The No. 1 team in the nation is on their home court on Saturday evening at Gonzaga University. The San Francisco Dons will travel to Spokane for a meeting with the Bulldogs tonight. This isn’t an automatic easy time for Gonzaga. Yes, Gonzaga is superior to San Francisco in basically every facet of the game. However, San Francisco is a decent team, and likely won’t just sit down and take a beating. At least, they’ll try to avoid getting demolished and put in some effort.
They could still very well get steamrolled by this Gonzaga team even if they give it their all. Given the rest of Gonzaga’s schedule, it’s hard to see them losing a game in the 2020-21 campaign. They’re into conference play now, and there likely isn’t a team in the West Coast Conference that is going to bother the Bulldogs.
The toughest portion of their schedule was early on to open up against Kansas. That was their best chance of losing and they denied the Jayhawks. The Bulldogs won relatively comfortably actually by a score of 102-90. They also beat ranked West Virginia, 87-82, and Iowa, 99-88. Then Gonzaga beat another ranked team, this time on the road at Virginia, 98-75, on December 26. Gonzaga most likely isn’t playing another ranked team until the NCAA Tournament. They are going to be big favorites for the rest of the season.
It’s going to require a sizable upset for somebody to prevent Gonzaga from finishing the regular season with a perfect record. The No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament is Gonzaga’s to lose at this point. Baylor is a very good team, though. I wouldn’t be surprised to see them go all the way and win. We’ve seen the Bulldogs have some good teams in the past and choke in the tournament. It’s hard to give Gonzaga the national championship just yet despite their dominance.
San Francisco enters Saturday night with a record of 7-4. They are coming off a 70-62 win over San Diego. The Dons were competitive in a 72-70 loss to Cal on December 13. They beat Virginia, 61-60, on November 27, and played Oregon relatively close for a 74-64 loss on December 17. The Bulldogs can’t go into this game feeling too relaxed or San Francisco might make this uncomfortable. Head below for four free San Francisco vs. Gonzaga pick on January 2, 2021.
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Gonzaga has so many ways they can attack a defense. It’s what makes them so difficult to contain. They can kill a defense from the outside or inside depending on what a defense presents. There have been some quality defenses that have tried to slow down the Bulldogs, but it hasn’t worked out. Kansas, West Virginia, Iowa, and Virginia conceded an average of 96.5 points per game.
It’s not because their defenses are particularly bad, but Gonzaga just plowed through them with ease. The Bulldogs rank first in scoring in the NCAA with 96.2 points scored per game. They are also first with 55.7% shooting from the field.
The fewest points Gonzaga has scored in a game this season is 87 points. Give this team four full quarters and it’d be interesting to see how many points the Bulldogs could pile up. And in some of their games, they’ve laid off the gas pedal when the game is out of reach.
If they’ve really wanted to, Gonzaga could easily average over 100 points per contest. The combo of Corey Kispert and Drew Timme have been just about unguardable. Kispert is averaging over 20 points per game, while Timme has netted 19.3 points per game. There are three scorers on the Bulldogs scoring over 15 points a game.
San Francisco has scored an average of 75.5 points per game for 125th in the NCAA. They’ve been solid enough, but keeping up with Gonzaga is going to be a problem on Saturday. They will certainly have to be better than they were against San Diego and Grand Canyon. A 70 or 68-point outing probably doesn’t keep this game close. I’m on Gonzaga to steamroll another opponent on Saturday.