Longtime Coming

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Half of the Elite Eight is set, as the NCAA Tournament resumed on Saturday, with the Regional Semifinals in the Midwest and South Regions. Each of the four teams is making their first appearance in the Regional Finals in years. Baylor, who beat Villanova 62-51, it is the Bears’ first appearance in the Elite Eight since 2012. They have not been to the Final Four since 1950.  they will face Arkansas, who edged Oral Roberts 72-70. The Razorbacks have not been in the Elite Eight since making the final in 1995. In the Midwest, Oregon State, who has not been this far since 1982, beat Loyola Chicago 65-58. the Beavers have not been to Final Four since 1963. They will face Houston, who beat Syracuse 62-50. The Cougars’ last appearance in the Elite Eight was in 1994 when they lost in the title game.