The St. John's basketball program (ranked No. 17 in the AP poll and No. 18 in the USA Today/ESPN coaches poll) earned a No. 6 seed in the Southwest Region of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The Red Storm (21-11) will play Thursday night at 9:45 p.m. on CBS against the No. 11-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs (24-9, 11-3 WCC) in the second round of the 68-team tournament in Denver, CO.
Most college basketball fans are pretty familiar with the Bulldogs, who have made the NCAA Tournament for their 13th straight season. The Zags began their streak in 1999 when they made a Cinderella run to the regional final, but lost to the soon-to-be nation champion Connecticut Huskies, 67-62. In 2000, No. 15 Gonzaga upset No. 2 seeded St. John's, 82-76, in the second round.
A lot has changed since then. So, if you're not familiar with the new-look Zags, SB Nation did an outstanding job of previewing every team in the 68-team field. Here's their take on the 2010-'11 Bulldogs: