March Madness is finally here, and with it comes the agony and frustration of filling out brackets and watching your teams go down early.
The seven and 10 seed matchups are always unpredictable, and here's a preview of (7) Gonzaga against (10) West Virginia.
Gonzaga (25-10, 11-3 WCC) and 12th-year head coach, Mark Few, are making their 14th straight appearance in the big dance, and 15th in school history.
Coming off a tough overtime loss to St. Mary's in the WCC Championship Game, Gonzaga will look to rebound against a well-coached West Virginia squad.
West Virginia (19-13, 9-9 Big East) will head into the NCAA Tournament backed by fifth-year head coach Bob Huggins. The Mountaineers are making their fifth straight trip to the tourney, and will look to head back to the Final Four as they did in 2010.
Where: Consol Energy Center, Pittsburgh, PA.
When: Thursday, March 14 at 7:20 pm, EST.
Spread: Gonzaga by 1 according to Vegasinsider.com
Key Injuries: WVU freshman post Kevin Noreen suffered a broken ankle against Pitt January 30th and was ruled out for the season.
WVU freshman center Pat Forsythe has been out since December 3rd and will likely receive a medical redshirt.
No injuries listed for Gonzaga.
All injury information courtesy of USA TODAY
Key matchups: West Virginia seniors Kevin Jones and Darryl Bryant will need to come up huge if the Mountaineers have a shot in this one.
The duo contribute most of the team's offense every game and, if they are stopped, so is West Virginia.
Gonzaga has a balanced scoring attack and features three players who shot the three ball at 40 percent or better this season.
Prediction: Gonzaga 72, West Virginia 65.
The Bulldogs have won nine of their last 12 games, and always seem to play well in March. They simply have too many scoring options and can be deadly from distance.
While West Virginia also has fared well in NCAA Tournament play, they lack the depth and versatility needed to make a run this year.
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