For the first time in Mark Few's head coaching tenure, Gonzaga has advanced to the Elite 8. The Bulldogs took down the UCLA Bruins in a pretty sloppy affair offensively but they were led by the incredible play of their post duo and will await the winner of Duke and Utah. A few thoughts:
- There are little words to express Przemek Karnowski's performance tonight. In the Zags biggest game under Mark Few, its biggest player was the dominant force. Karnowski was 8-11 from the floor with 18 points and 8 boards. He was completely in control throughout the evening and demanded the ball to push his team over the top. His two assists were utterly phenomenal dimes that will be on highlight shows all night.
- I thought the play early on by Byron Wesley was crucial to Gonzaga's eventual win. The Zags came out extremely sluggish early on and couldn't buy and outside shot and it was Wesley's slashing to the hoop that really bailed this team out. He finished with 13 points.
- Gary Bell and company's defense on Bryce Alford. Alford had absolutely no room to move at all...throughout the night. He didn't hit his first three until the game was decided. The focus was to shut Alford down and that was executed perfectly.
- Lastly, Kyle Dranginis. The unsung hero throughout the year. 4 points, 2 assists, and 6 boards and all in classic Kyle style. His three pointer late sealed the deal in Houston.
Time to celebrate!!!!!! Elite 8, here we come.