Well, say this for that home-court advantage West Virginia was going to have on Gonzaga:
At least it's a short trip back home to Morgantown.
Seventy-eight miles, to be exact. At times, it seemed the Zags were that far ahead of the Mountaineers in their NCAA-tournament game Thursday night. The final was 77-54, Gonzaga, an old-fashioned keister-kicking that left the Consol Energy Center stunned and lifeless.
With a stout team effort inside against West Virginia All-American forward Kevin Jones and a big lift from some of their most youthful players, especially in the backcourt, the Zags controlled this almost from tip to finish.
So dominant were they that the Mountaineers didn't string four points together until the clock reached 3:25 of the second half.