Arkansas Razorbacks take down No. 1 Gonzaga to make Elite Eight in NCAA tournament

Written by sidhanta

Written by sidhanta

SAN FRANCISCO -- Twenty years ago, Eric Musselman was introduced as the new head coach of the Golden State Warriors. And two years later,

Thursday night, however, Musselman found success in the Bay Area when he led his Arkansas squad to a 74-68 upset of Gonzaga, the top overall seed in the NCAA tournament and last year's national runner-up.

Arkansas is headed to the Elite Eight for the second year in a row but just the third time since 1995 

The Razorbacks will face second-seeded Duke (31-6) on Saturday for a trip to the Final Four. 

For Musselman, who became the sixth coach to reach the Elite Eight in each of his first two NCAA tournament appearances with a school since 1985, 

Recalling the day he was fired by the Warriors, he told reporters Wednesday that he could never have imagined then that he would one day be coaching in the Sweet 16 in the Bay Area. 

After ousting Gonzaga, Musselman kept the focus on his players, praising them for grinding out a tough, physical game plan for all 40 minutes. 

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