8:40 PM ET, March 23, 2013
EnergySolutions Arena, Salt Lake City, Utah
SALT LAKE CITY -- Gonzaga's gone.Cleanthony Early and Ron Baker scored 16 points apiece and Wichita State hit five straight 3-pointers late to knock the top-ranked and No. 1-seeded Bulldogs out of the NCAA tournament 76-70 on Saturday.The Shockers (28-8) advanced to the Round of 16 for the first time since 2006, while Gonzaga became the first top seed to be eliminated, giving all the Zags doubters an I-told-you-so moment.
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• Reax: Wichita State 76, Gonzaga 70
Gonzaga became just the fifth Associated Press No. 1 team to lose in the Round of 32 since 1985. No AP No. 1 team has lost in the Round of 64.
AP No. 1 Teams To Lose in Round of 32
|1994||North Carolina||Boston College|
|--The Associated Press|
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Was Gonzaga seeded too high in the NCAA tournament? Which remaining No. 1 seed should be the title favorite now?
Around Champ Week
MVP: Ron Baker was on fire for the Shockers. He finished with 16 points, six rebounds, four assists and a steal. He went 4-for-6 from the 3-point line.
X factor: Gary Bell suffered a foot injury that limited his minutes in the second half. Bell is a significant defender for the Zags, who could've used his skills after halftime.
That was confirmation: The field is wide open. If a Shockers squad that lost six Missouri Valley Conference games can upset a No. 1 seed, then every team is vulnerable.
Team Stat Comparison
|FG Made-Attempted||25-50 (.500)||21-59 (.356)|
|3P Made-Attempted||14-28 (.500)||8-23 (.348)|
|FT Made-Attempted||12-18 (.667)||20-29 (.690)|
|Fouls (Tech/Flagrant)||22 (0/0)||17 (0/0)|
|» Mar 23, 2013||WICH 76, @GONZ 70||Recap|
Gonzaga's defense limited Southern to 16.7 percent (1-6) shooting in the final five minutes of its second round win Thursday. The Bulldogs were unable to close out Saturday's game, allowing 19 Wichita State points in the final five minutes.[+]
Wichita State trailed Gonzaga 58-51 before Tekele Cotton made a 3-point field goal with 6:05 remaining in the game Saturday. The Shockers closed the game on a 25-12 run to pull the upset, and were 6-for-6 outside the paint. Gonzaga was 4-for-12 over the final 6:05, including 2-for-8 outside the paint.[+]
Wichita State will be the 5th 9 Seed to play in the Sweet 16 since the field expanded to 64 teams in 1985.[+]
9 Seeds in Sweet 16 - Since 1985
Wichita State is the 2nd Missouri Valley team to defeat a No. 1 seed. The other was Northern Iowa over Kansas in 2010.
Gonzaga is the 5th AP No. 1 team to lose in the Round of 32 since 1985. No AP No. 1 team has lost in the Round of 64.[+]
AP No. 1 Teams To Lose in Round of 32 - Since 1985
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