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It’s happened to virtually every Gonzaga standout player through the years. They become the focus of opponents’ scouting reports, draw the most attention, an occasional gimmick defense and usually end up with the most bruises.
Elias Harris had 20 points and nine rebounds as No. 2 Gonzaga beat Portland 81-52 on Saturday to stake a claim to its first-ever No. 1 ranking in The Associated Press’ Top 25.
They entered Gonzaga’s basketball program at different times but will exit together. Elias Harris, Mike Hart and Guy Landry Edi have shaped unique careers at Gonzaga, which closes the regular season today against Portland on Senior Day at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
There are no guarantees in men’s college basketball this season, as demonstrated by an upset-filled last month. That applies to No. 2 Gonzaga, which has adeptly sidestepped the Top 10 upset craze to reach the highest Associated Press ranking in program history. After No. 1 Indiana lost to Minnesota on Tuesday, the natural assumption was that Gonzaga was next in line for the top spot.
Kevin Pangos scored 18 points and No. 3 Gonzaga beat San Diego 81-50 on Saturday, putting the Bulldogs in position to rise to second in the AP poll after No. 2 Miami was upset.
No. 3 Gonzaga defeats San Diego 81-50 at home on Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013.
The West Coast Conference men’s basketball championship has always been a priority on Gonzaga’s checklist of goals. There was no check mark next to the regular-season title a year ago for the Bulldogs. Saint Mary’s interrupted one of college basketball’s longest streaks of conference domination at 11.
The West Coast Conference championship has always been a priority on Gonzaga’s checklist of goals.
The Gonzaga Bulldogs probably set a season high for standing ovations Wednesday night. Some of the biggest praise came afterward from head coach Mark Few.
While national pundits debate Gonzaga’s merits as a potential No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Bulldogs are closing in on a top seed entirely within their grasp. Gonzaga (25-2, 12-0 WCC) is two wins from claiming at least a share of the conference title and the No. 1 seed in the WCC Tournament. The third-ranked Bulldogs expanded their lead with a road sweep over Saint Mary’s and San Francisco last week.
While national pundits debate Gonzaga’s merits as a potential No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the Bulldogs are closing in on a top seed entirely within their grasp.
Kelly Olynyk had 26 points and nine rebounds and Elias Harris added 17 points and 13 rebounds to carry No. 5 Gonzaga past pesky San Francisco 71-61 on Saturday, snapping a three-year losing streak at War Memorial Gymnasium.
For all the talk about Gonzaga’s lofty position in the college basketball polls and the possibility of earning a No. 1 seed in the NCAA tournament, there is still the matter of who is the best team in West Coast Conference.
Kevin Pangos and Kelly Olynyk each scored 20 points as No. 6 Gonzaga beat Loyola Marymount 74-55 on Saturday, a victory which left the Zags poised to break into the top five on Monday.
The sixth-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs have sidestepped the upsets above and below them in the polls with five straight wins. “We definitely see all of that but we’re just trying to go one game at a time,” sophomore guard Gary Bell Jr. said. “We’re trying to get a No. 1 seed and keep winning games.”
Gonzaga’s 27-point lead over BYU had shrunk to nine in a matter of 7 1/2 minutes. The smart money said the Bulldogs would attempt to stem the tide by turning to team leader Taelor Karr, top scorer Haiden Palmer or inside presence Sunny Greinacher.
The sixth-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs have sidestepped the upsets above and below them in the polls with five straight wins.
Showing no hesitation, Bulldogs senior reserve guard Meghan Winters set up outside and hit a 3-pointer. The shot stopped BYU’s momentum, boosted GU’s lead back to double digits, and paved the way for a crucial win.
Gonzaga’s men’s basketball team stayed unbeaten in the West Coast Conference. Barely.
Gonzaga’s offensive focus in recent years hasn’t been on 3-point shooting. But the Bulldogs are more than capable in that department, as they proved to Pepperdine.