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Gonzaga basketball 2021 Gonzaga notebook. Jalen Suggs finds learning lessons from first .

Gonzaga basketball 2021 Gonzaga notebook. Jalen Suggs finds learning lessons from first .

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Jalen Suggs has played in multiple state championship football and basketball games, prestigious AAU tournaments and gold medal games for USA Basketball

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UPDATED: Sun., March 21, 2021

Gonzaga freshman point guard Jalen Suggs has played in multiple state championship basketball and football games, prestigious AAU tournaments and gold medal games for USA Basketball.

Even with those credentials, March Madness was a new experience.

“It’s something I’ve been watching and looking forward to my entire life so it was a little different,” Suggs said.

“I wouldn’t say I was nervous, but kind of just needed to get the first-game feels out of the way and get a feel for the pace and just being here in March.

“I learned some valuable things that first game.

Even though it was a great blowout win (over Norfolk State) and we had it clicking, there are some things I picked up on that I’m going to work on and try to be prepared for (Monday against Oklahoma).”

Suggs was limited to 18 minutes by early foul trouble and finished with six points, four rebounds and two assists.

It was nowhere close to his typical performance, but he said that a solid team win “couldn’t get the smile off my face.”

Suggs wasn’t in a smiling mood when asked about the disparity between the amenities at the men’s and women’s tournaments.

“It’s unacceptable, I don’t think there’s another way to put it,” said Suggs, who is close friends with UConn standout Paige Bueckers.

“The way that those women have worked all season long to get to the point they are, the same exact work that we’ve put in, to have no weight room to try to get better, food is below standards, it’s not right.”

Suggs’ routine inside the controlled environment in Indianapolis: Breakfast, watch film, relax, talk to family and friends, work out, practice, watch a lot of TV and try to “keep my mind free.”

There was one exception to the daily grind.

“The only request I made was Chick-fil-A, that’s all I wanted,” he said.

“If I get a little Chick-fil-A and kick back and watch a little ‘Criminal Minds’, that’s pretty much a perfect day.”

Head coach Mark Few was asked about Gonzaga’s rise as a national power by an Oklahoma-based reporter.

Few cited numerous factors, including staff and athletic department continuity, facilities improvements and gains in recruiting.

Before giving his answer, Few couldn’t resist a jab.

“First of all, you guys should have never let (former Zag) Domas Sabonis leave Oklahoma, I could have told you that.”

“No kidding,” responded the reporter.

Sabonis played one year with Oklahoma City before being traded to Indiana.

He’s a two-time All-Star.

Gonzaga freshman Julian Strawther and Oklahoma sophomore Jalen Hill were teammates as youngsters in Las Vegas.

#VegasMadness on Monday, with @ZagMBB vs.

@OU_MBBall.

Two of Las Vegas best ambassadors – on and off the court – meet.@JulianStrawther and @Kbj_vi have been playing hoops together since middle school.

Tomorrow will be special.#MarchMadness

(photos courtesy @LeeStrawther) pic.twitter.com/XE0OnUq2FU

— WillieGRamirez (@WillieGRamirez) March 21, 2021

#VegasMadness on Monday, with @ZagMBB vs.

@OU_MBBall.

Two of Las Vegas best ambassadors – on and off the court – meet.@JulianStrawther and @Kbj_vi have been playing hoops together since middle school.

Tomorrow will be special.#MarchMadness

(photos courtesy @LeeStrawther) pic.twitter.com/XE0OnUq2FU

Julian’s father, Lee, tweeted several pictures of the pair wearing the same team jerseys dating back to middle school.

Strawther, who had three 3-pointers in Saturday’s win, played at Liberty High in Henderson, Nevada.

Hill was a standout at Clark High in Las Vegas.

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BOTTOM LINE: Oklahoma and Gonzaga are set to square off in a NCAA second round matchup.

Gonzaga earned a 98-55 win over Norfolk State in its most recent game, while Oklahoma emerged with a 72-68 win against Missouri in its last outing.

BIG MEN ON CAMPUS: Gonzaga’s Drew Timme has averaged 18.4 points and 7.1 rebounds while Corey Kispert has put up 19.3 points and 4.9 rebounds.

For the Sooners, Austin Reaves has averaged 16.5 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists while De’Vion Harmon has put up 12.4 points.

FUELING THE OFFENSE: Reaves has either made or assisted on 41 percent of all Oklahoma field goals over the last three games.

Reaves has accounted for 18 field goals and 12 assists in those games.

WINLESS WHEN: Oklahoma is 0-6 when scoring fewer than 65 points and 16-4 when scoring at least 65.

THREAT BEHIND THE ARC: Gonzaga’s Kispert has attempted 171 3-pointers and connected on 45.6 percent of them, and is 19 of 42 over the past five games.

DID YOU KNOW: Gonzaga is ranked first in Division I with an average of 92.3 points per game.

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This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com

— Quentin Grimes scored 22 points, Tramon Mark converted a soaring three-point play with 24 seconds left, and Houston beat Rutgers 63-60 on Sunday night to reach the Sweet 16.

Houston’s Tramon Mark scores the tough and-1 bucket to put the Cougars ahead.

Ron Harper Jr.’s tying shot attempt is off the mark as Houston advances to the Sweet 16.

Kevin Kruger, an assistant with UNLV, was promoted to be the head coach of the men’s basketball team, it was announced.

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– March 21, 2021

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