A week of greatness! A win over a scrappy team from San Francisco and arguably Gonzaga’s best game of the year against a Santa Clara squad who boasts four players with over 1000 career points. Also, talks of a 1 seed?
Gonzaga was on in the midst of a polished, dominant first half against a San Francisco Dons squad that couldn't keep up with the Zags potent offense. Just watching that first half made the Zags look like a top ten team, but somehow the Zags couldn’t put the Dons away and left the break with a 34-27 lead. In the second half, the Dons tied it at 45 all with about ten minute left, but Cole Dickerson (14 points) and Cody Dooling (14 oints) weren’t enough to outmatch our tremendous front court of Kelly Olynyk (26, 9 rebounds, 3 assists) and Elias Harris' double-double (17 points, 13 rebounds). The Zags eventually pulled away with a 71-61 win.
Wednesday night, the Zags were a well-oiled machine. Analysts are calling this the most complete performance by any team all season. This is the best I’ve seen Gonzaga play in a long time. This game came on the eve of ESPN columnist Joe Lunardi’s projection of Gonzaga being the fourth 1 seed. Gonzaga certainly played like it in its dominant 85-42 win over the Santa Clara Broncos. Gonzaga led 44-15 at the half highlighted by Kelly Olynyk's pick from Kevin Foster and his breakaway backwards Jam. This was Santa Clara's lowest scoring half of the seasons, and lowest scoring game as well. Gonzaga picked up where they left off in the second half and ended up pulling all the starters with 11 minutes left. All 12 players had the opportunity to log quality minutes in this game.
The best stat line I saw out of this game was holding Kevin Foster, the soon to be second all-time scorer in the WCC, to only four points. If we can do this to team’s best players, and especially to a player with the talent and athleticism of Foster, then we can go deep into the tournament this year.
Let’s open this up. What does everyone think about Gonzaga being a 1 seed.? Are we there yet? If not, what needs to happen for us to get there?
Everyone enjoy the San Diego game. GO ZAGS!