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No. 1 Gonzaga advances in NCAA tournament

January 22 2018, 08:32 | Irvin Gilbert

Zach Collins might never get used to that part, but the tradeoff has been ten-fold for the Bishop Gorman High alum, who is now part of the first Gonzaga team to reach a Final Four.

And yet the doubters persisted, due to a combination of playing in the lightly regarded West Coast Conference and to a series of infamous tourney exists over the years.

Rui Hachimura moved to the United States previous year with a big dream to eventually become an National Basketball Association player.

OR had not reached the semifinals since the tournament's debut, when they defeated Ohio State 46-33 for the title.

Either Xavier or Gonzaga is about to earn its first Final Four berth in school history. "If you get beat in this game, you come just that close to getting to the goal". Oh just wait, there's plenty, plenty more. As an 11 seed, they'll face the no. 1 seed in the West region on Saturday. The Musketeers are one of the Elite Eight teams to advance this far. "They know what the Final Four is".

The 2017 NCAA Tournament continues Saturday with an Elite 8 matchup that pits 11th-seeded Xavier vs. The Ducks have lost their last three, including to Kansas in 2002. The Musketeers will play Gonzaga Basketball in the West regional final. You think about good people, a good coaching staff, about someone that when you give your kid off, you want them to take care of him.

Xavier, led by coach Chris Mack and Sean O'Mara, knocked off two-seed Arizona in the Sweet Sixteen last night by suffocating one of the most potent offensive attacks in the nation. Following that game on TBS, the Oregon Ducks play the Kansas Jayhawks, which is scheduled to begin at 8:49 p.m. EST.

The Gamecocks (30-4) scored the first 16 points of the game and led 22-7 after one period. Gonzaga still leads 22-19. Still, Few has routinely refused to be consumed by the pursuit.

Again, you may say this isn't a "hot take".

Gonzaga, which almost went unbeaten this season before dropping its February 25 regular-season finale to BYU, won both the West Coast Conference's regular season and tournament titles on their way to earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The Musketeers scored a respectable 39 points in 35 trips in the first half. Power conference also-rans have long received better treatment from the NCAA Selection Committee, but as mid-majors continue to prove themselves in tournament play, the committee could adjust their approach moving forward. "It's hard to get where we are". A lot of his shots haven't been bad shots either-the ball just isn't falling in. Sunday's schedule includes a Kentucky-North Carolina matchup in the South Region and an all-SEC showdown between Florida and SC in the East Region. Now the second-seeded Wildcats are preparing for another marquee name in 1-seed North Carolina, which cruised past Butler, on Sunday. Losing Myles Davis and Edmond Sumner, leaving two big pairs of shoes to fill.

Now the Zags are headed to the desert, where they'll play the victor between SC and Florida in next week's Final Four.

Gonzaga will take on the victor of the Florida/South Carolina game on Saturday.

It is, quite literally, college basketball's best rags-to-riches story.

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