Did someone say “formidable Gonzaga“? Apparently, Stanford didn’t buy into that and buried the Zags 83-60. Now the Cardinal goes on to Indianapolis for the Final Four.

A couple of impressive stats: Gonzaga was the highest-scoring team in NCAA Division I this year, averaging 86 points a game. Stanford’s defense smothered that scoring machine. Gonzaga made just 33.8 percent of its field goal attempts (23-68) and 28.6 percent of its three-point tries. The Cardinal made 57.4 percent of its field goal attempts and 45 percent of its three-point hoists.

The key to the game? We’ll defer to the experts. But Elliott Almond, covering The Cardinal for the San Jose Mercury News, told KQED’s Kelly Wilkinson during our 5:30 p.m. newscast this evening that Coach Tara VanDerveer was confident going into the game. “Sometimes the tournament just gives you terrible matchups,” VanDerveer told Almond after Stanford squeaked by North Carolina over the weekend. She paused, then added: “We match up well against Gonzaga.”

Stanford 83, Gonzaga 60 — Cardinal to Final Four 28 March,2011Dan Brekke


Dan Brekke

Dan Brekke is a blogger, reporter and editor for KQED News, responsible for online breaking news coverage of topics ranging from California water issues to the Bay Area’s transportation challenges. In a newsroom career that began in Chicago in 1972, Dan has worked as a city and foreign/national editor for The San Francisco Examiner, editor at Wired News, deputy editor at Wired magazine, managing editor at TechTV as well as for several Web startups.

Since joining KQED in 2007, Dan has reported, edited and produced both radio and online features and breaking news pieces. He has shared in two Society of Professional Journalists Norcal Excellence in Journalism awards — for his 2012 reporting on a KQED Science series on water and power in California, and in 2014, for KQED’s comprehensive reporting on the south Napa earthquake.

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