In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year for Gonzaga, the Bulldogs are now in the second round of the NCAA tournament and making noise as the team that could upset a one seed. The Zags are set to face top seeded Syracuse (pending Vermont upset) on Sunday after defeating Florida State 67-60 in the first round.
Matt Bouldin scored 14 of his team-high 17 points in the second half to carry the eight seeded Zags to victory. Steven Gray added 15 points, and Elias Harris and Robert Sacre each scored 13 of their own.
While leading by 18 points early in the second half, victory seemed imminent for the Bulldogs. But Florida State staged a late rally capped off by a Deividas Dulkys three-pointer with just over two minutes left to cut the Gonzaga lead to five. However, the Zags held firm and knocked down 8 of their final 10 free throws to seal the deal.
Now, we're left with the same question we ask ourselves every year: how far can Gonzaga go? If Arinze Onuaku can't play Sunday, can Gonzaga knock off Syracuse? There have been so many good Gonzaga teams in the past few years that underachieve in the big dance. Maybe this team, a team that lost four starters from last season to the NBA, will be the one to go deep into March.