Gonzaga Falls to Illinois: What the Zags Must Do to Bounce Back

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Gonzaga Falls to Illinois: What the Zags Must Do to Bounce Back
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Elias Harris and the Zags were dealt a frustrating loss by Illinois.

Gonzaga has some work to do after it saw the end of its perfect season at the hands of 13th ranked Illinois tonight.

First of all, hats off to Brandon Paul and the Illini for a great showing tonight in a hostile road environment.  Expectations are low for this team, but they will compete for the Big 10 Championship this season.

This loss is Gonzaga’s first, and it comes in its first real test. 

To this point, Gonzaga has beaten some middle-of-the-road opponents such as West Virginia, Oklahoma and Washington State.  The Zags will not really know the quality of these victories until the end of the season, though.

The long and the short of the matter is that Gonzaga came up short tonight, but there is a silver lining to the loss as a lot of weaknesses were illuminated.

Gonzaga is for real this season.  This is by far the best team that Mark Few has coached in some time, but moving forward, he will have to address a couple key areas of weakness.

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