Przemek Karnowski expressed excitement on Sunday after finding out the Zags would take on NDSU in his hometown of Toruń, Poland
MCCARTHY ATHLETIC CENTER, SPOKANE, WA– Following the announcement of Gonzaga’s opponent and location for the first round of March Madness, GU’s beloved center Przemek Karnowski told reporters that he is “beyond excited” to not only play North Dakota State University on Friday, but to play the game in his hometown of Toruń, Poland.
The matchup was originally planned to be held in Seattle, but due to a scheduling conflict by NCAA officials, Seattle’s Key Arena will be in use all weekend for a Barry Manilow concert. This forced tournament organizers to move the Gonzaga/NDSU and Iowa/Davidson matchups to the nearest available stadium: the MotoArena Toruń in one of Poland’s oldest cities.
“I am very happy and excited to play the first round in the town where I am from,” A smiling Karnowski told reporters following the announcement. “I cannot wait to be back home.”
NDSU officials, however, are not quite as pleased with the location of the first game.
“They’re going to outnumber our fans without a doubt,” NDSU coach Tony Davidson told reporters. “Not only does that giant have family and friends that would come watch, but Zags fans are crazy enough to book flights to Poland for a game in a week. Karnowski’s also going to be too comfortable playing in a court he’s used to playing in. It’ll be like a home game for them.”
Gonzaga sent an email to students telling them how to purchase tickets for the event, which should be through a link that will be emailed to 40 random students a day, although only half of those links will actually work.
Karnowski wasn’t the only Zag excited by their bracket placement. Freshman Domantas Sabonis told reporters that he’s looking forward to making it to the Final Four, which has been moved from Indianapolis to Sabonis’ hometown of Kaunas, Lithuania after NCAA officials discovered that the tournament interfered with a demolition derby scheduled in Lucas Oil Stadium on the same day.