Gonzaga comes into this tournament as the number one seed for just the second time in school history and will be playing in Salt Lake City, over 700 miles away from Spokane.
In the second half, they rebounded on the way to a 66 to 46 win over South Dakota State. The West Region game - played in Buffalo - was the first contest of the full tournament.
Villanova, the top seed in the East, appears determined to defend its title starting with Mount St. Mary's; Gonzaga, the top seed in the West, is out to prove it can win a national title, opening with South Dakota State; the South's top seed, North Carolina, should overwhelm Texas Southern and Kansas isn't planning on being embarrassed by UC Davis.
During the incident, Kansas women's basketball player Caelynn Manning-Allen told police she tried to restrain Jackson by grabbing his arms and he kicked Calvert's auto before she was able to get him away from the vehicle. "We knew they were going to get going in transition, and we didn't want our shot selection or turnovers to help ignite that for them". They did a really good job. "We have every bit as much right being in this tournament as any of the other 67 teams do and we're going to come out and play with some passion and show that".
Most importantly, go freaking Zags!
That part of it made for a flawless upset atmosphere, a mix of ineptitude and magic playing into South Dakota State's hands. Starting from the three-point line, off the dribble, going to the basket, back to the basket. Williams-Goss capped the 16-3 run with another jumper, giving Gonzaga a 56-36 lead with 5:00 left. "I thought we did that from start to finish". "Our defense carried us this entire game, which, you know, it has a lot this year - more than people realize".
Not sure exactly what happened in the first half. The Bulldogs did not take their first lead until Zach Collins made a layup with 1:40 left before halftime.
- In the East, fifth-seeded Virginia rallied from 15 points down to beat 13th-seeded UNC Wilmington 76-71.
The Bulldogs could not overtake the Jackrabbits when both teams went through a four-minute drought without a field goal. Jordan Mathews scored 16 points to help Gonzaga pull away.
That ended up being the only basket for the Jackrabbits over the final 7:44 of the half. Williams dunk at 18:42 on a Perkins missed three. That advantage grew to as many as 22.
So the Bulldogs are playing in the NCAA tournament for the 19th straight season. The Jackrabbit sophomore is second in NCAA scoring, averaging 25.3 points per game this season.