BOISE, Idaho - Mark Few has been spreading wisdom in the minds of college basketball players for nearly 30 years, enough to expose the roots of the Gonzaga coaching tree at nearly every NCAA tournament since taking over as head coach of the Bulldogs.
Last Sunday during the 2018 Selection Show, Kyle Bankhead's phone lit up over and over again in a group text message. Bankhead, an assistant coach at UNC Greensboro, played for Gonzaga under few as a standout guard int he early 2000s. As the bracket was revealed, the Zags were given a 4-seed into the 64-team tournament, and matched up against the University of North Carolina Greensboro. Not a University many in Washington may be familiar with, but a basketball program Bankhead recently added to with his Few-like wisdom.
"You know, when the team started to pop up, you know, we knew our seed was going to line up with Gonzaga's.," said Bankhead. "I've got to be honest I had mixed emotions, you know, I've always pulled for Gonzaga in the tournament and throughout the years. So in that sense, I don't want to go up against them, in the other sense it will be fun to see friends and I know it will be a great environment here which I think will be really important for our guys."
The emotions will certainly be high on both sidelines tomorrow when the two teams tip-off at 10:30 a.m. PT in round one. If Gonzaga wins, they will advance to play Saturday, time and team to be determined.
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