Gonzaga learns on Selection Sunday that it’s best in the West

The Jackrabbits of the Summit League gnawed away at Gonzaga for the better part of 35 minutes before the Zags started looking like the No. 1 seed they are and pulled away for a 66-46 victory in the West region. Mathews scored 23 points in his only game in the tournament past year for Cal, and that number does seem unrealistic with this game’s potential.

The selection committee didn’t have to look far to find the top two seeds for the regional that will be decided in San Jose in two weeks.

Williams-Goss leads the Bulldogs in scoring with 16.9 points per game and also chips in 5.7 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.8 steals. “The biggest thing to me is for them to understand how much fun this time of year can be”. I’ve watched their team, because of that, quite a bit – more than you’d normally watch somebody else.

Anyways, the mighty Jackrabbits are 18-16 (WORLD-BEATERS!), while Gonzaga is 32-1 and 17-1 in the WCC (BLAME BYU). I’m interested to see how the Wildcats prepare for this week, and if they’re overtaken by the moment or are businesslike in this game.

South Dakota State is a great foul shooting team, but I’ll bet the Jackrabbits don’t get to the line much against Gonzaga.

Since Eisenhower isn’t president anymore, I’m guessing we’re not going to see a score like that again.

Daum ranks No. 2 nationally in scoring, averaging 25.3 points per game.

“He’s a great offensive player”, said Przemek Karnowski, the 7-1, 300-pound Gonzaga center who will be matched up with Daum on Thursday.

“Really, really impressed with Mike Daum“, said Gonzaga coach Mark Few. They’ve completed the best regular season in school history with what may be the best team the program has put together.

And yes, by saying this, I am admitting that I expect my preferred college basketball team, the Northwestern Wildcats, to lose within the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament. Most recently the Zags beat fellow Dance attendee St. Mary’s for the third time this season 74-56 in the conference championship game nine days ago. Naz Mitrou-Long and Matt Thomas had 13 points apiece. The Wildcats are coming off a very impressive Pac-12 tournament title run in Las Vegas in which they disposed of both UCLA and OR, a couple of very impressive foes and legit Final Four level teams in their own right.

Gonzaga has made 19 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament”. Jordan Caroline had 20 points and eight rebounds, and Marcus Marshall finished with 16 points on 5-for-16 shooting. This year’s Zags team has stood out by their ability to play defense unlike past teams, with the length and athleticism of their bigger guards and notably Williams.

In Orlando, London Perrantes had 24 points, Marial Shayok added a career-high 23 off the bench and No. 5 seed Virginia rallied past 13th-seeded UNC Wilmington. The Bruins play Kent State in the first round. North Carolina, the regular-season champ, was awarded a No. 1 seed while Duke, the conference tournament victor, drew a No. 2 seed.

The SDSU Jackrabbits earned a 16th seed in the West Region and face No. 1 Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah. Gonzaga’s Few, Notre Dame’s Brey and West Virginia’s Bob Huggins are all fantastic.

SUU fired head coach Nick Robinson at the end of last season and Hess also graduated. Among them is an Arizona team that was in contention for a No. 1 seed but might have gotten an even better draw as the No. 2 in the West. They’ve had National Basketball Association lottery picks.

The voluble Dick Vitale, never one to understate his opinions, picks the Zags to make it to the NCAA title game, losing there to North Carolina.

“It’s made it a really hard prep in that they’ve probably done as many different things as any team we’ve faced all year”.

It’s made this season seem like more of a mission than ever.

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