Duke University's reign as national champion ended with a 93-77 loss to the University of Arizona that left coach Mike Krzyzewski stuck on 900 wins, two short of tying the men's major college basketball career mark.
Derrick Williams had 32 points and 13 rebounds and Arizona (30-7) took control with a 19-2 run early in the second half last night to give the Blue Devils (32-5) their most lopsided defeat of the season.
"Williams, he's just a superb player, he's better than anybody we've played," Krzyzewski said in a news conference. "There's a physicality to his game. He's a clean, beautiful player."
Arizona will play the University of Connecticut (29-9) tomorrow in the West Regional final at the Honda Center in Anaheim, California. Kemba Walker scored 36 points to lead the Huskies to a 74-67 win yesterday against San Diego State University.
The University of Florida (29-7) and Butler University (26- 9) advanced to the Southeast Regional final in New Orleans. Florida won 83-74 in overtime against Brigham Young University, which got 32 points from national scoring leader Jimmer Fredette. Butler, which lost the national championship game last year to Duke, was a 61-54 winner against the University of Wisconsin.