Now a perennial tournament entrant, Gonzaga was practically unknown in 1999. Led by Matt Santangelo, Casey Calvary and Richie Frahm (all of whom have fallen into relative anonymity), the Western Coast Conference champs lost only six games coming into the tourney and earned the No. 10 seed in the West region. They upset, in succession, Minnesota, seventh-ranked Stanford and 23rd-ranked Florida to make it to the Elite Eight, where they lost to eventual champ UConn.
Text: Joseph Lumley
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