‘Literally the Hardest’: Gonzaga Bulldogs Head Coach Mark Few Opens Up on the Team’s Consistency

Published 03/29/2021, 1:00 PM EDT
Mar 9, 2021; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Jalen Suggs (1) poses with the most valuable player trophy after the West Coast Conference Tournament championship game against the BYU Cougars at Orleans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports


The Gonzaga Bulldogs are unbeaten this season. The team is on a mission to succeed, and they look scarily good in pursuit of winning their first-ever NCAA Championship. The reason why the Bulldogs are feared this season is because they’ve been extremely consistent with their results. 

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Head coach Mark Few takes pride in how his team has been playing all season. They have not succumbed to defeat against a single team till now, and their perfect 29-0 record is the standard every team is looking up to. 

On top of all that, Gonzaga has qualified to the NCAA Elite Eight for the fourth time in the last six years. They graced the stage in 2015, 2017, 2019, and have now punched their ticket into the Elite Eight with an 83-65 win over the Creighton Bluejays. 

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Mar 22, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Anton Watson (22) is held back by teammates as reacts to a flagrant foul committed by Oklahoma Sooners guard Elijah Harkless (24) during the second half in the second round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Gonzaga Bulldogs won 87-71. Mandatory Credit: Patrick Gorski-USA TODAY Sports

Mark Few hails the fighting mentality of the Gonzaga Bulldogs

There was no NCAA Tournament in 2020, and the Gonzaga Bulldogs look like they’re in search of a double win in Indianapolis. Mark Few is in his 22nd season as the head coach, and 2021 looks like a year where he might finally be able to add the term ‘NCAA Champion’ on his coaching resume. 

“I hope people realize just how hard it is. It’s literally the hardest thing we do in our sport is advancing in this tournament,” Few said when asked about maintaining consistency. 

While Mark Few did mention that it is really hard to advance to the Elite Eight in a consistent manner, the 58-year-old also admitted that a stroke of luck would also be favorable on a particular night during a tough game. 

“But it’s really hard, and I know we’ve done it quite a few years in a row now, but I can tell you, it’s hard. It’s hard to get to this tournament, and it’s hard to win games in it. It’s something that I’ll never, ever, ever take for granted,” he expressed. 

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“I just am so proud of our guys, all our guys over the years, and just been blessed to be a part of these groups that do know how to get it done and win games in this thing,” Few mentioned. 

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are the mighty favorites to win the 2021 NCAA Tournament after booking a place in the Elite Eight. They’re just three more wins away from reaching the pinnacle of success and becoming the first team since the 1976 Indiana Hoosiers to remain unbeaten during a championship run. 

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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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