Billed by many as one of the outright favorites for the tournament, Gonzaga is having a season that’ll go down in history—irrespective of whether they finish up as champions or not. Heading into Selection Sunday, the Bulldogs have a real chance of keeping its undefeated run intact.
The non-conference opponents they’ve already beaten this is season include Virginia (currently placed first in the ACC), Kansas (currently in second place in the Big 12), Iowa (fourth-placed in the Big Ten), and Kansas (tied for fourth in the Big Twelve). It’s safe to say that Gonzaga’s toughest games are behind them.
Here are three more reasons the Zags will enter Selection Sunday undefeated.
Not Many Games Left To Go
When it comes to the regular season, the Bulldogs only have two games remaining: against San Diego and Saint Mary’s—both at home. As the WCC Tournament’s top seeds, the Zags only have to play just two games to be crowned as conference winners. That means it’s likely they’ll have no more than four games to play before Selection Sunday.
So far this season, the Zag are 11-0 in their respective conference, and in order to enter the NCAA tournament undefeated, they’ll only have to replicate a sliver of what they’ve been doing so far this season.
The Bulldogs have won the last 24 games on the bounce as a program and are currently 20-0. We don’t think that there will be any surprises in the next four games.
A Psychological Edge over St. Mary’s
In the games remaining between now and Selection Sunday, Saint Mary looks like the toughest challenge for the Bulldogs. But are they a threat to the Zag’s unbeaten record? Well, considering that Gonzaga has already defeated Saint Mary’s by a considerable margin this season, we don’t think so.
An Overabundance of Talent
It could be argued that whichever WCC opponent Gonzaga is facing this season, they’ll have at least the four best players on the court. As of Feb 18th, Gonzaga had four of the five best players in the conference in terms of efficiency metrics in Joel Ayayi, Jalen Suggs, Corey Krispert, and Drew Timme.
The Zags’ amazing offensive unit boasts a conference-best 121 points/100 possessions, and they have a solid defense as well, with a point allowed per 100 possessions of just 88.1.
Unstoppable? Well, they just might be…
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