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The aforementioned letdown came against the Portland Pilots.
Just let that sink in for a second.
This is the same Portland Pilots program that had not defeated Gonzaga in 20 straight attempts. In fact, the last time Portland had defeated Gonzaga, the Bulldogs were playing at the “Old Kennel” in the Martin Centre.
Nearly all of Gonzaga’s players played abysmally. While this can in part be attributed to a rather nasty flu bug that had made its way throughout the team, the reason the team came up short can be better defined by two statistics.
Gonzaga allowed 11 offensive rebounds to the Pilots. Despite having the two tallest players on the floor, Gonzaga’s team rebounding was awful.
Secondly, the Pilots were allowed to make eight three-pointers. The experience of watching this game was particularly rough considering that many of those three-point shots were only partially contested and came in the context of stopping Gonzaga runs.
This is easily the low point of the season, and beyond that, it is probably the lowest point the Gonzaga program has been at over the past few years.
The hope here is that the team can get healthy and rally behind this poor performance to bounce back in the next few games.