Gonzaga entered Saturday night’s game one win away from an unbeaten regular season. You’ll probably hear some folks argue that a loss is the best thing that could have happened to Gonzaga, that it will ease the pressure on the Zags going into the NCAA tournament, that it will remove the target on their backs. The primary burden on Gonzaga remains trying to reach its first Final Four after so many past near misses. Whatever extra load the Zags would have faced entering March unbeaten was worth it if it meant already achieving something rare and historic.
FARMVILLE, Va. (AP) — Cortez Mitchell scored 22 points and Charleston Southern beat Longwood 86-78 in the regular season finale for both teams on Saturday. The win gives Charleston Southern (11-18, 7-11) three out of its last four as it heads toward next week's Big South Tournament. Both Charleston Southern and Longwood finished in the bottom four in the standings and will therefore play first-round games. Armel Potter finished with 20 points and Antwan Maxwell Jr. added 15 for the Buccaneers, who hit 10 3-pointers and finished 20 of 28 at the free throw line. Khris Lane, Darrion Allen, and Isaac Benton combined for 64 of Longwood's 78 points to lead the Lancers (6-23, 3-15). Lane had 27, Allen
Duke will be without star junior guard Grayson Allen on Saturday. According to a report from Greg Gumbel of CBS Sports, Allen will miss the Blue Devils’ road game at Miami with an ankle injury. The 6-foot-5 Allen is averaging 15.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game this season as he’s battled a few different injuries as well as getting suspended for another tripping incident. Duke is coming off of a road loss to Syracuse earlier this week as the No. 10 Blue Devils are trying to finish out a tough regular-season schedule these next three games.