Gonzaga. On paper, No1 Gonzaga should be the clear-cut favorites in the West. They've got Summit League tourney MVP Mike Daum, 21, who has been averaging 25.3 points and 8.2 rebounds per game. Of course, the catch here is that this is Gonzaga.
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The second problem for Kansas is that it's not even the best team in its own bracket.
Despite some outside lobbying for ACC Tournament champ Duke and Pac-12 Tournament champ Arizona, Gonzaga garnered a No. 1 seed for the second time in school history. "They were one of those teams that came here on a roll".
The Sooners take on Gonzaga on Saturday, March 18 at 5:30 p.m. on ESPN2.
No6 Maryland v No11 Xavier. "You look back at all our really good games this year, it's been when we've been high-emotion and high-energy, and obviously, plays like that help".
Gonzaga is nearly certainly going to win this game. But the Cavaliers can struggle offensively, and as Notre Dame showed in the ACC quarterfinals, a team that moves the ball well can find gaps in this iteration of the Pack Line. The Jackrabbits then won three games in three days to claim the conference tournament title and the automatic bid that comes along with it. On paper, Notre Dame is the stronger team. "We play really fast, really hectic". They're looking to avoid extending that streak to 19 this year. If one or two others can't step up, nothing will prevent Gonzaga from zeroing in on Daum and shutting him down for 40 minutes.
Nigel Williams-Goss, Gonzaga. Williams-Goss transferred from Washington to becoming the most essential player on a Gonzaga team that only lost one game on the season.
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Mata broke the deadlock from close range with what proved to be the victor 20 minutes from time after being set up by Ibrahimovic. United struggled to make their dominance count in the first half of the match, wasting the few chances they were able to create.
-Although he's only 6-5, Notre Dame's Bonzie Colson can mix it up with the big men.
The Zags come into the tournament as the West Coast Conference regular season and tournament champions, and now they've got their eyes on the big prize.
Jonathan Isaac, Florida State.
The Jackrabbits will need a complete team effort if they're going to pull off this upset. That could change for the freshman forward with a good showing in his first (and nearly certainly last) tournament appearance.
"If Gonzaga is going to make the Final Four, it will absolutely have to earn it", CBS Sports reporter Matt Norlander wrote.
The Wildcats, who last got to the Final Four in 2001, beat Kentucky in 1997 to win a national championship, the most recent Pac-12 team to win it all.
Must-watch game: There is some competition for this spot, but let's go with Northwestern, playing in its first-ever NCAA Tournament as an 8-seed, taking on ninth-seeded, 15-loss Vanderbilt in the West Region.