Gonzaga vs. Wichita State (March 23)

March 23, 2013 7:10 p.m.  •  9 comments

The No. 1 ranking and No. 1 seed are irrelevant footnotes now, Gonzaga’s season ending here on Saturday night following a back-and-forth, 76-70 loss to No. 9 seed Wichita State in the second round of the NCAA tournament.

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Gonzaga’s band performs before the game with Wichita State.

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Gonzaga’s Mike Hart battles Wichita State’s Ron Baker for a rebound in the first half of their third round NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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Wichita State’s Carl Hall (22) steals the ball from Gonzaga’s Gary Bell, Jr. (5) in the first half of their third round of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos (4) looks for a passing lane as Wichita State’s Malcolm Armstead defends in the first half of their third round of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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Gonzaga head coach Mark Few tells his players to settle down early in the first half.

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Gonzaga’s Michael Hart (30) and Wichita State’s Ron Baker (31) compete for a rebound in the first half of their third round of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos (4) and Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early, center, and Tekele Cotton, right, chase a loose ball in the first half of their third round of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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Gonzaga’s Elias Harris (20) shoots a layup as Wichita State’s Fred Van Vleet (23) defends in the first half of their third round of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk (13) weaves his way to the basket as Wichita State’s Carl Hall (22), Malcolm and Cleanthony Early (11) defend in the first half of their third round of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk (13) is fouled by Wichita State’s Ehimen Orukpe (21) in the first half of their third round of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk (13) slam dunks the ball in the first half of their third round of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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NBA Hall of Famer, John Stockton , center, watches his son David Stockton (11) play against Wichita State in the first half of the third round of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk tries in vain to stop Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early form shooting a 3-point shot in the first half of their third round NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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Gonzaga’s Elias Harris dives to control a loose ball with Wichita State’s Rob Baker in the first half of their third round NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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Gonzaga’s Kevin Pongos and Wichita State’s Malcolm Armstead vie for a loose ball in the first half of their third round NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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Wichita State’s Rob Baker celebrates his team’s buzzer-beating shot at the end of the first half against Gonzaga in their third round NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk (13) heads to the basket for two points.

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Gonzaga’s Mike Hart wrestles Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early to the ground on a loose ball in the second half of their third round NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk (13) celebrates a early second half turnaround.

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Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos goes low on the block to battle Wichita State’s Ron Baker for a rebound in the second half of their third round NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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Gonzaga’s Drew Barham celebrates his 3-point shot against Wichita State in the second half of their third round NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos is pressured into a turnover by Wichita State’s Fred VanVleet and Tekele Cotton in the second half of their third round NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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The slipper didn’t fit for Gonzaga’s coach Mark Few as he holds Kelly Olynyk’s shoe that come of the player’s foot against Wichita State in the second half of their third round NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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Gonzaga’s Michael Hart (30) reaches for the ball as Wichita State’s Tekele Cotton, left, tries to maintain control in the second half of their third round of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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Gonzaga head coach Mark Few tosses a shoe back to Kelly Olynyk (13) who lost it during a layup in the second half.

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Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos (4) celebrate a foul call against Wichita State in the second half of their third round of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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Gonzaga’s Michael Hart, left, and Kevin Pangos, left, double team Wichita State’s Carl Hall, center, in the second half of their third round of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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The Bulldogs see their early lead in the second half evaporate as Wichita State takes the lead in their third round of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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Gonzaga’s Michael Hart (30) and Wichita State’s Ron Baker (31) compete for a rebound in the second half of their third round of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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Gonzaga’s Elias Harris (20) drives to the basket as Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early, left, and Carl Hall right, defend in the second half of their third round of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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Gonzaga’s Elias Harris (20) keeps an eye on the ball as Wichita State’s Carl Hall (22) looks for the rebound in the second half of their third round of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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Gonzaga’s Drew Barham (43) defends against a pass by Wichita State’s Ron Baker (31) in the second half of their third round of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game

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Gonzaga’s Kevin Pangos (4) heads to the basket as Wichita State’s Carl Hall (22) and Ron Baker (31) defend in the second half of their third round of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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Gonzaga’s Elias Harris (20) is stripped of the ball by Wichita State’s Ehimen Orukpe (21) in the second half of their third round of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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Gonzaga’s Elias Harris (20) is boxed out during a free throw in the second half of their third round of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk (13) directs a play second half of their third round of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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Gonzaga’s David Stockton and Kelly Olynyk watch Wichita State’s Fred VanVleet sink a basket late in the game of their third round NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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Gonzaga’s Elias Harris, Kelly Olynyk and Mike Hart walk off the court as Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early celebrates at the sound of the final buzzer in their third round NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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Wichita State celebrates the 76-70 win over Gonzaga.

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Gonzaga acknowledges the Bulldog fans as they walk of the court after losing to Wichita State 70- 76.

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Gonzaga’s Kelly Olynyk (13) leaves the court after the Bulldogs lost to Wichita State 70-76.

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Gonzaga’s coach Mark Few walks with players Elias Harris and Kelly Olynyk, with Mike Hart trailing behind, after losing to Wichita State in their third round NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball Championship game.

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