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Gonzaga deserves No. 1 ranking, but not necessarily a No. 1 seed

Mar 4, 2013, 12:55 PM EST

Kelly Olynyk AP

It’s official: for the first time in school history, Gonzaga is the No. 1 team in the country.

51 of the 65 voters in the AP Poll put them there. So did 29 of the 31 voters in the Coaches Poll.

(CLICK HERE: To see both the AP and the Coaches top 25)

Does this mean that Gonzaga is the best team in the country? Of course not. If there’s anything that we have learned this season, it’s that there really isn’t any single ‘best’ team. Indiana and Kansas and Duke and every other team in the top eight or nine right now is just as good as the Zags. Maybe better.

But as of today, that doesn’t matter.

Because the way the polls work, if you lose, you drop. If you continue to win, you move up. It doesn’t matter whether or not those wins are coming against Portland while those losses are coming of the road to Virginia or Maryland. That’s part of the reason that, thankfully, top 25 rankings play absolutely no role in determining anything in our sport beyond what the little number is that shows up next to a team’s name during broadcasts.

Here’s the bottom-line: Gonzaga has as much of a right to the No. 1 ranking as anyone in the country right now, regardless of conference affiliation. They beat West Virginia by 34. They beat Oklahoma by 25 in the Old Spice Classic. They beat Kansas State — who just so happens to be in the top 10 — by 16. They beat Baylor by seven. They went into Stillwater and knocked off Oklahoma State. In other words, the Zags would be battling Kansas for Big 12 superiority if they were located in Shawnee, KS, instead of Spokane, WA.

Let’s take it a step further: Gonzaga’s two losses this season came when Brandon Paul lit them up for 36 points and when Roosevelt Jones made one of the most exciting and fluky plays of the season.

There shouldn’t be any doubt that Gonzaga belongs in the conversation among the other national title contenders.

But what’s intriguing about this team is that, even if they win the WCC tournament next week, there’s a chance that they could end up falling off the No. 1 seed line in the NCAA tournament.

Only twice since 2000 has a No. 1 seed had a strength of schedule that was lower than Gonzaga’s, which is currently 71st in the country. Both times it was Stanford, who had a schedule strength of 96th in 2004 and 82nd in 2000. There have only been three times where a No. 1 seed has come from outside the Power Six conferences, and all three times — Memphis in 2008, St. Joe’s in 2004, and Cincinnati (then of Conference USA) in 2002 — had schedule strengths in the top 50.

(USA Today’s Eric Prisbell did the legwork researching those numbers.)

This isn’t entirely Gonzaga’s fault, mind you. West Virginia was predicted to be a top 25 team and Baylor was thought to have a chance to crack the top 15. Washington State wasn’t expected to finish at the bottom of the Pac-12, and it just so happens that BYU and St. Mary’s are both a bit down this season. It happens to everyone, I know, but when you play in a mid-major conference and seven of your top ten opponents are worse than expected, it’s going to sting.

There’s only so much that the Zags are able to do, and in my mind, they’ve done enough to be ranked No. 1.

Because it’s irrelevant.

What matters is where they are seeded, and whether or not they deserve a No. 1 seed is a different post for a different day.

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

 

  1. metalhead65 - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    can anybody name another school in their conference? so their chances of being #1 are pretty good until the tourney starts but they do not deserve a #1 seed when they are not playing top 20 teams that are in their conference like the big 10.

    • stlouis1baseball - Mar 4, 2013 at 4:23 PM

      Where you been Metalhead?

      • metalhead65 - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:33 PM

        I guess I have been banned from hardball talk. I can give a thumbs up or down on a comment but they will not publish any of my comments. I have tried to find out what I said that was so offensive but get no response. craig did tell me had nothing to do with it.

    • stlouis1baseball - Mar 5, 2013 at 9:48 AM

      I would shoot Craig an email. From what I understand…they typically send you an email warning you prior to outright banning someone. The curiosity would be killing me if I were you.
      I suggest you contact Craig and ask for an explanation. Other than…”it wasn’t me.”

