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Zags Rough Road As A No. 1 Seed

Thinking back, it was maybe 10 minutes into the impossibly fun tale of Gonzaga basketball that the Zags evolved from humble, lovable underdogs into something less appealing in the eyes of a not insignificant segment of the studio audience. Underachievers. There. We said it. Underachievers. Is it true? Oh, hell no. But if AM radio has taught us anything, it’s that everybody has to believe something – and once they do, they won’t let go. And with the 75th NCAA basketball tournament under way, it’s more of a talking point than ever what with the Bulldogs seeded No. 1 and in a perfect position to live up to this trumped-up expectation that they won’t live up to expectations. It’s a virtual mathematical inevitability/John Blanchette, SR. More here.

Question: Will you be embarrassed if Gonzaga stumbles anywhere short of the Elite Eight?

Gonzaga Claims No. 1 Seed

Perhaps you’ve read this before: For the first time in school history, Gonzaga … Well, here we go again. Roughly two weeks after earning the first No. 1 ranking in school history, the Bulldogs landed the program’s first No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament when the brackets were revealed Sunday. Gonzaga (31-2) will face 16th-seeded Southern (23-9), champion of the Southwestern Athletic Conference, in a West Region opener Thursday in Salt Lake City. The teams squared off in the season opener two years ago with Gonzaga rolling to a 117-72 victory over the Jaguars at the McCarthey Athletic Center. “It’s an honor to be the first team to do that here,” sophomore guard Kevin Pangos said of the No. 1 seed. The Gonzaga-Southern winner advances to face the winner of No. 8 Pittsburgh-No. 9 Wichita State/Jim Meehan, SR. More here. (Kathy Plonka SR photo: GU’s Kelly Olynyk is interviewed at the McCarthey Athletic Center)

Question: Are you satisifed that Gonzaga was considered the fourth No. 1 seed?

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D.F. Oliveria is a columnist and blogger for The Spokesman-Review. Print Huckleberries is a past winner of the Herb Caen Memorial Column contest by the National Association of Newspaper Columnists. The Readership Institute of Northwestern University cited this blog as a good example of online community journalism.

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