Gonzaga, Oregon Make Their Bids for NCAA’s Sweet 16
SEATTLE (AP) -- Kevin Pangos insists it's not pressure that Gonzaga feels to finally get to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament.
It's hunger to be remembered as the Gonzaga team that snapped the streak of first weekend departures.
There may not be a better chance for the second-seeded Bulldogs to reach the Sweet 16 than Sunday's matchup with No. 7 seed Iowa. Gonzaga will be playing just four hours from its campus in an arena where it's comfortable.
But don't discredit the Hawkeyes. Iowa has road wins this season at North Carolina, Ohio State and Michigan, and was the most impressive of the four winners in Seattle on Friday with its 83-52 blowout of Davidson.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- No. 8 Oregon, meantime, will have all it can handle in Sunday afternoon's round-of-32 rematch with top-seeded Wisconsin.
Last year the Ducks squandered a double-digit, second-half lead and lost 85-77 to Wisconsin in Milwaukee. Sunday's winner in Omaha goes to the Sweet 16 in Los Angeles.
The rematch was set up Friday night after Oregon beat Oklahoma State 79-73. Wisconsin defeated Coastal Carolina 86-72.
Oregon faces a tall task going against the front line of 7-footer Frank Kaminsky, the 6-9 Sam Dekker and 6-8 Nigel Hayes. Freshman Jordan Bell, at 6-9, is the only Oregon starter bigger than 6-6, and he expects to spend much of his time trying to guard Kaminsky.