ANAHEIM, Calif. - Arizona took all the drama out of this one early. After beating Gonzaga by one point in a double-overtime classic, the top-seeded Wildcats rolled right over Notre Dame 88-71 Thursday night to advance to the West Regional final.
Arizona will face Kansas in the regional final.
Luke Walton, last seen sprawled in exhaustion on the floor in Salt Lake City after grabbing the final rebound in the second round, had 16 points, seven boards and eight assists for Arizona.
Fellow senior Jason Gardner added 19 points in his school-record 134th career start. Channing Frye had 14 points and 12 rebounds, and Hassan Adams added 14 points.
The Wildcats (28-3) are in the round of eight for the first time since 2001, when they lost to Duke in the national championship game.
Torin Francis had 25 points on 10-of-11 shooting - more than double his average - and 10 rebounds to lead the Irish (24-10). Chris Thomas added 20 points.
Neither team led by more than five points before Arizona took command with a 22-3 run that gave the Wildcats a 47-29 lead with 5:56 remaining in the first half. There were eight lead changes and seven ties by halftime, which ended with Arizona ahead 53-40.
Kansas 69, Duke 65
ANAHEIM, Calif. - Nick Collison and Kansas gave Roy Williams that elusive victory over Coach K.
Collison scored a career-high 33 points and had 19 rebounds to lead the Jayhawks to a victory over Duke.
A 6-foot-9 forward that Mike Krzyzewski tried to recruit to Duke, Collison scored seven straight points to give second-seeded Kansas a 63-57 lead with 5:41 remaining. The Jayhawks were on top the rest of the way.
Kansas (28-7) will face Arizona on Saturday with the winner going to the Final Four.
Williams, in his 15th year as coach of the Jayhawks, was 0-3 in matchups with Krzyzewski, including a 72-65 defeat in the national championship game 12 years ago.
Dahntay Jones led third-seeded Duke (26-7) with 23 points and seven rebounds. Daniel Ewing added 13 points and Chris Duhon scored 12. Freshman J.J. Redick shot 2-of-16 in scoring only five points.
Kentucky 63, Wisconsin 57
MINNEAPOLIS - With Keith Bogans watching helplessly from the bench in the second half, Kentucky turned to the power of Marquis Estill to ward off Wisconsin.
Estill scored a career-high 28 points and the Wildcats ran their winning streak to 26 games, holding off the scrappy Badgers to advance to the regional final, where they will meet Marquette.
Bogans, the Wildcats' top scorer and floor leader, sprained his left ankle with 3:32 left in the first half when Wisconsin's Kirk Penney committed a turnover, turned around to run back down the floor and fell over the Kentucky star.
Mike Wilkinson had a layup and Devin Harris made two spectacular driving baskets to pull the Badgers within 52-50 with just under seven minutes to go.
The Wildcats went inside to the 6-foot-9, 240-pound Estill, who made 12-of-18 shots. He muscled in for another basket and then hit two free throws as the Wildcats regained a six-point lead.
Wisconsin rallied to within one when Harris hit a 3-pointer and Wilkinson drove for a basket with 1:33 remaining.
But Erik Daniels tipped in a miss by Estill with 1:03 left to give Kentucky a 58-55 lead. And after a traveling call on Wilkinson with 49 seconds remaining, Estill made one of two foul shots with 32 seconds left, pushing the lead back to four.
After Wilkinson missed twice from the line with 23 seconds remaining, Kentucky hit four free throws in the closing seconds.
Marquette 77, Pittsburgh 74
MINNEAPOLIS - Not since the days of Al McGuire has Marquette made it this far.
Dwyane Wade scored 20 of his 22 points in the second half to lead the third-seeded Golden Eagles to a victory over No. 2 seed Pittsburgh.
Chevon Troutman scored seven of his 15 points in the final 2:56 to lead a furious Panthers rally, but Marquette hung on and Pittsburgh was eliminated in the round of 16 for the second straight season.
The lovable McGuire retired after coaching Marquette to the 1977 national title, and the Golden Eagles hadn't been to a regional final since.
Marquette (26-5) will play top-seeded Kentucky on Saturday, with the winner advancing to the Final Four in New Orleans.
Brandin Knight led Pittsburgh (28-5) with 16 points. His 3-point attempt with about four seconds to go could have tied it, but he came up short.