NCAA Basketball Countdown: #3 Gonzaga

Mark Few open the season in the top five yet again, reasserting that they are the premier mid major program, and one of the most consistent teams in the entire country.

2019-20 Record: 31-2

National Championship Odds: +800

WCC Championship Odds: -1000

Key Returners

Corey Kispert: 13.9 PPG, 4.0 RPG, 2.1 APG

Joel Ayayi: 10.6 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 3.2 APG

Drew Timme: 9.8, 5.4 RPG, 1.3 APG

Key Newcomers

Jalen Suggs: 5 Star Combo Guard

Aaron Cook: Southern Illinois Transfer

Julian Strawther: 4 Star Small Forward

Dominick Harris: 4 Star Combo Guard

Upcoming Games

DateOpponentTime (EST)
11/26#7 Kansas (N)1:30 pm
11/27Auburn (N)11:00 am
12/2#15 Tennessee7:00 pm
12/5#2 Baylor (N)TBA
12/12Northern ArizonaTBA
12/19#5 Iowa (N)12:00 pm

Season Preview

Gonzaga has slowly but surely become a pipeline of talent into the NBA, and they once again face the consequences of being a program that churns out talent. Mark Few and co lose three of their top four scorers from last year. That means its time for Corey Kispert to step into the number one role. He returns with fellow returning start Joel Ayayi, who has a new back court mate this year as the program’s highest rated recruit ever Jalen Suggs will slide into a starting spot.

The Zags have built arguably the best non conference schedule in the nation, and will be immediately tested in their first four games, but should have the experience to wade those tough waters. Mark Few is undoubtedly one of the best coaches in the nation, and the starting lineup will feature 3 players who played 20+ MPG last year, and Suggs. The bench depth may be an issue compared to what we’re used to from the Zags, but the talent they have at the top should be more than enough to carry them through the WCC, the only question is can this group return to the Final Four?

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