4:45 PM ET, March 21, 2013
EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
SALT LAKE CITY -- It was every front-runner's nightmare.Top-seeded Gonzaga ran into a No. 16 seed that wasn't playing like one, a crowd itching for an upset and the very real prospect of making history in a most embarrassing way.Somehow, the Zags maneuvered their way out of that mess Thursday with a 64-58 win over Southern University, but not before they provided plenty of fodder for all those who wondered whether that small school from the small conference really belonged at the top of the West Region bracket."The more I watched film on them, the more I thought, 'This could be a real grinder,'" coach Mark Few said of the Jaguars, champions of the Southwestern Athletic Conference. "They don't give you many easy opportunities. They're very patient on offense."
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MVP: Kelly Olynyk led Gonzaga with 21 points and 10 rebounds but it was Kevin Pangos who allowed the Zags to exhale. Pangos scored 16 points and it was his 3-pointer with just under two minutes remaining that provided a four-point cushion. He also hit two free throws at the end to seal the win.
X factor: Southern hit 10 of 23 3-pointers to keep it in the game.
That was too close for comfort: Gonzaga's stint as a No. 1 seed almost ended in ignominious fashion but the Bulldogs made enough shots to advance to the next round, where they'll face No. 9 seed Wichita State. The Jaguars, meanwhile, did themselves and the SWAC proud with laudable effort.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||18-46 (.391)||23-55 (.418)|
|3P Made-Attempted||10-23 (.435)||8-20 (.400)|
|FT Made-Attempted||12-18 (.667)||10-15 (.667)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||12 (0/0)||16 (0/0)|
|» Mar 21, 2013||@GONZ 64, SOU 58||Recap|
Gonzaga's 6-point win over Southern is tied for the 6th-closest margin of victory in a 1 vs 16 game since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.[+]
Closest Margin of Victory in 1-vs-16 Games - Since 1985
Southern's 6-point loss is the closest ever by a 16-seed SWAC school. The only other 16-seed SWAC school to come within single digits of a 1-seed was Mississippi Valley State, which lose by 7 points to Duke in 1986.
Southern's 6-point loss is the closest by a 16-seed against a 1-seed since 1996, when Western Carolina lost by 2 against Purdue. Southern is only the 5th 16-seed in the last 20 years to come within single digits of a 1-seed.[+]
Smallest Margin of Victory - By 1-Seed Against 16-Seed Last 20 Years
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