Gonzaga coach Mark Few says Wichita State can ‘definitely’ win it all

Gonzaga’s Mark Few knows what it’s like to coach a team destined for a No. 1 seed that gets a bundle ofoverrated flack.

The Bulldogs, coming off a West Coast Conference tournament title victory Tuesday against BYU, will be in the NCAA tournament for a 16th consecutive season — although this year as a lower seed. And Few admits he’s relieved his team won’t carry the “burden” of a top seed, especially in a year of parity.

That’s where the undefeated Wichita State Shockers, the team that upset the ‘Zags in the round of 32 en route to a Final Four finish, find themselves — as a likely No. 1 seed from a mid-major conference.

Few was quick to label the NCAA tournament a “crapshoot” based on matchups and said that although last year’s Wichita State team was a tough draw, the Shockers will be an even tougher draw in this year’s NCAAs.

“They were a great team last year. This year, they’re really, really good,” Few told USA TODAY Sports by phone on Wednesday night.

“From a coaching perspective, they’re as good as any team going into the tournament.”

When asked if he thought Wichita State could win the national title, Few didn’t hesitate. “Most definitely,” he said.

Few also said it can’t be overstated how much Wichita State had to play with a target on its back this season.

“I’m just very impressed with what they’ve been able to do, especially on the road,” he said. “We’ve been dealing with it for four years. For every team you play, it’s like it’s their Super Bowl.”

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