PHOENIX – Coach Mark Few remarked Friday on the significance of leading Gonzaga to its first Final Four and the outpouring of support from former players, colleagues and others coming from around the world to witness and share in this historic moment.
“It’s just been unbelievable. I don’t know that I could put it into words. We had a great little get-together last night with former players, former coaches, all the colleagues that I’ve met 28 years in the business,” he said. “I still am amazed how emotionally it hits you when you see all these people rallying into town from all over the place, wishing you well but also just coming in to see your team and support them. It’s a pretty powerful emotion.”
It has been a time like no other for Few, who leads his No. 1 seed and 36-1 Bulldogs against the No. 7 seed and 26-10 South Carolina Gamecocks at 3:09 p.m. on Saturday at the University of Phoenix Stadium. On Thursday, Few was named the Associated Press College Basketball Coach of the Year.
“I mean it’s crazy. It’s crazy, and it’s really cool. And so it’s more about just the joy you feel when you see those former players, how proud they are of the school they went to, the program they played for. Obviously seeing how happy my guys are and just the looks on their faces for all the – I had no idea some of the stuff goes on for these Final Four teams. I mean the way they take care of you here is just mind-boggling. And they truly make it a lifetime experience.”
Few believes finding a balance is key for the Zags to enjoy the Final Four and stay focused.
“I think they should be able to experience it. It’s an amazing, amazing event,” he said. “And then just from our perspective, the Gonzaga perspective, I can’t tell you the outpouring and the support and all the people that are coming from all over the world – literally all over the world – to come watch us this weekend.”