Posted March 20, 2013 on
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Gonzaga certainly won't catch anyone by surprise this year.
Long ago considered the plucky underdog, the Bulldogs come into this year's NCAA tournament top-seeded in the West and with the No. 1 ranking in The Associated Press poll.
Led by 7-foot center Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga (31-2) opens the tournament Thursday against Southern University (23-9), the champions of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.
Gonzaga is making its 15th straight appearance in March Madness, a streak surpassed only by Kansas, Michigan State and Duke.
Coach Mark Few says the No. 1 seeding won't change his approach for the tournament.
He says Gonzaga needs to come into Thursday's game much the way the Bulldogs of old used to - with a chip on their shoulders.
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Kid Prez joined ESPN SportsCenter’s Robert Flores as he made his picks for the upcoming NCAA tournament. I think I might just copy these picks just for the hell of it…
The NCAA Tournament kicks off in full on Thursday, so I will just give some thoughts on some prospects from each region before each weekend. These are not meant to be scouting reports or evaluations, just some thoughts on how the play of certain pro prospects can affect their team’s ability to advance.
Next up is the West where Gonzaga is the top seed. (See...
Can Gonzaga finally make it a final four? Check out my west breakdown below.
Top 5 Players
1. Kelly Olynyk (Gonzaga)
2. Deshaun Thomas (Ohio State)
3. Rodney McGruder (Kansas State)
4. Kendall Williams (New Mexico)
5. Marshall Henderson (Ole Miss)
3 Stars you haven’t heard much about
1. Ian Clark (Belmont)
2. Ramon Galloway (LaSalle)
3. Lamont Jones (Iona)
Best scorer : Deshaun...
Maybe it's the quirky name of the school, ''Gonzaga.'' Or its pint-sized enrollment of 4,900. Or the fact that employees at one office in its hometown are so gaga over the `Zags, they wore their hair long at work this week as a shout-out to the team's best player, flowing-tressed 7-footer Kelly Olynyk.
Whatever the reason for all the fun-spirited underdog...