March Madness: who's into the Elite Eight?
It was a Sweet 16 win for Paolo Banchero, who showed exactly why he is in the running for number one pick in this year's NBA Draft, scoring 21 for Duke.
Coach Mike Krzyzewski's fairytale ending is alive and well after Duke came from behind to knock Texas Tech out of March Madness 78-73 and move on to the Elite Eight.
March Madness Elite Eight taking shape
Krzyzewski – affectionately known as 'Coach K' – is in the last season of his 42-year run as Duke's head coach, and is searching for his sixth national championship.
It was far from easy for the Blue Devils against a Red Raider side in their third Sweet 16 from the past four tournaments, trailing 33-29 at half-time.
In the final 15 minutes, neither team was able to build a lead of more than five points as it seesawed back-and-forth before two clutch Jeremy Roach jump shots gave Duke a 73-68 buffer with 1:33 remaining.
Duke's top NBA Draft prospect Paolo Banchero showed exactly why he is going to make plenty of money at the next level, scoring a team-high 21 points on seven-of-12 shooting to go with four assists and three steals as the best player on the court.
The tournament's overall number one seed, Gonzaga, is heading home after a 74-68 upset loss at the hands of four seed Arkansas.
Potential number one pick in this year's NBA Draft Chet Holmgren fouled out with 3:30 to play, with his team down six, finishing with 11 points (five-of-nine shooting), 14 rebounds and two blocks in his 23 minutes.
Another one seed packed with NBA prospects fell when five seed Houston toppled Arizona 72-60.
Likely first-round picks Bennedict Mathurin and Christian Koloko were held in check by the experienced Cougar side, combining for 25 points on six-of-20 shooting.
Villanova got the job done against 11 seed Michigan, with its defence leading the way in a 63-55 triumph.
Jermaine Samuels was excellent for the two seed Wildcats, scoring 22 points on eight-of-13 shooting and grabbing seven rebounds as Villanova held the Wolverines to just 34 per cent from the field.