Gonzaga will face North Dakota State in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
Here’s what you need to know:
No. 2 Gonzaga vs. No. 15 N. Dakota St
NCAA Tournament – Round of 64
UD Arena (Dayton, Ohio)
Friday, March 20
9:50 p.m. Eastern
Gonzaga is a 17-point favorite, according to OddsShark.
Gonzaga punched its ticket to the dance with an automatic bid for winning the West Coast Conference tournament. The Bulldogs post a 32-2 overall record, 17-1 in the WCC and were ranked No. 7 in the nation’s top 25.
This will be the Zags 17th straight NCAA Tournament appearance.
Record: 32-2 overall, 7-1 West Coast
Coach: Mark Few (16th year)
Offensive Points Per Game: 79.1
Defensive Points Allowed Per Game: 60.9
Scoring Leader: Kyle Wiltjer (16.7 PPG)
Rebounding Leader: Domantas Sabonis (6.9 RPG)
Assists Leader: Kevin Pangos (5.0 APG)
Scouting North Dakota State
North Dakota State held off rival South Dakota State 57-56 in the Summit League title game to secure its second-consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
As a 12-seed in the 2014 Big Dance, the Bison upset No. 5 Oklahoma before falling to No. 4 seed San Diego State. They’ll be looking to play Cinderella once again led by a stingy defense.
Record: 23-9 overall, 12-4 Summit
Coach: Dave Richman, 1st season
Offensive Points Per Game: 64.5
Defensive Points Allowed Per Game: 61.6
Scoring Leader: Lawrence Alexander, 18.9
Rebounding Leader: Dexter Werner, 5.4
Assists Leader: Carlin Dupree, 2.7