Mar 17, 2022; Portland, OR, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs head coach Mark Few reacts in the second half against the Georgia State Panthers during the first round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament at Moda Center. Mandatory Credit: Troy Wayrynen-USA TODAY Sports

Following their upset loss against Arkansas in the Sweet 16, the Gonzaga Bulldogs are out of the 2022 NCAA Tournament. With the early exit, head coach Mark Few is catching some criticism.

In a single-elimination tournament, it’s hard to be too surprised about any upset. Over one 40-minute game, anything can happen. But following the game, Few expressed his surprise at the defeat.

Few also referenced how Gonzaga had been at or near the top of the rankings for the entire season, which no other top teams had done. That drew an obvious response.

But beyond just postgame comments, Few’s consistent NCAA Tournament struggles were a source of conversation.

There was another major talking point in the aftermath of the loss. If the in-game coaching of Few isn’t the reason that Gonzaga consistently falls short in March, maybe the kind of players on the team has something to do with it.

Few took over the Gonzaga program in the 1999-00 season. The year before, the Bulldogs had reached the Elite Eight under Dan Monson.

Gonzaga has reached the NCAA Tournament every year in Few’s tenure (except in 2020, when then Bulldogs were 31-2 but no tournament was held). And while Gonzaga does tend to play a weaker schedule, it’s not as though the Bulldogs have no-showed in March Madness. That’s happened occasionally. But Few’s teams have gone out in the Sweet 16 now seven times, the Elite Eight twice and have reached the National Championship Game on two occasions (2017, 2021), losing both.

But until Gonzaga cuts the nets down at the end of the National Championship Game, Few will continue to come under fire.

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