Maryland’s Joe Smith slams on GU’s Scott Snider (34) in the first half of their NCAA West Region game Thursday, March 16, 1995, in Salt Lake City. Maryland won 87-63.
Legacy of success: Gonzaga’s NCAA tournament appearances through the years
Gonzaga University has made 18 consecutive appearances in the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Here’s a look back at how the Zags have performed through the years on college basketball’s grandest stage.
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1995: Gonzaga earns the first NCAA tournament berth in school history
Lost to Maryland in first round, 87-63
1999: Gonzaga advances to the West Regional final in its first of 18 consecutive appearances
Defeated Stanford in second round, 82-74
Defeated Florida in regional semifinal, 73-72
Lost to Connecticut in regional final, 67-62
2000: The Zags make a three-round appearance
Defeated Louisville in first round, 77-66
Defeated St. John’s in second round, 82-76
Lost to Purdue in regional semifinal, 75-66
2001: Gonzaga reaches the regional semifinals
Defeated Virginia in first round, 86-85
Lost to Michigan State in regional semifinal, 77-62
2002: Gonzaga suffers its first, first-round NCAA tournament loss in the Mark Few era
Corey Violette puts a towel to his head after fouling out in the final seconds of Gonzaga’s loss to Wyoming, 73-66, in the first round of the NCAA West Regionals in Albuquerque, N.M., Thursday, March 14, 2002.
2003: Gonzaga reaches the second round
Defeated Cincinnati in first round, 74-69
Lost to Arizona in second round, 96-95
2004: Zags earn a No. 2 seed, best in school history
Defeated Valparaiso in first round 76–49
Lost to Nevada in second round, 91–72
2005: The Zags make a two-round appearance
Defeated Winthrop in first round, 74-64
Lost to Texas Tech in second round, 71-69
2006: The Zags make it back to the third round
Defeated Xavier in first round, 79-75
Defeated Indiana in second round, 90-80
Lost to UCLA in regional semifinal, 73-71
2007: Gonzaga falls in the first round as Indiana avenges its 2006 defeat
Lost to Indiana in first round, 70-57
2008: Zags taste a first-round defeat
Lost to Davidson in first round, 82-76
2009: Gonzaga advances to the regional semifinals
Defeated Western Kentucky in second round, 83-81
Gonzaga players swarm Demetri Goodson after he buried the winning shot for an 83-81 win over Western Kentucky in the second round in Portland’s Rose Garden on March 21, 2009.
Lost to North Carolina in regional semifinal, 98-77
2010: Zags make a two-round visit
Defeated Florida State in first round, 67-60
Lost to Syracuse in second round, 87-65
It wasn’t the best of days for Gonzaga Coach Mark Few as he watches the Zags fall 30 points behind Syracuse in Buffalo in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, Sunday, March 21, 2010. Syracuse prevailed 87-65.
2011: BYU’s Jimmer Fredette shoots down the Zags
Defeated St. John’s in first round, 86-71
Gonzaga’s Robert Sacre muscles up on Dwayne Polee (0) and Justin Brownlee of St. John’s during a Southeast regional first-round NCAA game, Thursday, March 17, 2011, in Denver. The Zags won 86-71.
Lost to Brigham Young in second round, 89-67
2012: Gonzaga makes a two-round appearance
Defeated West Virginia in first round, 77-54
Lost to Ohio State in second round, 73-66
2013: Wichita State sends No. 1 seed Gonzaga home in the second round
Lost to Wichita State in second round, 76-70
2014: Gonzaga returns to second round
Defeated Oklahoma State in first round, 85-77
Gonzaga’s Drew Barham and Kevin Pangos celebrate after beating Oklahoma State 85-77, March 21, 2014, in a first-round game in San Diego.
Lost to Arizona in second round, 84-61
2015: Duke spoils Gonzaga’s return to Elite Eight
Defeated North Dakota State in first round, 86-76
Gonzaga forward Domantas Sabonis (11) and North Dakota State guard Paul Miller (2) compete for a rebound in the second half of a second-round game, Friday, March, 20, 2015, at KeyArena in Seattle. GU won 86-76.
Defeated Iowa in second round, 87-68
Gonzaga guard Kevin Pangos (4) hugs center Przemek Karnowski after coming off the court late in the second half of an 87-68 win over Iowa in Seattle on Sunday, March 22, 2015.
Defeated UCLA in regional semifinal, 74-62
Lost to Duke in regional final, 66-52
2016: The 11th-seeded Zags (28-8) fell short of a second straight Elite Eight as Syracuse closed the game on a 9-1 run.
Defeated Seton Hall in the first round, 68-52
Defeated Utah in the second round, 82-59
Lost to Syracuse in regional semifinal, 63-60
2017: Gonzaga makes it to the NCAA championship game
Gonzaga defeats South Carolina in their first Final Four appearance
Gonzaga center Przemek Karnowski celebrates with Zach Collins and Silas Melson, right, the win over South Carolina Sat., April 1, 2017, in their NCAA Final Four game in Phoenix.
NCAA championship game
With less than thirty seconds left in the game, an emotional Gonzaga guard Nigel Williams-Goss (5) is comforted by Gonzaga head coach Mark Few. The Zags lost the game to to North Carolina 71-62.