Zags Women, Men Dancin' in NCAA Tournament
Men a No. 1 Seed, Women a No. 5 Seed
The top seed in the West, the (30-3) men take on Fairleigh Dickinson (21-13) of the Northeast Conference on Thursday in the first round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the Vivint Smart Home Arena at 4:27 p.m. PDT (truTV).
The No. 5 seed women (28-4) battle No. 12 seed University of Arkansas-Little Rock (21-10) at 12:30 p.m. (PDT) Saturday in the Albany Region at the Gill Coliseum in Corvallis, Oregon (TV: ESPN2). The winner of the men’s contest will face the winner of the No. 8-seed Syracuse vs. No. 9 Baylor game on Saturday. The women's game winner plays the winner of the No. 4 Oregon State-No. 13 Boise State game on Monday, March 25.
WomenLed by fifth-year Coach Lisa Fortier, Gonzaga returns to the NCAA Tournament for its third-straight season. Before securing the No. 5 seed on Monday, the Bulldogs’ highest previous seed was a No. 6 (2014) when they faced No. 11 James Madison in the a first-round game in College Station, Texas and lost to finish the season 29-5.
In 10 previous NCAA Tournament appearances, Gonzaga has advanced to the Elite Eight once (2011) and to the Sweet 16 four times (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2015). This marks the second time in program history that the Zags have played the first and second rounds in Corvallis, Oregon. GU had previously traveled to Corvallis for the first and second rounds in 2015. That year, the Bulldogs, an 11 seed, upset No. 6 George Washington in the first round, followed by an upset win over host Oregon State to advance to the Sweet 16 in which they fell to No. 2 Tennessee in overtime.