Gonzaga-Creighton key matchup: Marcus Zegarowski orchestrates Bluejays’ offense
March 27, 2021 Updated Sat., March 27, 2021 at 10:25 p.m.
Creighton has a balanced offense, but it revolves around Marcus Zegarowski.
The junior point guard has been the team’s top or co-leading scorer in eight of the last 10 games. He’s dialed it up in March Madness, averaging 18.5 points and 5.0 assists while shooting 51.9% from the field and 53.8% beyond the arc.
Zegarowski ranks sixth in career 3-pointers (212) and he’s just about to crack the school’s top-10 list in assists.
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Zegarowski is a smaller version of Oklahoma’s Austin Reaves, the 6-5 guard who stung Gonzaga for 27 points last Monday. Both operate effectively off high ball screens, creating for themselves or teammates. Zegarowski is better from distance (career 42.1%) while Reaves is more physical in the lane.
Gonzaga had issues at times defending Reaves and the Sooners’ ball screens, which has likely been a focal point in practice this week. The Bluejays run a similar offensive system with Zegarowski at the controls. He’s surrounded by 3-point threats Damien Jefferson, Mitch Ballock and Denzel Mahoney.
Zegarowski’s challenge against Gonzaga will be the size and length of potential defenders Jalen Suggs (6-4, 205), Joel Ayayi (6-5, 180) and Andrew Nembhard (6-5, 193). Reserve guard Aaron Cook (6-1, 180) is one of GU’s better on-ball defenders.
Local journalism is essential.
Give directly to The Spokesman-Review's Northwest Passages community forums series -- which helps to offset the costs of several reporter and editor positions at the newspaper -- by using the easy options below. Gifts processed in this system are not tax deductible, but are predominately used to help meet the local financial requirements needed to receive national matching-grant funds.
Follow along with the Zags
Subscribe to our Gonzaga Basketball newsletter to stay up with the latest news.