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Andrew Cyr | NCAA.com | October 7, 2017

Gonzaga raises Final Four banner at annual Kraziness in the Kennel

  After reaching the Elite Eight two previous times, Gonzaga reached its first national title game in 2016-17.

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.

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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.

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.

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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.

Gonzaga opens its 2017-18 season on Nov. 10 at home against Texas Southern.

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