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PORTLAND - Gonzaga plays the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers in a second-round NCAA tournament game Saturday at Portland. Gonzaga advanced by beating Akron. The Zags trailed by three at halftime but put on a second-half run to eliminate the Zips.

Western Kentucky defeated Illinois last night in Portland. The Hilltoppers are the Sun Belt tournament champs. Tomorrow's winner goes to the South Regional Semifinals on Friday in Memphis.

Gonzaga coach Mark Few said his team has a tough challenge ahead of them, giving credit to the Hilltoppers for the aggressive style of play.

"I see a lot of challenges, first one being that they've been there and been successful in this game recently - getting themselves to the Sweet 16," explained Few in Friday's pregame news conference.  "They're really clicking on offense.  The guards are making great decisions."

It's that great guard play that has Jeremy Pargo's attention.  Pargo said keeping the guards feeling uncomfortable will be key in pulling out the win.

"Seeing those guards on film and even watching some of the game yesterday, they're really good.  They shoot the ball well, and they're pretty crafty off the ball screens.  And they pretty much make right decisions every time," said Pargo.

Few also said the players for Western Kentucky also do a great job on the offensive boards, something not overlooked by Zag star Josh Heytvelt.

"Even though they're a little bit smaller, their guys are really physical and rebound the ball really well, kind of like a Tennessee.  And we have to match those guys' intensity on the boards and play harder on defense than they do," said Heytvelt.

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