Gonzaga is seeking its second straight 5-0 start while Oklahoma is looking to begin 4-0 for the second consecutive season.
One of these unbeaten teams will reach that respective goal Friday night when the No. 17 Bulldogs and Sooners meet in the semifinals of the Old Spice Classic.
These teams had vastly different starts in their quarterfinal victories Thursday.
Gonzaga missed nine of its first 10 shots and trailed by as many as six points in the first half before rallying for a 57-49 victory over Clemson. The Bulldogs heated up and shot 70.0 percent (14 of 20) after the break.
"It was a very good win for us,'' coach Mark Few said. "We haven't been in a grinder yet, and we need to experience that. We need to experience being successful in an environment like that."
Oklahoma scored the first 15 points and led by as many as 20 in its 68-61 victory over Texas-El Paso. The Sooners have led by double digits at halftime in all three games.
"It was a great start," coach Lon Kruger sai...