Zach Norvell saved Gonzaga from being March Madness' first upset victim

Zach Norvell saved Gonzaga from being March Madness' first upset victim

The Bulldogs will progress to the Round of 32 where they will meet the victor of the matchup between Ohio State and South Dakota State, and if Gonzaga repeats the performance from today, they could struggle to see off their next opponents. Gonzaga is outscoring opponents by 17.4 points per game, the second-highest differential in Division I behind Cincinnati (17.8).

UNCG was playing in the tournament for the first time since 2001.

Gonzaga's odds to win the NCAA Tournament can be found at BetDSI and they are pegging the Bulldogs at +2500, which means that Few's men have a decent chance to lift the trophy. The Bulldogs are riding in a 15-game winning streak. Ohio State (+1200) is easily the worst No. 5 seed of them all.

Zach Norvell saved Gonzaga from being March Madness' first upset victim
Zach Norvell saved Gonzaga from being March Madness' first upset victim

Don't Forget About Me: Michigan last played on March 4th. The Jackrabbits are significantly better by every statistical measure this year. Few is good friends with coach (Leon) Rice. Rice has guided the Broncos to two NCAA Tournament appearances. The Musketeers were ousted in the Elite Eight past year - by Gonzaga. Gonzaga has been a No. 4 seed once, when it went 2-1 in 2009 and lost to eventual national champion North Carolina in the Sweet 16.

We'll project a Gonzaga-North Carolina national championship rematch for a trip to San Antonio, with the Zags getting payback.

Heart Says: Xavier's Chris Mack finally breaks through to the Final 4, taking down mighty North Carolina and Roy Williams. No.3 MI wins the proverbial coin flip with a 51-49 edge in simulations over no. 2 North Carolina in what promises to be a heck of a game if both teams can survive and advance to that point. Tillie (sophomore) averages 13.4 ppg; Norvell (freshman) averages 12.2 ppg. The other three top seeds in the West alone finished seventh (UNC), eighth (Gonzaga) and 10th (Michigan).


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