Welcome to the top Gonzaga. Enjoy it while it lasts.
The Bulldogs rose to No. 1 in the country Monday, and it’s significant for a program that has built a tradition of success. However, it doesn’t necessarily mean Gonzaga is the best team in the country.
College basketball is filled with parity, and while the Bulldogs are certainly capable of winning a national championship, I don’t think anyone can say they are, hands down, the team to beat.
All Gonzaga can do is focus on the task at hand and understand that the No. 1 ranking doesn’t guarantee a single thing.
”We still have a lot more to accomplish starting this weekend in Las Vegas and moving forward to the NCAA tournament,” Gonzaga head coach Mark Few said in an Associated Press story. ”We’re looking forward to the rest of the season and making it last as long as we can.”
It could very well last all the way into April when the Final Four is played in Atlanta.
Kelly Olynyk, the Canadian who has become a star for the Bulldogs, averaging nearly 18 points per outing, talked about what being No. 1 means to him in the Associated Press story.
”We have a special team this year,” Olynyk said. ”It shows that college basketball in the rest of the country has a lot of respect for us.”
The Bulldogs have earned a lot of respect and it will be interesting to see how they handle the spotlight. It’s not easy staying on top and Gonzaga has a lot of work to do if it wants to prove it is the best team in the nation.
Brian Lester is a college basketball writer for Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @BLester1993.