There are three ranked games scheduled for Thursday on the college hardwood. The No. 15 Kansas Jayhawks welcome the TCU Horned Frogs to Allen Fieldhouse in the first game of the evening. We could have a couple of top-10 teams on the card, as the Gonzaga Bulldogs travel to San Diego for a meeting against the San Diego Toreros. No. 6 Houston is the other ranked team scheduled to play on Thursday night.
Most attention will be on Gonzaga to see if someone can come close to pulling off an upset. It would take a small miracle for San Diego to pull off an upset, but if Gonzaga takes the night off and sleepwalks, maybe? It’s probably going to take more than Gonzaga sleepwalking for the Toreros to head to the winner’s circle. The top seed in the NCAA Tournament is there for Gonzaga on a silver platter.
Baylor may very well be the best team in the country, though Gonzaga just has to take care of the rest of their schedule and the Bears are not leapfrogging. The rest of their schedule is pretty simple, so it’s highly likely that the Bulldogs are going to the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 seed. Their toughest opponents left are BYU and Saint Mary’s. The Bulldogs will be massive favorites in both games. There is no disputing that fact. Gonzaga is just too good for the West Coast Conference.
Gonzaga and Baylor are the clear No. 1 and No. 2. The Bears pounded Kansas State last night to cement their status as a top-2 contender. The electric Bears had a 31-point lead at halftime, and added to that lead in the second half primarily with players off the bench. Baylor ultimately blew the doors off Kansas State for a final score of 107-59. The ball is in Gonzaga’s court on Thursday night in San Diego now. Head below for our free Gonzaga vs. San Diego pick on January 28, 2021.
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San Diego has their work cut out for them against the 15-0 Bulldogs. They’ve played almost half of the games that Gonzaga have played, as the Toreros go into tonight with a record of 2-6, both of their wins coming on the road. In their most recent outing, San Diego recorded their second win of the season with a 78-70 victory over Portland in Oregon. Josh Parrish had a big game, as he led the Toreros with 20 points and 8 rebounds.
San Diego hasn’t gotten enough big performances from their team, though. That win snapped a four-game cold spell for San Diego, and just their second win in eight outings. San Diego has played one ranked team, UCLA, and got torched by a score of 83-56. They also had a lot of trouble against UC Irvine in a 85-53 loss on December 19.
The Torero’s issues are mostly due to their spotty offense. They showed up against Portland finally, but San Diego has been more hit than miss. San Diego is 303rd in the NCAA with 65.4 points scored per game. How is that going to work against the Bulldogs tonight? Probably not too great. Gonzaga has given up 70.6 points against per game, but it’s unlikely San Diego keeps up with the Bulldogs’ offense.
Gonzaga can score on anyone in the country. When they dropped 102 points on Kansas, and 98 points on Virginia, and 99 points on Iowa, it was pretty clear that no one is going to stop Gonzaga if they’re at their full potential. The best an opponent can hope for is they go cold, or their offense can somehow keep up. Baylor is a team that comes to mind, but San Diego? They don’t have much of a shot. If Gonzaga cares to show up and play in San Diego tonight, 27.5 points is likely light work for the Bulldogs.