Look at that beautiful sight.
Oh wait, that is hardly a beautiful sight. Iowa State in the second round? Wisconsin or Creighton in the Sweet 16? Virginia or UCLA in the Elite Eight? Blargh.
Such is the life of trekking to the Final Four. You have to beat the teams to earn your way there. The interesting thing about Lunardi bumping up the Zags so early pretty much signifies that the Zags have a very good chance of not being a No. 1 seed.
Gonzaga has two (potentially three with the WCC Tournament) left with both Saint Mary’s and BYU, but that is it as far as statement games to make. Your other two seeds, Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky and UCLA all have plenty of games left to move either up or down in the seeding.
Pretty much, the writing on the wall for the Zags is to win out and get rewarded with a No. 1 seed, the second in school history. Any loss will most likely send the Zags down to a No. 2 seed, where it will be an uphill battle to climb back in place of the squads from the major conferences. Such is the life of playing in the WCC.