But before dissecting the matchup between these two teams, there’s one really important question to consider: Where even is Gonzaga University?
Where is Gonzaga?
Google Trends data reveals that searches regarding the university’s location are at an all-time high right now. And from the way things appear, it’s safe to assume March Madness sparks an interest in Gonzaga’s location on a yearly basis.
The answer: Spokane, Wash, a city of 210,000 that’s a few hours east of Seattle, near the Rocky Mountain’s foothills and the Idaho border, about an hour or so south of Canada.
Other useful information
- It’s pronounced Gon-ZAG-a, not Gon-ZAH-ga.
- If you want to sound cool, “Zags” is a popular abbreviation for the school, though it doesn’t seem to have any meaning aside from serving as an abbreviation.
- Adam Morrison might be the best-known former Gonzaga basketball player, but Hall of Fame member John Stockton also attended the university.
- Gonzaga ended its football program in the fall of 1941, but the school boasts two members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame: Tony Canadeo of the Green Bay Packers, and Ray Flaherty, who played and coached at the professional level.
- In addition to Morrison and Stockton, famous alumni of Gonzaga’s basketball program include Austin Daye, Dan Dickau, Kelly Olynyk, Domantas Sabonis, Robert Sacre, Ronny Turiaf, and Kyle Wiltjer
- Other notable Gonzaga alumni include Bing Crosby, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Marco Gonzales, former MLB player Jason Bay, and Colorado Rockies bench coach Mike Redmond.