Tracking the Zags | Wednesday, March 14
By Peter Tormey
PITTSBURGH – It’s gorgeous today in The City of Champions with a high of 77 expected before storm clouds move in tomorrow (Thursday, March 15), when the Gonzaga University Bulldogs tipoff at 4:20 p.m. Pacific Time (7:20 p.m. EDT) in the CONSOL Energy Center against University of West Virginia in the second round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament. Playing in this tournament is a dream-come-true for Gonzaga freshman guard Kevin Pangos, who leads the Zags in scoring with 13.8 points per game. Now that he is here, Pangos aims to help ensure the Zags advance in the Dance.
The 6-foot-1 Pangos hails from Newmarket, Ontario, and has been instrumental in the Zags’ success this season. He was the WCC Newcomer of the Year, first-team All-WCC, made the league’s All-Freshman Team (along with teammate Gary Bell, Jr., from Seattle), and the All-WCC Tournament Team.
Click the video below to watch an interview with Pangos in which he offers some initial reaction to Thursday’s contest and talks about playing in his first NCAA Tournament game. The No. 7-seed Bulldogs, from the WCC, bring an overall record of 25-6 into the Tournament while the No. 10 seed Mountaineers from the Big East Conference are 19-13 overall.
On Selection Sunday (March 11), Gonzaga received its 14th consecutive NCAA Tournament berth (15th in school history), ranking fourth behind the active streaks of only Kansas, Duke and Michigan State. This marks the Mountaineers’ fifth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance under Coach Bob Huggins, their seventh in the past eight years, and their 25th overall. The Bulldogs have won at least one game in each of their last three NCAA Tournament appearances, and in 2006 advanced to the Sweet 16 for the fifth time. The deepest Gonzaga has advanced in the Dance was to the Elite Eight in 1999, when the Zags’ current streak of NCAA appearances began.
The Bulldogs will have a light practice at the CONSOL Energy Center today from 4:25-5:05 p.m. (EDT), following a news conference. Today’s practice is open to the public.