March Madness 2023 Elite Eight Results | Florida Atlantic And UConn Advances To Final Four

March Madness 2023 Elite Eight Results
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March Madness 2023 Elite Eight Results of Half of the Final Four which was played on Saturday, March 25 is out now and the results are very interesting and socking as well. March Madness 2023 Elite Eight Results are as follows :

Saturday, March 25 (Elite 8)

No. 9 Florida Atlantic 79, No. 3 Kansas State 76

The dream run for No. 9 seeded Florida Atlantic, continued as they defeated No. 3 seeded Kansas State by 79-76 in the finals of the East Regional on Saturday night in New York City. Florida Atlantic became the first and lowest-seeded team to reach this year’s Final Four to complete one of the most unexpected Final Four runs in NCAA men’s tournament history.

Alijah Martin dropped 17 points and center Vlad Goldin had scored 14 points and 13 rebounds for FAU, which becomes the first Conference USA team to reach the national semifinals since Memphis in 2008. FAU by winning Sweet 16 game against the Kansas State become the ninth team to reach the Final Four as a No. 9 seed or higher since 1979.

The Florida Atlantic Owls were leading with 42-38 at halftime as Kansas State Wildcats was struggling without their All-American forward Keyontae Johnson, who got his second foul within eight minutes of the match and did not play the rest of the first half.

“Extremely rewarding to see a group give as much as these guys have all season, shots, playing time, minutes, everything you could imagine, grit, everything 100 percent every day in practice and then be rewarded because there’s never a guaranteed,” Florida Atlantic coach Dusty May said. “You’re always relying on faith that you believe it’s going to happen, but you never really know. In this era where everyone wants the whole pie, these guys continued sharing the pie every single day, and this was the result.”

It was a disappointing end for Kansas State, which reached its third Elite Eight since 2010 but again fell short of reaching the Final Four for the first time since 1964. 

“I’m happy and grateful that I got the opportunity to play in Madison Square,” Nowell said. “I always dreamed of something like this, just playing here, being here, playing my heart out. I feel like I gave my heart and soul to this game for these past couple games because I wanted to see these guys win and smile and know what the standard is for winning.”.

The Owls will head to Houston to play the winner of Sunday’s South Region final between Creighton and San Diego State for a spot in the championship game.

Team1st Half2nd HalfFinal Score
Owls (35-3)423779
Wildcats (26-10)383876

No. 4 UConn 82, No. 3 Gonzaga 54

No. 4 seeded UConn beats No.3 seeded Gonzaga by 82-54 in the West Region final of the NCAA Tournament, on Saturday, at T-Mobile Arena on March 25, 2023 in Las Vegas. The Huskies advance to 6th Final Four, but first since 2014.

Jordan Hawkins scored 20 points on 6-of-10 shooting from 3-point range, also led the team with 10 assists, Alex Karaban dropped 12 points and Adama Sanogo scored a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double with a career-high six assists. while Tristen Newton, Andre Jackson, Joey Calcaterra and Nahiem Alleyne each scored eight points. UConn overwhelmed its fourth straight NCAA Tournament opponent, earning its first trip to the Final Four in nine years with an 82-54 roll past of Gonzaga.

“Means everything,” he said after setting the West Regional Champion trophy down at the post game press conference. “I’d like to thank Coach (Dan) Hurley for giving me this opportunity to be able to play in March Madness, Elite Eight games. It’s something you dream of. My emotions took all of me, and I just had to flex UConn.

“UConn’s back.”

“Back!” Jackson exclaimed, “back, but we never left!”

UConn hustled into the locker room with a 39-32 lead at half time. With just a minute into the second half Hawkins scored their third 3-pointer of the game to put UConn ahead, 44-32. A 23-point lead early in the second half have almost put huskies into the final section of the bracket.

“Look, we can say ‘what if?’ right? What if they didn’t call a foul? But the bottom line is they were the better team tonight,” Timme said. “They made more shots. They got the 50/50 balls. Regardless of whether we want to say what-ifs, the refs didn’t control that game. They were the better team tonight.”

“I think it becomes a little bit of a mental hurdle, especially like early rounds of the NCAA Tournament where you feel like maybe the burden of the history and tradition and first-round games, maybe even second-round games,” UConn head coach Dan Hurley said. “The climb to get to this point has been real and it’s been more challenging than I thought.”

Huskies are headed to Houston, where they will play Texas or Miami.

Team1st Half2nd HalfFinal Score
UConn (30-8)394382
Gonzaga (32-6)322254

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