      • metalhead65 - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:44 AM

        I did ask him and he said it must have been 1 of the other writers because it was not him. and I send a request to the feedback section at least once a week asking for a reason but get no response. I guess the fact I do not worship at the alter of saber metrics or that I do not share their far left political views must have done the job. I have read far worse things on there than I ever wrote but if it makes them feel better about themselves good for them. I will keep writing until they block me from that because I do want to know the real reason and the fact I am sure it annoys them but am not going to beg to be allowed back on.

  2. metalhead65 - Mar 4, 2013 at 1:14 PM

    can anybody name another school in their conference? so their chances of being #1 are pretty good until the tourney starts but they do not deserve a #1 seed when they are not playing top 20 teams that are in their conference like the big 10.

    • florida727 - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:20 PM

      Other than BYU, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, Portland, St. Mary’s, San Diego, San Francisco, and Santa Clara, nope, can’t think of a single one. You?

      • metalhead65 - Mar 4, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        and how many of those are ranked in the top 10? top 20? now compare that to the Big 10 and other conferences and tell me that is the same competition.

    • adm36 - Mar 4, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      You must be referring to the league that had three teams (Gonzaga, BYU and St Marys) finish with 25+ wins last season.

      FYI- St Marys is currently a top 25 team.

      • savoirlaire - Mar 4, 2013 at 4:57 PM

        Yes, that’s right, the same conference that has a #10 RPI ranking, right in between the MVC and CUSA.

        You aren’t really going to try and make the argument that the WCC isn’t inferior, are you?

      • adm36 - Mar 4, 2013 at 5:08 PM

        They are actually ahead of C-USA

        http://realtimerpi.com/rpi_conf_Men.html

        They aren’t a great league, but to be #10 out of 31 doesn’t mean they are anywhere near the weakest league out there.

      • savoirlaire - Mar 4, 2013 at 7:40 PM

        Right, adm36, that’s generally what “right in between” means–ahead of CUSA and behind MVC. And good to know they’re not the weakest conference out there, you’re right, thanks for that astute point…they’re ahead of WAC, and Horizon and Sun Belt and 21 other inferior leagues who would also have no right to claim their best team is number one in the country. Not exactly a lawyer, are you…

    • stlouis1baseball - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:51 AM

      That’s odd Man. If they are going to ban someone offering an explanation is the least I can do.
      On a separate topic…
      How about those Hoosiers? Solid team in all facets.
      I will be at the game tonight. Gonna’ be a late one. 9:00 P.M. start time…Senior night.
      We are due to get all kinds of snow as well. Probably won’t be home until 2:00 A.M.
      It will be worth it as it will be the last time I get to see Zeller and Olidipo play in person.
      Unless I score tournament tickets in Dayton or Indy. Which I am working on right now!

      • metalhead65 - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:11 AM

        I hope they come out firing on all cylinders and put this one away early. I want them to win the title outright and go into the tourney with some momentum. have fun and I hope it is a enjoyable late night for you.

  3. xli2006 - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    There may not be a team with a weaker resume to EVER be ranked #1 at this point in the season. Usually record alone doesn’t justify a #1.

    1 win over a ranked team (#22 OKSt). A conference that is laughable in comparison to the B10, ACC, Big East and even a down B12 and SEC. Even Butler realized they needed to make a jump upwards as they outgrew the Horizon.

    Meanwhile the #2 ranked team (IU) is 6-0 vs ranked teams and 4-0 vs the Top 10 (2-0 on the road in those) and finish off with 2 more ranked teams before the brutal B10 conf tourney.

    Are the media/voters now rewarding lone good teams in ultra soft conferences with weak schedules?

    Gonzaga is a good team, but they might get more widespread acclaim if their resume or conference were even halfway respectable.

    • adm36 - Mar 4, 2013 at 5:00 PM

      They are actually 2-0 against AP ranked teams (Ok St and K-State) and 4-0 against Coaches Poll ranked teams (Ok St, K-St, 2x St Marys).

      Gonzaga’s two losses came to the same two teams (Butler and Illinois) that IU lost to…

      If the voters followed your belief of only rewarding based on win/loss totals with no concern for quality, Louisiana Tech would be ranked higher.

    • adm36 - Mar 4, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      I’m also curious what league you think would make sense for Gonzaga to join. They don’t fit the profile of any league but the WCC (at least currently). They are too geographically distant from the A-10. They are not a football school that could join the PAC12 or the Mountain West. Moving to the WAC would be a downgrade.

