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The Latest on the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern):

7:13 p.m.

The get-in-the-door price for tickets to see top-seeded Kansas play third-seeded Oregon for a spot in the Final Four was about $250 about 90 minutes before tipoff.

Folks trying to buy a seat can thank the location for that.

With the Sprint Center in downtown Kansas City about 40 minutes from the Jayhawks' campus in Lawrence, tickets have been in high demand. Seats in the lower bowl were going for several times that much, according to those scalping tickets in the vicinity of the arena.

Nearby, the Power and Light District of restaurants and bars was packed with fans wearing red and blue colors, making it a veritable road game for the Ducks.

-Dave Skretta reporting from Kansas City

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7:10 p.m.

Xavier's J.P. Macura gave the crowd at the West Regional final a collective gasp when his shot from three-quarters court banked in at the end of the first half of the Musketeers' game against Gonzaga.

Macura ran off the court in celebration but a replay review determined the shot got off just after the buzzer and the officials waved it off. That sent Gonzaga into the half with a 49-39 lead.

The Bulldogs did most of their damage from deep by hitting eight 3-pointers and adding three more points when Jordan Mathews was fouled on a 3. Josh Perkins hit three from long range, Nigel Williams-Goss had two 3-pointers and three other players hit one.

Williams-Goss leads Gonzaga with 13 points and Johnathan Williams has 12.

Xavier fell behind with a 1-for-9 shooting stretch late in the half against Gonzaga's tough defense. Trevon Bluiett leads the way with 10 points.

\u2014 Josh Dubow reporting from San Jose, California

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7:05 p.m.

Members of the U.S. soccer team came onto the court at halftime of the West Regional final to be recognized, a day after their 6-0 win over Honduras in World Cup qualifying.

Clint Dempsey, who scored his second career hat trick, waved to fans along with Jozy Altidore, Jermaine Jones, DaMarcus Beasley and a handful of other players, some in shorts, some in sweats.

The U.S. team was scheduled to fly to Panama late Saturday night for Tuesday's World Cup qualifier in Panama City.

\u2014 Ronald Blum, reporting from San Jose, California

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6:47 p.m.

Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski has taken just one shot but is still making a big impact at the offensive end.

With Xavier sending a second and sometimes third defender at Karnowski almost every time he catches the ball in the post, the Bulldogs have gotten plenty of open looks from 3-point range.

Gonzaga has shot 6 of 11 on 3-pointers so far in the first half to take a 35-29 lead. Two of those 3-pointers came directly off passes from Karnowski.

\u2014 Josh Dubow reporting from San Jose, California

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6:40 p.m.

It's been a rough weekend so far for Gonzaga star guard Nigel Williams-Goss.

The West Coast Conference player of the year has made just 2 of 7 shots with no assists to start the West Regional final against Xavier. Williams-Goss shot 2 for 10 with five turnovers in the Sweet 16 win over West Virginia.

The Bulldogs have survived the struggles and lead 27-23, thanks a boost from two 3-pointers by Josh Perkins and another from Silas Melson.

\u2014 Josh Dubow reporting from San Jose, California

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6:30 p.m.

Xavier is doing something no one has done all season against Gonzaga: run an efficient offense.

The Musketeers have made 8 of their first 16 shots with only one turnover early in the Elite Eight matchup against the top-seeded Bulldogs. Gonzaga still leads 22-19.

No opponent made half its shots in a game against Gonzaga all season, with San Francisco posting the top mark of 46.9 percent.

In the first three games of the tournament, Gonzaga allowed opponents to shoot just 33.2 percent.

\u2014 Josh Dubow reporting from San Jose, California

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6:20 p.m.

Gonzaga is relying on the outside shot to start the West Regional final against Xavier.

The top-seeded Bulldogs have taken seven of their first eight shots from behind the 3-point line in the opening minutes. They made three of them, including two by Josh Perkins, to take an early 12-10 lead over the Musketeers.

Gonzaga made just four 3-pointers all game in the Sweet 16 win over West Virginia. The Bulldogs were shooting just 29 percent from 3-point range in the NCAA Tournament before today.

Xavier has done all its work closer to the basket, with all seven shots coming inside the arc and five of them at the rim.

\u2014 Josh Dubow reporting from San Jose, California

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6:10 p.m.

With fan favorite Arizona eliminated in the Sweet 16, there are plenty of empty seats at tip off for the West Regional final between top-seeded Gonzaga and No. 11 seed Xavier.

