The pollsters correctly had the Zags followed by Baylor above everyone else, and I think Michigan was correctly slotted in that third spot much of the year based upon how UCLA played against them and the Zags. The Big Ten was overrated but they were a good team, and I'd argue that Illinois was legitimately a top 5-6 team despite getting upset by Loyola.Now think back to what we saw all year in the Big Ten and tell me what the pollsters were seeing when they were grossly over-ranking that collection of very ordinary teams.
Ppl forget, that was an elite 8 game. Duke had a full week to recover from that game. Gonzaga has less than 48 hrs. Don’t underestimate the physical and emotional toll a game like that has on players.Well, a team brought their A+ game and still came up short. UCLA could not have played any better than they did tonight. Fantastic game though, best, most dramatic finish since Duke/UK in 1992.
My statement was made within a context of him not just predicting a blowout, which was his reiteration of his previous point that it was a game not worth watching. Sad for anyone who believed him, they missed one of the greatest college basketball games in history.Gonzaga was favored by 14 pts.
Surviving tournament is part of the game isn't it? If they'd been as much better than their opponent as Baylor was, there'd be no "tired" excuse. Not sure how much more tired they'd be anyhow. They played only a few minutes longer than Baylor.Zags are drained. Stupid to play the national title so quick after the final 4
They had a lot of hype this year as the best team, but I've never heard anyone say that they're the best program.Gonzaga deserves to be criticized for not finishing the deal and winning a Title. You’re not elite without a Title, so all of us this talk about them being the “best program in college basketball” needs to stop.