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NCAA Basketball Tournament 2011: Arizona Upsets Duke in Impressive Fashion

Is your bracket busted yet?

If it wasn’t before the slate of late games, it probably is now. In what can only be described as “shocking” the fifth seeded Arizona Wildcats have beaten the top seeded Duke Blue Devils, and it wasn’t close.

At halftime, Duke led by six points, and when the final buzzer sounded they were down by 16. The reigning champs could not keep pace with Arizona’s white hot shooting, and the performance of likely top draft pick Derrick Williams.

Williams, the sophomore sensation, had 32 points, 13 rebounds, three steals, two assists, and a block in Arizona’s victory. The big man was 5-6 from beyond the arc, and absolutely unstoppable all game long.

But he didn’t do it alone.

LaMont “Mo Mo” Jones had 16 points and six assists for the Wildcats, and made some huge shots in their second half run when they finally took the lead from Duke, and then when they took it for good.

Freshman sensation Kyrie Irving led the Blue Devils with 28 points, and senior Kyle Singler contributed 18 of his own. Nolan Smith was only 3-14 from the field, and simply could not find his stroke all night long.

Arizona will take on UConn for a trip to the Final Four.

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.