The Wildcats had the biggest contingent on hand Thursday night but lost 73-71 to the Musketeers, leading to the big blocks of empty seats in the top level of SAP Center.

\u2014 Josh Dubow reporting from San Jose, California

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4:40 p.m.

Either Xavier or Gonzaga is about to earn its first Final Four berth in school history.

Gonzaga and Xavier are both making their third appearances in regional finals Saturday, but neither school has ever advanced beyond that stage. They face off Saturday in the West Regional in San Jose, California.

Oregon is meanwhile seeking its first Final Four appearance since its 1939 national championship. Oregon faces Kansas in the Midwest Regional championship at Kansas City, Missouri.

In each of its previous two regional final appearances, Gonzaga lost to the eventual national champion (Connecticut in 1999, Duke in 2015). Xavier lost to Duke in a 2004 regional final and fell to UCLA in a 2008 regional championship.

Oregon lost to Oklahoma in a regional final last year.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) \u2014 Kentucky coach John Calipari can point to the reason why freshman guard De'Aaron Fox has blossomed into the Wildcats' offensive leader at the most crucial time of the season.

\"What he's learned to do is play physical,\" Calipari said of Fox. \"Not take a hit and fly and throw a ball. He's learned to play through bumps. He's learned to work. He's understands the grind now.\"

Fox is coming off the best scoring game of the NCAA Tournament with his career-high 39 points helping Kentucky (32-5) move to its accustomed place in the regional finals Sunday playing top-seeded North Carolina in the South.

This postseason, Fox has led or shared leading-scorer honors for Kentucky in every game, including tallying 39 points in Friday's 86-75 victory over No. 3 seed UCLA. His 39 points also were the most ever by a freshman in the NCAA Tournament and was the best by a Kentucky player in this tournament since Tayshaun Prince had 41 in 2002.

The Fox also completely outplayed the Bruins' vaunted freshman guard Lonzo Ball, who managed only 10 points.

Ball declared for the NBA draft after Friday's loss.

Fox, on the other hand, has more immediate concerns than where he will play basketball next year. He's preparing for the Tar Heels (30-7). Kentucky defeated Carolina 103-100 on Dec. 17 in Las Vegas.

\"We're still playing basketball, so I'm not talking about leaving,\" Fox said. \"If things go as planned, we still have three games left.\"

Fox had 24 points and 10 assists in that December win over the Tar Heels. In the six postseason games including the Southeastern Conference Tournament, the 6-foot-3 guard from Houston has averaged 23 points, while connecting on 57 percent of his shots.

\"There is a reason he is who he is, and the hype he has around him,\" UCLA guard Bryce Alford said after Friday's loss to the Wildcats. \"He's very, very talented. . It's tough to stop a guy who has as good of a mid-range game as he does. That's a lost art in college basketball, and it's very hard to stop.\"

Well, his teammates and Calipari did stop Fox on Saturday from talking to the media. After a couple answers about planning for the national title that could make the Carolina bulletin board, the rest of the Wildcats lightheartedly shut him down.

\"Stop. He's done talking,\" Calipari said, later adding. \"When he's excited, he's Chatty Cathy. He talks, just like he just did.\"

Each time someone asked Fox a question, Calipari or a teammate interrupted to say the guard was not allowed to answer any more questions.

When Fox started well against UCLA, it was Calipari who didn't say much. The Wildcats took a 36-33 halftime lead into the locker room with Fox scoring 15 points and making seven of his 12 shots.

\"All I did at halftime was say: 'Guys. Are you watching this game?' and they said yeah,\" Calipari recounted. \"I said: 'Ok good. You know we are playing through De'Arron Fox. The rest of you take a back seat and play off of him.'\"

Fox's teammates have seen his improvement up close. The Tar Heels also have taken notice.

Junior Justin Jackson, North Carolina's leading scorer, said Fox showed signs of being good when they played for the same AAU team in Texas.

\"I didn't know he was going to have this type of impact right away,\" Jackson said. \"He's gotten better and better as the season has gone on. . We have to slow him down as much as possible. He's fast. He's explosive. And when he gets going, the rest of the team gets going.\"

Calipari says any of his Wildcats can take over a game at any time, but it's been Fox leading the postseason parade.

\"At the end of the day, (Calipari) is putting me in position. My teammates put me in great positions,\" Fox said. \"And all I've got to do is execute.\"

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For more AP college basketball coverage: http://collegebasketball.ap.org and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25.

