The San Diego Toreros and Gonzaga Bulldogs meet for the second time this season on Saturday night in Spokane. In the first contest on January 28, Gonzaga cleared San Diego with ease by a score of 90-62 in California. There were three members of the Bulldogs that scored at least 17 points. That’s become the norm for Gonzaga, as they have multiple weapons to throw at opposing teams.
If one or two players have a night off for the Bulldogs, they can still put up a lot of points just because of the balance on their roster. This is going to make them especially difficult to beat in March. A lot of teams rely on one or two players. When it comes to Gonzaga, they can win in a lot of ways. That’s bad news for the rest of the NCAA.
Gonzaga goes into Saturday night with a perfect record of 21-0, including wins earlier in the season against some quality opponents. The knack you will hear about Gonzaga is that they haven’t played anybody. Okay, maybe they haven’t played Baylor, who is the only other team that can measure up to Gonzaga right now. However, Gonzaga beat Kansas, Iowa, and Virginia earlier in the season.
What more does Gonzaga have to do? Sure, they aren’t going through a full gauntlet, and haven’t been tested since December. The West Coast Conference gives them no challenge. Having said that, if Gonzaga were a Pac-12 school, they’d still plow through that conference fairly easily. No, I don’t think the Pac-12 is some huge challenge, but that’s the only Power Conference that Gonzaga would realistically be a member of given the geography.
Their most impressive win is easily their 98-75 win against Virginia on the road. That was their biggest barometer for the offense, and they passed the test with flying colors. I just got done discussing how good the Virginia defense is, and Gonzaga made them look like a very bad unit in their own backyard. In their most recent outing, the Bulldogs rolled past Saint Mary’s for a 87-65 win on Thursday.
San Diego is just hoping to finish off the season in strong form and go into next year with some momentum. They were not competitive in the first meeting against Gonzaga, and now must deal with Gonzaga in Spokane. San Diego enters with a record of 3-7 after recording their third win on Thursday, a 71-60 win over Santa Clara. Head below for our free San Diego vs. Gonzaga pick on February 20, 2021.
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Gonzaga has torn through every team that has tried to play defense against them. They’ve laid off the gas pedal numerous times to open games as well. Gonzaga has been known for starting slow over the first ten minutes and then laying it on. If the Bulldogs were playing all out for 40 points, I’m confident that they’d be close to scoring 100 points per game.
As it is, Gonzaga is still scoring at an impressive clip of 92.8 points per game to lead the country. They are also first from the field with a field goal percentage of 55.4%. Gonzaga ran San Diego out of the gym on the road a few weeks ago. They scored 40 points in the first-half, and then blew the game even more open in the second for 50 points.
Gonzaga had an 11-point lead at the break, and left that night with a 90-62 win. That just goes to show how the Bulldogs have a switch that they can flick and turn it on at any moment. Since that win, Gonzaga has won five games, while San Diego has only played one game, the win over Santa Clara.
The Toreros struggle to score, and that’s certainly going to be a problem against Gonzaga again. They are 302nd in the NCAA with 65.6 points scored per game. San Diego is shooting just 40.9% from the field, 309th. The only way to try to keep up with Gonzaga is fire away and hope for the best. There is no stopping the Gonzaga offense, and certainly not the 268th ranked defense in the country.
Gonzaga has been strong at home defensively, having allowed 63.9 points per game as opposed to giving up over 70 points a game on the road. San Diego was not able to take advantage of Gonzaga at home, so it’s unlikely that a trip to Spokane is going to change much. Gonzaga has beaten San Diego 94-50, 94-59, and 90-62 in their previous three meetings. That equates to a point differential of 39 points. I see more of the same, with Gonzaga winning by around 40 tonight.