Kevin Pangos scored 26 points and Gary Bell Jr. added 17 for eighth-seeded Gonzaga, which beat Marcus Smart and the ninth-seeded Oklahoma State Cowboys 85-77 in the West region of the NCAA tournament on Friday.
Eron Harris, West Virginia’s leading scorer, was limited to five of his 23 points in the second half and the Mountaineers couldn’t hold on to a 10-point lead, falling to No. 20 Gonzaga 80-76 on Tuesday night.
The Zags found their shooting touch in the second half and continued a strong rebounding effort to defeat New Mexico State 80-68.
The 16th-seeded Jaguars played shoulder-to-shoulder with one of the best teams in the country, before falling 64-58 to the Zags in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
The number one-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs start tournament play Thursday against 16th-seeded Southern U.
If nationwide doubt over their true talent behind a number one ranking earlier this month wasn’t enough, the Gonzaga Bulldogs have several more roadblocks ahead in their path to a national championship.
Monday marked an important day in Gonzaga history: the first time ever the school was ranked number one in the AP rankings. However, the milestone will mean nothing if the Zags crumble in the NCAA Tournament.
The to-do list for the Gonzaga basketball team got shorter Monday: For the first time, the Zags were ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll.
Bleacher Report’s Hayden Deitrick tackles arguments made by Gonzaga critics.