Gonzaga, Arizona Try to End West Coast Final Four Drought
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Getting to the second weekend of the NCAA Tournament is nothing new for Gonzaga and Arizona.
The task this weekend for the Bulldogs and Wildcats will be trying to make it out of the West Region and take that next step to the Final Four. The process starts Thursday when top-seeded Gonzaga (34-1) faces No. 4 seed West Virginia (28-8) and second-seeded Arizona (32-4) faces No. 11 seed Xavier (23-13).
"We're in the spotlight now and we have to make the most of it," Gonzaga guard Jordan Mathews said.
This marks the third straight trip to the Sweet 16 for the Bulldogs and fifth in seven years for the Wildcats. But like the rest of their brethren based in the western United States, they haven't made a Final Four in that span. Gonzaga is looking for its first trip ever and Arizona seeks its first since 2001.