Gonzaga with a 4-5 record is off to the worst start of the Mark Few era, and the schedule gets tough again after tonight's game against Lewis-Clark State when the Zags head to Dallas to play Baylor on Saturday.
"Clearly we've played the most difficult schedule in college basketball up until this point in the season," Few said.
"The schedule's been brutal, but that's kind of how we always do it up here."
Losses to San Diego State, Kansas State, Illinois, Washington State and Notre Dame have the Zags reeling, but the hope for them is to stop opponents from shooting 40 percent from 3-point range against them and get Elias Harris healthier coming off an Achilles injury.
"If Harris continues to get back to form, there's no doubt this is a top-20 team, a very talented team that can make a deep run in March," Baylor coach Scott Drew said.
Said Few: "We have a younger team that people realize. We're in the process of those guys figuring out their roles."
The Zags still have Xavier, Oklahoma State and Memphis to play as well as Saint Mary's twice during the WCC portion of the schedule.
First comes a little breather against Lewis-Clark State tonight.
"It's nice to have a game at home," Few told KREM-TV. "It's nice to have a game not against a top-10 opponent or a top-20 opponent. Nobody in college basketball has played a schedule even close to ours right now. I think our players need to understand that, our coaches do, and our fans do. Bottom line."