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  • #5 Purdue - #4 Washington:  It wouldn't make sense for Purdue to just run away with this win, so of course the Huskies came back to provide a bit of drama.  It's March, that's what happens.  Nonetheless the Boilermakers advance with a 76-74 win, behind JaJauan Johnson's 22 points and two HUGE blocks with under a minute to play. The Indianapolis Star's Bob Kravitz says the Big 10 champs overcame some lame officiating to advance. Nothing lame about the game however, as a five beats a four and looks to knock off top seed UCONN.
  • #7 Texas - #2 Duke:  The Longhorns stuck around  and were probably the victim of some favorable Dookie officiating, but made their fans proud in a moral victory.  The Blue Devils never trailed, but Texas never fell behind by more than 10, in a back and forth game that could of tipped at any point.  Gerald Henderson kept impressing, scoring 24 and throwing down jams, as Duke will advance to the second weekend after a two year absence.  The Raleigh News & Observer's Caulton Tudor says Duke's lack of depth was almost it's demise.  Now they face a very deep Villanova team.
  • #12 Western Kentucky - #5 Gonzaga: The game of the night featured the play of the tournament up to this point. After Western Kentucky's Steffphon Pettigrew tipped in an AJ Slaughter three point miss to tie it up, Bulldogs freshman guard Demetri Goodson did the coast-to-coast thing hitting an uncontested jumper with under a second to play. Insanity ensued and the Dawgs now get UNC. The Seattle Times' But Withers notes that Goodson was inserted into the game for defensive purposes, not to win the game. I think Coach Mark Few isn't upset about the execution.