Gonzaga to open tournament with Oklahoma State

Gonzaga to open tournament with Oklahoma State

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West Coast Conference Basketball tournament at the Orleans Arena on March 11, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Gonzaga won 75-64.

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on March 16, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Updated Sunday, Mar 16 at 6:24 PM

Gonzaga is headed to the NCAA tournament. Again.

The perennial mid-major standout is making its 16th straight tournament appearance. This season the Bulldogs (28-6) visit San Diego to face Oklahoma State (21-12) on Friday.

The eighth-seeded Zags have advanced to the tournament's round of 16 five times, and they've made it to the Elite Eight once. But they've never been to the Final Four.

Gonzaga defeated BYU 75-64 to win the West Coast Conference tournament.

Ninth-seeded Oklahoma State, which won national championships in 1945 and 1946, is making its 26th overall tournament appearance and second in a row as an at-large selection.

TOURNAMENT BRACKET

Florida is the overall top seed, and will be joined on the '1' line by Arizona and Wichita State.

The selection committee released its pairings Sunday, not long after the Gators defeated Kentucky in the Southeastern Conference tournament final to bring their winning streak to 26 games

Florida is seeded first in the South. On Thursday, the Gators play the winner of a First Four game between Albany and St. Mary's.

Arizona got top billing in the West despite losing to UCLA in the Pac-12 final Saturday. The Wildcats will open Friday against Weber State.

Wichita State is the No. 1 seed in the Midwest -- a region that includes Michigan and Louisville, who joined the Shockers in the Final Four last year. The Wolverines were seeded second and the defending-champion Cardinals were fourth.

Kansas earned the No. 2 seed in the South and Wisconsin was No. 2 in the West.

First Four matchups involving bubble teams are Iowa against Tennessee and North Carolina State against Xavier.

The Final Four starts April 5 in Arlington, Texas.

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