WCC Basketball Tournament - Championship

The Gonzaga Bulldogs have wrapped up another WCC title in Las Vegas, capping a pretty special season for everybody’s favorite Cinderella team from season’s past.

Unfortunately for those of you who love an underdog, the Zags head into March Madness as the hunted. Gonzaga went 16-0 in conference play and decimated Saint Mary’s at Orleans Arena tonight, winning by 14 points.

Earlier today they retained their number one ranking. With a conference championship in hand, they’re all but locks for a number one seed on selection Sunday.

The Bulldogs have their critics, the majority of whom cite a weak schedule as the main reason for Gonzaga’s ascendance to number one for the first time ever. The haters will get their chance to bask in the schadenfreude if the Zags make an early exit.

Canadian star and potential lottery pick Kelly Olynyk recorded 21 points and 12 rebounds in the win. Denison Secondary alum Kevin Pangos scored four points and dropped seven dimes. For a month, casual Canadian college basketball fans have a team to call their own when the madness begins.

Comments (2)

  1. The Zags have had past teams that have been highly ranked and then gotten beat out early in the tournament before so I think that’s where some of the criticism might stem from. I find that people that have actually watched this team play, tell a much different story then one’s who simply look at their schedule. They’ve been the most efficient offensive team in the nation and I can’t think of a single school that can match up against both Olynyk and Harris down low.

    The unfortunate thing about March Madness, and also what’s so exciting about it, is that you can have a great regular season and then one bad 5 minute stretch in the tournament and you’re done. I’d like to see the Zags make a run this year, if only for the legacy of Mark Few. I think he deserves some time in the national spotlight that a final 4 appearance would provide. Can’t help but marvel, even though I’m clearly bias, at what he’s done with this program.

    • Few is definitely one of the best in the biz. He made Blake Stepp a two-time player of the year.

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