We all know the Zags are in the midst of an excellent season. Perfect in the West Coast Conference; the best record in the nation overall; yet only a game ahead of Saint Mary’s for conference superiority. Doesn’t it seem like every year it’s the same story? I hear the uproar about how Saint Mary’s has everything to lose and the Zags are riding the wave without a fear in the world, I completely disagree.
The Zags have an outside chance at their first #1 seed in the NCAA tournament or more likely a #2 seed. For the Zags to get to the final four, we will need to get the best bracket possible. This means that the higher seed we get, and the closer we get to home come tourney time the better chance we have at stringing together four straight wins to get to the final four and silence the critics. This is EVERYTHING. The enormity of this season on the future of our program is insane. This is the year that things should finally come together. This is the year that we should burst onto the national scene and eclipse the age old “Cinderella” moniker. Sure we are America’s sweetheart. David to the Bigger schools Goliath, but we are at the point where we have to transcend the “Mid-Major” label and take a step toward becoming a perennial top team and big time national recruiter. A Final Four would help us take that step.
So on Valentine’s Day in Moraga, I wager that we NEED to win. It is simply not ok to just be in the game, or to come in and give a good effort. This is a must win game for our team. We need to come in and manhandle Matthew Dellavedova, Stephen Holt, Brad Waldow and company. We need to exert our will and show we are the superior team both at home and on the road. We need to take advantage of a game against a top 25 caliber team and continue to show the nation we are ready to take our talents to the next level this year. I don’t want to hear another Zag fan talk about how it’s ok if we lose. ITS NOT! End of Story.