November 17, 2010 by staff
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Sportsbook.com Odds to win the NCAA title – 50 / 1
NCAA Basketball – Gonzaga Preview
Key players added – Marquise Carter, Hyland Keegan, Olynyk, Kelly
Key player’s lost-Matt Bouldin
Last season, Gonzaga did not roll through the West Coast Conference as they are accustomed to, but they still won the championship. They were somewhat overshadowed by the conference foe St. Mary’s that made the Sweet 16 in the Big Dance last season while Gonzaga only has he done for the second round. However, the Bulldogs might be better this season and they are favorites to win their 11th straight WCC title.
The Zags return 4 starters, but the one they lost is a great PG in Matt Bouldin, who was the WCC player of the year. Gonzaga’s head coach Mark Few said recently, “It will be difficult because we ran everything by Matt (Bouldin). We probably are more of a team inside out. ”
F Elias Harris (14.9 ppg 7.1 rpg last season) is the first candidate to win the conference player of the year this season and is a very athletic player and will probably be a difficult choice of first round NBA when he left school.
The Bulldogs also return G Steven Gray (13 ppg last season) and 7-foot C Robert Sacre (10.3 points per game 5.4 rebounds per game), and these guys with Harris gave the Zags a formidable trio who can score from inside and outside. Coronation is about to become one of the best big men in the country and the score may Gray, but he was inconsistent in its long-range shooting last season and will find its range for the Bulldogs to go far in the big dance. Both Gray and Harris have been selected to the list of pre-season wooden top 50 players in the nation.
The fourth starter is returning Demetri Goodson (6.4 ppg last season), which is an outsourcer perfect for the Zags, as it is a great defensive player who does not seek a lot of shots. It’s a good thing, because it is not a good outside shooter.
Even those who return the key guy this season may be juco transfer Marquise Carter, who takes over the position for Bouldin PG. Carter will be counted to produce right away, especially the distribution of the ball to the trio above. It will also be helped by real rookie David Stockton, who is the son of another decent Gonzaga PG John Stockton.
The Bulldogs are deep inside this season, not only with Harris and the Sacred, but with more contributions from 7-footer Kelly Olynyk and 6’9 “redshirt rookie Sat Dower. However, a major weakness of the Bulldogs Last season was their 3-point shooting. If they fight again shooting teams will stack deep inside to stop the big men to dominate the paint. Last season, the Bulldogs shot only 35.3% beyond the 3-pt arc and they shot 66.4% from the foul line. Shooting charity band may be even worse this season since he left and Bouldin was the best free-throw shooter this season last.
Gonzaga is stacked and they play a very unselfish type of basketball. The MLS is a big issue, but Carter has the skills and Stockton has the pedigree.
The Bulldogs play a schedule of the season very difficult at first to face three teams ranked in the top 25 in the State of Kansas # 3, # 16 Illinois and # 14 Baylor and difficult tests at Notre Dame Xavier, Oklahoma State, Wake Forrest.
Surprising stat: Gonzaga has won 10 straight conference titles, which is the longest active sequence in the nation.
Strengths: Depth, team play, the size and number of marking options.
Weaknesses: 3-point shooting, free throws, a situation unknown PG.
Big Dance? Certainly
Gonzaga Win forecast for 2010-11 total
Last season, the Bulldogs have won 27 games and their players back they will increase this season and be within 30 total victories.
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