A high seed. An unheralded opponent. A nearby venue likely packed with Gonzaga fans. These have been ingredients for some past NCAA disappointments for Gonzaga. As the Zags prepare to play the Akron Zips on Thursday in Portland, Ore. - in a showdown of high-value Scrabble letters - their goal will be to avoid a third consecutive first round exit from the tournament.
Gonzaga's ticket allotment to the Portland round sold out immediately, although a large contingent of fans are likely to make the 350-mile trip to try and buy tickets there.
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