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Drew Timme, Julian Strawther and Gonzaga rallied to knock out UCLA. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)

March Madness highlights Gonzaga rallies to oust UCLA; Kansas State survives in overtime

Updated March 24, 2023 at 12:39 a.m. EDT|Published March 23, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. EDT
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March Madness resumed Thursday night, when the NCAA men’s basketball tournament picked up with the Sweet 16. Kansas State and 5-foot-8 point guard Markquis Nowell tipped things off by outlasting Michigan State in an overtime thriller. After Connecticut thrashed Arkansas in the evening’s only dull affair, the action wrapped up with two more dramatic encounters: Ninth-seeded Florida Atlantic stunned Tennessee, and Gonzaga rallied to knock out UCLA in another epic. Continue reading for highlights from Thursday’s games.

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Nowell, who grew up in New York City, racked up 20 points and an NCAA tournament record 19 assists for the No. 3 seed Wildcats at Madison Square Garden. The second East Region semifinal saw No. 9 seed Florida Atlantic, which drew inspiration this season from an opposing coach, earn a 62-55 win over No. 4 Tennessee.
In the West Region, No. 4 seed Connecticut routed No. 8 Arkansas, 88-65, in Las Vegas to reach its first Elite Eight since 2014. No. 3 seed Gonzaga then came back from a double-digit deficit — plus its own late collapse — to oust No. 2 UCLA, 79-76.
Find the full men’s bracket here. The bracket for the women’s tournament, which resumes Friday, can be found here. All of The Washington Post’s latest NCAA tournament coverage is here.


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