- Associated Press - Monday, March 24, 2014

SAN DIEGO (AP) - If the Arizona Wildcats are just warming up, then the rest of the West region could be in big trouble in the NCAA tournament.

The top-seeded Wildcats ran the eighth-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs out of Viejas Arena on Sunday night, winning 84-61 to advance to the regional semifinals up the freeway in Anaheim.

“Tonight was one of our season’s best performances,” Arizona coach Sean Miller said. “Obviously, you want to play well in the NCAA tournament and that’s exactly what our team did tonight.”

Arizona (32-4) reached the Sweet 16 for the third time in four years. It advances to play fourth-seeded San Diego State, which it beat by nine points in Viejas Arena on Nov. 14.

The Wildcats were shaky in beating 16th-seeded Weber State on Friday.

Not so against the Zags. Arizona was unstoppable on both ends of the court.

Aaron Gordon had 18 points, six rebounds and six assists for Arizona. Fellow freshman Rondae Hollis-Jefferson also had 18 points and Nick Johnson finished with 17.

“What we did today was push the tempo,” Gordon said. “We noticed they weren’t getting back as well as they should and we just kept that going throughout the game.”

Arizona scored 31 points off Gonzaga’s 21 turnovers - 15 on steals - and never gave the Zags a chance after racing out to a 21-point lead in the first half.

“That Arizona team we saw tonight was as good a team as we have faced, that I can remember,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. “It was just too much for us tonight.”

Przemek Karnowski scored 14 points and Kevin Pangos added 12 for Gonzaga (29-7), which was making its 16th straight NCAA tournament appearance. It hasn’t reached the Sweet 16 since 2009.

“We didn’t do ourselves any favors,” said Pangos, who kept playing after turning his ankle early in the game. “We let them feel pretty good about themselves. But they are a good team and they did speed it up a little bit.”

Gordon hit everything from a 3-pointer to a reverse dunk on an alley-oop from Johnson to put Arizona up 38-20.

Johnson also had a defensive highlight when he caught up to David Stockton and blocked a potential breakaway layup.

In Sunday’s other game in San Diego, UCLA reached the Sweet 16 for the first time in six seasons, a big step in the right direction for a program whose tradition was tarnished in recent seasons.

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