Campus Coverage: Arizona Wildcats ready to take on Gonzaga Bulldogs

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By: Jacob Cavanah

SAN DIEGO – The No. 8 Gonzaga Bulldogs stand between another Arizona Wildcat Sweet 16 appearance. Head coach Mark Few's team is in the tournament for the 16th consecutive season.

Gonzaga beat Marcus Smart and the No. 9 Oklahoma State Cowboys 85-77 Friday. Guard Kevin Pangos led the Bulldogs with 26 points along with six rebounds and three assists.

Head coach Sean Miller's Wildcats are aware Gonzaga is a legitimate threat to advancing.
After the first round victory guard Nick Johnson said, "We're not the No .1 defensive team in the country because we let teams back in the game. We're trying to do what we do. We just have to play and do what we are, and everything will take care of itself."

Gonzaga recognizes Arizona's a huge threat, despite its Friday's late game struggles.

"It's impressive with their front line and Nick Johnson has had an amazing year," Few said postgame. "They're a No. 1 seed for a reason."

The two teams played in the second round of the 2002-03 tournament in a similar situation that ended in an Arizona double-overtime victory. Arizona was a No. 1 seed and Gonzaga was No. 9.

This anticipated second round matchup is Sunday at 6:40 PT.

Campus Coverage: Arizona Wildcats ready to take on Gonzaga Bulldogs
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 15: Kaleb Tarczewski #35 of the Arizona Wildcats looks to pass against the UCLA Bruins during the championship game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 15, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. UCLA won 75-71. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 15: Arizona Wildcats cheerleaders perform during the championship game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament against the UCLA Bruins at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 15, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. UCLA won 75-71. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 15: Gabe York #1 of the Arizona Wildcats reacts as teammates Jordin Mayes #20 and Elliott Pitts #24 look on during a timeout in the championship game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament against the UCLA Bruins at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 15, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. UCLA won 75-71. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 15: Nick Johnson #13 of the Arizona Wildcats looks to pass against the UCLA Bruins during the championship game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 15, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. UCLA won 75-71. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 21: Joel Bolomboy #21 of the Weber State Wildcats goes for the ball against Rondae Hollis-Jefferson #23 and Kaleb Tarczewski #35 of the Arizona Wildcats during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Viejas Arena on March 21, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 21: Davion Berry #15 of the Weber State Wildcats gets tangled with Kaleb Tarczewski #35 of the Arizona Wildcats during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Viejas Arena on March 21, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 21: Kyle Tresnak #44 of the Weber State Wildcats shoots over Kaleb Tarczewski #35 of the Arizona Wildcats during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Viejas Arena on March 21, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 15: Kaleb Tarczewski #35 of the Arizona Wildcats catches an inbound pass as Zach LaVine #14 of the UCLA Bruins defends during the championship game of the Pac-12 Basketball Tournament at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on March 15, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. UCLA won 75-71. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 21: Jordan Richardson #5 of the Weber State Wildcats passes the ball around T.J. McConnell #4 of the Arizona Wildcats during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Viejas Arena on March 21, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - MARCH 21: Kyle Tresnak #44 of the Weber State Wildcats is covered by Kaleb Tarczewski #35 and Nick Johnson #13 of the Arizona Wildcats during the second round of the 2014 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament at Viejas Arena on March 21, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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