For as consistent as the program has been, the Zags
have experienced another spike the past seven years.
Wherever the 'Zags go, people with no real connection cheer them.
5 Illinois, the Hilltoppers gave the 'Zags fits, and some of the unaffiliated fans in the building started cheering for the littler guys.
1 seed North Carolina, the 'Zags get to be underdogs again, which figures to be nice.
The 'Zags have played with the big guys, and they've tried to become big guys.
As a couple thousand watched, the 'Zags shot some layups, and then they shot some shots, and they signed autographs and dunked and shot some more.
When the 'Zags left the court, Few lingered for a while, greeting people, smiling, chatting.
He was a first-team all-WCC selection last season, as was Cory Violette, a do-everything bruiser who leads the Zags in rebounds.
On the wing, the Zags boast a couple of high flyers in University of Washington transfer Erroll Knight and Tony Skinner, who recently returned from a hand injury; the bench includes a trio of talented freshmen led by Adam Morrison, who was recently profiled in Sports Illustrated for his ongoing battle with diabetes.
The Zags had held a comfortable lead at halftime, but the Lions went on a run to open the second half, and Gonzaga's lead was quickly cut to six points.