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Five years in a row: Gonzaga’s Sweet feat

With the first weekend of the tournament now over, fewer than five percent of college basketball’s teams 353 teams are still playing. Kansas and Kansas State, both No. 4 seeds this year, aren’t. It’s hard to win two games in the NCAA Tournament, regardless of your seed number. Yet Gonzaga, with its victories in Salt Lake City over Fairleigh Dickinson and Baylor this past weekend, has done it five years in a row.

Gonzaga rewind: Brandon Clarke cleared for takeoff

Take a wild guess which Zag had the honor of putting a Gonzaga sticker on the Sweet 16 line of an oversized NCAA Tournament bracket inside the locker room. “Don’t put it on there crooked,” one teammate instructed. “Take your time big fella,” another coached. Brandon Clarke, as he did during the previous two hours with his monster effort in Gonzaga’s 83-71 win Saturday over Baylor, nailed the finish, inserting Gonzaga’s name in place and patting it a few times to make sure it wasn’t going anywhere.

Highlights: Gonzaga 83, Baylor 71

Brandon Clarke poured in 36 points and top-seeded Gonzaga held off a second-half comeback attempt from ninth-seeded Baylor for a 83-71 victory on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament at Vivint Smart Home Arena.