College Basketball: Gonzaga punches Final Four ticket

The Zags next match up hasn't been finalized yet, but they're scheduled to hit the court on Saturday, April 1. Which Few's team did.

Former Kansas State and Creighton coach and current OR head man had never been to the Final Four in 13 NCAA Tournament appearances. "But they're 36-1, going to a Final Four". It wasn't often that Bluiett was able to set his feet on Saturday, often finding himself fading away from the basket. And in the second round, Xavier found a way to take down No. 3-seeded Florida State easily, 91-66.

"First of all, I don't know that I have a monkey on my back", he said. "The emotion of this moment is indescribable." . The Bulldogs bombed their way past the Musketeers by making 12 of 24 3-pointers to shoot holes in Xavier's zone defense.

One game, one more opportunity. Monk and Fox were hot, but so were Justin Jackson and Joel Berry II for the Tar Heels, as both teams shot better than 52 percent from three-point range.

Xavier has had a great run, but I feel like the Gonzaga defense is going to be too much for them to overcome. They went into the locker room down 10. Gonzaga plays in the West Coast Conference, where competition isn't as stiff as, say, in the ACC.

One of Gonzaga's possible downfalls is offensive production.

After the West Virginia game, the mood has moved to Final Four or bust. No amount of regular-season dominance could erase it.

"I thought about the journey, transferring and sitting out, ankle surgery last year, battling through everything", said Williams-Goss, the first four-year player at Findlay Prep. "It's a great feeling to be a part of the first Gonzaga team to make it".

"What he went through was just heartbreaking", Gonzaga coach Mark Few said.

The unique thing about this particular Gonzaga team is that it wasn't built like any of Few's teams before it.

Instead, the Zags were the ones who broke through, waiting nearly 20 years for its moment.

Xavier star Trevon Bluiett, who was held to 10 points, told reporters, "They were just locked in". Williams-Goss contributed eight eight rebounds and four assists, Perkins and Jordan Mathews had 11 points each, and Williams had eight rebounds. "They were a discipline type of team and we just didn't execute well enough".

Kansas coach Bill Self called it "the hardest game in the tournament". Power conference also-rans have long received better treatment from the NCAA Selection Committee, but as mid-majors continue to prove themselves in tournament play, the committee could adjust their approach moving forward. Somebody was always open.

Viewers got an unexpected surprise when Xavier, where Murray's son Luke is an assistant coach, came within one game of the Final Four.

"Tears of joy", Few said.

Of course, the tournament did not end Saturday.

Waiting for them Saturday, April 1, will be the victor of Sunday's East Region final between No. 4 Florida and No. 7 SC. Just like in every game so far this tournament, the 'Zags will be favored. Their Final Four jinx over, a national championship becomes the next goal.

LEGACY: Gonzaga's Few has built a consistent victor in the Pacific Northwest, though that Final Four is the glaring omission from the resume.

Might as well shut up the skeptics once and for all.

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