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The list of Final Four contenders runs at least 20 deep, and it includes Gonzaga (8-1), North Carolina and Oregon, even without Battle 4 Atlantis hardware.
Gonzaga, playing its third game in less than three days, ran into the wrong opponent in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game. Michigan completed a convincing performance at the Battle 4 Atlantis, outplaying the eighth-ranked Zags in every facet for an 82-64 victory Friday in Paradise Island, Bahamas.
Offensive MVP, defensive MVP and key moment from Michigan’s win over Gonzaga in the Battle 4 Atlantis championship game.
Jon Teske dominated down low, scoring 19 points and grabbing 15 rebounds, as Michigan upset No. 8 Gonzaga 82-64 in the Battle 4 Atlantis title game on Friday.
Zavier Simpson was outstanding in Michigan’s first five games. He entered Thursday’s game leading the nation at 9.8 assists. He contributes 12.2 points per game but makes 60.4% of his shots, including 43.8% on 3-pointers.
What the Zags lacked in aesthetics they more than made up for with resolve and resourcefulness, climbing out of a four-point deficit in overtime to outlast the Ducks 73-72.
Offensive MVP, defensive MVP and key moment from Gonzaga’s victory over Oregon at the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas.
If your taste runs more toward understated among announcers, ESPN’s stable of college basketball broadcast pairs probably don’t float your Thanksgiving gravy boat.
Filip Petrusev scored 22 points and grabbed 15 rebounds and the Gonzaga Bulldogs held off the Oregon Ducks, 73-72 in overtime of a Battle 4 Atlantis semifinal in Nassau, Bahamas.
Gonzaga will have its hands full with every matchup against an athletic Oregon squad in the Battle 4 Atlantis semifinals Thursday, but senior point guard Payton Pritchard leads the Ducks in scoring (18.3) and assists (5.7).
The game itself was no problem as the eighth-ranked Zags cruised past Southern Miss 94-69 Wednesday in the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas. The growing injury list was another matter.
Offensive MVP, defensive MVP and key moment from Gonzaga’s victory over Southern Miss at the Battle for Atlantis in the Bahamas.
No matter on Wednesday. Southern Mississippi didn’t have the talent to stay with the eighth-ranked Zags, with GU cruising to a 94-69 victory.
Under Mark Few, the Bulldogs have played in 15 Thanksgiving tournaments out of 21 seasons.
Corey Kispert scored 28 points, Joel Ayayi came off the bench for 21 points and 12 rebounds and the Gonzaga Bulldogs advanced to the semifinals of the Battle 4 Atlantis with a 94-69 win over Southern Miss in Nassau, Bahamas on Wednesday.
Thanksgiving week college basketball tournaments often follow turkey day protocol: an appetizer followed by a memorable main course. That should be the case for Gonzaga at the Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas with Wednesday’s opener against Southern Miss, which is 0-3 against Division I competition and 2-0 against foes outside Division I.
Team and individual matchups don’t appear favorable for Southern Miss against eighth-ranked Gonzaga, but one to keep an eye on involves Golden Eagles senior forward Boban Jacdonmi.
Gonzaga and Admon Gilder have some history and some unfinished business in the Bahamas.
Gonzaga’s first-round opponent at the Battle 4 Atlantis will be Southern Mississippi.
Gonzaga has essentially adhered to a tournament rotation schedule for more than a decade, often visiting the top holiday basketball events once every four years. That rotation will continue in the 2019-20 season, with the Zags venturing to the 2019 Battle 4 Atlantis in the Bahamas.