#23 Gonzaga: 77-76 loss at Santa Clara
With one minute remaining, Gonzaga held a 76-72 lead over Santa Clara behind 32 points from Anton Watson. A Ryan Nembhard missed free throw with 14 seconds remaining proved to be fatal as Adama Alpha-Bal made an incredibly difficult and-one layup to give Santa Clara the lead and ultimately – even with the missed free throw – the win over Gonzaga, marking their first win over Mark Few since 2011.
It’s been a rough year for the Zags who now stand at 11-5 (2-1) on the year with their best win coming from….Syracuse?
Level of concern: 10/10
The alarm bells have rung. The level of concern has reached an alarming rate for the Bulldogs who, at the moment, stand outside of the NCAA Tournament picture.
The problem with Gonzaga is the lack of resume-boosting wins. Gonzaga currently stands at 0-4 in Quad 1 games and only has three more Quad 1 games remaining on their schedule.
Due to the nature of their schedule, their margin of error is razor thin – not exactly the spot you want to be in at the beginning or middle of January.
Similar to Kansas, Gonzaga doesn’t have a whole lot of wiggle room in their rotation. Losing Steele Venters at the start of the season hurt their depth as Mark Few only goes about seven deep with this squad.
We are in unfamiliar waters with this Gonzaga team – and although the season is far from over and there is talent on this team to make a run – it's becoming an increasing possibility that Gonzaga will need to win their conference tournament to reach the Big Dance.