March 11, 2007
SPOKANE, Wash. - The Gonzaga University men's basketball team (23-10) was awarded the No. 10 seed in the San Jose/West Regional as the NCAA announced pairings for this year's NCAA Tournament field. Gonzaga will face No. 7 seed University of Indiana (20-10) during the first round of action on Thursday, March 15 at the ARCO Arena in Sacramento, Calif. Game time will be announced later by CBS Sports.
This marks Gonzaga's ninth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament and tenth appearance overall. The Zags earned the West Coast Conference automatic bid after defeating Santa Clara University 77-68 in the conference tournament final last week. This marks the third time Gonzaga has received a No. 10 seed. The Zags were previously awarded a 10th seed in back-to-back years of 1999 and 2000. This will be Gonzaga's first tournament appearance in Sacramento.
Indiana earned an at-large bid to the field of 65 after finishing 20-10 overall and 10-6 in the Big 10 Conference. The Hoosiers closed out its regular-season falling to the University of Illinois 58-54 in overtime in the quarterfinals of the Big 10 Conference Tournament. The Hoosiers will be making their 34th NCAA Tournament appearance. Indiana is 59-28 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. The Hoosiers have claimed five NCAA Championships, the third-most in NCAA history, and has made eight trips to the Final Four, which ranks seventh on the all-time list.
The Hoosiers and Zags will meet for the second-straight year in the NCAA Tournament, as Gonzaga defeated Indiana in the second round a season ago 90-80. The two schools have met one other time on the hardwood with the all-time series tied 1-1. The first time the GU and UI met on the court was at the Maui Invitational in 2003, with the Hoosiers prevailing 76-75.
The winner of the Gonzaga/Indiana game will play the winner of the UCLA/Weber State University game on Saturday. UCLA (26-5) is seeded No. 2 after receiving an at-large bid from the Pacific-10 Conference. Weber State (20-11) is seeded No. 15 after winning the Big Sky Conference Tournament. Should Gonzaga and UCLA both advance to the second round, the game would be a rematch of the Sweet Sixteen meeting between the two schools last season. The Bruins defeated the Bulldogs 73-71 and went on to play in the national championship game, where they fell to the University of Florida.
The University of Kansas (30-4) was awarded the No. 1 seed in the San Jose Region with the University of Pittsburgh (27-7) as the No. 3 seed, Southern Illinois University (27-6) as the No. 4 seed and Virginia Tech (21-11) rounding out the top five seeds as No. 5.
Information regarding NCAA Tournament tickets will be released later this evening.