Sports Hernia wrote:Playing in that crap conference doesn’t help the Zags when it comes to the tournament IMHO.
They are obviously superior than the weak sisters they play on a regular basis.
Iron sharpens iron.
I try to tell this to my fellow Spokanites for the past 15 years and they come at me with tar and feathers.
But you're exactly right. The WCC is weak. The teams in the tournament are bigger, stronger and faster. They're not ready for it.
Gonzaga did have a great out of conference schedule this year, but their conference stinks
They say the same thing about the Patriots (while Brady was there) and they had no issue winning championships. The WCC is weak and Gonzaga was getting exposed for it when they were getting bounced in the first or second round year after year. But when they are making it to the final four and championship game, then they've already played tough teams to get there and it's not the case of weak conference anymore. This is just a case of Gonzaga was not as good as Baylor and Mark Few's Zags the way he coaches and recruits is all about Finesse. Which is a bad match up when they finally go against a tough aggressive physical team. I get so tired of these super big, efficient but soft guys on the interior. Sadly Chet seems the same way too. Need a Ronny Turiaf or even Bautista back in the inside. Also for whatever reason the perimeter shooters for the Zags always get cold in the tournament (this may be a case of weak conference where these players are not used to shooting 3s under pressure).
Outside of BYU and sometimes St. Marys (I blame the NCAA for picking on St Marys over their blue chip teams when they wanted to make an example) the WCC is a joke though. But the Zags are stuck there. What else can they do? I'd love to see the Zags just start spotting the WCC teams 10 points every game moving forward to force their guys to play under pressure given the weak conference.