Purdue's Robbie Hummel, center, is fouled by Saint Mary's Stephen Holt (14), Jorden Page, right, and Rob Jones, rear, in the second half of an NCAA tournament second-round college basketball game at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb., Friday. Purdue won 72-69. On Thursday, BYU lost, leaving the Gonzaga Bulldogs as the only WCC team and only team in the Pacific Time Zone left in the NCAA Tournament. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
In his March Madness column today, John Blanchette/SR writes: “This is about the stage of March Madness when the Gonzaga apostle begins peeking at Faust’s bracket and weighing the bargain. Do you give up everything you have for just one shot at having it all? It’s a mostly specious question anyway, as each inch of real estate in the NCAA basketball tournament must be fully earned. Deals with the devil are generally not third-party accommodations, and so the Bulldogs must play straight up with the seventh-ranked Ohio State Buckeyes today with passage to the Sweet 16 at stake. And that’s a pretty good deal, too, if you think about it. “Lot of teams would like to change places with us,” Zags center Rob Sacre pointed out unnecessarily.” More here.
Question: What would you sacrifice to see Gonzaga reach the Final 4?