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caduceus
11-29-2012, 12:07 AM
Didn't see this posted earlier, but thought it was a good analysis from an East Coast writer.

Evan Williams, Busting Brackets: (http://bustingbrackets.com/2012/11/26/gonzaga-bulldogs-win-old-spice-classic-deserve-more-national-respect/)



The Fighting Fews outscored the Wildcats 30-16 over the final nine minutes of Sunday’s finale, turning a hotly contested tie ballgame into a box score laugher.

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Unlike many Gonzaga teams of old, this year’s group totes a fundamentally sound, stay-at-home defense to match the high-octane offense that the program usually produces. The Zags rank third in the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency, the first such time under Few the school has cracked the top-5 [at any point in the season] in the category. Elias Harris and Kevin Pangos are pests defensively and 7-foot red-shirt junior and Team Canada’s own Kelly Olynyk has markedly improved in protecting the rim since he last suited up two years ago.

The offensive end is where the Bulldogs will ultimately earn their keep. Gonzaga has a proven, do-everything star in Harris, a cavalcade of capable ball-handlers, multiple willing passers (Pangos and David Stockton) and the most balanced scoring attack in the nation. The Zags own six double-figure scorers and a seventh, Guy Landry Edi, averaging a tick better than nine points per game. No other team in America possesses six double-figure scorers, let alone almost seven.

Zag@LMU
11-29-2012, 12:47 AM
also of note from that site

Busting Brackets Top 25
RK TEAM RECORD
1 Duke 6-0
2 Indiana 6-0
3 Michigan 5-0
4 Syracuse 4-0
5 Ohio State 4-0
6 Florida 5-0
7 Louisville 5-1
8 Gonzaga 6-0
9 Creighton 6-0
10 Kansas 4-1

zaguarxj
11-29-2012, 07:40 AM
The Zags aren't exactly "under the radar" any more. They're getting way more respect than a lot of people on this site are comfortable with. I sure hope all these pundits turn out to be right. All this attention is great as long as the team lives up to expectations. Until then, that "overrated" monkey will cling to the Zags' back like it's made of velcro.

zagzilla
11-29-2012, 08:40 AM
This was interesting:

"Unlike many Gonzaga teams of old, this year’s group totes a fundamentally sound, stay-at-home defense to match the high-octane offense that the program usually produces. The Zags rank third in the nation in adjusted defensive efficiency, the first such time under Few the school has cracked the top-5 [at any point in the season] in the category. Elias Harris and Kevin Pangos are pests defensively and 7-foot red-shirt junior and Team Canada’s own Kelly Olynyk has markedly improved in protecting the rim since he last suited up two years ago."

Some quantitative validation this our defense is better than it has been. Let's hope this stat holds up.

ZZ

roxdoc
11-29-2012, 08:51 AM
I like the "stay at home" part of the defensive description!