No. 2 Gonzaga got an automatic bid to the dance after winning the West Coast Conference tournament. The Bulldogs are first in the nation for field goal percentage, 52.4 percent, sixth in assists, 16.5, and 10th in scoring, 79.1, and this is the Zags 17th-straight NCAA Tournament appearance. In the round of 64, the Bulldogs topped North Dakota State, 86-76. The next round saw the Zags knock off No. 7 Iowa to advance to the Sweet 16.
The Zags will take on No. 11 UCLA, which is under the direction of Steve Alford. Since receiving a selection committee bid, the Bruins survived the round of 64 by a close margin in a game that came down to the wire, 60-59 over SMU. UCLA then handled No. 14 UAB with ease as the Bruins topped the Blazers, 92-75, and moves on to the Sweet 16.
No. 2 Gonzaga vs. No. 11 UCLA
NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
Friday, March 27
NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas
7:15 p.m. Eastern
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Record: 33-2 overall, 7-1 West Coast
Coach: Mark Few, 16th season
Offensive Points Per Game: 79.1
Defensive Points Allowed Per Game: 60.9
Scoring Leader: Kyle Wiltjer, 16.7
Rebounding Leader: Domantas Sabonis, 6.9
Assists Leader: Kevin Pangos, 5.0
Record: 22-13 overall, 11-7 Pac-12
Coach: Steve Alford, 2nd season
Offensive Points Per Game: 72.0
Defensive Points Allowed Per Game: 68.0
Scoring Leader: Norman Powell, 16.4
Rebounding Leader: Kevon Looney, 9.2
Assists Leader: Bryce Alford, 4.9