In a fortunate scheduling combination, the Gonzaga Bulldogs could play as many as four NCAA Tournament games in Spokane, with the first two coming on their home court. The 12th-seeded Zags face No. 5 Iowa State in the Kennel on Saturday, and they would play the winner of Montana and Georgia in the same location on Monday.
Gonzaga is in the Spokane region, meaning the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight will be played at the Spokane Arena in their bracket. The Bulldogs took advantage of the same arrangement to come within one game of the Final Four in 2011. That year, Gonzaga made history by becoming the lowest seed to advance to the Elite Eight at No. 11, and the Zags have a chance to do one better this season.
Just down the road in Moscow, Idaho, the Vandals are celebrating their own trip to the NCAA tournament. The situation isn't quite as favorable for Idaho, as it will travel to Storrs, Conn., to face the UConn Huskies on their home court Saturday. The Vandals made a surprise run to the WAC Tournament title, taking down the top two seeds to earn an automatic berth.
A complete NCAA Women's Tournament bracket can be found here. The schedule for Spokane's games and Idaho's pod is below (all games televised on ESPN2, times Pacific):
Saturday, March 24
No. 9 Saint Joseph's vs. No. 8 Vanderbilt, 8:05 a.m.
No. 16 Idaho vs. No. 1 Connecticut, 10:30 a.m.
No. 12 Gonzaga vs. No. 5 Iowa State, 1:15 p.m.
No. 13 Montana vs. No. 4 Georgia, 3:30 p.m.