The top-ranked Zags have torn through the West Coast Conference with ease as tough tests loom ahead
Gonzaga’s toughest two conference road games, at least on paper, are the final two regular-season games on its schedule. So perhaps a real test is coming. But to date the Zags have destroyed everybody in their West Coast Conference path en route to a 9-0 start in the league.
Their nine WCC wins have come by 34 points, 26 points, 32 points, 16 points, 34 points, 32 points, 30 points, 33 points and 38 points. That’s an average margin of victory of 30.6. They rank No. 2 in adjusted offensive efficiency and No. 7 in adjusted defensive efficiency, according to KenPom.com, which makes them the only team in the country in the top 10 of both categories. Their adjusted efficiency margin is up to +34.66, according to KenPom. That’s more than five full points better than anybody else and actually higher than the +33.87 Baylor posted after winning the 2021 NCAA Tournament.
So is this the year the Zags win it all?
As always, we’ll see.
But regardless of whether you trust your eyeballs or the computers or some combination of both, there’s no denying Gonzaga has, as expected, emerged as the favorite thanks largely to a frontcourt featuring two legitimate National Player of the Year candidates: Drew Timme and Chet Holmgren. Timme is averaging 17.4 points, 6.1 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 26.6 minutes per game. Holmgren is averaging 14.6 points, 9.1 rebounds and 3.3 blocks in 25.5 minutes per game. They’re two of the five Zags averaging double-figures in points.
Gonzaga remains No. 1 in Saturday morning’s updated CBS Sports Top 25 And 1 daily college basketball rankings for the fourth consecutive day. The Zags are hosting Saint Mary’s, which is 24th in the Top 25 And 1, in a game scheduled to tip Saturday at 10 p.m. ET.
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