Gonzaga (26-6) is a No. 8 seed in the West region and will travel to Buffalo, N.Y., to face ninth-seeded Florida State (22-9) on Friday in the first round of its 12th consecutive NCAA tournament, the selection committee announced Sunday.
Gonzaga and Florida State have never met. The Seminoles entered the Atlantic Coast Conference as a third seed with a 10-6 league record, then lost on Friday to North Carolina State.
The Bulldogs lost a chance to play their first NCAA games at home in Spokane — and apparently any chance for a favorable draw — when they lost in the West Coast Conference finals to Saint Mary’s. Their potential reward should they get past the Seminoles in Buffalo: Syracuse, the top seed in the West region. The Orange will be playing down the road from home on Friday against Vermont.