2013 NCAA Tournament: Gonzaga Being First No. 1 Seed to Fall Shouldn't Come as a Surprise to Anyone

By Dan Parzych
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The Gonzaga Bulldogs received plenty of criticism when the committee gave them a No. 1 seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament and now that they are officially out–it’s safe to say the committee did in fact make a huge mistake.

After barely squeaking by the first round against Southern, Gonzaga became the first No. 1 seed to fall in this year’s tournament following a 76-70 loss to the Wichita State Shockers on Saturday. The Bulldogs found themselves trailing by five at halftime and even managed to come back in the second half–only to fall apart in the final minutes of the game when it mattered the most thanks to some amazing shooting by the Shockers.

How good? Try 14 three-pointers made and 50 percent shooting overall in the game.

Gonzaga was never taken as serious as they should have been during the regular season despite going 16-0 in the West Coast Conference–mainly because they played in the West Coast Conference and everyone believed they would have suffered numerous losses playing in a tougher conference. Give Wichita State credit considering they are a very talented team and certainly deserve a bid at the Sweet 16, but there’s no question the Bulldogs should have never been a No. 1 seed to begin with.

There were plenty of other impressive teams earning a No. 1 seed in the tournament this year instead of Gonzaga and their first two games in the tournament are the perfect example as to why. The main concern over the Bulldogs earning a No. 1 seed was due to the fact their competition level was a joke during the regular season and the last three days are the perfect example of how well they really match up against some of the top teams in the country.

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