*Editor’s Note: This is the second in our series, “Guest Writers” written for Zagaholic by Tim Mackin. I have known him for several years. He loves the Zags and bleeds red & blue like most of us. The season ending loss to
and has affected Zag fans in profound ways. He has written down some of his
thoughts about the season. Enjoy the read. Wichita
By Tim Mackin-
I want to start by quoting Murray Kempton: “Critics are those who ride down the hill after the battle has been fought to shoot the wounded."
That being said, I will point out that Gonzaga was not beaten by a better team. We simply did not play our game, and we didn't look like we wanted to be there anymore.
Another set of stats I found: Davidson 50% ('08), North Carolina 58% ('09), Syracuse 48% ('10), BYU 50% ('11), Ohio State 38% ('12), and Wichita St 50% ('13).
In case you were wondering (though most of you have probably guessed it), those were the 3pt percentages of the last six teams to dispatch the Zags from the tournament. I thought there was something different about this team... I really did... but apparently the lesson still has not been learned. Gonzaga had everything it took to get over the hill. We even had a path paved in gold. But, we buckled under pressure (yet again) when it all was put on the line. I can sit here and point fingers all I want, I know I haven't played the game at this level... but something has to be done if we expect to accomplish anything more than what we have already.