Seed: No. 1
Coach: Mark Few
Strengths: Gonzaga typically takes an inside-out approach, relying on All-America candidate Kelly Olynyk and Elias Harris for nearly 33 points per game. Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr. often supply the “outside” portion, combining for 123 3-pointers. The Zags have experience with seniors Harris and Mike Hart. Olynyk and Sam Dower are fourth-year juniors. Bell and Pangos are in their second season as starters.
Season highlight: Gonzaga rolled to the Old Spice Classic title in November, posting double-digit wins over NCAA qualifiers Oklahoma and Davidson. The Zags handled five Big 12 teams, including Kansas State and Oklahoma State, and swept through the WCC with a 16-0 record.
Style of play: The Zags prefer a faster pace, but they’ve shown they can function in possession-by-possession, grind-it-out contests. Lately, GU’s defense has been solid, limiting five of its last six foes to 52 points or less.