NCAA Tournament March Madness

#16 Gonzaga

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Projected seed: 7 (automatic qualifier)

Gonzaga's season presents a true mixed bag, with quality wins peppered among some puzzling losses. The high note is a significant road win against a blue-blood powerhouse like Kentucky, an undeniable feather in any team's cap, underscoring their potential to compete with the country's elite on a good day. However, this is contrasted by losses to teams like San Diego State and Saint Mary's CA, both of which highlight inconsistencies, particularly on the defensive end as evidenced by their lower defensive efficiency rankings. While the Bulldogs have shown they can pour on the points against weaker competition, the real test of their mettle comes in how they handle stronger, defensively-minded teams. They've had trouble in a few squeakers, notably against Santa Clara and Pacific, which, while they ended in wins, don't instill overwhelming confidence. Their ability to correct course against Saint Mary's CA in the rematch, however, shows adaptability and resilience, traits that will be crucial in the pressure-cooker of the NCAA tournament.

Date Opponent Ranking Outcome
11/10Yale80W86-71
11/20(N)Purdue1L73-63
11/21(N)Syracuse63W76-57
11/22(N)UCLA107W69-65
11/28CS Bakersfield246W81-65
12/2(N)USC116W89-76
12/5Ark Pine Bluff345W111-71
12/9@Washington86L78-73
12/11MS Valley St362W78-40
12/15(N)Connecticut2L76-63
12/20Jackson St299W100-76
12/29San Diego St20L84-74
1/4Pepperdine240W86-60
1/6San Diego248W101-74
1/11@Santa Clara111L77-76
1/18@Pepperdine240W86-61
1/20@San Diego248W105-63
1/25San Francisco87W77-72
1/27@Pacific354W82-73
1/30Loy Marymount223W92-58
2/3St Mary's CA50L64-62
2/7Portland283W96-64
2/10@Kentucky14W89-85
2/15@Loy Marymount223W91-74
2/17Pacific354W102-76
2/22@Portland283W86-65
2/24Santa Clara111W94-81
2/29@San Francisco87W86-68
3/2@St Mary's CA50W70-57