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Saturday / January 16.

    GLENDALE, Ariz. — Forty minutes of good basketball play separates Gonzaga from their first ever national championship.

    And if they pull it off on Monday night against the North Carolina-Oregon winner they will finish their season 38-1.

    But people will still call them a mid-major.

    Despite hearing the comments, Gonzaga’s players aren’t letting the knock on their path to the last game of the 2016-17 college season bother them.

    “We just heard everything this year — we’ve heard the conference, we’ve heard we haven’t played tight games, that we’re not tough, we’ve heard everything,” Nigel Williams-Goss said after his team beat South Carolina 77-73 in the national semifinals. “Again to be 37-1 and playing the last game of the season, it’s just a blessing and I just couldn’t be more happy to be playing with these guys.”