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2019 Bracket Preview: Gonzaga is a No. 1 seed

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If the tournament started today.

NCAA Basketball: San Francisco at Gonzaga James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The Gonzaga Bulldogs would be the fourth No. 1 seed if the NCAA Tournament started today, as revealed during the now annual NCAA bracket preview show.

Howdy world.

It would be the third No. 1 seed in school history, and the second in two years. The last time the Zags were a No. 1 seed in 2017, they advanced all the way to the national championship.

Of course, there will be plenty of hand wringing, complaining, and all around discontent from quite a few fanbases out there because “lol WCC,” but looking at it all on paper, you are hard pressed to deny that the Zags aren’t one of the top four teams in the nation, and therefore deserving of the spot.

The Zags are the current No. 2 school in the NCAA’s new NET rankings, which replaced the RPI as a measure for seeding and such on Selection Sunday. Don’t like the NET rankings? The Zags are No. 3 in Ken Pomeroy’s rankings. Don’t like KenPom? The Zags are No. 2 in Jeff Sagarin’s ranking system? Don’t like Jeff Sagarin? The Zags are No. 3 in ESPN’s BPI.

We can go on all day here.

The No. 1 seed is hardly guaranteed for the Zags. Gonzaga needs to completely run the rest of the WCC table and WCC Tournament. Any loss here would most definitely bounce Gonzaga down to a No. 2 seed. Bracket Matrix has the Zags average seed as 1.49, with Michigan nipping at the heels at 1.70. A stellar run through the remaining Big Ten by Michigan (who still have two games left against Michigan State—if not three in the Big Ten Tournament) could easily have a team leapfrog the Zags.

But as of now, we can celebrate, because if the NCAA Tournament started today, the Gonzaga Bulldogs would be a No. 1 seed.