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by Gonzaga Athletics Media Relations

INDIANAPOLIS – Gonzaga University basketball fans have a chance to prove to the nation the Bulldogs have the most school pride and supportive fans.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association has launched the NCAA 6th Fan contest, an exciting nationwide online competition that will determine which Division I school best fits the bill in those two areas of fan involvement.

Gonzaga fans can learn all the details at http://ww.ncaa.com/6thfan, including how to win great fan prizes and how to help Gonzaga be awarded more than$100,000 in general scholarship contributions.

Bulldog fan voting is now underway at http://www.ncaa.com/6thFan by casting votes directly, or votes can be submitted through ncaa.com to Facebook and Twitter. Fans also can vote directly on Twitter by tweeting or re-tweeting the #6thFan hashtag and #GONZ, listed at http://www.ncaa.com/6thFan.

To make it out of round one in which all 345 NCAA Division I schools are competing, Gonzaga must be among the top 16 schools in the fan voting between Jan. 7-Feb. 16. If Gonzaga makes it to the Sweet 16 it will be awarded $10,000 in general scholarship funds and have the flexibility to award the dollars to a randomly selected student or to Gonzaga’s general scholarship fund.

Once in the second round with other Sweet 16 schools, Gonzaga fans can compete head-to-head with other schools in a single-elimination bracket format from Feb. 17-23. In the third round, the Elite 8 schools will be matched up head-to-head from Feb. 24-March 2. If Gonzaga can survive to the fourth round it would be among the Final Four schools to compete for fan votes from March 3-9 with the top two schools competing in the fifth round from March 10-16 for the 6th Fan National Championship.

The winning school will be announced on Selection Sunday, March 16, and be awarded $100,000 in general scholarship funds.

The contest also includes prizes for individual fans. An iPad Air will be awarded in each of the five rounds to a randomly chosen fan who votes via NCAA.com in that round. In addition, one randomly selected participant who registers and votes on NCAA.com will win an all-expense paid trip to the 2015 Men’s Final Four in North Texas April 5-7.

“The NCAA recognizes the incredible value our students and fans bring to the excitement of NCAA basketball throughout the regular season,” said Dan Gavitt, NCAA vice president of men’s basketball, “We know there are thousands of loyal fans who demonstrate their passion for college basketball on a nightly basis from November through the Final Four, and this contest provides their schools an opportunity to benefit from having the most supportive fans. This contest also gives us another chance to show our fans the madness of NCAA Basketball is not limited to March.”

Clark Kellogg, lead studio analyst for CBS Sports and former player in the National Basketball Association, will be the official spokesperson for the 6th Fan campaign, and will participate in media interviews to increase awareness of the program and drive fan voting.

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