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STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) \u2014 Kaela Davis, A'ja Wilson and top-seeded South Carolina overpowered NCAA Tournament surprise Quinnipiac from the opening tip, scoring the first 16 points and advancing to the Stockton Regional final by beating the 12th-seeded Bobcats 100-58 on Saturday.

Davis scored 28 with five 3-pointers, Wilson added 24 and South Carolina's athleticism and smothering, swarming defense was just too much for Quinnipiac on the Sweet 16 stage. The Bobcats started out 0 for 10 and took more than seven minutes to score as they struggled to get shots off, let alone establish their typically prolific perimeter game.

South Carolina (30-4) won its eighth in a row, putting coach Dawn Staley's team in the Elite Eight for the second time in three years.

The Bobcats (29-7) had won 12 straight games, beating fifth-seeded Marquette and No. 4 Miami for the first two NCAA Tournament wins in school history. The mid-major school became an upset darling as Connecticut's other team, prompting UConn coach Geno Auriemma to wear a Quinnipiac T-shirt on Friday beneath his warmup jacket in support of dear friend and coach Tricia Fabbri and her program.

Wilson, averaging 19.6 points over her previous five games, shot 7 for 9 and made all 10 of her free throws.

Allisha Gray had 19 points and eight rebounds for Carolina. She was fine after getting carried off the court late in South Carolina's 71-68 comeback win against Arizona State last Sunday because of a hamstring cramp that initially was feared to be more serious.

The Gamecocks shot 61 percent, including 10 of 16 from 3-point range, and made 18 of 19 free throws. They are seeking their first Final Four berth in three years, with sights on the program's first NCAA championship.

Staley's team kept pushing after halftime, opening the third quarter on an 11-2 run and capitalized on a technical against the Bobcats' bench.

Adily Martucci and Jen Fay each scored 12 for Quinnipiac.

When senior Morgan Manz sat down for the final time in the closing minutes, she and Fabbri came together for a long, emotional embrace. Then, it was Martucci's turn.

The Bobcats had three early turnover and didn't score until Fay's two free throws with 2:51 left in the first quarter.

BIG PICTURE

Quinnipiac: The Bobcats were just the fourth 12 seed to reach the Sweet 16 and the lowest seed in this year's tournament still playing. ... Quinnipiac had 55 assists on 78 baskets in the three NCAA games. ... The team hit 15 3-pointers to get past Miami last Monday but was only 6 for 13 from long range Saturday.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks have scored 90 or more points in three of their last seven games. ... South Carolina went 15 for 15 from the free throw line in the first half. ... The Gamecocks held a 35-18 rebounding advantage and forced 17 turnovers.

UP NEXT

South Carolina plays Monday night at Stockton Arena against the winner of Saturday's second game between second-seeded Oregon State and No. 3 Florida State.

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For more AP college basketball coverage: http://collegebasketball.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25

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NEW YORK (AP) \u2014 If Florida coach Mike White had a timeout left at the end of the Gators' thrilling victory against Wisconsin, the most memorable shot of this NCAA Tournament so far might not have happened.

Down 2 points with no way to stop the clock and plot out a strategy to go the length of the floor with 4 seconds left, the Gators put the ball in the hands of one their speedy guards and let him go to work.

Chris Chiozza produced the first game-winning buzzer-beater of the tournament after sprinting to the 3-point line and letting fly a one-hander that hit nothing but net. The fourth-seeded Gators advanced to play No. 7 seed South Carolina on Sunday at Madison Square Garden in an East Regional final that is all-Southeastern Conference.

\"I was glad we didn't have (a timeout), of course,\" White said Saturday. \"Especially a half hour after Chris makes the shot he made. It was easier to say that last night than right now, but I don't want to back off of that sentiment. If we had called a timeout, who knows what (Wisconsin coach) Greg (Gard) does and how they line up and match up and what type of defense that we see.\"

It is a choice coaches face often at the end of close games: Call a timeout and a play or trust preparation will lead the players to make the right decisions without further instruction against a scrambling defense.

With only 4 seconds left, just getting into position to take a decent shot is difficult, but Florida has the type of players needed to pull it off.

\"They've got the three fastest guards in the country,\" South Carolina associated head coach Matt Figger said, referring to Chiozza, Kasey Hill and KeVaughn Allen.

White said he likes to think he would not have called a timeout even if he had one to call \u2014 probably.