  4. sdb74 - Mar 4, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Gonzaga has to be the worst #1 ever. They should not be a top seed under any circumstances. So they beat up on the Big 12? Did they play Kansas? No. Gonzaga would be 9-9 @ best in the Big 10 or Big East. Their conference is a complete joke. Gonzaga has virtually no chance to make it to the Final 4. I would love to be the #2, #3, #4, etc seed in their region. Gonzaga will be lucky to make it out of the first weekend of NCAA’s. IU, Duke, Kansas, G’Town, UL, etc would hammer Gonzaga. Butler beat Gonzaga w/their leading scorer hurt. Illinois is a middle of the pack, 8-8 Big 10 team & they went into Spokane & beat Gonzaga by double digit points. Gonzaga is a flat out joke.

    • grinzag - Mar 4, 2013 at 5:13 PM

      Such vitriol from you….I’m guessing you’re an east coaster, who doesn’t actually watch Gonzaga play, and who gets his information from biased college team chat boards. Sounds like you’re actually nervous to have your team meet up with the Zags in the tournament….

      If they’re that much of a joke, then why don’t you just congratulate them an let us fans enjoy the moment. As others have mentioned, it doesn’t mean anything at the end of the day, anyway.

      See you later this month.

      Sincerely,

      Proud Gonzaga graduate and fan.

    • astrozac - Mar 4, 2013 at 5:19 PM

      Sort of like George Mason, Butler and VCU, a team I thought ESPN thought was the anti-Christ for even getting into the tourney in 2011, had no chance to get to the Final Four. Or Indiana State playing against a bunch of nobodies…
      Maybe, maybe not, we’ll see.

  5. florida727 - Mar 4, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    The absolute beauty of college basketball is that the national champion is truly determined on the court, not in a poll.

    To that end, I say good for Gonzaga to achieve the #1 ranking. It’s important to their fans. It’s important to their program for recruiting purposes. Are they the best team in America? We’ll find out in about 5 weeks. In the meantime, Zags fans, enjoy this. Not many teams ever get to claim being #1 in their sport. You can… for now.

    Best way to shut up the haters? Play in that game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta on Monday, April 8th. Should start around 9p ET if you’re interested.

  6. omniusprime - Mar 4, 2013 at 4:40 PM

    If Gonzaga is ranked #1 in the polls then why shouldn’t they be given a #1 seed? If the morons who vote in the AP and Coach’s polls are stupid enough to give a tiny school with a pitifully weak schedule the #1 ranking then they are the ones to blame. As long as Gonzaga is highly ranked then they deserve a high seeding as well.

    Duke is obviously the best team in the country, but they still have to prove they deserve the national championship. If Duke has been the RPI Power Ranking #1 team all season long then why aren’t they ranked #1 in the other polls?

    • dexterismyhero - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      Because they got hammered by 27 at Miami……Just because you have the #1 RPI ranking doesn’t mean you get to be #1.

  7. jpopejoy - Mar 4, 2013 at 6:12 PM

    I would love to be the 8 or 9 seed in that bracket. Minnesota maybe?

  8. dukeearl - Mar 4, 2013 at 6:38 PM

    Bunch of haters out there…
    Go ‘ZAGS!!!!

  9. sdb74 - Mar 4, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    I’ve heard ESPN commentator Dan Dakich say IU & Duke are the two best teams. I would agree although I would throw Kansas in there too. They’ve had a great year minus about 10 days in early Feb. Regardless, IU, Duke, & Kansas are all clearly superior to Gonzaga. The Zags would be 9-9 @ best in the Big 10. Unfortunately, we’ll never see Gonzaga play an IU, Duke, Kansas, etc because the Zags will be long gone by the Final 4, Elite 8, etc. I really have little respect for Gonzaga. Quite frankly, I have little respect for Mark Few too. He could have taken the IU or Arizona jobs & competed for meaningful conference championships, Final 4′s & national titles. Instead, he choose to stay @ Gonzaga where he has no shot @ a Final 4.

    • grinzag - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:14 PM

      So because some commentator on ESPN says that Duke and IU are the best teams, that means that Gonzaga should be completely out of the conversation? That makes absolutely no sense, based on how they’ve played this year. Maybe you should listen to other sports analysts. Or better yet, watch a Zags game and see for yourself how special this team is. In contrast, GU has had a great year, minus 2 days. Just 2.

      I’m curious why you have no respect for Gonzaga. Mark Few is an amazing coach, who put Gonzaga on the national stage 13 years ago, and has kept them there. Only 3 teams in all of NCAA MBB have a longer tournament appearance streak than Gonzaga. He’s dedicated to Gonzaga and the Spokane Community, so if that makes him unworthy of respect in your book? Wow…ok.

    • my6bs - Mar 6, 2013 at 4:17 AM

      Is this IU alum Dan Dakich? The guy that took over when IU figured out there was a reason Kelvin Sampson got run out of WSU and Oklahoma? I’m sure he’s completely unbiased.

  10. sdb74 - Mar 4, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    Give me Tom Crean or Sean Miller over Mark Few every day. They left good situations to take on challenges @ high profile programs in IU & Arizona & have been successful. Few could have had both jobs, which are both obviously way jobs than Gonzaga, but was too gutless to take on the challenges & expectations. He was content to stay somewhere w/no pressure & never make a Final 4.

    • maxfoff06 - Mar 5, 2013 at 7:00 PM

      sdb74-The only accurate thing you just wrote is that Mark could have had both those jobs as well as several other BIG schools, but he chose to remain a husband and a father and a member of a Christian community at school where humble selfless service is valued. By remaining at Gonzaga he lives and works in a place where he makes more money than most and has a quality of life those cesspools you mentioned will never equal. You can have Tom or Sean. As for me, give me Mark Few every day as a neighbor and coach and mentor of student athletes preparing them for life and serving his family first!

  11. killiecrankie - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:08 PM

    Gonzaga has been one of my favorite schools for 75 years or so. Yet I know practically nothing about it. I grew up in Wisconsin as a Green Bay Packer fan back in the late 1930s and early 1940s. A star running back for the Packers, and my favorite player was Tony Canadeo, a Gonzaga graduate. The prematurely gray-haired halfback, proudly bore the nickname, “The Gray Ghost of Gonzaga.” I think the nickname, almost as much as his achievements on the gridiron was what made him so special to me.

  12. bordner - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:20 PM

    Wow, sdb74. You really have it out for Gonzaga, don’t you? Why is this so important to you? What are you so over-the-top passionate about this? Did you graduate from St. Mary’s? Did a Zag steal your girlfriend or something?

    I’m guessing that a large majority of the fans in the country really don’t care and probably actually enjoy seeing someone else besides IU, Duke, Kansas, etc. at the top of the polls for a change. Fortunately for you, the season’s pretty much over and the rankings won’t mean anything once the tournament begins. Just think if they had been ranked this high all year long – your head would have exploded by now!

  13. sdb74 - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Grinzag, you must be a big Zag fan. You say Few brought them to national prominence? Dan Monson actually took Zags to Elite 8 in ’98. Few has taken them no further in 10 or so years.

    • grinzag - Mar 5, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      I know Coach Monson took them to the Elite 8 in 1999. I was a fan back then too -weird. Coach Few was an Assistant Coach for that team, and has stayed with Gonzaga. So yeah, he actually was part of that team and staff. Mark Few has maintained that presence in the NCAA tourney, and made the team what it is today.

      You go ahead and believe what you want, but this Zag fan is enjoying this week immensely, and is ready to experience how the tourney unfolds. I really do wish whatever team you support the best of luck. If they meet the Zags, they’ll need it.

  14. sdb74 - Mar 4, 2013 at 8:40 PM

    I’ll respect Gonzaga when they play IU, Duke, Kansas, Louisville, etc in a road non conference game. It’ll never happen. Those teams don’t need to go to Spokane but it’s incumbent upon the Zags to go there to earn respect. Their conference is such a joke.

    • stlouis1baseball - Mar 5, 2013 at 10:59 AM

      sbd:
      “I’ll respect Gonzaga when they play IU, Duke, Kansas, Louisville, etc in a road non conference game. It’ll never happen.”

