Zags Bound For Memphis

SPOKANE – Coach Mark Few and his Gonzaga Bulldogs are on the road again, heading for Memphis and their Sweet 16 game against the North Carolina Tar Heels this Friday.

“Exciting time … we’ve been waiting for two years now and its finally here,” Gonzaga Point Guard Jeremy Pargo said.

A few minutes before noon Wednesday the players filed out of the McCarthey Athletic Center, signed an autograph or two for waiting fans and then stepped aboard a waiting charter bus bound for Spokane International Airport.

The players left the trash talk to their fans, saying they have nothing but respect for the UNC basketball program.

“It feels good,” Sophomore Forward Austin Daye said. “It feels good to move on and be where the elite teams and players are.”

Just two days away from clashing with one of the most storied programs in college basketball history, the Zags say they’re not nervous about the Tar Heels.

“Not too nervous … a little more excited,” Austin Daye said.

“Definitely excited … no nervousness at all,” Senior Forward Ira Brown said.

One thing many of the Zags said was they feel they match up very well with North Carolina but right now bookmakers in Las Vegas disagree, making the Tar Heels eight-point favorites over the Bulldogs.