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March Madness visual recap: The best pictures from Thursday night's games

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Sweet 16 is finally here, and March Madness fans couldn't be more ecstatic. Last night the first four exciting teams walked onto the court ready to fight to move onto the next round.

Up first, the Michigan Wolverines took on the Oregon Ducks. This game was the nail-biting event of the night. Derrick Walton of Michigan missed the final 3-pointer of the night, ensuring a victory for Oregon. With a final score of 69-68, #3 seeded Oregon held onto their one point lead to defeat #7 seeded Michigan.

Thirty minutes later, the #4 seeded West Virginia Mountaineers tipped off against the #1 seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs. Tied at 30-30 at the first half Gonzaga kicked it into overdrive to pull ahead with a final score of West Virginia 58, Gonzaga 61.

Later that evening, the #4 seeded Purdue Boilermakers took on the #1 seeded Kansas Jayhawks. At the first half, Kansas was ahead by 7 points with a score of 57-50. During the second half Kansas pulled away, adding another 51 points to their score, ensuring them the game. The Jayhawks won with a final score of 98-66 advancing them to the next round.

For the final game of the night the #11 seeded Xavier Musketeers faced off against the #2 seeded Arizona wildcats. Ending the night the with another incredibly close game, Arizona was in the lead after the first half with a score of 37-35. During the second half Xavier fought tooth and nail to win the game with a final score of Musketeers 73, Wildcats 71.

Take a look at the best photos from last nights game and make sure to check back tomorrow for more March Madness coverage:

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Mar 23, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Oregon Ducks guard Dylan Ennis (31) shoots as Michigan Wolverines forward Moritz Wagner (13) guards during the game in the semifinals of the midwest Regional of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Sprint Center. Oregon defeated Michigan 69-68. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 23: Dillon Brooks #24 of the Oregon Ducks shoots the ball against D.J. Wilson #5 of the Michigan Wolverines in the second half during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at Sprint Center on March 23, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 23: Tyler Dorsey #5 of the Oregon Ducks dribbles the ball in the second half against the Michigan Wolverines during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at Sprint Center on March 23, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 23: Dylan Ennis #31 of the Oregon Ducks battles for a loose ball in the first half against the Michigan Wolverines during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at Sprint Center on March 23, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 23: The Oregon Ducks cheerleaders perform against the Michigan Wolverines during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at Sprint Center on March 23, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 23: The Michigan Wolverines huddle prior to the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional against the Oregon Ducks at Sprint Center on March 23, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 23: Zach Collins #32 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs fights for a loose ball with Lamont West #15 and Daxter Miles Jr. #4 of the West Virginia Mountaineers in the first half during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament West Regional at SAP Center on March 23, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Mar 23, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers guard Teyvon Myers (0) reacts against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the second half in the semifinals of the West Regional of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at SAP Center. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 23, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs center Przemek Karnowski (rear) battles for the ball with West Virginia Mountaineers forward Elijah Macon (45) during the second half in the semifinals of the West Regional of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at SAP Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 23, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; West Virginia Mountaineers forward Esa Ahmad (23) passes the ball to forward Elijah Macon (45) around Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Zach Collins (32) during the second half in the semifinals of the West Regional of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at SAP Center. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports
SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 23: Silas Melson #0 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs attempts a shot defended by Tarik Phillip #12 of the West Virginia Mountaineers during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament West Regional at SAP Center on March 23, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 23: Josh Perkins #13 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs attempts a free throw against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament West Regional at SAP Center on March 23, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 23: The West Virginia Mountaineers prepare for their game against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament West Regional at SAP Center on March 23, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Mar 23, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Lagerald Vick (2) goes up for a shot during the second half against the Purdue Boilermakers in the semifinals of the midwest Regional of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Sprint Center. Kansas defeated Purdue 98-66. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 23, 2017; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Lagerald Vick (2) passes as Purdue Boilermakers center Isaac Haas (44) defends during the first half in the semifinals of the midwest Regional of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at Sprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 23: Isaac Haas #44 of the Purdue Boilermakers attempts a shot against the Kansas Jayhawks during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at Sprint Center on March 23, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 23: Isaac Haas #44 of the Purdue Boilermakers battles for the ball with Carlton Bragg Jr. #15 of the Kansas Jayhawks during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at Sprint Center on March 23, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 23: Caleb Swanigan #50 of the Purdue Boilermakers shoots the ball against Dwight Coleby #22 of the Kansas Jayhawks during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at Sprint Center on March 23, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
KU's Josh Jackson fights for a loose ball with Purdue's Ryan Cline during the second half in the Sweet Sixteen round of the NCAA Tournament at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Kansas advanced, 98-66. (Rich Sugg/Kansas City Star/TNS via Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 23: Isaac Haas #44 of the Purdue Boilermakers and Dwight Coleby #22 of the Kansas Jayhawks battle for a rebound in the first half during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at Sprint Center on March 23, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 23: Josh Jackson #11 of the Kansas Jayhawks dunks the ball in the first half against the Purdue Boilermakers during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament Midwest Regional at Sprint Center on March 23, 2017 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 23: Kadeem Allen #5 of the Arizona Wildcats rebounds against the Xavier Musketeers during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament West Regional at SAP Center on March 23, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 23: Trevon Bluiett #5 of the Xavier Musketeers and Rawle Alkins #1 of the Arizona Wildcats battle for the ball during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament West Regional at SAP Center on March 23, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 23: Trevon Bluiett #5 of the Xavier Musketeers shoots against the Arizona Wildcats during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament West Regional at SAP Center on March 23, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 23: Malcolm Bernard #11 of the Xavier Musketeers is defended by Kadeem Allen #5 of the Arizona Wildcats during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament West Regional at SAP Center on March 23, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Mar 23, 2017; San Jose, CA, USA; Xavier Musketeers guard Malcolm Bernard (left) and guard Trevon Bluiett (5) celebrate after defeating the Arizona Wildcats during the semifinals of the West Regional of the 2017 NCAA Tournament at SAP Center. Mandatory Credit: Stan Szeto-USA TODAY Sports
SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 23: Kaiser Gates #22 of the Xavier Musketeers vies for posession with Kadeem Allen #5 of the Arizona Wildcats in the first half during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament West Regional at SAP Center on March 23, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - MARCH 23: Quentin Goodin #3 of the Xavier Musketeers dunks against the Arizona Wildcats during the 2017 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament West Regional at SAP Center on March 23, 2017 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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