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Gonzaga in Last Four In; 7-seed Washington State would face off against 10th-seeded Northwestern
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EMMA DECASA
Forward Isaac Jones jumps to the put the ball up past a Cal defender during an NCAA men’s basketball game, Feb. 15, 2024, in Pullman, Wash.

The Cougs are ranked for the first time since 2008, the last time they made the NCAA Tournament. Here is what the NCAA Tournament might look like if it started today, take a look at the Daily Evergreen’s Bracketology post Thursday games.

Midwest Region

1 Purdue vs. 16 Merrimack/E Kentucky 

8 New Mexico vs. 9 Texas

5 Wisconsin vs. 12 S Florida 

4 Illinois  vs. 13 Akron

6 Kentucky vs. 11 Indiana State

3 Creighton vs. 14 Oakland 

7 BYU vs. 10 Nebraska

2 Kansas vs. 15 Colgate

West Region

1 Arizona vs. 16 South Dakota State

8 Oklahoma vs. 9 Boise State

5 Texas Tech vs. 12 McNeese State

4 San Diego State vs. 13 UC Irvine

6 St. Mary’s vs. 11 Grand Canyon

3 Iowa State vs. 14 Louisiana Tech

7  Washington State  vs. 10 Northwestern

2 Marquette vs. 15 E Washington

East Region

1 UCONN vs. 16 Southern/Norfolk State 

8 Michigan State vs. 9 TCU

5 Colorado State vs. 12 Richmond

4 Auburn vs. 13 Princeton

6 Dayton vs. 11 Wake Forest/Ole Miss

3 Duke vs. 14 Vermont

7 Florida Atlantic vs. 10 Mississippi State

2 N Carolina vs. 15 Quinnipiac

South Region

1 Houston vs. 16 Morehead State

8 Florida vs. 9 Nevada

5 S Carolina vs. 12 Samford 

4 Baylor vs. 13 James Madison

6 Clemson  vs. 11 Gonzaga/Colorado

3 Alabama vs. 14 College of Charleston

7 Utah State vs. 10 Virginia

2 Tennessee vs. 15 High Point

Bubble Watch

Last 4 in

Gonzaga

Ole Miss

Colorado

Wake Forest

First 4 out

Drake

Cincinnati 

Utah

Texas A&M 

Washington State is projected to play Northwestern. So, who is Northwestern?

Northwestern (18-9; 10-6 Big Ten)

NET Ranking: 55

Quad one: 4-6

Quad two: 5-1

Quad three: 4-0

Quad four: 6-1

Head Coach: Chris Collins

Starting Five: 

Boo Buie: 36.3 minutes per game, 18.9 points per game, 5.2 assists per game, 41.3 three-point percentage, 84.5 free-throw percentage

Brooks Barnhizer: 36 minutes per game, 14.3 points per game, 7.1 rebounds per game

Ryan Langborg: 33.3 minutes per game, 12.5 points per game, 41.7 three-point percentage

Ty Berry: 29.7 minutes per game, 11.6 points per game, 3.9 rebounds per game, 89.5 free-throw percentage, 43.3 three-point percentage

Matthew Nicholson: 7’0”, 280 pounds, 22.4 minutes per game, 5.5 points per game, 4.5 rebounds per game, 65.3 field goal percentage

This would be the Wildcats’ third appearance in program history. Northwestern made its first appearance in March Madness in 2017, where they were an eight-seed and beat nine-seed Vanderbilt, 68-66, before losing to one-seed Gonzaga 79-73. They made their second in 2023, where they were a seven-seed and beat ten-seed Boise State, 75-67, before losing to two-seed UCLA, 68-63.

Buie, Berry, Barnhizer, and Nicholson returned from last year’s team that made a run to the tournament, with the addition of Langborg who transferred from Princeton.

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Jett is a sophomore broadcast news major from Prosser, Washington. He has worked as a sportswriter at the Daily Evergreen since spring 2024.
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Emma Decasa is a photographer for the Daily Evergreen. Originally from Issaquah, Washington, she is a junior majoring in Advertising, with a minor in Sports Communication. Emma started working for the Daily Evergreen in the fall of 2023.