NCAAB Standings - Gonzaga
Gonzaga was college basketball’s No. 1 team in offensive efficiency according to the respected Kenpom metric. Texas Tech was No. 1 in defensive efficiency. Only one could go to the Final Four on Saturday in Minneapolis. Texas Tech is. Defense is.
They gathered one last time as a team in the locker room. Gonzaga head coach Mark Few knew there was nothing he could say that would mend his players’ broken hearts or slow down their tears.
For all the ways Gonzaga basketball has changed the very face of Spokane in these past two decades, every Bulldogs season has still ended in hurt.
The sophomore guard from Italy wasn’t having a particularly strong game, but he came through late with a pair of 3-pointers that guided the Red Raiders past Gonzaga 75-69 Saturday at the Honda Center.
Time ran out on top-seeded Gonzaga’s season with a bitter 75-69 loss to Texas Tech on Saturday at the Honda Center.
It may not offer any comfort or relief to Gonzaga fans now, but the Bulldogs would’ve had the ball back with a chance to tie the game had Josh Perkins not drawn a technical foul for reaching over the baseline and swiping Matt Mooney’s arm during an inbound play with 10 seconds left.
It was 15 minutes after the final buzzer sounded and Josh Perkins climbed his way up to the podium for the postgame press conference. His eyes were red and puffy, and his head hung lower than usual after the Zags lost to Texas Tech 75-69 in the Elite Eight on Saturday.
Key moment, offensive MVP and defensive MVP from Texas Tech’s 75-69 victory over Gonzaga in Anaheim, California.
Big decisions loom for Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke now that the 2018-19 season is over, but the junior forwards were still officially Gonzaga basketball players when they left the Bulldogs’ locker room Saturday after a 75-69 loss to Texas Tech.
The winning team out of the NCAA Tournament’s West Region was also home to the Most Outstanding Player. Jarrett Culver averaged 20.5 points with 4.5 rebounds to lead the Texas Tech to its first Final Four in school history.
The diplomas say Texas Tech. The devotion was all Gonzaga.
Going into the Elite Eight matchup between the nation’s most efficient offensive team, Gonzaga, and the nation’s most efficient defensive squad, Texas Tech, there was an easy narrative to latch on to.