GU opens NCAA Tournament today against West Virginia

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 15, 2012 at 7:00 AM

Updated Thursday, Mar 15 at 7:42 AM

PITTSBURGH—The Gonzaga men’s basketball team takes on West Virginia today in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.

Tip-off between the Bulldogs and Mountaineers is scheduled for 4:20 PT in Pittsburgh at the CONSOL Energy Center, home of the NHL's Pittsburgh Penguins. You can watch the game live on TNT.

Gonzaga heads into the tournament as the 7-seed, while West Virginia is the 10-seed. Despite the higher seed, the Bulldogs are favored to only win by a point.

It's going to be a clash of styles. Gonzaga plays a West Coast finesse style of basketball.  Meanwhile, West Virginia takes the Big East approach; physical and hard-nosed.

The Mountaineers come into the tournament with a 19-13 overall record, but they lost eight of their last 12 games. Gonzaga is 26-5 overall, coming off a loss in the West Coast Conference Tournament championship.

West Virginia University is located only 75 miles from the Pittsburgh, so it will be a home game type atmosphere for the Mountaineers.  Gonzaga players say they aren’t too concerned with the home-court advantage. They say as long as they stick together on the court, they will be fine.

Stay tuned to KREM 2 News after the game at 10pm and 11pm for full coverage of Gonzaga's showdown against West Virginia.

Don't forget to also follow KREM 2 Sports Director Tim Lewis on Twitter @TLKREM2 for live updates and analysis during the game!

 

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