NCAAB Standings - Gonzaga
Another week, another sweep of WCC awards for Gonzaga.
The Bulldogs and Bears remain 1-2 in the AP Top 25 for the eighth consecutive week, counting the preseason rankings. For the second straight week, Gonzaga collected 63 first-place votes and Baylor one from the media panel and Baylor.
More on Joel Ayayi, Anton Watson’s breakout performance and coach Mark Few lining up a guest speaker when the team was in Indianapolis in December.
Gonzaga’s single-game, season and career record book are going to require some serious editing and the school will have to make room for a new entry authored by do-it-all guard Joel Ayayi. He was everywhere and seemingly in the middle of everything that unfolded in Gonzaga’s 116-88 rout over Portland on Saturday at the Chiles Center. The French native was so efficient, he produced what is believed to be the first triple-double in school history – with 17 minutes left in the second half.
Difference makers and turning point from Gonzaga's game against Portland on Jan. 9, 2021.
Even in this most unusual of college basketball seasons, the success Gonzaga consistently enjoys can get a little, well, boring might not be the right word but it’s apt.
Follow along here as the Bulldogs play the Pilots in Portland.
Hello, it’s early January and Gonzaga is preparing to play its first road game of the season. Yes that’s odd, but it seems to fit the unusual tenor of a season being staged in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The best of the bunch is Ahmed Ali, who started 24 games and averaged 7.3 points at Washington State in coach Ernie Kent’s last season (2019). The well-traveled, 5-foot-11, 170-pound guard sat out last season at Hawaii due to injuries before transferring to Portland.
For scouting and preparation purposes, this scheduling on the fly has to induce at least a little stress.
Before Gonzaga’s 86-69 rout of BYU even tipped Thursday night, ESPN’s Sean Farnham was already disappointed.
This was supposed to be one of the toughest challenges facing Gonzaga during the WCC season. It ended up demonstrating the sizable gulf between top-ranked Gonzaga and BYU, picked second in the conference preseason coaches’ poll. The Bulldogs gave a pretty good indication that might be the case with nonconference wins over four teams ranked in top 16, three by double digits.