TULSA, OK - MARCH 20: Kevin Parrom #3 of the Arizona Wildcats takes a shot against the Texas Longhorns during the third round of the 2011 NCAA men's basketball tournament at BOK Center on March 20, 2011 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

NCAA Tournament: No. 5 Arizona Upends No. 4 Texas In Wild Finish

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NCAA Bracket Update: Arizona Withstands Texas Rush, Wins 70-69

No. 5 Arizona scored a March Madness win over No. 4 Texas, 70-69. Until early in the second half, the game looked like one that Arizona would run away with, but the Longhorns kept pluggin' away.

Texas pulled within two points of Arizona with about eight minutes left after chipping at the early Wildcats lead before finally tying it with about three minutes to go. J'Covan Brown's free throw shooting gave them a 67-66 lead with about two left. He also hit the jumper to give them a 69-67 lead at the one-minute mark.

But then! A five-second violation was called on an attempted Texas inbound, giving Derrick Williams a chance to hit a tying layup and one, which he hit. Brown sprinted down the court to attempt the would-be winning layup, with mass confusion as to whether he or Gary Johnson was fouled.

will move on to play No. 1 Duke on Thursday in Anaheim.

For more on this game, Zona fans should join Arizona Desert Swarm and SB Nation Arizona, and Horns fans should head to Burnt Orange Nation and SB Nation Dallas.

The updated West region bracket can be found below or check out our full 2011 NCAATournament printable bracket.

No. 1 Duke Blue Devils defeats No. 8 Michigan Wolverines, 73-71
No. 4 Texas Longhorns vs. No. 5 Arizona Wildcats, 70-69
No. 3 Connecticut Huskies def. No. 6 Cincinnati Bearcats, 69-58
No. 2 San Diego State def. No. 7 Temple Owls, 71-64

 

Other March Madness resources: Our updated printable 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket... the full March Madness schedule.

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NCAA Tournament Scores: Arizona Overwhelms Texas In First Half

No. 4 Texas played No. 5 Arizona competitively at times in the first half of their West region third-rounder, but the Wildcats depth made the difference. Arizona's up 36-25. The Wildcats bench has outscored Texas' 18 to two, with Solomon Hill and Jordin Mayes hitting double digits.

Neither team is shooting very well, with both hitting just shy of 39 percent, but Texas has turned the ball over three times as often. Of the shots Arizona has made, six have been from long distance, while Texas missed all five of its three-point attempts.

The winner of this game gets to take on No. 1 Duke in the Sweet Sixteen in Anaheim on Thursday.

For more on this game, Zona fans should join Arizona Desert Swarm and SB Nation Arizona, and Horns fans should head to Burnt Orange Nation and SB Nation Dallas.

Other March Madness resources: Our updated printable 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket... the full March Madness schedule.

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NCAA Bracket 2011: No. 4 Texas Vs. No. 5 Arizona

Texas vs. Arizona may be the heavyweight matchup of the 2011 NCAA Tournament Bracket's Third Round: the stifling Texas defense being tasked with corralling Arizona's superb Derrick Williams is at least the most interesting matchup of Sunday. The Longhorns and Wildcats will tip at 6:10 p.m. Eastern from Tulsa on Sunday, according to the 2011 NCAA Tournament schedule, and Marv Albert and Arizona great Steve Kerr will have the call.

The Oakland squad Texas lined up against in the Second Round was a trendy upset pick and a Sweet Sixteen dark horse. The Longhorns disabused the dreamers of that notion, though not until late: a flurry of late buckets from the Golden Grizzlies cut a Texas lead that stretched to 17 at one point to a four-point, 85-81 victory. That's bad if Texas is looking for style points, but the Longhorns' defense-heavy style doesn't call for them. Tristan Thompson, Jordan Hamilton, and Cory Joseph combined for 47 points and 22 rebounds against Oakland, which is good; Dogus Balbay couldn't stop Reggie Hamilton from chipping in 25 points for Oakland, which is not. If Texas is playing its best, it beats Arizona, but the Longhorns have been schizophrenic of late.

Arizona had to escape Memphis in the Second Round just to get here. The Wildcats let Memphis creep back in again and again late, and eventually needed Williams to block a Wesley Witherspoon shot to preserve a 77-75 victory. But Williams was excellent, scoring 22 points and pulling down 10 rebounds. Arizona will need more of that against Texas, because Wildcats not named Derrick Williams shot 17 for 39 from the field and four of 18 from three, collected just 18 rebounds, and had 11 turnovers. Against Memphis, a team can do that and win; against Texas, that's far less likely.

Star Watch: Hamilton playing well is usually a good harbinger for Texas: the Longhorns are 12-3 when he scores 20 or more points, with losses to Pittsburgh, Connecticut, and Kansas.

Prediction: A classic clash comes down to the final minutes, and it's not Hamilton but Thompson who carries the 'Horns to a 72-69 win.

More Reading: SB Nation's Texas blog Burnt Orange Nation has everything about the Longhorns covered, while our Arizona blog, Arizona Desert Swarm, is the best Wildcats fan community you will find.

Need help picking your bracket? Check out SB Nation's full 2011 NCAA Tournament bracket predictions, picking every game of March Madness, or our region by region breakdowns for the East Region, West Region, Southeast Region, and Southwest Region.

Did your team miss the 2011 NCAA Tournament? We have you covered: check out the 2011 NIT bracket.

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