NCAA Analyst Hails Mark Few For ‘Preparing’ Gonzaga Bulldogs For OT Thriller Against UCLA

Published 04/04/2021, 11:23 AM EDT
Mar 22, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs head coach Mark Few kneels as he watches his team play the Oklahoma Sooners during the first half in the second round of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports


The Gonzaga Bulldogs just had their closest game of the season. In what may go down as one of the greatest games in March Madness history, the Bulldogs duked it out against the UCLA Bruins in an action-packed Final Four game that went to OT.

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However, in OT the game was sealed by an audacious effort by Jalen Suggs. What can be missed is that the Bulldogs could have taken a timeout with the time left on the clock, but instead let it fly with Suggs. That decision worked out, and analyst Mark Titus believes it is because of coach Mark Few’s preparation.

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“This team has not played a close game all season. The fact they were in a close game and were able to respond. The fact they never panicked, the fact that Mark Few has coached this guy’s situationally to know how to handle moments. Without having them actually okay those moments. That says a lot about the preparation of this team and the preparation and mentality of these players themselves. I’m not gonna lie to you. If I’m undefeated in Indiana, with all the history behind me, in Bob Knight’s state, thinking about the 1976 Hoosiers, and seeing a team like UCLA Bruins with John Wooden? I’m freaking out.”

Gonzaga Bulldogs: Can they get one more win?

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The Gonzaga Bulldogs need to beat just one more team. However, that team may just be the toughest opponent possible. The Baylor Bears were widely looked at as the second-best team in the country. Now, they get to finally battle the Bulldogs to prove which team is better. But it will not be easy.

Apr 3, 2021; Indianapolis, Indiana, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Jalen Suggs (1) celebrate making the game-winning shot against the UCLA Bruins in the national semifinals of the Final Four of the 2021 NCAA Tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

The Bulldogs have one of the best offenses in NCAA history, but the Bears are just as proficient defensively. This is easily the biggest matchup of the tournament. Despite all the upsets through the tournament, the two teams that were considered the best through the season have made it to the final game.

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Mark Few has worked his team to the bone. While the UCLA Bruins came with their never-say-die spirit, it was crushed by the Bulldogs. But can they do it once more against Baylor? We will have the answers by Monday night.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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