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Gonzaga’s Drew Timme was named WCC player of the week and Jalen Suggs was selected WCC freshman of the week.
There was a shakeup in the top 10 of the AP rankings but not at the top as Gonzaga and Baylor remained on track for a showdown of the top two teams Saturday. No. 1 Gonzaga padded its one-point lead over the Bears in the preseason poll to 56 points in the first regular-season rankings released Monday.
We look at Nembhard’s impact on the rotation and the offense, sophomore Anton Watson’s role and more in the first Gonzaga rewind of the young season.
Is there some place higher than No. 1 where the Bulldogs can be slotted in the next poll?
Top-ranked Gonzaga opened the college basketball season looking very, very much like the No. 1 team in the country. The Zags did it all against Kansas, one of college basketball’s storied programs. And the Zags made it look almost easy at times, at least on the offensive end, against an opponent that prides itself on toughness and stingy defense. Gonzaga pulled away in the final 10 minutes for a wildly entertaining 102-90 victory over the sixth-ranked Jayhawks at Suncoast Credit Union Arena in Fort Myers, Florida.
Difference makers and turning point from Gonzaga's 102-90 season-opening win over Kansas in Fort Myers, Florida.
There aren’t many better ways to begin the college basketball season than a matchup of the top-ranked team in the nation and last year’s season-ending No. 1, ranked sixth to start this one. No matter who the teams are.
One non-student-athlete member of Gonzaga’s travel party tested positive Wednesday for COVID-19 and two other non-student-athletes identified through contact tracing are in isolation in separate Fort Myers, Florida, hotel rooms, according to a release from tournament officials.
Drew Timme scored 25 points, Jalen Suggs had 24 and Corey Kispert added 23 and the No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs beat the No. 6 Kansas Jayhawks 102-90 on Thursday in Fort Myers, Florida.
With three NCAA Tournament titles under their belt, the Kansas Jayhawks are one of college basketball's established "blue blood" programs alongside Duke, North Carolina and UCLA. But how do the Gonzaga Bulldogs stack up against the 15-time Final Four participants ahead of their Thanksgiving Day season-opening showdown?
The No. 1-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs led nearly from start to finish in their season opener against the No. 6 Kansas Jayhawks. At one point in the second half, Kansas narrowed the deficit to just one, but thanks to 47 combined points from Jalen Suggs and Corey Kispert, Gonzaga was able to hold on in an offensive onslaught, 102-90. – FOX Sports
Both teams would have preferred a few dress rehearsals, as Kansas coach Bill Self put it, but everyone involved in the Thanksgiving Day contest is just thankful to be playing with the pandemic rewriting schedules across the country.
They are two of the most-respected programs in all of college athletics, yet Kansas and Gonzaga couldn’t be more different.
You can’t go wrong with any of the five matchups on the court, but we have to pick one so we’ll go with the big men: Gonzaga sophomore Drew Timme and Kansas junior David McCormack.
The former Zag point guard vividly describes the scene inside Phog Allen Fieldhouse and details from a competitive contest that Gonzaga led for long stretches. “My standard line is I think we were up at half, I think I scored 19 at half,” he said, “and then they Rock Chalk Jayhawked us in the second half.”
For as much success as the Gonzaga men’s basketball team has experienced in the last two decades, the Zags would still need many years to match the historical accomplishments of the great men’s college basketball programs in the country. Still, with 21 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, the fifth-longest active streak, the Zags are far from their Cinderella days.
Evan Manning is in his first season as a graduate assistant with the top-ranked Zags, who open the season Thursday against No. 6 Kansas in Fort Myers, Florida. “It’s crazy to me,” the 27-year-old laughed. “First game, Kansas, of course, but it’s been really cool.”
Few is one win from reaching another career milestone, joining a short list of coaches with 600 career wins. Few, at 599-124 entering his 22nd season, is already considered one of the game’s elite coaches with his winning percentage (82.8) is tops among active coaches.
The Zags have made numerous adjustments to their travel itinerary for this two-week trip with the COVID-19 pandemic already disrupting early-season schedules.