Gonzaga's special season has ended with another early exit in the NCAA tournament.
Although they reached No. 1 in The Associated Press Top 25 and earned a top seed in the tournament, the Zags were bounced 76-70 in the round of 32 on Saturday by Wichita State.
Now attention turns to whether star center Kelly Olynyk will return for his senior season.
Gonzaga (32-3) became just the fifth top seed to lose in the round of 32 since the NCAA expanded to 64 teams in 1985, and that gave fuel to critics who contended this team was overrated after playing a relatively lightweight schedule.
But players and coaches insisted that the season will not be defined by one game in which Wichita State buried the Bulldogs under 14-of-28 shooting from 3-point range.
''For five and a half months it was unbelievable,'' coach Mark Few told reporters after Saturday's game. ''A hell of a ride. That's the danger of this tournament. It's a couple-week deal. But nobody was having more fun than us for five an...