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Five standouts and five sleepers from Gonzaga’s pod at the NCAA Tournament

The All-America candidates in Mark Few’s frontcourt might be the headliners this week at Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, but Gonzaga’s pod at the NCAA Tournament is flush with talent, from Baylor’s well-traveled senior floor general, Makai Mason, to Syracuse guard Tyus Battle, who returned for his junior season in part to see how deep he could take the Orange this March.

Gonzaga guards pick up scoring pace as defenses zero in on bigs

Gonzaga’s WCC opponents have devoted heavy resources toward slowing Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke. The No. 1-ranked Zags, more specifically their guards, have noticed, and they’re taking advantage of their increased opportunities.

Gonzaga dominates WCC awards, Rui Hachimura named Player of the Year

Junior forward Rui Hachimura was named West Coast Conference Player of the Year and Mark Few collected his 13th Coach of the Year award. Brandon Clarke, who had 11 double-doubles, was a double winner as the top newcomer and defender. Clarke is the first player in conference history to win both awards in the same season.