The sting of losing in the men's NCAA Tournament championship game for a second time in five years will last in Spokane, Washington, longer than March Madness.
In the long term, it's not a matter of whether Gonzaga will get another opportunity to cut the nets in April. It's a matter of when they will hoist the trophy.
Coach Mark Few will be in his 22nd season as the Bulldogs coach when the sound of bouncing basketballs echoing off gym walls will be heard again. An Oregon native who is comfortable in the Pacific Northwest is the only program he's ever known from a coaching chair isn't going anywhere. And why should he? In two decades, Few has built this mid-major from the ground up and watched as the once-Cinderella blossomed into a tournament mainstay. The only piece to his legacy missing is a title, and it will come.
There's a ton of talent on this team and many of these players will throw their hat in the NBA draft ring. But Few won't have any trouble finding more talent and getting more chances.