The city of Spokane is celebrating as Gonzaga University men’s basketball team is on one of the biggest streaks in NCAA history. Game after game, the team has gone to win with an outstanding 27-0 record; the best in Gonzaga history. Team after team has challenged the Zags to only be defeated. The Bulldogs defeated the San Francisco Dons last week 96 to 61. But, why is this season different from the others? After the Portland game, The Spokesman Review got the chance to interview HeadGonzaga Coach Mark Few. Who went to say, “It’s been stressful with these consecutive games, and we need to get time to rest; it will continue to be tough and hopefully that’s where our depth comes to help us.” (Quote from
Spokesmen Review) One ofGonzaga’s keys to winning these games is their center PrzemekKarnowski from Poland who manages to lead the team to greatness with amazing lay-ins and shots. Karnowski came to Gonzaga in 2012 to play basketball for the university from Poland.His Resounding success this year has led him to be one of the most successful centers in GU history. Coming in at 7’1 and 300pounds he truly is the backbone of GU’s 2016-2017 team. With aPoint Percentage of 12.8 Karnowksi truly is a great player.Another thing fans are wondering is will the Zags win the NCAA tournament? Could we possibly see a repeat of last season?Based on the statistics of what we’ve seen, hopefully, the Zags will continue to dominate and bring pride to the local area. For now
the Zags seem to be on point delivering blow after blow on other basketball teams challenging The Lilac Cities Juggernaut men’s basketball team The Gonzaga Bulldogs. Last season proved to be very disheartening for the Bulldogs who made it to the Final Four in the NCAA tournament. Last year’s team was very successful in the fact that they were on a massive win streak, but lost their momentum in the 1st round of the Final Four, It truly brought fans and the player alike to sorrow as the season they had worked so
hard for ended. This year however proves to be different for the players as their coach Mark Few has said that they have been working on all the strengths and weaknesses of the team as a whole and how they can make it better in each game they play. Zag fans everywhere are excited to see how this season turns for the zags. So far their season has been an incredible one and the best in Gonzaga Basketball history. With an all-star line up with some of the best players from around the globe, this year’s tournament should be looking up for Gonzaga and The Lilac City as they are able to beat team after team with an amazing success rate. The Odds are in their favor, but we will see how it plays out during March Madness.
Is March Madness the Cinderella Ball? Well, to some team yes it is, what is March Madness? Well, March Madness is the College Basketball Division 1 way they figures out it is champion. It starts with the conference tournaments and the winner of that gets an automatic bid to the March Madness. As an example the Gonzaga Bulldogs won thus Conference and are get an automatic bid to March Madness.
Some people call March Madness the Cinderella Ball because anything can happen, but something has never happened. One of those things is, that a 16 set has never beat a 1 set, and there is 4 #1 set and 4 #16 and in 77 years. The number of teams has changed a lot in 77 years when it began there were only 8 teams then it as gone as large as 68 team in 2011, but since 2011 there have been 68 teams with four play-in-games before the round of 64.
So March Madness start on/around March 15th or on the third Tuesday of March, and that is the play-in-games. So starting on Thursday of that week, starts the round of 64. On Thursday and Friday is the round of 64 and they cut it to 32, so they cut the teams in half and the Saturday and Sunday they do the same thing. They cut the field in half to the sweet 16. Then on Thursday and Friday, they play the Sweet 16 and they cut it in half to the Elite 8. Then on Saturday and Sunday they cut it in half again to the Final 4. Then on Saturday, they go from the Final Four to the Final Two team that are Fighting on April 4. So this happens in a little over 3 weeks.
Teams that already won their Conference Tournament are; Atlantic Sun Conference winner is Florida Gulf Coast, Big South Conference winner is University of North Carolina Asheville, Colonial Athletic Association winner is University of North Carolina Wilmington, Horizon League winner is Green Bay, Ivy League winner is Yale, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference winner is Iona, Missouri Valley Conference winner is University of North Iowa, Northeast Conference winner is Fairleigh Dickinson, Ohio Valley Conference winner is Austin Peay, Southern Conference winner is Chattanooga, Summit League winner is South Dakota State, West Coast Conference winner is Gonzaga.
Conference that not yet crown there Automatic bids are America East Conference, American Athletic Conference, Atlantic 10 Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference, Big 12 Conference, Big East Conference, Big Sky Conference, Big Ten Conference, Big West Conference, Conference USA, Mid-American Conference, Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, Pacific-12 Conference, Patriot League, Southeastern Conference, Southland Conference, Southwestern Athletic Conference, Sun Conference, Western Athletic Conference.