Gonzaga has made the Final Four twice — 2017 and 2021.
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Gonzaga Final Four History
The Gonzaga Bulldogs have made the NCAA Tournament every year that Mark Few has been the head coach, making the Final Four on two occasions: 2017 and 2021.
The 2016-17 Bulldogs were the No. 1 seed in the West Region and began the tournament by knocking off South Dakota State. They beat Northwestern to advance to the Sweet 16 and narrowly escaped West Virginia, 61-58. Their Elite Eight opponent was a surprise, as 11-seed Xavier shocked two-seed Arizona in the Sweet 16 and faced off against Gonzaga in San Jose. The Bulldogs squashed Xavier by 24 points to advance to the program’s first Final Four.
The four finalists met in Glendale, Arizona, with Gonzaga facing South Carolina in the first semifinal. The Bulldogs led by nine at the half and held on down the stretch to advance to the national championship, where they would meet a fellow No. 1 seed, the North Carolina Tar Heels. The Tar Heels got an excellent game from point guard Joel Berry II, outscoring Gonzaga by nine points in the second half to win 71-65.
Gonzaga returned to the Final Four in 2021. The entire tournament was hosted in Indiana to adhere to COVID-19 protocols. The Bulldogs were in a familiar spot as the No. 1 seed in the West Region. They flattened Norfolk State and Oklahoma to move to the Sweet 16 and demolished Creighton and USC. They won each regional game by at least 16 points, advancing the program to its second Final Four.
The other squads joining them were fellow one-seed Baylor, two-seed Houston, and 11-seed UCLA. The Baylor Bears handily beat Houston, while Gonzaga and UCLA played a classic. The Bulldogs and Bruins went to overtime, with the Bulldogs eventually prevailing, 93-90.
That game may have taxed Gonzaga too much because they were flat from the opening tip against Baylor and quickly fell behind. The 10-point halftime deficit grew to more than 20, and Gonzaga could not dig out of the hole, losing to Baylor 86-70.
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