‘All We Care About’: Gonzaga Bulldogs Head Coach Mark Few on Maintaining the Undefeated Streak

Published 04/03/2021, 10:00 AM EDT
Feb 18, 2021; Spokane, Washington, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Corey Kispert (24) and Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Jalen Suggs (1) celebrate a Kispert basket and foul during a game against the St. Mary’s Gaels in the first half at McCarthey Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports


The 2020-21 Gonzaga Bulldogs have been rampant in pursuit of their first NCAA championship in school history. Safe to say that this is the best Bulldogs team we’ve seen in recent years as they’re yet to lose a game in the entire season. Head coach Mark Few piles all the praise on his players! 

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The entire NCAA Division I season has been unpredictable. The pandemic left its mark by canceling a few fixtures here and there, but there are just two games remaining in the season now. March Madness 2021 has almost reached its end and the Gonzaga Bulldogs are just two wins away from making history. 

Mark Few did not come into the season thinking about an undefeated streak

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The Gonzaga Bulldogs don’t really seemed burdened by their undefeated streak. A lot is one the line, but they’re only taking one step at a time which is largely helping the team. 

Bulldogs’ long-time head coach Mark Few deserves massive credit for the consistent displays over the years, but his modesty isn’t allowing him to take all the credit. The 58-year-old is highly impressed by how his players have kept the fire alive throughout the season. 

Mar 9, 2021; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Corey Kispert (24), guard Julian Strawther (0), guard Jalen Suggs (1) and forward Drew Timme (2) celebrate after defeating the the BYU Cougars in the West Coast Conference Tournament championship game at Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

“It’s just so hard to do in a normal season and then when you factor in like I said earlier today that there’s just absolutely no juice in any arena in any environment. We have arguably the best home court in all of America and to walk out there I think was probably the hardest thing for me and our players,” Mark Few mentioned about the undefeated streak. 

“There’s literally nobody in our building except us, the other team, and the officials, and a couple of people keeping score. For these guys to channel their competitive spirit night in and night out and really not miss a beat on that has been amazing as far as talking to anybody,” he added. 

The Bulldogs are looking to become the first team since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers to win the NCAA championship while going undefeated. Bob Knight’s team went 32-0, and the Bulldogs will match this record if they win the Final Four game and the Championship game. 

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are currently focused on UCLA

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are 30-0 at the moment. The main goal is to win the next two games and conclude the season with a 32-0 record, but that’s not how they’re looking at it. 

Mark Few was asked about how he manages to maintain the composure, and the veteran head coach gave the perfect response. While the end goal remains the same, the team is only focused on their immediate opponents. 

“We haven’t spent any time on it at all. We just want to win this tournament and that’s all we care about. At this point, we know we have to be undefeated to win this tournament so it’s just been about beating UCLA now,” Few told the reporters. 

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Mar 9, 2021; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Jalen Suggs (1) cuts down the net after defeating the BYU Cougars in the West Coast Conference Tournament championship game at Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Final Four game between UCLA and Gonzaga will be a cracking one. The former is the fifth #11 seed to reach the Final Four, while the latter is looking to become the eighth undefeated championship team in history. 

It will be a historic battle indeed, as UCLA has a rich history of winning the NCAA tournament undefeated. The result will be known after four quarters on Saturday, April 3. Who are you backing to win this one? 

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Arjun Athreya

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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.

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