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ZagNative
08-23-2018, 11:09 AM
Gary and Matt picked up a couple of interesting Gonzaga-related results from their annual Candid Coaches series.

First, from their story about "Who will be the best team in college basketball in the 2018-19 season (https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/candid-coaches-who-will-be-the-best-team-in-college-basketball-in-the-2018-19-season/)?"

CBS Sports college basketball writers Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander surveyed more than 100 coaches for our annual Candid Coaches series. They polled everyone from head coaches at elite programs to assistants at some of the smallest Division I schools. In exchange for complete anonymity, the coaches provided unfiltered honesty about a number of topics in the sport. Over the next couple of weeks, we'll be posting the results on 10 questions we asked them.

Duke and Kentucky remain co-favorites to win the 2019 NCAA Tournament, according to oddsmakers. But Kansas is right there with them and guaranteed to be No. 1 in some, if not most, preseason rankings. In other words, there is no consensus No. 1. So it was unsurprising that no team got even 40 percent of the vote when we asked more than 100 college basketball coaches the following question:

Who will be the best team in college basketball in the 2018-19 season?

Team Voting
Kansas 38 percent
Kentucky 18 percent
Duke 15 percent
Gonzaga 11 percent
Tennessee 9 percent
Virginia 5 percent
Nevada 2 percent
Villanova 2 percent

Second, check out their story continuing the Candid Coaches series about "Which player would you most want to add to your own roster for the 2018-19 season? (https://www.cbssports.com/college-basketball/news/candid-coaches-which-player-would-you-most-want-to-add-to-your-own-roster-for-the-2018-19-season/)

Player Voting
R.J. Barrett, Duke 16 percent
Zion Williamson, Duke 15 percent
Carsen Edwards, Purdue 15 percent
Grant Williams, Tennessee 9 percent
Reid Travis, Kentucky 9 percent
Luke Maye, North Carolina 7 percent
Tremont Waters, LSU 6 percent
Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga 5 percent
Caleb Martin, Nevada 3 percent
Kyle Guy, Virginia 3 percent
Ethan Happ, Wisconsin 3 percent
Jordan Caroline, Nevada 2 percent
Eric Paschall, Villanova 2 percent

MDABE80
08-23-2018, 11:27 AM
Our Zags this year will compete effectively with those top 3. We don't have the big names maybe but we do have the talent to go the distance.

DixieZag
08-23-2018, 12:44 PM
Interesting to see Duke has the top 2 players in who coaches would most want.

Wonder how much of that is relying upon the Duke name.

Markburn1
08-23-2018, 01:23 PM
Interesting to see Duke has the top 2 players in who coaches would most want.

Wonder how much of that is relying upon the Duke name.

I get what you're saying Dix. But, those two would be at the top of the list if they had committed to Albany State.

Mantua
08-23-2018, 01:35 PM
Our Zags this year will compete effectively with those top 3. We don't have the big names maybe but we do have the talent to go the distance.


Great point! I agree that most of our team is (cliche alert) under the radar.

Much of our success will depend on chemistry. Iíve been hoping that KT will be happy all season.

TexasZagFan
08-23-2018, 01:57 PM
Our Zags this year will compete effectively with those top 3. We don't have the big names maybe but we do have the talent to go the distance.

Rui and Killian will be big names before March. Funny thing is Zach may have the best season of the 3.

Bogozags
08-23-2018, 03:14 PM
Rui and Killian will be big names before March. Funny thing is Zach may have the best season of the 3.

I agree with you...he is just a player that if he starts the season hot, then we will be in for a great ride with Snacks and Rui...