Arizona fired head coach Sean Miller on Wednesday, creating a vacancy at one of the top men’s basketball programs in the West.
Gonzaga handled everything in its path – ranked opponents, silent arenas, COVID-19 curveballs and the pressure that accompanies an unbeaten record and season-long No. 1 ranking – except for the final exam.
That so much has been achieved at Gonzaga in 23 short years has led to people needing the final stamp now – or to fearing that the door will slam shut any minute when the basketball gods finally figure out what's been going on when they weren't looking.
It’s been three weeks since the Zags were in Spokane. Less than 24 hours after a heartbreaking loss to Baylor in the final game of the 2021 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, the Gonzaga Bulldogs boarded a plane in Indianapolis, where they had been holed up for three weeks thanks to COVID-19 restrictions.
As sure as ‘One Shining Moment’ puts a bow on the college basketball season, the first glance at next year begins just hours later with the release of way-too-early polls and national championship favorites.
Gonzaga’s nightmare scenario started early. Two offensive rebounds and the first of Baylor’s frequent second-chance opportunities on its first possession.
The name of John Jakus, Gonzaga's former director of operations, came up twice when Scott Drew met with members of the media after Baylor's 86-70 rout of the Bulldogs in the national championship.
INDIANAPOLIS – What is the flip side of perfection?
Difference makers and turning point from the NCAA national championship game between Gonzaga and Baylor on April 5, 2021, in Indianapolis
Former Gonzaga players react to national championship game loss to Baylor
A Gonzaga season that began with a bang seemingly a lifetime ago, ended Monday night with a whisper.
Jalen Suggs and Drew Timme didn't collect the hardware they were chasing in Indianapolis, but Gonzaga's top two players at the 2021 NCAA Tournament still left Lucas Oil Stadium with some recognition.