NCAA Places Zags In March Madness Tournament Ahead Of Season

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NCAA officials placed the Zags in the March Madness tournament on Thursday

INDIANAPOLIS, IN– Quoting the tremendous amount of stress that goes into the selection process for the highly anticipated March Madness basketball tournament, NCAA officials have decided to expedite the process by placing the Gonzaga men’s basketball team at a 2 seed in the Southern region ahead of the Zags’ regular schedule.

“Look, the Zags have made it to The Dance for the past 17 years,” NCAA spokesman Harold Granger told reporters Thursday. “They’re gonna be strong again this year. They’re gonna make it like they always do. Why should we bother waiting until March?”

Gonzaga’s players were thrilled upon hearing the news.

“I was playing (NBA) 2K when I saw the news. Go Zags. #HoustonBound,” Senior Kyle Wiltjer said in a post on Twitter.

“I expected this much,” Center Przemeck Karnowski told reporters. “Some of (the NCAA officials) came to watch a practice and they seemed pleased.”

Although Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr. graduated last May, the NCAA remains optimistic about the upcoming season for the Zags.

“Sure, they lost Pangos and Bell. But they still have Wiltjer, Przemeck, Sabonis, Dranginis, McClellan, and a bunch of other stars,” Granger said of the Zags. “And let’s be honest, the rest of the WCC doesn’t even come close to Few’s Zags. Is St. Mary’s even a threat anymore? Those games barely count.”

At press time, head coach Mark Few said that the team is already in a “champion mindset” and is confident to take on whichever team they will be facing March 17th, 2016.