SPOKANE, Wash. — The Gonzaga Bulldogs received a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, meaning they will face a No. 16 seed in their first round match up.
Many times, these lower seeds can be small schools that don't receive a lot of airtime on the national stage. This case remains true for Gonzaga's potential opponents — Fairleigh Dickinson and Prairie View A&M.
The two possible opponents will play on Tuesday at 3:40 p.m. on truTV for the spot against the Zags.
The first round game that will see Gonzaga play the winner of the play-in game will air on truTV at 4:27 p.m. on Thursday.
Fairleigh Dickinson Knights
Fairleigh Dickinson University is a private university split between two campuses in New Jersey. Their main campus is in Teaneck, NJ. Over 8,500 students call the university home.
The Knights went 20-13 this season and won the Northeast Conference Tournament to receive an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
FDU's leading scorer is senior guard Darnell Edge, who averaged 16.4 point a game this season. His highest scoring performance came against the Bryant University Bulldogs, which saw him put up 32 points.
Edge's backcourt partner, guard Jahlil Jenkins, was second on the team in scoring with 13.5 points a game.
According to ESPN, the Knights have made five previous tournament appearance, losing each time.
Prairie View A&M Panthers
Prairie View A&M University is a public school located in Prairie View, Texas. An HBCU, over 9,000 students call the school home.
The Panthers went 22-12 this season, beating Texas Southern in the Southwestern Athletic Conference title game.
PVAM's leading scorer is Gary Blackston, a senior guard who averaged 15.2 points a game. His highest point total came against Santa Clara in their season opener when he scored 30.
The second leading scorer for the Panthers is Devonte Patterson, a junior forward who put up 13.4 per game. His best performance came against Alcorn, when he put up 32 points.
According to ESPN, this will mark the Panthers second appearance in the NCAA tournament. The only other appearance came in 1998, when they lost in the first round to Kansas.