WSU, Zags Prepare for NCAA Tourney
Wash. - It really is March Madness for Washington State fans, who haven't seen their team in the NCAA Tourney since 1994. As a three seed, they feel they have a shot take a make a run to the Final Four in Atlanta. "The team feels excited but focused," said junior forward Robbie Cowgill. "We're ready to further this thing and keep going. It's beyond what I could have imagined."
Monday the Cougs got their last work out in at Beasley Coliseum. Tuesday they hop a plane for Sacramento. Their first round game with Oral Roberts is set for 11:40 Thursday . If they win, they'll then face the Vanderbilt/George Washington winner. The Cougs had a magical, 25-7 season, and maybe that magic can last a little longer. "It's unbelievable at times, just being part of NCAA," said junior guard Kyle Weaver. "Being able to travel and play a team at the tournament is great."
Gonzaga is used to going to the Dance. This is the ninth straight year for the Zags. The West Coast Conference champions are the ten seed in the West region, also playing in Sacramento. If they can beat Indiana Thursday, they will probably have to face mighty UCLA in Round Two. The Zags have won four of the six games since losing Josh Heytvelt to suspension. Star guard Derek Raivio says bring on the Hoosiers.
"Think it's a good matchup and a winnable game. It should be a hard-fought battle."