No. 8 Seed Bulldogs Face No. 9 Seed Florida State Friday

March 14, 2010

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University men's basketball team (26-6) was awarded the eighth seed in the West Region as the NCAA announced pairings for this season's NCAA Tournament Sunday. The Bulldogs will face the No. 9 seed Florida State University Friday at the HSBC Arena in Buffalo, N.Y.

Friday's meeting between the Zags and the Seminoles will be the first time the two schools have met on the basketball court.

Florida State earned an at-large bid after finishing with a 22-9 overall mark and a 10-6 mark in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Seminoles fell in the quarterfinals of the ACC Tournament to NC State 58-52. This is the 12th time in school history Florida State has appeared in the NCAA Tournament. Last season, FSU, the No. 5 seed, dropped a 61-59 overtime decision to the No. 12 seed University of Wisconsin in the first round of the tournament.

This season marks Gonzaga's 12-straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and its 13th overall. The Zags won the West Coast Conference regular season title, finishing 12-2, but fell in the WCC tournament championship to Saint Mary's College, 81-62.

This season also marks the first time in program history that the Bulldogs have been awarded an eight seed in the field of 65.

The winner of the Gonzaga/Florida State game will play the winner of the Syracuse University/University of Vermont game Sunday. Syracuse (28-4) is seeded No. 1, the fourth No. 1 overall in the tournament. Vermont (26-6) is seeded No. 16 after winning the America East Tournament.

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