With its 86-69 win over Loyola Marymount Saturday night, the Gonzaga men's basketball team completed its first undefeated regular season -- and became the first Division I team to enter its conference tournament undefeated since Kentucky in 2015.
While this season has been full of uncertainty because of COVID-19 -- namely shortened nonconference schedules, multiweek pauses for teams across the nation and over 1,500 postponed or canceled games -- Gonzaga's dominance and 24-0 record stand out.
While many teams' nonconference schedules were pared down because of COVID-19 factors, the Zags pursued one of the nation's toughest early-season slates -- and won big. They beat then-No. 6 Kansas by double digits in their season opener and topped then-No. 11 West Virginia one week later.
After a positive COVID-19 test wiped out a potential Game of the Yearbetween top teams Gonzaga and Baylor on Dec. 5, the Bulldogs returned from a COVID-19 pause to beat then-No. 3 Iowa by 11.
As a replacement for Baylor, the Zags faced -- and trampled -- then-No. 16 Virginia 98-75, as the Cavaliers surrendered their most points in over a decade.
In the process, Gonzaga became the first team in Division I men's college basketball history to beat four AP top-20 teams in its first seven games of the season.