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Seattle: Ballin’ out

Basketball

The GIST: While March Madness has delivered many heartbreaking upsets, we’re banking on that not being the case for the Gonzaga men and women. Bring home the W’s.

March 22, 2021
Source: USA Today Sports Images
Source: USA Today Sports Images

MBB: As expected, the top-seeded Gonzaga men steamrolled 16-seed Norfolk State 98–55 in the first round on Saturday. What wasn’t expected? Anton Watson, not Gonzaga’s three All-Americans, stealing the show. Watson scored 17 points and was 7-for-7 from the field. Sheesh.

  • Catch Gonzaga’s second round matchup against 8-seed Oklahoma today at 2:40 p.m. ET/11:40 a.m. PT. We’ll be cheering for Jalen Suggs, who called the inequitable treatment of the women’s teams compared to the men’s “unacceptable.” Respect.
  • Gonzaga is the only men’s team left representing our great state. Despite leading at halftime due to the Groves bros’ best efforts, 14-seed Eastern Washington fell 93–84 to 3-seed Kansas. 

WBB: Ninth-seeded Washington State made their first trip to the Big Dance in 30 years, but lost a tight first round game against 8-seed South Florida last night. Still, what a magical season for the Cougs, who earned their first Top 25 national ranking ever. Heads held high.

Hopefully Jill Townsend and 5-seed Gonzaga can notch a win for the Evergreen State against 12-seed Belmont today at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT. LFG.