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Gonzaga to play Northwestern Saturday at 2:15 PDT

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By Gonzaga Athletics
#1 Gonzaga (33-1) vs. #8 Northwestern (24-11)
TELEVISION: CBS (Andrew Catalon, Steve Lappas and Jamie Erdahl)
RADIO: Gonzaga IMG Radio Network (Tom Hudson and Matt Santangelo)
LIVE STATS: GoZags.com
- This is the first all-time meeting between Gonzaga and Northwestern.
- Since joining the NCAA in 1958-59, the Zags are 11-19 all-time versus current Big Ten members, with last meeting against a Big Ten opponent coming in the second round of the 2015 NCAA Tournament, an 87-68 victory over Iowa in Seattle on March 22.
- The Bulldogs are 3-5 all-time in the NCAA Tournament versus current Big Ten members.
- In their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance, the Wildcats edged Vanderbilt, 68-66, in the first round Thursday.
- Bryant McIntosh made 10 of his 16 shots from the field and scored a game-high 25 points for Northwestern.
- The Wildcats’ Dererk Pardon recorded a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
- Northwestern made 56 percent from the field in the first half and finished at 49 percent.
- McIntosh leads the Wildcats averaging 14.7 points per game, and a Big Ten best, 5.2 assists per game.
- Scottie Lindsey adds 14.2 points per outing, and Vic Law is scoring 12.1 points per game.
- Pardon averages a team-high 8.8 rebounds per game, and is shooting 60.7 percent from the field.
- As a team, Northwestern is 13th in the country with a 1.45 assist-to-turnover ratio. NU turns the ball over only 10.5 times per game, which is 16th in the nation.
- The Wildcats are holding opponents to 40.3 percent from the field, which ranks 22nd in the country. They were second in the Big Ten allowing 65.1 points per game.
- Gonzaga is making its 19th consecutive NCAA Tournament Appearance and 20th overall.
- The 19 straight berths to the field is the fourth-longest current streak in the nation (Kansas, Duke, Michigan State).
- Gonzaga is 25-19 all-time in 20 NCAA Tournament appearances with seven trips to the Sweet 16 and two trips to the Elite Eight.
- GU is 22-17 in the NCAA Tournament under Mark Few with a berth in all 18 seasons of Few’s head coaching career.
- Gonzaga is the only team to win its opening-round NCAA Tournament game each of the last nine seasons. Kansas, which plays Friday night, has won eight straight openers.
- The Zags are 7-8 all-time in the round-of-32, winning in the second round the last two seasons by an average of 21 points.
- Gonzaga is 16-13 all-time as a single-digit seed, with an 11-2 record in its first round game as a single-digit seed, and 6-7 in the round-of-32.
- Last season, [11] Gonzaga defeated [6] Seton Hall and [3] Utah in Denver, Colo., to advance to the Sweet 16 where it fell to [10] Syracuse.
- Mark Few has won 499 games as a head coach, just one away from 500 victories.
- He would be the third fastest coach to reach 500 wins in a career, behind only Adolph Rupp and Jerry Tarkanian.
- Few boasts a 499-112 record as head coach at Gonzaga. He passed John Wooden (.803) for fourth on the NCAA’s all-time winning percentage at .817.
- Gonzaga is also one victory shy of reaching the 1,600-win plateau in program history.
- The Zags boast a 1,599-1,088 all-time record, a .595 winning percentage.
- GU won its 33rd game of the season Thursday, the second-most wins in a season in program history.
- In Thursday’s first round win over South Dakota State, Johnathan Williams’ 14 rebounds were the second-most by a Zag in the NCAA Tournament, behind Casey Calvary’s 15 against Virginia in 2001.
- Zach Collins blocked three shots versus the Jackrabbits, also the second-most by a GU player in the NCAA Tournament.
- Przemek Karnowski moved to second in program history with 10 blocks in NCAA Tournament play in his career.
- Gonzaga receives a one-seed for the second time in program history. The 2012-13 Zags defeated [16] Southern as the top-seed in the West, before falling to [9] Wichita State. Both of those games were played in Salt Lake City.
- Gonzaga has played more NCAA Tournament games in Salt Lake City than any other site, winning five of the eight games played there.
- GU has never played an NCAA Tournament game in San Jose, Calif., site of the West Regional semifinals and finals.
- Since March 6, 2010, Gonzaga is 108-30 in road or neutral games. The Zags’ 78.3-win percentage on the road or neutral games tops the nation over that span.
- The Bulldogs were the only team in the country that went perfect on the road this season at 9-0.
- Gonzaga last went unbeaten on the road in the 2003-04 season when it went 10-0.
- The Zags have won 18 consecutive games away from the McCarthey Athletic Center.
- GU has won 11 straight true road games, which is the longest streak in the nation.
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