SPOKANE, Wash. — Second-ranked Gonzaga’s game at BYU on Thursday suddenly has national significance.
With No. 1 Indiana losing to Minnesota on Tuesday, the Zags might reach the top of the AP basketball poll Monday if they can beat BYU then defeat Portland on Saturday.
“It’s an unbelievable feeling to be part of such a team that has accomplished so much up to this point,” forward Elias Harris said earlier this week. “It makes me proud.”
The feat would be unprecedented for the mid-major program from the small Jesuit college in Spokane. While Gonzaga has been running with the elite teams in the nation for more than a decade, few in Spokane dreamed that coach Mark Few’s gang could ever be No. 1.
“It’s special ... that people see you in that light at the top of the nation,” guard Mike Hart said.