      Newsflash…IU, Duke, Kansas, Louisvile, etc… do NOT want to play Gonzaga in a non-conference game. No different than Butler, VCU or any of the so-called “mid major” powers. The only reason the Hoosiers play Butler is because they are in-state and it’s an annual game. They are now annually playing in a series against Purdue, Notre Dame and Butler.
      You need to watch more college basketball so you get a realistic feel for the game…it’s teams…and the scheduling.

      Signed,
      A Hoosiers fan

  15. homixide - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:28 AM

    A lot of people don’t give Gonzaga & UNM the respect that they have earned, UNM has the #2 RPI, They have beaten every top 25 team they faced this year. How many other teams can say that? Some who are ranked hiigher in the polls seem to only be there out of popularity not their won/loss record.

    Some people think that just because your conference isnt that strong by their standards maybe your schedule was tougher on the road than other teams, Gonzaga and UNM beat top ranked teams while on the road far away from home. Other teams have hung out in the top 20 who have lost 5 or more games and dont have a tough RPI before you scream look at the RPI of your team

  16. my6bs - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:02 AM

    The RPI (or Really Poor Indicator as I call it) uses politically correct voodoo math. KenPom, Sagarin, and ESPN’s BPI are all much better indicators to judge a team. Gonzaga ranges between 4-6 in those indexes. But since the RPI is what the casual fan knows and hears, lets use it. The arguments against GU are 1) Weak conference- True teams like LMU and Pepperdine are relative bottom feeders, but the top 3rd of the WCC has an average RPI of 38, while the SEC top 3rd has an average RPI of 41. 2) They would be lucky to be .500 in conference X- GU has a higher winning percentage (1.000 v. .800) against common common opponents with Kansas. 3) They don’t play anybody- GU’s winning percentage against RPI top 100 teams (which is what the selection committee looks at) is .846, better than any other team in the country. Yes, they only have 13 top 100 games, but they won 11, and no team has won more than 13.

    • my6bs - Mar 5, 2013 at 2:14 AM

      Actually, that should have been no team in the top 10 has more than 13 top 100 wins. UNM has WON more top 100 games (17) than any top 10 team has played.

  17. sdb74 - Mar 5, 2013 at 3:37 AM

    I have far more respect for New Mexico than Gonzaga. The NM resume is way more impressive.

  18. sdb74 - Mar 5, 2013 at 11:09 AM

    You need to watch college hoops too. I’m an IU fan & they have not played a series against Notre Dame for 10 years. IU played them last year @ Bankers Life as part of a 4 team showcase. IU played Butler in the same showcase this year. IU plays Butler every other year & ND every other year too. I believe IU, Duke, Kansas, etc would play a home game against Gonzaga but no chance they go to Spokane because they don’t have to. Obviously no chance the Zags are interested in playing a game in Bloomington, Durham, Lawrence, etc & getting exposed too.

    • stlouis1baseball - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      “I’m an IU fan & they have not played a series against Notre Dame for 10 years. IU played them last year @ Bankers Life as part of a 4 team showcase.”

      If so…then you should know this is an annual series. It’s the Bankers Life Classic.
      IU can’t play Butler, Purdue AND Notre Dame in the same series. It simply doesn’t work.

      But the bigger point seems lost on you. No major program is going to schedule a team like Gonzaga. Reason being…they don’t want to risk getting their asses handed to them.
      Much like fighting a girl…you have nothing to gain and everything to lose.
      No disrespect to Gonzaga whatsoever. It’s just the best example I can come up with to illustrate it for you.

    • stlouis1baseball - Mar 8, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      “Obviously no chance the Zags are interested in playing a game in Bloomington, Durham, Lawrence, etc & getting exposed too.”

      You don’t get it do you? IU, Duke, Kansas, et. al…will NOT schedule the Zags. Hell…they don’t want to play them on a neutral site…let alone open themselves up for a home loss.
      You. Are. Losing. This. Debate.

  19. sdb74 - Mar 5, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    News flash. Purdue is part of that series @ Bankers Life but IU will never play them. They will only play ND & Butler. Conversely, Purdue will rotate between Butler & ND in that series & never play IU. No need for IU & Purdue to play in this series since they play in conference play. Thus, IU rotates between Butler & ND & plays each every other year, not every year. The IU & ND series ended about 8-10 years ago & they had not played until last years meeting.

