Price check: UConn guard takes major step in road to recovery
SEATTLE -- For Gonzaga, it was yet another big loss so heartbreaking that alumnus Adam Morrison probably started crying again. For UConn, it was a victory so inspiring that coach Jim Calhoun felt he could fly home for the holidays sans airplane and, more importantly, senior guard A.J. Price felt as if he could do almost anything on the court.
"It was do or die time," Price said. "We had to do something immediately or we were on our way to getting run out of the gym and beat by 15 or something."The Zags still should have won the game when UConn's Craig Austrie missed a 3-point attempt with 16 seconds left, but Gonzaga failed to get the rebound. The ball kicked out to Price, who sank a difficult shot over guard Jeremy Pargo (16 points) despite being hit on the elbow as he released the ball. The play was indicative of the little breakdowns that ultimately cost Gonzaga the game. "It was a tough, tough, tough game," Few said. "We needed one more rebound there and a stop. We got the stop but we just couldn't get the rebound." Still, Gonzaga showed it can play with the best in another tough matchup between the two teams that have flourished since they met in the 1999 NCAA tournament "They are a major-major basketball team. I don't want to hear anymore about them being a mid-major," Calhoun said. "We've played them what, four or five times, and every game has been tough."
Jim Caple is a senior writer for ESPN.com.