Sweet 16 Friday Night Recap: Gonzaga, Villanova, Duke, and Houston Move On

The Sweet 16 wrapped up Friday night with the Elite 8 now set let’s now recap in case you missed what happened:

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Thursday’s action would see two number one seeds in action. The first is the top seed overall in the Gonzaga Bulldogs taking on the Arkansas Razorbacks. The Zags would go into the half trailing 32-29. The second half would see the Razorbacks use a late run after Chet Holmgren would pick up a foul defending a shot that would put him at 5 fouls ending his time in the ball game. Dew Timme would pick up the slack and would amount to 25 points on the night, but it would not be enough as the Razorbacks would be the ones celebrating the victory and their advancement in the NCAA Tourney. It would be the first time the Razorbacks would defeat a number 1 seed in school history. The victory would also further destroy already battered brackets as the Bulldogs were one of the most popular picks to make it into the NCAA Final. 

In San Antonio, Texas the Villanova Wildcats would take on the Michigan Wolverines. Out of the four games of the day, this would be the one that would go mostly the way fans would have suspected. The Wildcats would lead at the half and would lead in the end defeating the Wolverines season. The final would be 63-55. 

Back in San Francisco, it would be a familiar face in Coach Krzyzewski and the Duke Blue Devils taking on recent power the Texas Tech Red Raiders. According to social media, this game was called “A war”. That it was with the Blue Devils exploding in the second half amounting to 49 points in a half to seize victory away from Tech. The final would be 78-73. The Red Raiders would lead the game going into the half but were unable to contain Paolo Banchero as he would amount to 22 points in the matchup. In fact, 5 Blue Devils would amount to double-digit figures in the game. 

The last game to go final would be the other one seed in action, the Arizona Wildcats take on the Houston Cougars in their home state of Texas. The Cougs defense would stifle the Wildcats on the night as the final shooting percentage from the field for the Wildcats would only be 33%. That would be enough as the Cougs would knock out the third 1-seed of the Tourney 72-60. 

The last standing one is the Kansas Jayhawks. The Jayhawks are in action Friday night, as their opponent also features a stifling defense in the Providence Friars. We will have the recap for you when that game along with the others finishes up later on Friday night. 

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