Gonzaga open to switching leagues
Gonzaga coach Mark Few says “we don’t have our head in the sand” when it comes to the conference realignment that has shaken up college hoops and how a conference change could eventually come to the campus in Spokane, Wash.
“I’m always talking to that guy about it,” Few said of Athletic Director Mike Roth. “We’ve got a brand. We’re going to do what’s best for Gonzaga. If something presents itself, we’re certainly looking, the way other people have looked and analyzed to see how it would work for them.”
Gonzaga is in its 19th straight NCAA Tournament and in the second round for the ninth straight year — the Bulldogs play Northwestern today. Few said the team has no problem scheduling nonconference games: This season it played Florida, Iowa State and Arizona. Once January rolls around, West Coast Conference opponents take over the schedule and the Bulldogs roll: They’re 80-8 the past five seasons. Only two of those losses have come to teams other than St. Mary’s or BYU.
Asked if he wished for a few more UCLAs and Arizonas to play, guard Silas Melson responded: “Honest answer, yes. We’re totally fine with the competition we play. But watching on TV, the Big Ten games, Pac-12, we want to be among the best like that.”