Three years ago an associated press article read "Gonzaga shocks No. 2 North Carolina".
Last night North Carolina returned the favor, but it certainly could not have been a shock.
Gonzaga is a good enough team to battle anyone at anytime. However, the one thing they do (as a team) is run and shoot; regardless if anyone is there to rebound a missed attempt.
Most often, when Gonzaga decides to shoot threes, there is no one to hit the boards. It just seems ridiculous that the team with the size advantage would not use it to their...well...advantage.
Tyler Hansbrough had absolutely no difficulty doing whatever he wanted. None of the Tar Heels seemed to be troubled by the Gonzaga defense.
I mean, if there is none there, than there is nothing to be troubled over.
Downs, Pargo, Heytvelt and Bouldin were basically defenseless against North Carolina. Of all the Zags, Daye appeared to be the one Gonzaga player showing aggression.
The rest of the aggression came from the Tar heels.
When a team runs and guns it needs to make the higher percentage of those
attempts. If you live by the sword, you die by the sword.
Gonzaga could not make the shots, and did not defend the basket. The end score
is proof, and not worth mentioning.
Bouldin returns next year and Sacre, Goodson, Gray and Daye are all young, and they will get over this loss. This experience should allow for an even better Gonzaga team next season.
The fans across the nation, especially in 'Zag nation, hope so anyway.
Still, if next years team mimics this one, don’t look for them in the Sweet
16. If Gonzaga does not shoot better than their opponents, the conference
title will be up for grabs. Lets also hope next years team hits the boards.
The Zags are graduating three of their starting players, Bouldin and Daye remain. That with the young players coming along with Sacre and Goodson the Zags could do better. Its a crap shoot right now. We'll see!