Gonzaga certainly won't catch anyone by surprise this year.

Long ago considered the plucky underdog, the Bulldogs come into this year's NCAA tournament top-seeded in the West and with the No. 1 ranking in The Associated Press poll.

Led by 7-foot center Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga (31-2) opens the tournament Thursday against Southern University (23-9), the champions of the Southwestern Athletic Conference.

Gonzaga is making its 15th straight appearance in March Madness, a streak surpassed only by Kansas, Michigan State and Duke.

Coach Mark Few says the No. 1 seeding won't change his approach for the tournament.

He says Gonzaga needs to come into Thursday's game much the way the Bulldogs of old used to — with a chip on their shoulders.