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NCAAB Standings - Gonzaga
It’s rarely boring when BYU makes its annual visit to the McCarthey Athletic Center.
Senior guards TJ Haws and Jake Toolson are next in line, but we’ll go with Jake Toolson, a grad transfer from Utah Valley who played at BYU as a freshman.
Gonzaga leads the nation in scoring, so nights like Thursday’s 104-54 blowout over visiting Santa Clara are hardly uncommon. But even by the top-ranked Bulldogs’ lofty standards, they flat-out put on a show offensively in the opening half.
Offensive MVP, defensive MVP and key moment from Gonzaga’s 104-54 win at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
Santa Clara entered Thursday night’s matchup with top-ranked Gonzaga sporting a 15-3 record and the West Coast Conference’s second-best league record.
Anton Watson, whose left shoulder has popped out of place in four games, including last Saturday’s road win over Loyola Marymount, will undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the season. A firm date hasn’t been set for the operation but it will likely be next week.
Joel Ayayi scored 19 points to lead five Bulldogs in double-figures and GU rolled past Santa Clara on Thursday night in the Kennel.
The top-ranked Bulldogs (18-1, 4-0) face the three teams – Thursday vs. Santa Clara (15-3, 2-1), Saturday vs. BYU (13-5, 2-1) and Jan. 25 vs. Pacific (14-5, 2-1) – right below them in the standings.
Vrankic, a 6-foot-9, 215-pound junior, is coming off a breakout game with 22 points, including the game-winner with 9.4 seconds left in a 67-66 upset over Saint Mary’s last Saturday.
First-year Gonzaga assistant Roger Powell Jr. is proficient at key tasks, but he’s also capable of adding a personal touch. He can compile scouting reports and then suit up and play with the scout team, demonstrating what the Zags might see from an opposing player.
Gonzaga’s 2020 commitments Dominick Harris, Julian Strawther and Jalen Suggs have been nominated for the McDonald’s All-American game.
Johnathan Williams suddenly had time on his hands. On Jan. 4, he made his fifth consecutive start with the Washington Wizards and after the game, Williams went to see general manager Tommy Sheppard. The Wizards liked him – the way he rebounded and hustled after joining the team Dec. 26 on a hardship exception – but they had to cut him when that contract expired.