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2017 Schedule
32-5, 1st in Pac-12
Tournament buzzer-beater drought continues (0:49)
Bill Murray's epic year continues, Gonzaga, Oregon, Kansas marching on (1:05)
Pinder: We didn't execute (1:03)
Xavier upsets Arizona to get to Elite Eight (0:45)
Poor shot selection late in game the downfall for Arizona (1:10)

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Lauri Markkanen took his final shot with 11:12 remaining.

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

True story: Xavier is going to the Elite Eight. Trailing Arizona by eight with 3:45 to play enters the dustbin (or makeshift urn) of recent XU history right next to that six-game February losing streak. Pandemonium.

Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

Pretty great first half to the nightcap in San Jose. Xavier's suddenly impenetrable matchup zone has given the Wildcats some fits, and Xavier is getting buckets on the other end, but Sean Miller will probably be feeling OK in the locker room, at least where his offense is concerned. His team went 3-of-16 from 3 but 11-of-18 from two, grabbed a bunch of offensive boards against a great rebounding team and scored 1.19 points per trip. That's pretty darn good.

Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

Today's NCAA men's Sweet 16 games about to start. The ViewFromVegas is: Michigan -1 vs. Oregon (despite No. 7 vs. No. 3) O/U 148; Gonzaga -3 vs. West Virginia O/U 150; Kansas -5.5 vs. Purdue O/U 155.5; Arizona -7.5 vs. Xavier O/U 144.5.

Casey Sapio-USA TODAY Sports
23hChad Ford

Will Markkanen shoot more 3s?

Arizona freshman Lauri Markkanen is high on our Sweet 16 Big Board, but he's been surprisingly reluctant to shoot 3s in the NCAA tournament.

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Sean Miller's .679 winning percentage in the NCAA tournament is the best among any coach to never appear in a Final Four (min. 10 games), better than Dr. Tom Davis (.621) and Steve Lavin (.611).

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1dJeff Goodman

Make-or-break player: Kadeem Allen

Allen brings toughness and defense on the perimeter for the Wildcats, and that can't be underestimated.

Joe Lunardi Senior Writer, ESPN.com 

Sweet 16 "seed scores" (coach's record of advancing in tourney relative to seed, since 2002): Greg Gard (1.50), John Beilein (1.35), Chris Mack (1.19), Frank Martin (1.18), Chris Holtmann (1.17), Sean Miller (1.12), John Calipari (1.06), Matt Painter (1.06), Roy Williams (1.03), Dana Altman (1.00), Scott Drew (1.00), Mike White (1.00), Mark Few (0.90), Steve Alford (0.84), Bob Huggins (0.84), Bill Self (0.79).

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ESPN's BPI favors Arizona Thursday night in its Sweet 16 matchup with coach Sean Miller's former team, Xavier (10:09 p.m. ET). All-time, coaches are 3-4 when facing their former teams in NCAA tournament games; Arizona bounced XU from the tournament in the 2015 Sweet 16 in Miller's sole meeting against the Muskies.

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Headed into Thursday's Sweet 16 games, Gonzaga's Mark Few is tied with Hall of Fame former Temple coach John Chaney for most NCAA tournament wins without a Final Four appearance (min. 10 games). Arizona's Sean Miller, who could potentially meet Few in the West Regional Final, ranks third all-time for such wins.

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What you need to know about Thursday's Sweet 16 games

Which style will win: West Virginia's or Gonzaga's? Is Michigan's feel-good story about done? Can Kansas handle Purdue's Caleb Swanigan? Will injuries finally stop Xavier? It's time for answers.

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FiveThirtyEight: Tough road for Arizona

According to FiveThirtyEight's round-by-round probabilities, Arizona has a 68 percent chance to beat Xavier on Thursday night. However, the Wildcats' path is significantly tougher after that.

ESPN Stats and Information  

ESPN's BPI breaks down who has the best chance to reach the elusive Final Four -- with three (fairly) clear frontrunners, including fourth-seeded Florida.


Eamonn Brennan ESPN Staff Writer 

Arizona goes through its light skip-pass shooting drill to the dulcet sounds of children chanting "Let's go Wildcats, let's go!" Lest you think these kids are truly die-hard Wildcats fans, though, know that they've been raucously cheering for ALL four teams all afternoon. They just really love the game, you know? (And also yelling.)

Team Stats

Points Per Game76.6101st
Rebounds Per Game36.7121st
Assists Per Game13.5169th
Points Allowed65.940th

Tournament History

Final Fours4
Tournament Record54-32
Championship Seasons1997
Tournament Appearances33