Look, there’s no doubt that Gonzaga belongs in the national title game. Since November, the 37-1 Bulldogs have proved bigger, faster and, well, just all around better than their opponents.
But even the best teams need a bounce or two to go their way in the quest for a championship and did the Zags ever get one when they needed it in the worst way on Saturday.
After watching as South Carolina went on a 16-0 run to turn a 14-point deficit into a two-point lead, Gonzaga’s 7-foot freshman Zach Collins hoisted a 3-pointer in an attempt to stop the bleeding.
The shot was far from pretty, awkwardly hitting the back of the rim. It shouldn’t have gone in, either, but shouldn’t has nothing to do with it when you’re talking about a round ball, flat glass and an iron rim …
— Kenny Roda (@TheKennyRoda) April 2, 2017
As anyone who’s ever shot at a hoop knows, sometimes you get bounces you don’t necessarily deserve. And like we said up top, it came at the best possible time for Collins and the Zags. Collins’ three spurred Gonzaga to a 7-0 run of its own and the Zags never trailed against as it downed South Carolina 77-73 to reach the first final in program history.
No, it wasn’t pretty, but it’s the type of shot they might one day write songs about in Spokane.
Zach Collins' 3 that died on the back rim and fell over into the basket may end up being Gonzaga's most important shot in program history.
— ????Titanic Hoops???? (@TitanicHoops) April 2, 2017
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