Over the last 20 years, Gonzaga Basketball has built its program into one of the true blue blood programs in the country. How did this season rank among the rest?
Over the last 20 plus seasons, few teams have been as dominant as Gonzaga Basketball. In that amount of time, the program went from being an unknown mid-major to one of the elite blue blood programs. The program has been to elite eight’s, Final Fours and a National Championship game. The only thing separating them from the rest of the elite programs in the country is the absence of a National Championship. It looked like Gonzaga was well on their way to securing the first-ever National Championship for the school this season before everything was shut down to the COVID-19 global pandemic.
The Bulldogs play in the West Coast Conference, which is a mid-major. That is the only thing about Gonzaga that is a mid-major. They recruit, win and operate with a budget of a high major program. Among basketball circles they are one of the most respected programs in the country. They are the only team in the country to make the second weekend in five straight years. They would have made it this year as well had there been an NCAA tournament. The Bulldogs also would have secured their third No. 1 seed in the last three years. Not many other schools can say they have exhibited that type of dominance.
Head Coach Mark Few guided his team to a 31-2 record and a West Coast Championship Title this season. The offense was the best offense in the country once again and the Bulldogs could beat you in a number of ways. They were a great shooting team and they were great around the basket. Gonzaga beat Texas A&M, Oregon, Washington, North Carolina, Arizona, BYU and Saint Mary’s that is a great schedule for a “mid-major” school.
They do not lose in Spokane and that was never more evident this year as they won every game at home yet again and most of them in dominant fashion. Gonzaga is a true blue blood and even with the shortened season this year, one in which they most likely would have won the National Championship, the Bulldogs accomplished a ton.