The Gonzaga Bulldogs are the top overall seed in the 2022 NCAA Tournament, and they will begin their run at a hopeful return to the championship game this week at Moda Center in Portland.
The Zags are the West Region’s top-seed, and face 16-seed Georgia State in the opening round on Thursday.
Also representing the West Region among the Portland visitors is 8-seed Boise State, the regular season and tournament champions out of the Mountain West Conference. The Broncos will face 9-seed Memphis, runners-up in the American Conference tournament, led by head coach Penny Hardaway.
In the East Region, the 4-seed UCLA Bruins are coming to the Rose City and will face 13-seed Akron on Thursday at Moda Center.
Rounding out the Portland field is St. Mary’s out of the WCC. The Gaels are the 5-seed in the East Region and will face the 12-seed play-in winner between Wyoming and Indiana, who meet on Tuesday.
The full schedule for Thursday’s first-round action in Portland on March 17th:
West Region: (8) Boise State vs (9) Memphis – 10:45 a.m. (TNT)
West Region: (1) Gonzaga vs (16) Georgia State – 1:15 p.m. (TNT)
East Region: (5) Saint Mary’s vs (12) Wyoming/Indiana – 4:20pm (TBS)
East Region: (4) UCLA vs (13) Akron – 6:50pm (TBS)