Arizona among best Few has faced

Gonzaga coach Mark few believes Arizona is among the best teams he has ever faced. Read on to see why that is and much more.

Gonzaga coach Mark Few did not mince any words when discussing what Arizona did to his squad on Sunday.

"Well, we ran into a buzz saw tonight," Few said. "That is an excellent basketball team. They are well coached, and about as good defensively certainly as we've seen in a long time. Offensively, especially with our turnovers leading to getting their offense going, they're a handful when they get out and run like that. We got beat in pretty much every facet of the game tonight and tip our hats to them. Hope they keep playing that well all the way through."

In fact, Few believes that this Arizona squad is one of the best he has seen since he started coaching at Gonzaga.

"Yeah, I mean, as I told Sean afterwards that's the best team we've played, gosh, that I can remember," he said. "I don't quite remember we played at Buffalo against Syracuse maybe four or five years ago, so I guess I need to come up with a better term, because I mean, the Arizona team we saw tonight was as good of a team as we have faced, that I can remember.

"Especially the way they played. Just so well coached and playing like a team, very physical, extremely athletic, and, you know, they were just too much for us tonight."

When facing a team like that, it does not help that Gonzaga allowed 31 points off turnovers and had difficulty hanging on to the ball long enough to run its offense.

"We allowed them to, in a lot of ways, to play so great and look so great with just a ridiculous amount of turnovers," he said. "One of the reasons we had 29 wins is we took care of the basketball this entire year.

"The other reason we had 29 wins is we're pretty smart with our shot selection, that's why we shot with a high percentage. We got a little sped up, we tried to do too many hard things early, weren't very strong with the ball. They get out and dunked the ball and run like that and then offense becomes easy for them, which is one of the areas they struggled with this year."

Individually, Arizona had plenty of strong performance, but Aaron Gordon was able to control the Bulldogs both offensively and defensively.

"I mean, he's a fantastic player," Few said. "The best thing about Aaron is he just plays so hard. That's a talent in itself. I mean, all coaches would tell you that. He just brings it.

"I remember Billy and Shaka telling me, they coached him this summer in USA basketball and what a motor he has. Sean is putting him in all the right spots so you can find success on the offensive end and he's just so tough and plays with so much energy. He's a handful."


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