NCAA Elite 8 Recap: Oregon & Gonzaga Advance To Final Four
Oregon and Gonzaga each won regional finals to advance to the 2017 Final Four on Saturday. Here’s a recap of the day’s action:
Midwest Region Final: Oregon 74, Kansas 60
Tyler Dorsey scored 27 points and Oregon easily defeated Kansas, 74-60, in the Midwest Region final in Kansas City on Saturday night. The victory allowed the Ducks to advance to their first Final Four appearance since 1939.
With Jayhawks star Josh Jackson in early foul trouble, third-seeded Oregon (33-5) built a 44-33 halftime lead and kept the pressure on in the second half.
Dillon Brooks added 17 points and Jordan Bell had 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Ducks. His seven offensive boards help tilt the game for his team.
Frank Mason III paced top-seeded Kansas (31-5) with 21 points.
Oregon will face the winner of Sunday’s North Carolina-Kentucky South Region final in the Final Four in Arizona next Saturday.
West Region Final: Gonzaga 83, Xavier 59
Nigel Williams-Goss scored 23 points and Gonzaga routed Xavier, 83-59, in the West Region final in San Jose on Saturday night and advanced to their first-ever Final Four.
After allowing the Musketeers to stay close for most of the first half, the top-seeded Bulldogs (36-1) chugged to a 10-point halftime lead and pulled away in the final 20 minutes.
J.P. Macura led the 11th-seeded Musketeers (24-14) with 18 points. Xavier shot just 12.5 percent from beyond the three-point arc in the loss.
Gonzaga will face the winner of Sunday night’s South Carolina-Florida East Region final in next week’s Final Four in Arizona.