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It's a little unfair to peg the loss on Gary Bell Jr., who missed much of the second half with some sort of leg injury. Although, if you search "Gary Bell" on Twitter, you'll find plenty of people claiming the game would've gone differently with him in there.
And we all know that Twitter analysis is nothing short of doctrine.
Perhaps those people have a point, though. Mark Few considered Bell his best perimeter defender. To be fair, a tackling dummy would provide better perimeter defense than the rest of Gonzaga's guards.
The Shockers certainly got hot from the perimeter without him in there, though, hitting seven of their final nine three-point attempts.
However, in the 21 minutes of action before the injury, Bell didn't do a doggone thing. He missed his only two shot attempts, grabbed two rebounds, committed one turnover and that's it. Nothing else in the stat sheet from a guy who averaged 9.3 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists during the regular season.
Clearly, Gonzaga missed his defense down the stretch, but shortly after he left the game, the Bulldogs turned a four-point deficit into an eight-point lead.
It almost seemed like they were better off without him on the court.