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Joe Boozell | NCAA.com | March 26, 2017

How they reached the Final Four: Gonzaga

  Gonzaga is headed to the Final Four for the first time in program history.

For the first time since ever, the Gonzaga Bulldogs are headed to the Final Four.

Let’s see how they did it.

NCAA tournament path

Defeated No. 16 South Dakota St., 66-46

First Round: Gonzaga defeats South Dakota State

The Bulldogs overcame a slow start to overpower the Jackrabbits. Gonzaga held South Dakota State to 24 points in the second half.

Defeated No. 8 Northwestern, 79-73

Second Round: Gonzaga ousts Northwestern

Gonzaga got off to an early lead, but Northwestern threatened late. Nigel Williams-Goss led the way with 20 points.

Defeated No. 4 West Virginia, 61-58

Sweet 16: Gonzaga edges past West Virginia

The Bulldogs escaped in what was perhaps the ugliest game they played all year. Jordan Mathews knocked down a clutch 3 to give the Zags the lead for good.

Defeated No. 11 Xavier, 83-59

Elite Eight: Gonzaga shoots down Xavier

Gonzaga dominated from start to finish. Johnathan Williams put the clamps on Trevon Bluiett while scoring 19 points of his own.

Key Players

PG Nigel Williams-Goss

The Washington transfer is an all-around stud. Williams-Goss is averaging 16.7 points, 5.9 rebounds and 4.6 assists, but he struggled in the tournament up until the Elite Eight. The junior dropped 23 against Xavier.

C Przemek Karnowski

The 7-1, 300-pounder is the anchor of Gonzaga’s nation-leading defense. The fifth-year senior is an outstanding passing big man; Karnowski averages 1.9 assists.

G/F Jordan Mathews

Mathews is the most accomplished shooter on the team. He leads Gonzaga in 3-point makes (79) and takes (204). Mathews transferred in from Cal, where he started for the Golden Bears last season.

Coach: Mark Few

The Final Four monkey is finally off of his back:

Up until now, Few was known as one of the best coaches to never make a national semifinal.  In 18 years at Gonzaga, Few is 502-114.

Best wins this season

Nov. 25 – vs. Florida, 77-72
Nov. 27 – vs. Iowa State, 73-71
Dec. 3 – vs. Arizona, 69-62

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