LAS VEGAS - The skeptics had already come out, launching a preemptive strike to discredit Gonzaga's case for a No. 1 seed in preparation for when the brackets are unveiled on Sunday. Zags coach Mark Few and his players have heard it over and over. Gonzaga doesn't play in a "real" league, that the WCC is a mid-major conference. The Bulldogs are a fraud, and will bow out early yet again.
After watching a pompous bicycling legend ooze with arrogance one day and trying to determine whether Notre Dame's favored son was fraudulent or gullible the next, the nation was in dire need of someone lovable, someone who could help convince us all that there was still morality, a wholesomeness in the sports world. Enter Brad Stevens. Yes, the clean-cut, still baby-faced Brad Stevens.