South Dakota State is headed to its second consecutive NCAA Tournament following an 18-16 regular season. Good, because March Madness is underway and the big highlight is top seeded Gonzaga kicking off their NCAA men's basketball tournament run against 16th seed South Dakota State Mar. 16 from Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City. Jordan Mathews scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half to pace the Zags, while Przemek Karnowski, Zach Collins and Josh Perkins scored 10 points apiece.
Defense has been significant for Gonzaga throughout the season, something that bears out by the fact that it has held opponents to just 61.2 points per game, which ranks seventh in the nation.
The Zags didn't lead in the first half until Collins' layup with 1:40 to go until the break, but they ended the half on a 7-0 run.
Northwestern, making its first NCAA tournament appearance, set a school record with 23 wins.
The Jackrabbits, riding a hot streak from the Summit League tournament, meets one-loss Gonzaga (32-1) today in the first round of the Big Dance today. "We were just really confident". In nearly a minute the 7-foot freshman scored six straight points to give the Zags their first lead of the game, 23-22.
Northwestern made it to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in program history, and made the most of it with a spectacular win against Vanderbilt.
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Everywhere Gonzaga plays the junior guard seems to have family or friends in attendance. "My teams, Adam Morrison's teams, for the most part we were gonna try to outscore you, and we were pretty good at it". The offense, while it struggled, will ultimately wake up for a team that averages 84.6 points per game.
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Mark Few has plenty of talent to work with, including point guard Nigel Williams-Goss, who was one of the most valuable players in college basketball this season.
We already went over this a bit, but it bears repeating: Villanova did not get a very pleasant prize for being the tournament's no. 1 overall seed. "It's not going to be easy, and we'll have to meet a lot of challenges".
Daum, a 6-foot-9 sophomore post, ranks second nationally at 25.3 points per game.