Gonzaga Fans Cheer On Their #2 Team - NBC Right Now/KNDO/KNDU Tri-Cities, Yakima, WA |

Gonzaga Fans Cheer On Their #2 Team

Posted: Updated:

SPOKANE, Wash – Gonzaga Fever is hitting another high, as the men's basketball team moved up to #2 in the AP top 25 writer's poll – the highest ever rankings for the Bulldogs.

On campus in the heart of Spokane, students told KHQ they're not just celebrating the #2 ranking in town, they're following the team to Las Vegas for the WCC Tournament.

"It's exciting," said Nancy Carl.  "I'm a senior so we've been waiting for this for a really long time, and the fact that we're so high is exciting. You just walk around campus and everyone starts screaming Zags!"

She said she's only missed one game this year, and the spirit surrounding the team is one of the reasons she chose to attend Gonzaga.

Junior Mitchell Beck agrees.

"I'm looking for a tournament victory," he told KHQ.  "I'm going undefeated in conference play, get the automatic bid, potential 1seed for March Madness, it's going to be crazy."

He said he hasn't missed a game all year, and both Carl and Beck are among the load of students who are making the trip to Vegas, hoping to see the Bulldogs clinch more victories.

With the new ranking also comes a spike in sales of GU gear, as fans get ready to hit the road.

"As you get into late February and early March it gets pretty exciting around here with people looking for Gonzaga gear - but it's always more so when they're up there in the top 5," said Keith Wigen, a sales clerk at Sport Town in downtown Spokane.

So the message from the fans:

"Let's go Zags!  Let's go #1, Indiana you're going to lose," Beck cheered.

Sport Town is also counting on future wins – the WCC Tournament Champions shirts for Gonzaga have already been ordered.

  • Top Stories from KHQTop StoriesMore>>

  • Boil-water advisories issued in several eastern Washington areas after storms

    Boil-water advisories issued in several eastern Washington areas after storms

    Friday, July 25 2014 5:45 AM EDT2014-07-25 09:45:06 GMT
    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - The Washington State Department of Health believes some local water systems are at risk after severe storms moved through the area on Wednesday and they have issued some boil-water advisories. More >>
    SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - The Washington State Department of Health believes some local water systems are at risk after severe storms moved through the area on Wednesday and they have issued some boil-water advisories. In Spokane and Pend Oreille counties, several water systems are under boil-water advisories:·More >>
  • Progress being made on power outages

    Progress being made on power outages

    Friday, July 25 2014 4:12 AM EDT2014-07-25 08:12:58 GMT
    SPOKANE, Wash. - As of 9:30pm Thursday, there were still more than 20,000 customers without power in the Inland Northwest.More >>
    SPOKANE, Wash. - As of 9:30pm Thursday, there were still more than 20,000 customers without power in the Inland Northwest. In a press release sent out Thursday night, Avista said they have 68% of the nearly 40,000 customers who lost power during Wednesday's severe thunderstorm have power again. There were still more than 12,000 customers without power, however. Avista said rein...More >>
  • Post Falls Police: missing 11-year-old boy found

    Post Falls Police: missing 11-year-old boy found

    Friday, July 25 2014 4:11 AM EDT2014-07-25 08:11:28 GMT
    POST FALLS, Idaho - The Post Falls Police Department is asking for your help locating an endangered 11-year-old boy.More >>
    POST FALLS, Idaho - Post Falls Police say 11-year-old Jeremy Yaken was found early Friday morning,  and he is safe.More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KHQ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.