Gonzaga goes into the big dance with plenty of experience and upperclassmen, yet their leading scorer is freshman Kevin Pangos. The Bulldogs will take on the Mountaineers of West Virginia, who's signature win came early against Georgetown. The Zags got a taste of the Big East early in the season with a blowout win over Notre Dame, but will they be able to handle the physicality of Bob Huggins' West Virginia squad?
NO. 7 GONZAGA
Overall Record: 25-6
Conference Record: 13-3
Conference Tournament Outcome: Lost To Saint Mary's In Title Game
Points Allowed: 63.2
AP Ranking: 24
KenPom Ranking: 32
Standout Player: Elias Harris
Season In Review: Besides two losses to Big Ten teams (MSU and Illinois), the only problem Gonzaga had throughout the season was Saint Mary's. The two teams split the regular season series, but Saint Mary's got the last laugh in the conference championship with an overtime victory.
Tournament Experience: 16-14, 14 appearances
NO. 10 WEST VIRGINIA
Overall Record: 19-13
Conference Record: 9-9
Conference Tournament Outcome: Lost To UConn In 2nd Round
Points Allowed: 66.2
AP Ranking: none
KenPom Ranking: 42
Standout Player: Kevin Jones
Season In Review: The brightest spot in West Virginia's season came early with a five-game win streak that included wins over Miami and Kansas State. But once conference play came, the Mountaineers struggled to get beyond the middle of the pack, finishing 9-9 with only one win over a top-5 team, Georgetown.
Tournament Experience: 25-24, 24 appearances, 2 Final Fours