But I'm going to do do it here and now. Yes it's 4 AM and yes I'm shit canned. No matter how drunk I am I'm not goin to ignore the truth, and the truth is Gonzaga and Mark Few choke in March. No 2 ways about it. It saddens me that I have to type this......it really does. Either the Zags got too good for the WCC or the WCC has turned to trash over the last few years. I don't care who is playing well in the conference but it doesn't change the fact that the conference doesn't want prepare the Zags for March. How else to explain the NCAA disappointments year after year? Perhaps we were spoiled at the beginning with an Elite 8 and 2 Sweet 16's and we expect similar success every year? Perhaps it's just that Gonzaga isn't as good as we think we are? Or more likely in my opinion as the saying goes "Steel sharpens steel".....and the WCC doesn't sharpen Gonzaga for March. How else to explain the never ending disappointments in March year after year?
This was the year!!! The bracket parted like the Red Sea and the Zags shit the bed! I will get over the loss relatively quickly....but man do I feel bad for the players. The pressure of being ranked #1 in the polls and earning a #1 seed was too much for the Zags. Anybody who disagrees.....clearly wasn't watching the games all year as this team looked like a different team in the NCAA Tournament this year. They were tight and trying to justify to the nation that......yes......they did deserve the #1 seed the West region. The Zags started tentative in both games and in the end cost us the game. Personally I don't think that either Southern or Wichita State feared Gonzaga like they would've if the name on the front of the jersey was Kentucky or Duke. Clearly Gonzaga was a better team than both opponents but neither team was afraid of the Zags and it seemed like we expected to roll right over the top of them. Maybe I'm wrong in that assessment but thats what it seemed like to me.
It's time for Few to start recruiting more athletic guards. We can't run a zone defense with 6'1 or 6'2 guards. We need taller guards who when closing out on shooters in the zone have length and can get a hand in the faces of the shooters or affect the shot in some way. I am so sick and tired of teams in March beating the Zags with 3 pointers! It has been a trend for years. It's time few adjusted to this or recruited bigger and better athletes to run the defense he wants to run. Wichita State hit lord knows how many 3's tonight..........so by all means lets not switch up the defense!! The zags weathered the initial punch of the shockers and took control of the game. Once we got up 7 points I thought the game was ours. For 3 consecutive offensive possessions around the 6 minute mark it seemed like we went into run the clock out mode and then Wichita hit three straight consecutive 3's to take the lead. Once that happened I had the feeling we were in deep shit. Do what we do best........which is to attack the defense in the pain. Instead we passed it around the perimeter and didn't execute.
This was the worst loss of all for the Zags in the tournament. I'm tired of teams looking like Ray Allen every time we get into a tournament game. I'm tired of Gonzaga collapsing in March! I'm tired of getting beet the same way year after year and I'm tired of Coach Few as good as he has been acting like it's not a big deal. I'm a Coug fan/ Zag fan.....and I'm tired of defending the Zags to all the Wazzu and UW haters. Frankly every argument that they use to cut down the Zags has been proven to be true time and time again. I will continue to watch and root for the Zags......but I will never put my faith in them to get it done in March until they do it. I'm sorry for the rant, but I had to say these things and I hope in my inebriated state you understood the points I was trying to make.