\"And that's probably been the case five or six times this year, where we had one late half or late clock, late game, where, especially with both these guys in the game, if they can get ahead of steam in 4 seconds, they can cover a lot of ground, and Chris obviously showed that,\" White said.

Most end of game offense during this tournament has been \u2014 at best \u2014 unproductive. Lots of hero-ball, long jumpers coming up empty. Some notable examples:

\u2014 Princeton had a chance to knock off Notre Dame in the first round, but down one in the waning moments took a long 3-pointer that missed.

\u2014 Wichita State needed a 3 to tie Kentucky on its last possession and ended up getting it blocked.

\u2014 West Virginia was down three and had the ball for the last 38 seconds against Gonzaga \u2014 never called a timeout \u2014 and barely hit the rim once in three long attempts.

Figger said, generally speaking, 12 seconds and under is usually a let-the-kids play scenario for South Carolina.

Kentucky coach John Calipari said often his first instinct is to refrain from calling timeout and see what develops.

\"I'd let it go and watch and then be ready to scream timeout if it looks ugly but I want them to just play on and that's what we practice,\" Calipari said. \"I like to go home with timeouts. I like the players to work through their issues.\"

South Carolina coach Frank Martin said he does have a few basic end-game guidelines.

\"Any time we're tied, I'm not calling a timeout. If we're down one, probably not calling a timeout,\" Martin said. \"That's kind of the way we rehearse. If we're down three, we're going to foul, inside of 7, 8 seconds to go.\"

Which brings up another point: It's not just the team with the ball that has a decision to make. Wisconsin had a timeout Saturday night and maybe the Badgers would have been better off using it after Nigel Hayes' go-ahead free throws and setting up their defense.

Florida assistant Darris Nichols said the Gators scout opponents' offense tendencies well enough to know the ones that thrive on inbounds plays.

\"A team that's really good in that situation, why would you call a timeout and let them do what they're really good at?\" Nichols said.

In the end, though, all the strategy and planning often goes out the window.

\"Sometimes you get a broken play and a guy jumps sideways off one foot and throws it over his shoulder and it goes in the net,\" Martin said. \"You can rehearse a lot, but at the end of the day things have to go your way and breaks have to go your way. All of sudden we look a lot smarter when that happens than we really are.\"

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Follow Ralph D. Russo at www.Twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) \u2014 Justin Pitts scored 23 points, Chris-Ebou Ndow had a double-double and Northwest Missouri State beat Fairmont State 71-61 Saturday in the NCAA Division II championship game.

Ndow finished with 17 points and 18 rebounds and Anthony Woods scored 13 with five rebounds and five assists for Northwest Missouri State (35-1). The Bearcats won their first men's basketball national championship and became the first D-II school to win the title in football and basketball in the same academic year.

Pitts hit a 3-pointer to open the game, a layup by Woods made it 13-3 lead about 5\u00bd minutes in and Northwest Missouri State took a 32-21 lead into the break. Another 3 by Pitts gave the Bearcats their biggest lead, 36-22, with 18 minutes to go and Fairmont State (34-3) trailed by at least eight the rest of the way.

Matt Bingaya had 24 points and seven rebounds and Thomas Winbush scored 17 with eight boards for the Falcons.

A layup by Shammgod Wells cut Fairmont's deficit to 60-52 with 4:54 left, but Ndow answered with a layup eight seconds later and the Falcons missed their next eight shots, and two free throws by Ndow made it 68-54 with 1:12 remaining.

Fairmont, which came in averaging 95.4 points per game, shot just 31 percent (9 of 29) from the field in the first half. The Falcons set season lows for points in a half (21 in the first) and total points.

Both teams were appearing in their first D-II national championship game and each set school records for wins in a season.

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) \u2014 Brock Boeser's college career ended in crushing fashion on Friday night. Scoring in his NHL debut the next day in front of his family and friends wasn't a bad consolation prize.

Boeser scored in his first NHL game a day after signing with Vancouver, Reid Boucher added two in a four-goal second period and the Canucks defeated the slumping Minnesota Wild 4-2 on Saturday.

Boeser was Vancouver's first-round pick in the 2015 draft. His North Dakota team lost to Boston University in double overtime on Friday in the NCAA Tournament in Fargo. The Burnsville, Minn., native joined the Canucks in St. Paul in time for Saturday's matinee.

\"It's been crazy \u2014 obviously a heartbreak loss there with my North Dakota team,\" Boeser said. \"But, you know, I had to regroup there and focus on this game. I definitely think adrenaline kicked in here.\"

The Canucks surprised Boeser by bringing his parents into the locker room before the game. Then he went out and scored Vancouver's third goal of the second period, scoring off a rebound on a 2-on-2 rush.

