Gonzaga basketball: Bulldogs raise Final Four banner, put on dunk contest at Kraziness in the Kennel
After its best season in program history, Gonzaga men's basketball returned to McCarthy Athletic Center to kick off the start of the 2017-18 season.
Gonzaga hosted its annual Numerica Kraziness in the Kennel event Saturday night, a year after it reached the Final Four for the first time in program history. The Bulldogs finished with a 37-2 (17-1 West Coast Conferece) mark, falling to North Carolina 71-65 in the national championship game.
The Bulldogs had reached the Elite Eight on two other occasions (1999, 2015) but finally broke through last year, easily cruising past Xavier 83-59 to reach the Final Four. A mid-major program that's been on the national radar for more than a decade, Gonzaga finally added a Final Four banner of its own that will forever fly in Spokane, Washington.
Sneak peek at the locker room update pic.twitter.com/4GWzAfZMdW— Gonzaga Basketball (@ZagMBB) October 5, 2017
Like most programs' variations of Midnight Madness, Gonzaga dazzled fans with player and coach introductions, as well as 3-point and dunk contests to give the fans a taste of what's in store as the Bulldogs begin their quest for a sixth-straight WCC title. The Athletic's Sam Vecenie captured some of the high-flying acts below.
Take flight pic.twitter.com/Tw9pi0WCwV— Gonzaga Basketball (@ZagMBB) October 8, 2017
We’ve got a Mom Dunk from Corey Kispert.— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) October 7, 2017
No, really, he brought out his mom for the dunk. She nailed it. pic.twitter.com/Ok7djB9qZ2
Brandon Clarke is out here dunking at the Gonzaga Dunk Contest. pic.twitter.com/fGxJbzH3dy— Sam Vecenie (@Sam_Vecenie) October 7, 2017
Before the basketball activities, Gonzaga fans had the opportunity to take pictures with the West Regional Champion trophy outside of the arena before doors opened at 3 p.m. PT.
time with the pic.twitter.com/XEQbl0BOID— Gonzaga Basketball (@ZagMBB) October 7, 2017
Gonzaga opens its 2017-18 season on Nov. 10 at home against Texas Southern.