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March Madness Top Moments: Day 1 of the Elite Eight

March 30

The pool continues to dwindle.

Monday's Madness brought a slate full of Elite Eight action, featuring 12-seed Oregon State against 2-seed Houston and 3-seed Arkansas against 1-seed Baylor.

Houston held off a late rally from Oregon State to advance to the Final Four with a 67-61 win.

Shortly after, Baylor became the first 1-seed to punch its ticket to the 2021 Final Four with an 81-72 win over Arkansas.

Here are the top moments and plays from Day 1 of the Elite Eight.

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No. 12 Oregon State Beavers vs. No. 2 Houston Cougars
Result: Houston wins 67-61

Holy Houston

Quentin Grimes turned defense to offense with this steal and cut to the rim for a reverse layup on the other end.

Leaking out

Dejon Jarreau found Reggie Chaney out in front of the Beavers' defense, and it led to an and-1 for the Cougars.

Unlimited range

Marcus Sasser had the game sliders turned up against Oregon State, with five made 3-pointers.

Nothing easy

Jarreau was the American Athletic Conference defensive player of the year, and he showed why with this block.

First of the four

The Houston Cougars became the first team to punch its ticket to the 2021 Final Four. This is the program's first trip to the Final Four since 1984.

No. 3 Arkansas Razorbacks vs. No. 1 Baylor Bears
Result: Baylor wins 81-72

Hot start

Baylor looked the part of a 1-seed early against Arkansas, building an 11-point lead before the first media timeout.

As Baylor's confidence grew, so did the Bears' lead, as evidenced by this no-look pass from Davion Mitchell.

Comeback trail

After falling behind by double digits early, the Razorbacks cut Baylor's lead to eight at halftime, thanks to plays such as this one from Desi Sills.

Closing the door

Baylor turned up the defense late to put the finishing touches on the win.

Baylor had four players in double figures, led by MaCio Teague's 22 points. The Bears advance to their first Final Four since 1950.

Check back tomorrow for more top plays!

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