    • stlouis1baseball - Mar 8, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      Not sure what your point is. I mentioned the Bankers Life Classic’s annual series w/ the four teams and you originally said they no longer play N.D. Well…they do now (hence my reference to the Bankers Life Classic). And of course they don’t play Purdue. Should they play Purdue in the classic the Big Ten’s annual IU/Purdue (home and home) would be jeopardized. Dude…you aren’t doing yourself or fellow IU fans any favors with your Gonzaga comments. I suggest you take a look at baskeball outside the conference (as great as it is)…and gain some perspective on the talent level across the Country. Go Hoosiers!

  20. sdb74 - Mar 5, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Mark Few has done such a great job this is his 14th year & he’s been to 0 Final 4′s. What a joke. He wouldn’t be in the list of top 25 coaches. Look @ what Brad Stevens has done @ Butler which is a so called mid major like Gonzaga. Now, there is a coach. Few couldn’t hold the clipboard for Stevens on his best day.

  21. my6bs - Mar 6, 2013 at 4:03 AM

    I get it now. sdb74′s unbriddled hatred toward GU, far beyond the normal over rated, lousy SOS stuff. You’re an Indiana fan, and this group of nobodies just took over your God given perch atop the polls. Let me get it all out for you so we never have to hear your whining again… “Gonzaga?… Who the $&%% is Gonzaga? They don’t belong here. This is big boy territory. 29-2 record you say? Lost to Butler and Illinois? Lousy nobodies couldn’t beat Butler and Illinois? Those 2 teams just barely beat us. At least we had it in us to also lose to Wisconsin, Minnesota and Ohio State. Gonzaga? Is that even a real school? What do they know about basketball? We survived a year and a half of Kelvin Sampson without having to vacate any wins! Now that’s a storied program. And we got Tom Crean, greatest .500 coach in school history. What’s Gonzaga got? Mark Few? Highest winning percentage among active coaches, really? 51 of 65 AP voters and 29 of 31 coaches think these bums are more deserving of being #1. C’mon, we won a title 25 years ago, that ought to count for something. Lousy nobodies.. where the $%^# is Spokane anyway?….”

  22. sdb74 - Mar 6, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    Me & everyone else will laugh to no end when the joke that is Gonzaga loses in the 1st or 2nd round of the tournament. They would be average @ best in Big 10 or Big East.

  23. sdb74 - Mar 6, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    The main stat for Few is 0 Final 4′s. Winning% means nothing when your conference is a complete disgrace & you play only cupcakes. No bigger joke or fraud today in college hoops than Gonzaga.

  24. williethewave - Mar 8, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    oH Yes! I took a reality check too. I see Coach Mark Few and his almighty Bulldogs at the top! I also know that Gonzaga earns the right to be ranked #1 because they have been spanking big wannabee schools at “consistency level play” for years, so move over! They belong among the elite. As an alumnus of Pepperdine, don’t slice and dice mid-league conferences. In 1983, Pepperdine coached by Jim Harrick (became UCLA coach and they reached the top of the NCAA baby) lost in 2OT against #6 North Carolina State, coached by Jim Valvano, to win the national title. Incredible games when a mid-league team can challenge a legacy team from the East Coast. It’s all heart playing on the court. I know that the WCC Conference will only get better. We give our entire support to the Bulldogs. GO ZAGS!

  25. docwat - Mar 8, 2013 at 10:34 AM

    The selection committee has seen fit to place heavy emphasis on late-season performances, including conf. tourneys. If the Zags win the WCC tournament, it will be hard to deny them a #1 or #2 seed, regardless of the other school’s records. There’s enough quality games on their schedule, and the committee realizes that they have to play all those WCC games. Each year a bubble team is left out (sorry, Colorado, et. al.), the selectors mention not scheduling strong non-conference games. Gonzaga gets as many good match-ups as they can. Remember, some schools haven’t wanted to schedule them because of their rep.

  26. sdb74 - Mar 9, 2013 at 9:58 PM

    Usually the one who has to claim victory in a debate is the one who is being made to look like the fool.

  27. sdb74 - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    Gonzaga looks dreadful against 1-15 LMU. I don’t know that Gonzaga will get a #1 seed but if they do it could very well be the first time a #16 beats a #1. Can’t believe anyone actually takes this team seriously.

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