Eron Harris, West Virginia’s leading scorer, was limited to five of his 23 points in the second half and the Mountaineers couldn’t hold on to a 10-point lead, falling to No. 20 Gonzaga 80-76 on Tuesday night.
The Zags found their shooting touch in the second half and continued a strong rebounding effort to defeat New Mexico State 80-68.
The 16th-seeded Jaguars played shoulder-to-shoulder with one of the best teams in the country, before falling 64-58 to the Zags in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
The number one-seeded Gonzaga Bulldogs start tournament play Thursday against 16th-seeded Southern U.
If nationwide doubt over their true talent behind a number one ranking earlier this month wasn’t enough, the Gonzaga Bulldogs have several more roadblocks ahead in their path to a national championship.
Monday marked an important day in Gonzaga history: the first time ever the school was ranked number one in the AP rankings. However, the milestone will mean nothing if the Zags crumble in the NCAA Tournament.
The to-do list for the Gonzaga basketball team got shorter Monday: For the first time, the Zags were ranked No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 poll.
Bleacher Report’s Hayden Deitrick tackles arguments made by Gonzaga critics.