Listen: Bracketology: Saint Mary's earns a spot with upset
"Susan Saint Mary's headed to the NC double a basketball tournament. After a stunning sixty to forty seven win over top ranked Gonzaga in the west coast conference tournament title game in Las Vegas last night. It was the Gaels I ever upset of top ranked team, and we are joined now by our friend. Dave Lewis radio analyst for the Saint Mary's Gaels down in Vegas about to return home big celebration on the Moraga campus at twelve fifteen this afternoon, Dave how could a team that lost earlier this season by forty eight points to Gonzaga on the road and lost by fourteen at home beat them by thirteen. Points last night. I know. I was thinking about the lines of dumb and dumber where you're telling you. There's a chance the whole one in a million, and we need to one in a million, but everything needed to fall into place, and we went through our checklist of hey, we're going to beat them this happened. They've gotta sup- poorly from three we've got our rebound. We've got a really hot tomorrow. We've got to play out of our minds and not everything was perfect in that on that checklist. That really did enough to win and barely caught those eggs on an off night. Yeah. The zags averaging ninety points a game and they score forty seven. Randy Benson after the game that this is what he envisioned although that was hard hard to believe. But I mean every coach is going to be confident. The Cal coaching staff is probably confident heading into the Pac twelve tournament today, but still this. This was a stunning stunning upset. Well, they certainly made some defensive adjustments. They've got a an NBA player a lottery pick, and it really hot you Mora and held him to fix shot took away his aggressiveness and really force them to scramble defensively on the post. We have some inside. And they're very good, but lose a few inches on the post. So we force them to react and scramble and guide to some big shots down the stretch. And so many unsung heroes are most outstanding player was a guy. That is a senior starting for the first time Jordan, either became a shot blocking and defensive presence. And Tommy Cousy is a walk on. And he was channeling his inner Steve Nash down the stretch of that game. Got a superstar fulsome Jordan everything fell into place real magical night. I'll never forget it. Dave how far can Saint Mary's go in the tournament? Well, yeah, it depends on what the seating is. And we were hearing so projections of being twelve last night so every year at twelve to five, but if you can be a ten or maybe eleven certainly seen them having a shot to win a game. If you can get a draw like that. And then as we saw last year with Loyola and sister Jean making the run, you know, anything can happen. So there's certainly a competent bunch, and nobody believed that they could pull that off other than the guys in blue. That was pretty cool to be a part of. Hey, Dave last question. What does this mean for recruiting? They not only knocked off the number one team in the nation. They did it in a nationally televised game on ESPN a lot of people saw. The the gym has always been kind of a negative in terms of recruiting mcewen's, not a glamorous spot, even the facilities at Santa Clara better than them. But yeah, they sell the program and not the gym they play in. And obviously we've relied on a lot of Ozzy influence over the years. Certainly big. It's a huge deal was up a long shot. And you know, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas. There was no curfew last night. We're a little groggy coming home. But never forget. Thanks, dave. A pleasure. Dave lewis. The Saint Mary's Gaels radio analyst, and they're all celebrating an amazing performance. It really was extraordinarily extraordinary and again big celebration on the Moraga campus twelve fifteen this afternoon"