the Zags discover any rhythm.
The Razorbacks, who play the winner of Thursday’s late recreation between Duke and Texas Tech on Saturday for a berth into the Closing 4, made all of the performs in crunch time to safe the victory.
The Razorbacks took a game-high 59-50 lead on a JD Notae 3-pointer with 6:34 remaining within the recreation and held on from there.
Gonzaga (28-4) closed the result in 68-65 with 16.5 seconds remaining, however by no means acquired nearer. Arkansas made its free throws once they have been wanted most. Chris Lykes, a 5′-7″ guard, made each ends of a one-and-one to provide the Razorbacks a 70-65 lead with 15.8 seconds left, they usually have been the one factors he scored all recreation.
Two extra free throws by Davonte Davis with 8.1 seconds left gave Arkansas a 72-65 lead and clinched it. An exclamation-point dunk by Au’Diese Toney with one second remaining closed it out formally.
Notae led Arkansas with 21 factors on 9-of-29 taking pictures from the sector, together with 2-of-12 from 3-point vary. Tret Wade had 15 factors, as did Jaylin Williams, who additionally had 12 rebounds and had an enormous half in fouling out Gonzaga’s massive man, Chet Holmgren, who left with 3:29 remaining, with 11 factors and 14 rebounds.
The one vibrant spot for Gonzaga was Drew Timme, who led all scorers with 25 factors.
When the sport was over, Arkansas coach Eric Musselman made a beeline into the stands to hug his mom, Kris, who was watching her son coach the Razorbacks for the primary time. She’d flown up from her dwelling in San Diego on Wednesday.