NOTES: Gonzaga is 4-0 versus West Virginia with all meetings since 2012.
The Sweet 16 kicks off on Thursday night, and the games are going to be terrific. WV scores 82.1 points a game, the highest for any opponent the Zags have faced all season.
Xavier, the lowest seed remaining in the NCAA field, advanced through the West by handling No. 6 seed Maryland, No. 3 seed Florida State and No. 2 seed Arizona. They won 66-46. "So I think it helped a little bit in that regard". "I got another year but I know for Nate, he'd done so I know it has to hurt a lot, probably a lot more than it hurts me", said Carter.
"I call him Big Shot Bob", Few said, referring to retired National Basketball Association player Robert Horry, who was known for making huge shots. Arizona's offense had a total of four assists against St. Mary's, Lonzo Ball had 7 dimes in his win over Cincinatti. In the video above, NCAA Tournament announcer Chris Webber was not happy throughout the review, and openly criticized the refs for taking such a long time - a criticism that, to be honest, was pretty warranted. Look no further then Frank Mason and Devonte Graham.
Bob Huggins had spent the first 37 minutes of Thursday's game the way he spends just about every minute of every game: casual, collected, alternating between sitting on or standing near his preferred sideline barstool. The Wildcats were good enough against zones from UCLA and OR in the Pac-12 tournament, and the trio of Kadeem Allen, Allonzo Trier and Rawle Alkins combine to average 38.0 points, 14.1 rebounds and 7.7 assists. EDGE: Xavier. The 6-10 junior forward has shined lately on the offensive end, and anyone with size for the Musketeers will be tested defensively against the Wildcats from the opening tip.
Fourteen years later, and Gonzaga still is trying to earn respect.
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This balance makes West Virginia a tough draw for No. 1 seed Gonzaga. And, nearly blew a 22-point lead against Northwestern to round out their first weekend.
No. 1 Gonzaga (-3) vs. The Bulldogs held on for the 61-58 victory. For reference, GU sits at 40th in the country it turnovers per game.
That notion might have more weight had the Mountaineers not forced 14 turnovers against both Virginia on December 3 and Notre Dame last weekend in the second round. The Bulldogs take on the West Virginia Mountaineers in a Sweet Sixteen matchup on March 23, so don't miss a second when the game kicks off at 7:39 PM ET! The Mountaineers have become known for their defense during the past few seasons and have been dubbed Press Virginia for their full-court pressure. The Bulldogs are rewarded, they say, for playing in the weak West Coast Conference. It was insane. The poor possession from West Virginia overshadowed what otherwise was an impressive performance. By knocking out West Virginia, the top two defenses left in the tournament (not named Gonzaga) are Florida and SC.
With Villanova's surprise elimination from the NCAA Tournament, is Gonzaga the new favorite to win March Madness? This game lies on the shoulders of Jevon Carter and Tarik Philip because if they are wreaking havoc like they usually do, and put enough pressure on the Gonzaga backcourt an upset could just happen. I think part blocked a put-back attempt which led to the break. The Bulldogs (35-1) have never reached the Final Four. Arizona coach Sean Miller arrived in Tucson after five seasons at, yes, Xavier. Yes, Gonzaga punches back. "But if I'm in that position again, I'll take it to the basket".
Karnowski scored inside early in the second half, and Huggins turned to his bench and said, "We're going to have to go 1-3-1". "Their press is constant and even when they are up big, they are still pressing".
Keep an eye on: Xavier's Trevon Bluiett and Arizona's Lauri Markkanen. This leaves relentless driving lanes from the insanely athletic duo of Trier and Alkins.