Until Saturday, when top-seeded Gonzaga clobbered Xavier, 83-59, in the West Regional final, Few had won the most N.C.A.A. tournament games (24) among coaches who had never reached the national semifinals.
This best version of Few’s best team played with fury and purpose, burying Xavier’s bid to become the fourth No. 11 seed to reach the Final Four. Gonzaga (36-1) made a dozen 3-pointers and disrupted the Musketeers near the rim with a fierceness that Xavier had yet to encounter during its unlikely stampede to the round of 8.
As a measure of Gonzaga’s offensive efficiency, consider that it allowed more points before halftime than it had in any other game this season — 39 — and it still led by 10. That lead ballooned to 17 less than five minutes into the second half, and although Xavier’s fans chanted, “We believe,” they had no better luck forestalling the inevitable than its players did.
Few has coached some superb teams, but none like this one, which has coalesced despite the fact that five members of its eight-man rotation did not even wear a Gonzaga uniform last season. One transfer, Nigel Williams-Goss, led…