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Zags face South Dakota in opener

Gonzaga fan Dianna Jokela displays her pride in Gonzaga after the NCAA Selection Show on Sunday. (Dan Pelle/SR photo)
Gonzaga fan Dianna Jokela displays her pride in Gonzaga after the NCAA Selection Show on Sunday. (Dan Pelle/SR photo)

Gonzaga on Sunday found out its NCAA tournament seeding (No. 1 in the West Region), site (Salt Lake City) and opponent (South Dakota State).

The marvels of modern technology meant Gonzaga’s staff would have videotape and advanced analytics on the Jackrabbits as soon coach Mark Few completed his media obligations.

“I haven’t seen them but we will in about an hour,” Few said. “They have a great scorer in (forward Mike) Daum. I’ve heard about him, read things about him actually over the last two years.”

The Zags (32-1) and 16th-seeded Jackrabbits (18-16) tip at 11 a.m. PT Thursday at Vivint Smart Home Arena. The winner faces the No. 8 Northwestern-No. 9 Vanderbilt winner in Saturday’s round of 32.

Fourth-ranked Gonzaga is making its 19th consecutive NCAA appearance, a track record that was appealing to transfers Johnathan Williams, Jordan Mathews and Nigel Williams-Goss/Jim Meehan, SR. More here.

Question: How far will the Zags go in the NCAA Tournament?




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D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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