Gonzaga draws 11-seed, will face St. John's in NCAA Tournament


by KREM 2 Sports


Posted on March 13, 2011 at 3:39 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 14 at 5:40 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- The Gonzaga men's basketball team will play St. John's in Denver on Thursday, March 17 at 6:45 p.m pacific time in their first game of the NCAA Tournament.

WCC Tournament champ Gonzaga (24-9) will take on the Red Storm (21-11) in the Southeast Regional at 6:45pm.

During the CBS Sports Selection Show on Sunday afternoon Gonzaga was the very last of the 68 teams called.

Gonzaga upset St. John's 82-76 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2000 when St. John's was a two seed.

This year St. John's went 12-6 and tied for third in the brutal Big East Conference.  They have an RPI of 27.

The Red Storm are ranked 17th in the Associated Press poll and are returning to the NCAA Tournament after a nine-year hiatus.  They have won 10 of their last 13 games.

The Red Storm are coached by former UCLA head coach and TV analyst Steve Lavin.

The Red Storm's best player is New York City playground legend and the 2011 Big East Most Improved Player, 6'2" senior guard Dwight Hardy.  Hardy started all 32 games and scored 18 ppg while hitting 84-percent of his free throws.

Red Storm 6'7" senior forward Justin Brownlee averages 12.6 ppg and shoots 49.5-percent from the field.

Justin Burrell was the 2011 Big East Sixth Man of the Year for St. John's.  The 6'8" senior forward came off the bench to average 6.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

Overall St. John's is 27-28 in the NCAA Tournament from 1951-2000.

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