March Madness: No. 1 Seed Arizona Is Out. Duke Stays In

Fifth-seeded Houston eliminated Arizona after

No. 4-seeded Arkansas upset Gonzaga, opening the field for a surprise team to make the Final Four. Duke and Villanova also advanced.

SAN ANTONIO — The last  time Houston

ade consecutive trips to the round of 8 in the N.C.A.A. tournament was in a vastly different era of college basketball

Houston, a No. 5 seed in this year’s tournament

easily dispatched its first two opponents, No. 12-seeded University of Alabama at Birmingham and No. 4-seeded Illinois

Arizona became the third  No. 1 seed

to fall this tournament, after Gonzaga lost earlier Thursday night and Baylor was knocked out in the round of 32.

Houston players slipped by Arizona defenders

for easy layups. They crashed the offensive glass to create more possessions.

Their athletic blocks fired up their fans,

who took up a sizable portion of the seats inside the AT&T Center in San Antonio, about a three-hour drive from the university’s campus.

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