Zags get first win in NCAA tournament

The Jackrabbits of South Dakota State University, the No. 16 seed, led No. 1 seed Gonzaga for most of the first half, but Goliath took over in the second half.

Gonzaga will open against South Dakota State (18-16) and Arizona will play its first-round game against North Dakota (22-9), both in Salt Lake City. Karnowski, Jordan Matthews, Zach Collins and Johnathan Williams all score in double figures. This was only the fourth time this season Gonzaga has been held under 70 points and only the second time it shot worse than 40 percent (39.7).

Gonzaga tips off against South Dakota State tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. PDT and if they win, will play the victor of Vanderbilt and Northwestern.

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The Zags, who took their first lead with 1:40 to play in the first half, advance to play the victor of Thursday afternoon's game between No. 8 seed Northwestern and No. 9 seed Vanderbilt on Saturday.

Gonzaga's Nigel Williams-Goss cuts down a piece of the net after defeating Saint Mary's in an NCAA college basketball game during the championship of the West Coast Conference tournament, Tuesday, March 7, 2017, in Las Vegas. Though the Tigers have more scoring depth and Mike Davis runs a more conservative system, they also use offensive pressure to win games at the line.

The Jackrabbits, riding a hot streak from the Summit League tournament, meets one-loss Gonzaga (32-1) today in the first round of the Big Dance today. Once they did, they never looked back.

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HollywoodLifers, who are you rooting for in this game? "Anytime you get your program to that point where they expect to win those games and start chomping at the bit to go deeper into March, that's a good thing". “I think whats hes proven is he can take a team and will them to victory.”.

"He is great defender from the film that we have watched, and I'm super excited - Coach is going to have us on the move the entire time, so it will just be fun to see us all over the court and see how they defend us and everything we throw at them".

Williams-Goss game has blossomed this season, earning several All-America honors to go with the WCC player of the year award. Kansas is just two games from a potential rematch with no. 5 seed Iowa State (23-10).

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Daum came into the first round averaging 25.3 points per game. It speaks to how much depth Gonzaga has when Collins, a projected first-round National Basketball Association draft pick, is the first player off the bench. "And their big man inside, we're going to have to do a tremendous job of keeping (the ball away from him)". They'll face the victor of Northwestern-Vanderbilt on Saturday.

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