SPOKANE, Wash. - Just north of Gonzaga University's campus, three students were tossing a football in the street Monday night. As they did, they talked about what many students will discuss until Friday, the Zags match-up against Oklahoma State.
The three guys wish, instead of playing catch, they could be planning a trip to San Diego to watch it.
"Oklahoma State has one of the best players in the nation in my opinion in Marcus Smart, so that will be a tough match-up for any of our guards," senior Cooper Erlandson said.
Erlandson was lucky enough to watch Gonzaga win the WCC title in Las Vegas. He says many students, like him, are cashed out.
"I'm sure a lot of students would love to get there, it's just a hard deal getting back to classes. Ultimately we wish (Gonzaga) would cancel classes for a couple days," he said.
"It would be great to do it if we could, it was too bad they didn't get matched up here in Spokane." Erik Jarvey said.
The Gonzaga men's basketball team faces a familiar foe Friday in Oklahoma State. They're 5-0 against the Cowboys all time. The most recent win came last season in Oklahoma.
If you're trying to get to the game, a Gonzaga Sports Information Director said the 350 tickets allotted to the school are sold out. Those were all sold to Bulldog Club members and alumni.
The cheapest tickets on the NCAA ticket exchange as of Monday night are going for $130.
It's too much for most students. The three guys playing pass say they're electing to stay in Spokane and enjoy a Gonzaga tradition for the last 16 years, by watching their team in the NCAA tournament.
"We have a little bit of optimism, although we're not getting a lot of love from the nation (in the match-up)" Erlandson said.
"It will be a fun match-up, it'll be fun to see Gonzaga play a team that's that good," Erik Jarvey added.
A member of Gonzaga public relations told KXLY the school expects a large turnout from alumni and fans who live in San Diego.