2014 NCAA Tournament Preview: No. 1 Arizona vs No. 8 Gonzaga

By Taylor Sturm
Gonzaga 2014 NCAA Tournament
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The No. 1 seeded team in the West region of the 2014 NCAA Tournament the Arizona Wildcats got more than they bargained for when they took on the No. 16 seeded team, Weber State. The Wildcats were led by Davion Berry, who had 24 points despite being just 5 – 20 from the floor. Weber State hit 87 percent of their free throws, but Arizona was able to hold off the Wildcats’ upset bid, winning 68 – 59.

Next up for Arizona is the pesky No. 8 seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs who defeated a lot of people’s dark horse for the 2014 NCAA Tournament, the No. 9 seeded Oklahoma State Cowboys.

Gonzaga was led by Kevin Pangos, who had 26 points as Marcus Smart and Markel Brown were the only players who seemed to realize that it was do-or-die time for Oklahoma State; Gonzaga ended up winning 85 – 77. As excited as the Bulldogs should be over their tough victory over the Cowboys, Arizona is a much more talented team.

What to Watch For:

Nick Johnson and Aaron Gordon are two of the best players in college basketball, but, when the rest of the team doesn’t show up, the Wildcats will not win. Gonzaga is a disciplined team that will give Arizona all they can handle. The Wildcats will lose to the Bulldogs if they play the sloppy type of game that they did against Weber State.


As much as I want to call the Gonzaga upset, the close victory over Weber State will only serve as a wake-up call to Arizona. Expect huge games from Gordon and Johnson as the Wildcats beat up the Bulldogs’ early and Gonzaga is left playing catch-up from early on in the game.

Arizona 66, Gonzaga 58

Taylor Sturm is a Columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @TSturmRS, like him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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