SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 Sports) - EnergySolutions Arena will host the #1 seed in the West Region in the upcoming NCAA Tournament.
Gonzaga, which compiled the best record in the country at 31-2 and won the West Coast Conference championship, will open the tournament against 16th-seeded Southern University (23-9) Thursday.
The winner of that game will play the winner of the game between #8 seed Pittsburgh (24-8) and 9th-seeded Wichita State (26-8) on Saturday.
Mountain West Conference champion New Mexico (29-5), a sleeper pick to reach the Final Four, earned a 3-seed and will play the champions of the Ivy League, 14th-seeded Harvard (19-9) Thursday. The winner will face either 6th-seeded Arizona (25-7) or the 11-seed, Belmont (26-6) on Saturday.
For the first time since 1994, no teams from the state of Utah were invited to the NCAA Tournament.
Here is the schedule for Thursday, March 21st listed in mountain time:
11:40 a.m. #9 Wichita State vs #8 Pittsburgh
2:10 p.m. #16 Southern vs. #1 Gonzaga
5:20 p.m. #11 Belmont vs. #6 Arizona
7:50 p.m. #14 Harvard vs. #3 New Mexico