SEATTLE — Kevin Pangos had already heard the question. It was a common one during the Gonzaga Bulldogs’ media availability Saturday before Sunday’s round-of-32 NCAA tournament South Region game against Iowa.
The Zags (33-2) have big guys who can score. The Hawkeyes (21-11) have big guys who can score. And they’re one of the only teams left in this tournament that has big guys who might be able to stop Gonzaga’s big guys from scoring.
So, if the Zags are to advance to their first Sweet 16 since 2009, they must do it by defeating a team that looks more like them than most others still playing.
“Everyone’s asking that one, actually,” Pangos said with a laugh inside Gonzaga’s locker room, about 24 hours prior to Sunday’s 4:10 p.m. tipoff at KeyArena. “Yeah, there’s a lot of similarities — just how they move the ball, and they spread it around. All five guys on the floor on their team can all be effective and score.” Read more »