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Former Pac-10 coaching rivals Lute Olson and Steve Lavin before a game at Mc Kale Center earlier this year

"But we were in the last three or four minutes of the game".

For the best mobile experience, use the mobile web version. Mack lost his point-guard Edmond Sumner to a season-ending knee injury, and also lost his team leader Trevon Bluiett for a period of time.

The friends and former colleagues went different directions, but with one big thing in common: Winning.

Xavier Musketeers made one more upset to reach the Elite 8 of the NCAA tournament. "I don't know anything about basketball - I can't dribble the ball with my head up - but you could just tell he understood the game in great detail". "I hope they go all the way".

For the Ducks (32-5), it's on to the Elite Eight for the second straight year. The Musketeers passed their biggest test to date with confident performance against one of college basketball's storied programs.

Bluiett finished with 25 points, matching his average in the first two NCAA tournament games. Arizona is a young team, but one that plays with poise, and its pieces gel together nicely.

Eleventh-seeded Xavier rallied from an eight-point deficit in the final four minutes against second-seeded Arizona to advance to the Elite Eight for the third time in program history.

"You know it's tough to look at our guys in disappointment, because we've had so many great moments and that's what makes the tournament so special", Miller said.

Looking back, it's hard to believe that we're even talking about the Musketeers, let alone J.P Macura. If they can beat Gonzaga, it will be the first time that Xavier has ever reached the Final Four.

"I think adrenaline takes over", Mack said.

All across campus on the day after a thrilling victory over Arizona in the Elite Eight, there are broad smiles and crossed arms forming an X. His son is an assistant coach and Murray is a huge fan. Gonzaga rarely faced much game pressure during conference play, and everyone seemed interested in how they would react in a close ball game because you will never go the full distance in March Madness without controversy.

Sean Miller, Markkanen, and his teammates are all partly to blame (Xavier's zone defense deserves credit, too) but Arizona simply needed more production from its second-leading scorer.

KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Tyler Dorsey scored 20 points and made the go-ahead layup with 1:08 left, and third-seeded OR ended No. 7 Michigan's dramatic postseason run with a 69-68 victory in a Midwest Regional semifinal on Thursday night. He did grab eight rebounds, including five on the offensive glass. The strangest: with a win, Xavier will move to.500 since February 11 (they're 6-7 in that stretch). Sitting across from Xavier's bench, he was a vocal supporter for the Musketeers and was a big part of the celebration after Xavier clinched it. Every team with a higher overall seed was either an at-large bid or had to play a First Four game.

Nick the Greek's restaurant stays open till 3 a.m.in downtown San Jose. So did OR, which won the first NCAA Tournament in 1939 but hasn't pushed past the final eight since. Gonzaga will need a team effort again on defense if they want to withstand the pesky Musketeers offensive assault. Xavier is the lowest remaining seed at No. 11. Bluiett loves taking outside shots and has gone 11-23 (47.8 percent) so far in the tournament behind the arc.

This Zags team is as skilled offensively as Mark Few's previous squads, but they are also lethal on the defensive end of the floor.

The freshman's efficient 3-point shooting, 43 percent, as well as his ability to get to the line and convert - 83 percent on five attempts per game - has National Basketball Association scouts drooling at his potential at the next level. He only got six clean looks in Arizona's second round win over Saint Mary's, but converting on nine-of-10 free throw attempts gave his numbers a boost. Xavier had their revenge after losing to Arizona in 2015 NCAA tournament.

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