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2016 NCAA Tournament: Gonzaga is a No. 11 seed in the Midwest region

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The Zags will face off against Seton Hall in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

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The Gonzaga Bulldogs were awarded a No. 11 seed in the Midwest region of the 2016 NCAA Tournament. The Bulldogs will face off against No. 6 Seton Hall in Denver on Thursday, March 17.

It is the 18th-consecutive NCAA Tournament for the Gonzaga Bulldogs, but it is the first time the Bulldogs have been awarded a double-digit seed since the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

Considering how the year was going for much of the beginning of the season, the Bulldogs are happy just to make it into the tournament. Gonzaga lost virtually all statement games as the year progressed, holding only a win over the Connecticut Huskies as the shining jewel of their resume.

But then the team turned it around in the WCC Tournament. Gonzaga closed out the season with a win over BYU on the road, and then proceeded to roll through the WCC Tournament to claim the automatic bid.

The Zags will be a trendy upset pick in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. This team was a preseason top-10 team that fell on tough times. Despite the loss of Przemek Karnowski, the Bulldogs still boast Domantas Sabonis and Kyle Wiltjer in the frontcourt, which is enough to create nightmares for most opponents.