If you are a fan of a mid-major basketball team, you have to accept the fact that you will probably never see your team win a championship. So, in a sense, you are accepting the fact that your team, the one you spend an inordinate amount of time cheering for and obsessing over, is destined to fail in some fashion at the end of the season. This is kind of a relief, actually, because that knowledge always exists in the back of our minds, so we can take joy in other accomplishments (beating the hell out of the University of Washington, for example, or making the tournament a bunch). We’ll never be Beyonce, but maybe if everything falls into place, for one magical year, we can be Nicki Minaj. Lorde? Whatever, you get it.
Elite schools reload and compete for titles. Mid-majors have down stretches (that can last, oh I don’t know, a decade or two) and eventually piece together an interesting roster. We are spoiled in that Gonzaga consistently attracts high level recruits (bolstered by our international pipelines), so we end up having these “interesting” teams more often than most. By “interesting,” I mean that they are good enough to play deep into the tournament and compete with/beat schools outside of the top 6. I’d say they generally happen every 2-4 years. Starting with the Morrison run, these are the teams I’m talking about: