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Killian Tillie suffers foot sprain in Gonzaga win over San Francisco

Ohio State v Gonzaga

BOISE, ID - MARCH 17: Killian Tillie #33 talks with Rui Hachimura #21 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the second half against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the second round of the 2018 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Taco Bell Arena on March 17, 2018 in Boise, Idaho. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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Gonzaga spent the first two months of the season waiting for Killian Tillie to recover from ankle surgery.

Now the ‘Zags will be anxiously awaiting the results of an MRI on Friday.

The Bulldog big man, who missed the season’s first 15 games, suffered what Mark Few said was a sprained foot in Gonzaga’s 92-62 win over San Francisco on Thursday.

Tillie, a potential NBA draft pick, only returned a month ago and still was playing limited minutes as Gonzaga continued to decimate the rest of the WCC. The Bulldogs have had the luxury of bringing Tillie along slowly as they worked to acclimate him as the final piece that potentially could take an obviously excellent Gonzaga team to another level come March, which is likely the next time the Bulldogs will be tested.

It’s going to be a tense few hours in Spokane waiting for the exact diagnosis and subsequent prognosis for Tillie. Sure, Gonzaga has proven it can be really good without him - they’ve still got some pretty decent players, yeah? - but they also showed themselves vulnerable to the likes of Tennessee and North Carolina, two teams of the caliber they’ll need to beat to reach a Final Four and potentially win a national title, without him. A fully healthy Tillie very well could be the difference for Gonzaga when you’re operating at this upper echelon nationally.