(2) Zags Face (15) NDSU at Approx. 7 p.m. Friday in NCAAs

(2) Gonzaga (32-2) vs. (15) North Dakota State (23-9)
Friday, March 20, 2015 | Approx. 7 p.m. PT | KeyArena | Seattle, Wash.
SOUTH REGION
Televised on TNT

***Tip time: Gonzaga/NDSU will tip officially 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Iowa/Davidson game which tips at 4:20 p.m. PT.

NCAA TOURNAMENT NOTES

  • Gonzaga is making its 17th consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearance and 18th overall.
  • The 17 straight is the fourth-longest current streak in the nation.
  • Gonzaga is 19-17 all-time in 17 previous NCAA Tournament appearances with five trips to the Sweet 16 and one trip to the Elite Eight.
  • GU is 16-15 in the NCAA Tournament under head coach Mark Few with an appearance in all 15 previous seasons of Few’s career.
  • Gonzaga has been a top-four seed five previous times (#1 once, #2 once, #3 twice, #4 once).
  • Gonzaga is 3-1 all-time in NCAA Tournament games in Seattle, Wash., with the last appearance coming in 2004.
  • Gonzaga has never played an NCAA Tournament game in Houston.
  • Last season, Gonzaga was the No. 8 seed in San Diego, Calif., and defeated #9 Oklahoma State in the Second Round before falling to #1 Arizona in the Third Round.

ABOUT GONZAGA

  • Head coach Mark Few enters the game with a career record of 435-102, the NCAA all-time leader in winning percentage at .810.
  • Gonzaga won its 14th WCC regular season title in the last 15 years.
  • Gonzaga appeared in the WCC Tournament title game for the 18th straight year, winning for the third straight year.
  • Gonzaga’s balanced scoring attack is led by WCC Newcomer of the Year Kyle Wiltjer’s 16.7 points per game. He’s among six Zags that average at least 8.2 ppg.
  • Gonzaga is ranked No. 1 in field goal shooting in the nation at .524 (next closest is .510).
  • The Zags rank No. 5 in assist-to-turnover ratio (1.56), No. 6 in assists/game (16.5) and No. 9 in scoring offense (79.1).
  • Gonzaga is the only team in the NCAA in the top 12 of both FG% offense and FG% defense.
  • Earlier this year, Gonzaga set a school record with 22 consecutive victories.
  • The 32 wins ties a school record set during the 2012-13 season (32-3).
  • Gonzaga swept the WCC yearly individual awards: Kevin Pangos (Player), Gary Bell Jr. (Defender), Kyle Wiltjer (Newcomer), Mark Few (Coach).
  • Gonzaga placed three players on the All-WCC First Team (Pangos, Wiltjer, Przemek Karnowski) and three players on the Second Team (Bell Jr., Domantas Sabonis, Byron Wesley).

 

 

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