Mar 24, 2022; San Francisco, CA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Julian Strawther (0) reacts after their loss to the Arkansas Razorbacks during the second half in the semifinals of the West regional of the men’s college basketball NCAA Tournament at Chase Center. The Arkansas Razorbacks won 74-68. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

The remainder of March Madness will go on without Gonzaga.

The runner-up in the 2021 NCAA Tournament, No. 1 seed in the West Region, and No. 1 overall seed are out. The Bulldogs were upset in the Sweet 16 of the 2022 NCAA Tournament on Thursday, falling 74-68 to No. 4 Arkansas.

As the No. 1 overall seed, Gonzaga was naturally a popular pick. The Bulldogs going down drew a big reaction.

Of course, there are two sides to an upset. While a lot of focus goes to the losing team, the winning team must get its proper credit. Arkansas got a lot of that on Thursday.

As is the case in every game, there was a third team on the floor. And in what has become an all-too-common theme during the tournament (and in college basketball in general), the officiating was a major talking point.

Gonzaga has long been one of the top college basketball programs in the country. The Bulldogs have made every NCAA Tournament since 1999 and have generally made deep runs. Gonzaga finished as the runner-up in 2017 and 2021 and made the Elite Eight in 2019. A National Championship victory, however, remains elusive.

The win over Gonzaga moved Arkansas into the Elite Eight for the second straight season. The Razorbacks are searching for the program’s second NCAA Championship, with the other coming in 1994.

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