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Sam Adams Live in San Diego Pt. 2

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Some have said Gonzaga has under performed in recent NCAA Tournaments. But consider this as the Bulldogs prepare for their opening round matchup against Oklahoma State: The Zags haven’t gone one-and-done recently, at least since 2008 when Steph Curry and Davidson ambushed Gonzaga in the second round in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Since then the Zags have reeled off opening round wins five-straight years. Akron in 2009, Florida State in 2010, St. John’s in 2011, West Virginia in 2012 and Southern last year. You could say it’s the luck of the draw, or perhaps, credit a coaching staff which has a knack for attention to detail under Mark Few.

Few told me earlier today, “the hay’s in the barn.”

In other words, the work is done and now it’s time to play the game.

As Gonzaga is in San Diego, Calif. ready to play in its 16th-straight NCAA Tournament. The one thing standing in the Zags way of making it to next round is Marcus Smart, perhaps the top player in college basketball.

As a freshman last season Smart was a for sure top-five pick, maybe even the No. 1 overall selection, in the NBA Draft. But he decided to stay another year at OSU.

If anyone knows what Smart is capable of it’s Few. The Gonzaga head coach was an assistant for the USA’s Under-19 National Team. In that brief time he crossed paths with the Cowboys future NBA Lottery Pick.

Even with such familiarity, the consensus from Gonzaga is that will take a total-team effort to guard Smart and have a chance against possibly the most dangerous No. 9 seed in the entire Tournament.

The Zags will tip off with Oklahoma State at 1:40 p.m. tomorrow. Tune into SWX Tonight for more on Gonzaga as they make the Drive for the Title!

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