Bulldogs vs. Jackrabbits In Round One of March Madness

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MBB Meets South Dakota State in First Round

#1 Gonzaga (32-1) vs. #16 South Dakota State (18-16)

THURSDAY, MARCH 16, 2017 | 12 P.M. MT | SALT LAKE CITY, UT | VIVINT SMART HOME ARENA

TELEVISION: TBS (Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas and Jamie Erdahl)

RADIO: Gonzaga IMG Radio Network (Tom Hudson and Matt Santangelo)

LIVE VIDEO: NCAA March Madness Live

LIVE STATS: GoZags.com

 

ABOUT THE SERIES

– Gonzaga is making its 19th consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearance and 20th overall.

– The 19 straight berths to the field is the fourth-longest current streak in the nation (Kansas, Duke, Michigan State).

– Gonzaga is 24-19 all-time in 19 previous NCAA Tournament appearances with seven trips to the Sweet 16 and two trips to the Elite Eight.

– GU is 21-17 in the NCAA Tournament under head coach Mark Few with a berth in all 17 previous seasons of Few’s head coaching career.

– Gonzaga is one of only two teams to win its opening-round NCAA Tournament game each of the last eight seasons – Kansas is the other.

– Gonzaga is 15-13 all-time as a single-digit seed, with a 10-2 record in its first round game as a single-digit seed.

– Gonzaga receives a one-seed for the second time in program history. The 2012-13 Zags defeated [16] Southern as the top-seed in the West, before falling to [9] Wichita State. Both of those games were played in Salt Lake City.

– Gonzaga has played more NCAA Tournament games in Salt Lake City than any other site, winning four of the seven games played there.

– Gonzaga has never played an NCAA Tournament game in San Jose, Calif., site of the West Regional semifinals and finals.

– Last season, [11] Gonzaga defeated [6] Seton Hall and [3] Utah in Denver, Colo., to advance to the Sweet 16 where it fell to [10] Syracuse.

 

GONZAGA HIGHLIGHTS

– Mark Few is two wins shy of 500 in his career. He boasts a 498-112 (.816) career record.

– Since March 6, 2010, Gonzaga is 107-30 in road or neutral games. The Zags’ 78.1-win percentage on the road or neutral games tops the nation over that span. The Zags have won 17 straight games away from the McCarthey Athletic Center.

– The Bulldogs top the nation, beating opponents by an average of 23.4 points. They won WCC games by 26.2 points.

– GU is second in the country in field goal percentage (51.8) and field goal percentage defense (36.8).

– Nigel Williams-Goss ranks ninth in the country shooting 91.0 percent from the free-throw line.

– The Zags won the West Coast Conference Tournament for the 16th time in program history.