No. 1 Gonzaga was upset by Saint Mary’s 60-47 in the West Coast Conference title game on Tuesday night.
It’s the first time since 2012 that the Bulldogs have not swept the WCC regular-season and tournament titles.
Gonzaga entered the contest averaging a nation-leading 90.2 points per game on a .536 shooting percentage, but Saint Mary’s held the Bulldogs to just 37.5 percent from the field. Additionally, Gonzaga hit just 2 of 17 3-point attempts.
The Gaels got a balanced scoring effort with Jordan Hunter, Tanner Krebs and Jordan Ford all hitting double digits.
The result has ramifications far beyond the WCC. For Saint Mary’s, the Gaels remove the sweating on Selection Sunday, punching their ticket by grabbing the WCC’s automatic bid.
For Gonzaga, the loss could open the door to its falling off the No. 1 seed line. While a shoo-in for the NCAA tournament – Gonzaga’s only prior losses are to great Tennessee and North Carolina teams and it beat Duke in the Maui Invitational – the Bulldogs failing to clinch the mid-major conference’s automatic bid will leave even more teams feeling the heat on Selection Sunday as a bid that could have gone to them will end up in Gonzaga’s hands.
More to come.