Observations from the Gonzaga-Northwestern game

The referees missed that Collins had reached his hand all the way through the cylinder to block the shot and that goaltending should have been called.

Northwestern coach Chris Collins was furious the moment that call was missed - so furious that he ran out onto the floor and the officials called a technical on him.

There is no one more qualified to describe the journey from the days before the start of the Chris Collins Era to where Northwestern basketball is now, four years after Collins arrived in Evanston. But that all changed as Northwestern McIntosh free throws and Law's thunderous dunk off the rebound made it 5 point game at 63-58 forcing Gonzaga to call timeout with 5:29 remaining.

The Zags had gone into the half with a seemingly safe 18-point lead after dominating the first 20 minutes, making Northwestern's Cinderella story look as though it was ready to close its final chapter.

Literally, when the referee makes a call than you just can not handle. Tillie added eight points, five boards, one block and one steal.

I hope we all find something we love as much as this kid loves Northwestern basketball. "If something presents itself, we're certainly looking, the way other people have looked and analyzed to see how it would work for them". Gonzaga speed, inside scoring with their bigs, and dictating the flow and temple of the game was what got them the win. But there should be a YO, HE PUT HIS ARM THROUGH THE BASKET exception, for when a player sticks his freakin' arm through the basket and none of the refs say anything. He compared the Zags' transition game to Michigan State's, and that Nigel Williams-Goss "makes them go".

After tailing big in the first half, Northwestern mounted a comeback against Gonzaga, cutting the lead to five but getting no closer in a 79-73 loss. "We've had the best atmosphere of the teams".

The NCAA admitted on Saturday that its officials missed a basket-interference call late in a competitive second-round tournament game in Salt Lake City. Then on the other end, Scottie Lindsey blocked Williams-Goss shot.

In the first half, Gonzaga's defense showed why it's now ranked #1 in KenPom's adjusted defensive efficiency ratings.

In the end, Northwestern fell just short, but that should take nothing away from what was a season that will be remembered in Evanston forever.

Indeed, Northwestern played so poorly in the first half that IL fans were mocking the Cats on social media.

"In all of these games, I feel like Northwestern has had the most fans", sophomore forward Vic Law said.

The fourth-seeded West Virginia Mountaineers (27-8) resume their one-time conference rivalry against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (26-9) in a matchup of teams that play with contrasting styles.

Northwestern's 53 second half points were the most points that Gonzaga has given in a half up this season.

  • Lila Blake