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Dave Tuley ESPN Staff Writer 

ICYMI: Underdogs were 2-1-1 ATS in Thursday night's Sweet 16 games w/ Oregon +1 and Xavier +7.5 pulling outright upsets. Kansas -5.5 over Purdue was the only favorite to cover while the push was Gonzaga -3 over West Virginia. Unders were 3-1 tonight. For the tournament, underdogs are 28-22-1 ATS (56 percent) w/ one game closing pick 'em while overs still lead 30-21-1 (58.8 percent).

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The Jayhawks are scoring a whole lot of points in the NCAA tournament, but historically that hasn't translated into titles for very many teams. Only the 1989 Michigan Wolverines have gone on to win the championship after scoring 90 points or more in the first three games of the tournament.

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With Xavier's 73-71 win over Arizona in the Sweet 16, the Musketeers become just the seventh 11th seed to reach the Elite 8. While three 11 seeds have reached the Final Four, none have gone on to win the national title.

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and for all you xavier fans: i'm a big fan of chris mack. interviewed him here a couple years ago and he was fantastic. big respect.

Tournament Challenge ESPN 

Only 3.2 percent of brackets had Xavier in the Elite Eight.

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Sean O'Mara went to same high school as Frank Kaminsky -- Benet Academy. Kaminsky's nickname for O'Mara? GLOB.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

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

Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

It wasn't long ago that DePaul was the only team Xavier could get past ... Now Musketeers one step from Final Four.

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.

C.L. Brown ESPN Staff Writer 

If Kansas isn't playing the best basketball out of the teams remaining, I don't know who is. The Jayhawks dispatched Purdue 98-66 to set up an Elite Eight showdown with Oregon on Saturday.

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West Virginia couldn't find the range on jumpers Thursday against Gonzaga, which advanced with a 61-58 victory in the Sweet 16 matchup. The Mountaineers' Jevon Carter missed two 3-pointers that would have tied the game in the final moments.

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.

Jeff Borzello ESPN Staff Writer 

Trevon Bluiett has 65 points in Xavier's last 80 minutes of basketball.