As we head into the business end of the 2022-23 season — you know, the time when Joe Lunardi (aka Joey Brackets) is usually handing the Zags a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament — we find Gonzaga is rarely mentioned this time around.
Lunardi displayed his top 16 last weekend, anointing the top four seeds in each of the four tournament regions, and the Zags were not on the screen.
Mr. Brackets was asked about it on air, and he said Gonzaga was 17th at that exact second, but easily could slide up to a 4-seed.
That, boys and girls, is not the description of dudes.
And if there was any doubt that the Gaels should NOT have been the top seed, Gonzaga made the point crystal clear Tuesday night in Las Vegas, handing Saint Mary’s a brutal 77-51 beating in the WCC title game.
“We really full-court pressed them from the get-go,” Coeur d’Alene coach Jon Adams said. “We said that’s the identity we want to set — full court, up-and-down transition, let’s see what we got. It was fun to watch them get after it, be aggressive, force turnovers and get transition points.”