View Full Version : March Madness: 10 questions for the committee on Selection Sunday.

03-11-2017, 11:55 PM
2. Will Gonzaga end up on the top seed line?

Moving past Villanova and Kansas — who are No. 1 seed locks — the Zags did all they could to put themselves in position to land a top seed. They scheduled and played a tough non-conference schedule, picking up wins against Florida, Iowa State and Arizona, and went unbeaten in non-league play for the first time.

Gonzaga’s only loss came to Brigham Young in its regular-season finale, which the team rebounded well from to win yet another West Coast Conference tournament title. It’s a strong résumé, which includes six RPI top-50 wins, which the committee will likely compare to North Carolina (27-7 overall, with 11 top-50 wins), Duke (27-8, with 13 top-50 wins and three top-25 wins this week alone), You have to like Gonzaga’s chances in this scenario. (We think.)

3. Should we trust the Zags?

Yes. There is an outdated perception that Gonzaga is a perennial underachiever in the NCAA tournament, a sentiment that seems to ignore a Sweet 16 appearance two seasons ago and the Elite Eight the year before that.

But, again, there are doubters, despite this being a talented, deep and balanced team. Five players average double figures in scoring. Washington transfer Nigel Williams-Goss has been one of the best players in college basketball all season. And Przemek Karnowski remains, quietly, one of the best bigs in the sport now that he’s healthy.

Sure, Gonzaga has never reached a Final Four. But that’s no reason to think it never will.

Why not this year, and this team?


03-12-2017, 12:19 AM
Great find Zaga.