SALT LAKE CITY (KWTX) Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel called March Madness the time of year that brings together '63 real (teams) and one from a made-up college called Gonzaga.'
Source: Baylor Athletics
"It's like egg nog. You hear about it once a year, then for 50 weeks, it disappears," Kimmel said.
Gonzaga, which has made the NCAA Tournament in each of the past 21 seasons, will attempt to make it to at least the Sweet 16 for the fifth-straight season Saturday, and ninth time overall, when they play the No. 9 seed Baylor Bears.
The Bulldogs cruised past Fairleigh Dickinson 87-49 in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament, while the Bears set a program record for made 3-pointers with 16 in a 78-69 win over eighth-seeded Syracuse.
"(Gonzaga is) really good. They're talented, but honestly I feel like we're talented, too," Baylor senior guard King McClure said. "I believe in these guys. They put their shoes on just like we put our shoes on, so at the end of the day, we're going to go out there, get ready with the game plan and come ready to play."
"I think the big thing is us not trying to do too much where we're thinking and we're playing," Baylor head coach Scott Drew said. "Gonzaga plays very fast, and if our guys are thinking, we're going to be in trouble."
The only losses for Gonzaga (31-3) to this point have come against teams that made the NCAA Tournament -- Tennessee, North Carolina and St. Mary's.
"They're a great team, they're a number one seed," Baylor sophomore forward Mark Vital said. "They're big, (but) I like big players. I'm not scared."
"I'm ready for the challenge," freshman guard Jared Butler said. "This whole season hasn't been easy, so I wouldn't expect it to be easy (Saturday). I can't wait to play."