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Gonzaga into first Elite Eight since '99

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HOUSTON (AP) Growing up in Poland, Przemek Karnowski had to stay up until 2 or 3 a.m. to watch the NCAA Tournament.

Gonzaga's big man got to star in the show in prime time on Friday night, scoring 18 points with nine rebounds to lead the second-seeded Bulldogs to a 74-62 win over No. 11 seed UCLA in the Houston Regional semifinals.

The victory puts Gonzaga (35-2) in the Elite Eight for the second time, its first regional final since 1999. The Bulldogs will play the winner of the Utah-Duke game on Sunday.

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AP Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kentucky37-0
2 Villanova33-3
3 Wisconsin34-3
4 Duke31-4
5 Arizona34-3
6 Virginia30-4
7 Gonzaga34-2
8 Notre Dame32-5
9 Iowa State25-9
10 Kansas27-9
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RPI Rankings
Rank School Rec
1 Kentucky37-0
2 Villanova33-3
3 Kansas27-9
4 Wisconsin34-3
5 Arizona34-3
6 Duke31-4
7 Virginia30-4
8 Gonzaga34-2
9 Iowa State25-9
10 Baylor24-10
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