\"It's good for him,\" Canucks coach Willie Desjardins said. \"It's a great story for him playing at home, and to get (a goal), it was good.\"

The mood in the other locker room wasn't as upbeat. The Wild have lost seven of their last eight and are now 3-10-0 in March. And they were booed off the ice after the second period by their home crowd.

\"That was embarrassing,\" Wild coach Bruce Boudreau said of his team's performance. \"I'm embarrassed. To me, if I were the fans, I would be booing even more because they pay good money for this, and to see an effort like that ...\"

The Wild were shut out for almost 57 minutes by Richard Bachman, Vancouver's third-string goalie, and they were no match for a Canucks team that was 1-5-2 in its previous eight games.

\"It wasn't good enough,\" Wild forward Jason Zucker said. \"We're leaving guys open. We aren't winning battles. We're hanging our goalies out to dry. I don't think we're prepared enough to start some periods and they score quick and we're not being resilient enough to come back.\"

Darcy Kuemper made 17 saves in his first start since March 12. He gave up Boucher's power-play goal 19 seconds into the second period, then allowed three goals in an 8-minute span as the Canucks put the game away.

\"We had stretches where we were good, and then we just had some breakdowns and they were capitalizing on their chances,\" Kuemper said. \"Things snowballed in the whole building, and we couldn't get to the intermission fast enough.\"

Boucher put Vancouver up 2-0 with a wrist shot that appeared to hit the crossbar and ricochet off into the corner. Video replay confirmed that the puck hit the camera inside the net.

\"I had no idea,\" Boucher said. \"It sounded like it hit the post. I saw it go out the other side, that's about it.\"

Boeser's goal made it 3-0. Bo Horvat broke in alone on Kuemper, who stopped a backhander but couldn't control the rebound. The puck fell at his feet and Boeser jammed it home.

Less than two minutes later, Jack Skille beat a screened Kuemper with a wrist shot from left circle.

In the game's final three minutes, Ryan Suter threaded a wrist shot through traffic to end Bachman's shutout bid. Eric Staal beat Bachman after jumping on a funny bounce off the end boards with 1:15 to play, but the comeback ended there.

Boudreau said he's running out of options to pull his team out of their month-long funk. Despite a hectic late-season schedule, he said his next move is to put them through harder practices, to \"see how bad they want to get out of it. Because talking to them and being nice isn't the way right now.\"

NOTES: Boeser played two seasons at North Dakota. ... Minnesota had not allowed a power-play goal at home in 12 games before Boucher's tally. ... The Wild tied a franchise record for most goals allowed in a period with Vancouver's four-goal second. ... Wild D Christian Folin returned after missing 10 with an upper-body injury. ... Skille injured his ankle late in the second period and did not return.

UP NEXT

Canucks: At Winnipeg on Sunday.

Wild: At Detroit on Sunday.

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) \u2014 No. 2 Kentucky (32-5) vs. No. 1 North Carolina (30-7)

South Regional final, 5:05 p.m. EDT

BOTTOM LINE: No NCAA Tournament game has ever featured so much history as this regional final. North Carolina and Kentucky have combined for 244 tournament wins with this Kentucky's 56th NCAA berth, ahead of only North Carolina (48) for the most appearances ever. Only North Carolina has earned more No. 1 seeds (16) than Kentucky's 12. Nobody has made more Final Fours than North Carolina (19), and now the Tar Heels are a win away from making their 10th Final Four as the No. 1 seed. A win means moving even closer to padding an already stunning resume.

REMATCH: Kentucky avenged a regular-season loss against UCLA in the regional semifinal. Now it's the Tar Heels' turn to seek payback for a 103-100 loss on Dec. 17 in Las Vegas. Justin Jackson scored 34 points for North Carolina in that game, only to be topped by Malik Monk's 47, including the game-winning 3-pointer. North Carolina didn't have stingy defender Theo Pinson for that game. The Tar Heels did have starting guard Kenny Williams III before losing him to a season-ending injury.

TAR HEELS' EDGE: North Carolina leads the all-time series 23-15 and is the only school with both 10 or more wins and a winning record against the Wildcats. This will be the fourth game between the programs in the tournament \u2014 all in regional finals with the Tar Heels holding a 2-1 edge.

