Before getting to Gonzaga’s dramatic 79 71 loss to BYU on Saturday, let’s talk about North Carolina’s loss to Georgia Tech. And Kentucky’s loss to Tennessee. And Purdue’s loss to Nebraska. And Duke’s loss to NC State.
Because lots of ranked teams have had the kind of loss this season that could make you question if it’s safe to believe in said team. But by and large, there is still faith in all of those teams from major conferences.
For some reason, Gonzaga isn t likely to get the same loss forgiveness.
In fact, if it were put to a poll, there would probably be a large contingent who would believe Syracuse is more capable of duplicating its Final Four run of last year than the Zags are of making their first this season. The Orange have four losses to teams Boston College, St. John’s, Georgetown and Connecticut that are currently not above .500.
Gonzaga’s loss dropped it to 29 1.
There will be no more talk of an undefeated season. There will be no more No. 1 ranking, which Gonzaga held for four weeks.
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The Bulldogs still have the potential to make a Final Four run. They’re still one of the nation’s best teams. Their consistency in staying unbeaten for so long this season should be applauded.
Again, as a reminder, Gonzaga has wins over No. 13 Florida, which lost Saturday to Kentucky but remains one game back in the SEC standings; Iowa State, which snapped Kansas’ nation leading 51 game home winning streak three weeks ago and beat No. 9 Baylor on Saturday; and No. 4 Arizona, which is tied with Oregon for first in the Pac 12.
For what it’s worth, Joe Lunardi still has the Bulldogs as the projected No. 1 seed in the West in his latest Bracketology update.
But the Zags’ loss will inevitably bring out those who were ready to say https://www.gonzagabulldogsjersey.com/jacob-larsen-jersey-c-10.html, Gotcha. They’ll point to the lack of depth in the West Coast Conference compared to the major conferences. They’ll point to the Zags NCAA tournament history, noting that Gonzaga has never been to the Final Four. They’ll bring up any reason to doubt not otherwise held against the perennial powers as why Gonzaga was somehow fraudulent.
The truth is that several stats from Gonzaga s loss Saturday were more an aberration than anything else. The Bulldogs shot just 3 of 16 from 3 point range https://www.gonzagabulldogsjersey.com/rui-hachimura-jersey-c-12.html, despite shooting 38.7 percent on the season. It was their lowest percentage since they went 3 for 19 15.8 percent against UCLA in the Sweet 16 of the 2015 NCAA tournament.
They entered the game shooting 73 percent from the free throw line but shot a season low 55.2 percent 16 of 29 against BYU. That was particularly damaging in the first half, when the Bulldogs could have added to a lead that reached 16 points early on but instead went 7 of 16 from the line. That led to a halftime lead of just 41 35, and considering how slowly the Cougars started, it gave BYU a boost of confidence.
BYU didn’t need the help https://www.gonzagabulldogsjersey.com/rem-bakamus-jersey-c-11.html, having won in Spokane, Washington, the previous two seasons. BYU is that one conference opponent that always gives the Bulldogs fits. The Cougars’ fourth victory over the Zags in the past four seasons is as many as the rest of the WCC 4 66 combined, according to ESPN Stats Information.
Losses happen to the No. 1 ranked team all the time. But all is not lost for Gonzaga.
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