Gonzaga rolled St. Mary’s when they faced the Gaels at home but it was a much different story on Saturday with a huge upset that shook college basketball.
Saturday was truly insane throughout college basketball. Before the No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs even took the floor on the road against the St. Mary’s Gaels, six teams ranked inside the top 10 had already lost on the day. And even though the Bulldogs beat their WCC rivals by almost 20 the last time they faced them, it was a different story on the Gaels’ home floor on senior night.
St. Mary’s came out scorching on both ends of the floor, taking it right at the vaunted Zags bigs in Chet Holmgren and Drew Timme throughout the night and scoring. More importantly, their physical defense took Gonzaga completely out of their rhythm and seemingly befuddled the Bulldogs.
Every time that the Zags tried to mount a comeback, the Gaels had an answer. And finally, the Bulldogs had no bullets left in the chamber and St. Mary’s pulled off a massive 67-57 upset that handed Mark Few’s team their first conference loss of the season and their third of the year overall.
Gonzaga upset by St. Mary’s: College basketball media reactions
After the monster win for the Gaels (and the ensuing court-storming from a hyped-up crowd on Senior Night), the college basketball media world couldn’t believe what a crazy nightcap this was to an even crazier day.
At the end of the day, you can’t expect any team — even one playing in the West Coast Conference — to be perfect every time out.
With that said, it was jarring to see this type of game from Gonzaga. Timme looked awful, Holmgren wasn’t able to assert himself, and there wasn’t much coming from the guards with consistency either.
March Madness is just around the corner and the Zags are going to have a target on their backs. We’ll have to see if Mark Few can build off of a loss like this to make sure something similar in nature doesn’t get them bounced prematurely from the NCAA Tournament.
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