NUMBERS TO KNOW: Kentucky has all the momentum with a 14-game winning streak that is the longest in the nation. These teams both average 85.2 points a game, though Kentucky shoots a smidge better (47.5 percent) than the Tar Heels (47.2 percent). The key likely will be on the boards where North Carolina leads the nation averaging 43.7 rebounds per game.

DID YOU KNOW: North Carolina coach Roy Williams has 73 tournament wins, second only to Mike Krzyzewski's 91. Williams is 8-4 in the Elite Eight, including 4-3 at North Carolina. But nobody has more tournament wins since 2010 than Calipari with 26.

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BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) \u2014 After watching UConn's NCAA Tournament dominance mostly from the bench for three seasons, Saniya Chong finally made her mark.

Chong scored 16 points and came up with big plays on both ends of the court, and the top-seeded Huskies beat UCLA 86-71 on Saturday to advance to the Bridgeport Regional final.

\"I was looking at the stat sheet, that's more points tonight than in maybe the three previous NCAA Tournaments combined,\" UConn coach Geno Auriemma said. \"I said before the conference tournament at Mohegan that there are two guys we need them to play at, or above, their level and Saniya's one of them. Today the effort and play of Saniya was, I thought, the difference in the game.\"

It was the 110th straight victory for the No. 1 Huskies, who will face 10th-seeded Oregon on Monday night. The Ducks pulled off another surprise, topping Maryland to advance to their first Elite Eight.

\"They don't know enough to be either intimidated or pressured or anything you'd associate with a team doing this for the first time,\" Auriemma said of the Ducks. \"They are having fun and enjoying the moment as they should. It's really neat to see. ... I said when Kelly Graves was hired that it won't be long before they're in the Final Four. I hope it's not this early, but it won't be long.\"

Napheesa Collier had 27 points and 14 rebounds for UConn (35-0), which shot 55.6 percent (30 for 54) from the field.

Buoyed by the success of their Pac-12 partner, the fourth-seed Bruins jumped out a 9-2 lead over UConn before the Huskies scored 17 of the next 19 points. The seven-point deficit matched the Huskies' largest this season.

The Huskies led by nine after one quarter and 17 at the half.

\"We like to say that to play with us it's a marathon not a sprint,\" said Gabby Williams, who had 17 points, nine rebounds and six assists. \"They came out hard, aggressive, there was 37 minutes left to play.\"

The victory tied Auriemma with Pat Summitt for most NCAA Tournament victories. The two Hall of Fame coaches have 112 tournament victories.

Jordin Canada had 20 points and 11 assists for UCLA (25-9).

\"We had some mental lapses in the second quarter and that's when they got on their run,\" Canada said. \"For a second, we looked defeated and that's when they capitalized. I think it was our lack of focus.\"

The Bruins cut into a 19-point deficit in the third quarter, making it 62-50 with seven straight points late in the period. Monique Billings sandwiched two baskets around a Kari Korver 3-pointer.

But Collier and Chong combined to score the next 11 points for UConn during an 11-4 burst to put the game away.

\"This is definitely one I'll remember,\" Chong said. \"At this time it's all or nothing.\"

Billings finished with 17 points and 16 rebounds for UCLA.

STILL A YEAR LEFT

Canada admitted that in the postgame handshakes Auriemma said he thought she was graduating. She's only a junior.

\"I'm assuming he thought I'm a senior,\" she said smiling. \"Congrats on a great career and good luck on the next level. I took it and ran with it. I told him thank you.\"

Auriemma later said he remembered after the fact she was only a junior.

\"Seems like she's been there forever,\" he said. \"When kids start as a freshman, they feel like they've been there forever.\"

BIG PICTURE

UCLA: This was the first time in program history the Bruins reached the Sweet 16 in consecutive seasons. UCLA's best NCAA Tournament finish ever was reaching the regional final in 1999. ... The Bruins fell to 0-4 all-time against UConn. The two teams will play again next year in California. ... Canada's assists were the most by a UConn opponent this season and she received a nice ovation from the crowd when she fouled out with just over a minute left.

UConn: Chong and Tierney Lawlor have a 151-1 record while at UConn, tying the school and NCAA record for most victories. ... The win was the Huskies' 27th straight in the NCAA Tournament. ... Florida State led UConn by seven in the second half of the season opener. ... Katie Lou Samuelson scored 14 of her 15 points in the first half. Her only point of the second half came on a free throw with 20 seconds left.

UP NEXT:

UConn will face Oregon on Monday night with a trip to the Final Four on the line.

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