Gonzaga's run at a perfect season is over, we all knew it'd come to an end eventually just not in the fashion in which it actually occurred. Last night, Gonzaga went into the final game of their regular season a 20 point favorite against BYU. BYU is a solid team in their respective conference, but if Gonzaga was a true #1 they should've been able to blow them out. Anyone with a gambling bone in their body would've taken BYU last night with that ridiculous of a spread in play, that's beside the point though, it does show how heavily favored Gonzaga was to win this game. Gonzaga was 29-0, everyone expecting Gonzaga to go 30-0, march on towards the NCAA Tournament looking to enshrine their names into college basketball immortality, conquering what so very few have done, completing the undefeated season... and then end up losing in the round of 32 to the first real college basketball program they run into. Unfortunately, BYU had to ruin all the fun, they just had to beat Gonzaga and take away the pure joy it'd bring every other college basketball fan watching Gonzaga get their hearts ripped out way too early in the NCAA tournament. No, instead BYU spoils the surprise early by walking into Gonzaga's home area and showing the world how much of a fraud Gonzaga truly is.
Gonzaga has been #1 in the country for about a month now, they won't be for much longer. They'll still have the best record in Div. 1, but due to their strength of schedule and the fact that they aren't in a power 5 conference, they'll fall out of the top spot for sure. How far is the real question. I doubt they'll drop them below 5, but you never know. The real question is, will they still be able to get a coveted #1 seed in the tournament. They clearly aren't worthy of it because if the Zags played in the ACC it'd show just how mediocre they are. I do love watching the committee overrate them by giving them a #1 seed, and then watch Gonzaga totally prove why they weren't deserving of that ranking at all regardless of their record. When will the NCAA learn that these non-power 5 conferences just don't contain the same level of players. There's a reason they aren't in the power 5, so why treat them like they are, it's embarrassing. I'll always root for the underdog, Gonzaga can't be an underdog when the NCAA hypes them up as a favorite to win the whole tournament. So instead, I'll just laugh when their inevitable downfall occurs.