Either way, Gonzaga was bound to see a familiar opponent and a challenging big man in the Round of 32, but it took the full 40 minutes of a mid-afternoon game at Taco Bell Arena to sort out whether that would be Mike Daum and South Dakota State or Keita Bates-Diop and Ohio State.
Two conference MVPs, one of the field’s top 3-point shooters and another who’s been as hot as anyone in the country over the last month will be coming through Boise this week for the first two rounds of the 2018 NCAA Tournament.
The Jackrabbits are tourney bound again.
All three of Gonzaga's transfers – Nigel Williams-Goss, Jordan Mathews and Johnathan Williams – won their first game in the NCAA Tournament on Thursday against the South Dakota State.
The Guardian issued a cheery mea culpa Thursday for the withering dismissal of Spokane penned some 48 hours earlier by its young house sociologist between sips at the Hemingway Bar in Paris.
South Dakota State held the Zags to one of their lowest shooting percentages from 3-point range this season. Gonzaga finished 26.7 percent (8 of 30) from beyond the arc on Thursday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.
With Gonzaga big man Przemek Karnowski struggling to find his rhythm, freshman center Zach Collins stepped up with 10 points, six rebounds and plenty of energy.
SALT LAKE CITY – Seems logical Johnathan Williams would lock down South Dakota State scoring wizard Mike Daum.
There are different types of Gonzaga fans in the Spokane community. Die-hards. Casual. Front-runners. Folks who just love the sweatshirts. You name it. The Bulldogs run of success has attracted them all. And nothing brings them together like the NCAA Tournament.
The key moment, offensive player of the game and defensive player of the game from Gonzaga’s 66-46 win over South Dakota State on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City.