2013 NCAA Tournament Profile: West Coast Conference Champion Gonzaga Bulldogs
Conference: West Coast Conference
How They Qualified: West Coast Conference Tournament Champions
We knew the Gonzaga Bulldogs were dancing prior to the start of the West Coast Conference Tournament, but there isn’t anything much sweeter than a sweep of the league’s regular season and tournament titles. In fact, the Bulldogs didn’t lose once all season long against a WCC opponent, including three separate match-ups against their conference title opponent, Saint Mary’s.
With the victory, the Bulldogs are now dancing for the 15th consecutive season, a mark that serves as a tribute to the work that head coach Mark Few has put in with this program. Gonzaga has transformed over the years, from a Cinderella mid-major to the nation’s No. 1 ranked team in the AP Poll.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Kelly Olynyk (17.3 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Elias Harris (7.5 rpg)
Leading Passer: David Stockton (3.3 apg)
Bad Losses: None
Good Wins: Oklahoma, Kansas State, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Saint Mary’s (3x)
Heading into the West Coast Conference Tournament title bout, the Bulldogs were considered a virtual lock for a No. 1 seed within the NCAA Tournament. Well now you can cement that statement in stone, as Gonzaga is sure to be a No. 1 seed when the brackets are released onSelection Sunday.
The Bulldogs will have the opportunity to earn the No. 1 overall seed depending on what happens in some of the larger conference tournaments later this week. There is no doubt that the ‘Zags are a legitimate Final Four threat, so if you haven’t got used to hearing their name yet, you might as well start now.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs are dancing!
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