Because of the poor shooting, the Bulldogs trailed for most of the first half and didn't take the lead until the final minute and a half until the break. Couple that with the Bulldogs' average of 84.6 points per game (13th in Division I), and it's easy to see why the Zags swept up trophies in a preseason tournament, the regular season and the West Coast Conference tournament.
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Northwestern recorded its first ever NCAA Tournament win with a thrilling 68-66 victory over Vanderbilt. "Usually, there are seven or eight teams that you can narrow it down to". In any case, sometimes we get good games because the schedule-makers mess up.
Gonzaga faces South Dakota State in NCAA Tournament action. "My teams, Adam Morrison's teams, for the most part we were gonna try to outscore you, and we were pretty good at it".
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"We've got a lot of respect for what Gonzaga has done this year", South Dakota State coach T. J. Otzelberger said. Jordan Mathews scored 10 of his 16 points in the second half to pace the Zags, while Przemek Karnowski, Zach Collins and Josh Perkins scored 10 points apiece. According to The Spokesman-Review, the NCAA re-examined the stats and found that Duke's Shane Battier missed two games during the 1998-99 season.
SCORER: At 25.3 points per game, South Dakota State's Mike Daum is the NCAA's second-highest scorer this season. The game is today at 1 p.m., and airs on TBS. "We were just really confident". 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. Maybe you think I'm silly for mentioning a no. 10 seed in reference to a no. 1 seed's chances, but don't forget that Wichita State made the Final Four as a no. 9 seed not so long ago. "And their big man inside, we're going to have to do a tremendous job of keeping (the ball away from him)". Reed Tellinghuisen, a 6-6 junior guard/forward, is the only other player in double figures at 11.9.
Gonzaga posted seven blocks, including Collins' fast swat off the baseline with 8:24 left and then held South Dakota State to 5-of-23 shooting while grabbing a 56-36 lead on Williams-Goss' jumper with five minutes remaining. "(But) we've looked at challenges this year and said, "bring them on". "But this team has been great defensively all year".