(11)Xavier vs (1)Gonzaga -8
Whoever wins this game will be making their first appearance in a Final Four in the school’s history. Xavier, the highest seed remaining in the field, is looking to continue their impressive run by knocking off yet another championship favorite. However, this may be their toughest challenge yet. Gonzaga has a great mix of length on the inside and great guard play out on the perimeter. They can play the slow physical game executing their half-court offense or they can adjust to a fast paced game getting out in transition. This also might be the best defensive team that coach Mark Few has had at Gonzaga. The Bulldogs held West Virginia to 26.7% shooting and controlled the boards throughout the game. Trevon Bluiett for Xavier is lighting up the tournament and is a handful to contain, but if Gonzaga can lock down defensively on him, they should be able to dictate how they want to play the game. I believe Gonzaga just has too much size in the front-court and their defense should allow them to advance to make their first Final Four appearance in program history.
The Pick: Gonzaga -8