Meet the current Zags. The defensive-minded Zags.
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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.
Washington coach Lorenzo Romar was fired on Wednesday afternoon, just a couple hours after former UW assistant and current South Dakota State coach T.J. Otzelberger made the case why Romar should be allowed to continue coaching the Huskies.
One Jackrabbit will have a little extra motivation to beat the Zags on Thursday. South Dakota State’s Michael Orris said he’ll be playing his best to upset top-seeded Gonzaga in the first round of the NCAA Tournament at the Vivint Smart Home Arena. But he’ll also be playing for another reason – his brother.
Senior wing A.J. Hess, a graduate transfer from Southern Utah, loves everything about South Dakota State’s campus and community.