No. 1 Gonzaga advances in NCAA tournament

By the end of the day, another team from the Pacific time zone joined them. The Zags won a close game in the Sweet 16, something everyone questioned if they could do after blowing away all of their regular season competition. And in the second round, Xavier found a way to take down No. 3-seeded Florida State easily, 91-66. Two of those 3-pointers came directly off passes from Karnowski. But, in their next go-around against St. Mary's I was nervous. So those are the only people that really matter to me. The Zags will see their double-digit lead dwindle in the second half but will hang on for the win.

It was a insane finale for the Musketeers, but they still trail the Bulldogs 49-39 as the second half gets underway.

"That's where their discipline comes in", Mack said. I thank them for their continued belief throughout the year. Sharing is caring, and that is why guard play is so important in March. Though the lack of ball security was a concern, it was Gonzaga's struggles on the defensive end that was most perplexing. Look no further then Frank Mason and Devonte Graham. Here's what you need to know for Thursday. Therefore, the key to the game is if Arizona is going to decide to share the ball or not.

The Gonzaga Final Four game will come against the victor of the Florida vs.

Sweet 16 begins: Tonight! "It's a great feeling to be a part of the first Gonzaga team to make it". "That ball just gets pinged around".

Gonzaga University head coach Mark Few weaved his way between the gathering crowd on the court and made sure to find the Musketeers guard, and embraced him.

Gonzaga built a big first half lead off the strength of its outside shooting.

It's the second weekend of the tournament already. The Mountaineers lead the country in forced turnovers. He owns the school record for most NCAA tournament wins with 10 (Miller 6, Matta 5). This is an offense that has been very good all year, and not just because of "inflated" totals against garbage WCC teams.

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If someone in the tourney can top that, I'll be damn impressed. But, there is no full court press without getting buckets to set that defense up. They finished 17 for 56 from the field (30.4 percent), including 3 for 13 from 3-point range.

Williams-Goss said it took team defense to contain Bluiett, and sharp execution of Few's game plan to make him work. Gonzaga plays in the West Coast Conference, where competition isn't as stiff as, say, in the ACC.

The game-winning play to O'Mara was a ideal example of that.

In the second half, for good measure, Gonzaga made a decision to re-assume its true defensive form, and promptly demoralized the Musketeers, who scored 20 points in the final 20 minutes.

Gonzaga had been teased long enough.

After the victory against Xavier, Jordan Mathews -he also plays guard, and I swear Gonzaga isn't made up entirely of backcourt players - downplayed the meaning of the accomplishment. His team had never reached the Final Four. Xavier has been scoring 1.21 points per possession in the tournament, and the team is making 63 percent of their two-point shots. Gonzaga's talent level simply looked overwhelming. Arizona poses a problem.

Fans lustily booed Kentucky coach John Calipari in his first game in Memphis since leaving in April 2009 for the Wildcats. Markkanen is a talented scorer but not a strong perimeter defender. This leaves relentless driving lanes from the insanely athletic duo of Trier and Alkins.

The get-in-the-door price for tickets to see top-seeded Kansas play third-seeded OR for a spot in the Final Four was about $250 about 90 minutes before tipoff. Maybe next year Mark Few.


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