NCAA Tournament - (9) Oklahoma State Cowboys vs. (8) Gonzaga Bulldogs
The selection committee is once again having a bit of fun by pairing two teams in the first game who feel like they squandered opportunities in the tournament last year. Oklahoma State was a pre-season darling, and expected to challenge Kansas in the Big 12, but they had a bad stretch, that seems to be behind them. Gonzaga is rebuilding a bit after losing some great players, but built a good season, and still won the West Coast regular season and tournament titles. They haven't beat a tournament team yet though, and drawing the Cowboys in the first game is likely the toughest game for any of the 8-seeds.
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