After South Dakota State took an early 8-2 lead, Gonzaga's defense stiffened as it held the Jackrabbits to 33.3 percent shooting in the first half.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs will begin their quest for the first Final Four in program history with a matchup against the South Dakota State Jackrabbits on Thursday afternoon in Salt Lake City. The Wildcats had the 11th-most three-point attempts of tourney teams this season (810 total, 23.8 per game), and they made 37 percent of those shots. Gonzaga presents too many interior mismatches for South Dakota State and the Jackrabbits' tendency to rely on one player to propel their offense is a recipe for disaster against a tough Bulldogs defense.
The Zags, who took their first lead with 1:40 to play in the first half, advance to play the victor of Thursday afternoon's game between No. 8 seed Northwestern and No. 9 seed Vanderbilt on Saturday.
Gonzaga gets win number one out of the way with a 66 to 46 win over the Jackrabbits, advancing to the second round of the NCAA tournament. We'll take the points. The Zags had a 26-20 edge on points in the paint.
There are 16 first-round games today and 16 more tomorrow as the field of 68 gets under way at eight different sites. "And for us our focus is really with our team and what we need to do". They beat Gonzaga to every loose ball at the start and led for the first 17 minutes, then kept it interesting deep into the second half.
Daum came into the first round averaging 25.3 points per game.
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Gonzaga will win and they will score a ton of points here.
Williams-Goss game has blossomed this season, earning several All-America honors to go with the WCC player of the year award.
Collins stepped in and sparked Gonzaga's offense in a hard first half.
The last time Gonzaga played in Salt Lake City as part of the NCAA Tournament, the crowd quickly turned in favor of Southern University. The Bulldogs were also a great play for bettors all season, going 22-7 against the spread and finishing on a 7-3 ATS run over their last 10 games. Reed Tellinghuisen, a 6-6 junior guard/forward, is the only other player in double figures at 11.9.
This is how Robinson described Mount St. Mary's style of play: "We just cause a lot of chaos on the court", he said.
UP NEXT: Gonzaga plays the victor of Thursday afternoon's 8-9 matchup between Northwestern and Vanderbilt.