The Gonzaga Bulldogs locked up a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history and finished the season atop the AP poll. Yet despite all their success, they haven't been to the Elite Eight since that magical run in 1999 that put them on the map. Will they be able to get over the hump this year? Most people think so.
SB Nation's Chris Dobbertean released his final bracket predictions, and he has the Zags making it to the Final Four, losing to eventual champion Louisville. Dobbertean also has Indiana and Florida in his national semifinals.
Over at CBS Sports, seven out of their 13 experts have Gonzaga in the Final Four, with Matt Norlander and Wally Szczerbiak picking them to win the championship. Here's Norlander's reasoning on why he thinks the Zags will cut down the nets:
Why Gonzaga? Well, I initially had Louisville, but then double backed after overthinking it (like I always do) and realized that Mark Few's team really should only have one loss. That loss to Butler was just bizarre and could've/should've been a foul. The Zags went 5-0 against the Big 12 this year. They've got a First-Team All-American in Kelly Olynyk. It's the best offense Mark Few's ever had. And I think the Bulldogs have the easiest region. So after this long drought of not making the Elite Eight, I think GU is going to bust through to the regional finals and carry that all the way to Atlanta.
Not everyone has them going that far, however. President Barack Obama picked Gonzaga to fall to Wisonsin in the Sweet 16, citing his well-known Big Ten bias. He has Louisville, Indiana, Ohio State and Florida in his Final Four.