The Staples Center is housing fourth-seeded Gonzaga and three other Sweet 16 qualifiers this week in the West Regional Semifinal of the NCAA Tournament. The college game rarely comes through the home fortress of the NBA’s Lakers and Clippers, but it’s been a familiar setting for a growing number of Zags who’ve gone pro.
Gonzaga was forced to make a late change to its starting lineup after forward Killian Tillie apparently reaggravated a hip injury during warm-ups prior to facing Florida State on Thursday.
Connor Palacio has enough Gonzaga spirit to spread around the entire city of Los Angeles. On Thursday, Palacio was spreading the spirit in downtown Los Angeles hours before the Bulldogs took the court for their fourth consecutive Sweet 16 showing. He had painted his entire face red and blue and was dressed in Gonzaga gear from head to toe.
Terance Mann scored 18 points and ninth-seeded Florida State used its depth and took advantage of a late Killian Tillie injury to top fourth-seeded Gonzaga 75-60 in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday in the Staples Center.
Leonard Hamilton and Mark Few cast a wide net when it comes to scouting talent and their respective rosters carry a combined nine players who were born outside of the U.S.
Into the Sweet 16 for just the sixth time in program history, the Florida State Seminoles are producing some sweet music this March. That’s something their leader, 16th-year coach Leonard Hamilton, knows a thing or two about as well.
Los Angeles traffic has had its toll on the Gonzaga Bulldogs since they arrived on Tuesday for the NCAA Tournament West Regional.
Gonzaga has seen just about everything possible on the basketball court during coach Mark Few’s tenure. However, Florida State, Thursday’s challenger in the Sweet 16 at the Staples Center, qualifies as unique in one regard.
It’s become an annual rite of the NCAA Tournament: Gonzaga assistant coach Tommy Lloyd’s name attached to a job opening.
Former Zag Nigel Williams-Goss is 6,420 miles from here but he feels connected to Thursday’s Gonzaga-Florida State matchup at the Staples Center. Williams-Goss, who is in his first professional season with KK Partizan in Belgrade, Serbia, keeps a close eye on the Zags, one year removed from helping the team reach the national title game.