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SMC Smushed, BYU Broken

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Admit it: It’s a bit more fun when there are some nerves attached, right?

If Gonzaga had just waltzed through things, blown BYU out of the water, of course it would have been fun and enjoyable.

But having taken a punch, having withstood the best BYU had to offer, to come back and not just win, but win by double digits, THAT was a lot more fun.

And we’re all about fun on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown. So much so, that we brought in Will Maupin, writer extraordinaire for The Inlander, to help us review what was maybe the biggest test Gonzaga has had all season and put all the fun numbers (26-0, 30 consecutive wins, 23 straight by double digits, etc.) in the proper perspective.

Those stories, plus Gonzaga’s women take home the WCC Tournament title in about the most difficult way possible, Jill Townsend hitting a buzzer-beater to give the Bulldogs the crown.

We’ll also get into a bit of point-counterpoint and look ahead to what matchups we’d like to see and avoid in the NCAA Tournament.

And finally, we’re once again blessed to be visited by the great seer from the east, Karnoac the Zagnificent.

All this and more on the latest episode of Free Ira Brown, THE Gonzaga Hoops Podcast. Do come luxuriate in yet another WCC Tournament title, won’t you?