Charlotte Observer: Arizona runs, stuns Duke

Duke's hopes of posting back-to-back NCAA championships came to a crushing end Thursday night as an energetic and red-hot Arizona team ran out to a stunning, 93-77 upset of the top-seeded Blue Devils.

Washington Post: Arizona sends Duke packing

Derrick Williams scores 25 of his team's 38 points in the first half to keep the Wildcats in it, and his teammates chip in during a second-half runaway to bounce the West Region's top-seeded Blue Devils.

For Arizona fans, Thursday night won't make the 2001 national championship loss sting any less, but it will help.

When Sean Miller was 14 years old, he dribbled his way onto the national stage. He was a whiz kid with the basketball and a guest for Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show." The way his Arizona team looked on Thursday, Miller, the 43-year-old coach, could be destined for a return visit to celebrate a national championship.

Arizona guard Lamont “MoMo” Jones of Harlem, who never hesitates on the court, paused for nanosecond on Wednesday when he found himself stuck between his best friend Kemba Walker and a hard place

(AP) - Derrick Williams scored a career-high 32 points and his Arizona teammates showed they're not just a one-man team, upsetting defending national champion Duke 93-77 Thursday night to reach the final eight for the first time since 2005.

It seemed far-fetched that the Arizona Wildcats would even sniff this point of the NCAA Tournament. They had too many obstacles in front of them and, despite winning the Pac-10 regular season championship, it was a diluted feat in the eyes of some because the conference wasn't viewed as a national power.

UConn-Duke in the NCAA Tournament remains, for now, something only for the history books.

Derrick Williams had sensed the disrespect. In his mind, not many thought Arizona could actually upset defending national champion Duke.

Choose a memory from one of the epic beatdowns of basketball's royal family. That's the problem, isn't it? You can't. There isn't just one enduring image from Arizona's 93-77 backhanding of Duke.

Before halftime, Mike Krzyzewski did something he almost never does: He stopped for a television interview. After halftime, his Duke team did something it almost never does: They got run out of the gym.

Duke's hopes of posting back-to-back NCAA championships came to a crushing end Thursday night as an energetic and red-hot Arizona team ran out to a stunning, 93-77 upset of the top-seeded Blue Devils.

Simply saying Arizona beat Duke 93-77 would not give the Wildcats enough credit. Drawing on its superior athleticism, Arizona outplayed and outmuscled Duke in the second half, outscoring the Blue Devils by 22 points as it advanced to the Elite Eight for the first time since 2005.

And from the West Coast:

Just happy to be in the Sweet 16 wasn't enough for Arizona. And they showed that Thursday night, downing the No. 1 seed and defending national champion Duke Blue Devils 93-77 at the Honda Center.

No one-man team was going to be enough to bounce the defending national champions from the NCAA Tournament.

Derrick Williams grabbed the front of his jersey at chest level and pushed out the name on the front for everyone to see. Arizona was no longer just a nice little regional story from an afterthought of a conference.

If Mike Krzyzewski's Duke basketball program was going to be deprived of a second consecutive national title, it figured to happen in one of a several ways: