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.
Meet the current Zags. The defensive-minded Zags.
Check here for live updates from top-seeded Gonzaga’s first-round NCAA Tournament game against No. 16 seed South Dakota State.
In March of 1999 – or 1 A.D., as it’s known in the context of Gonzaga basketball – the Bulldogs’ coaching staff devised what would be the game plan to launch a dynasty, not that anyone thought about it that way at the time.
When Margie Fiedler thinks of college basketball, there’s one game that comes to mind almost instantly.
The big guys take center stage for Gonzaga’s first-round NCAA Tournament game against South Dakota State.
Gonzaga assistant coach Brian Michaelson didn’t have to go deep into his memory bank when asked about South Dakota State scoring machine Mike Daum. “Wiltjer, that’s a better driver,” said Michaelson, who compiled the scouting report. “As elite a scoring big as we’ve ever faced. Scary.”
Gonzaga had a short break after winning the WCC tournament before beginning preparations for the NCAA tournament. That was just fine with freshman forward Killian Tillie.
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.