Does Gonzaga pass the eye test?

Yes.

With Gonzaga, everything begins with big man Przemek Karnowski.  The 7-1 center is generously listed at 300 pounds.  As one commentator put it, he doesn’t protect the rim as much as he clogs the driving lane on defense.  Karnowski is surrounded by the most talented crop of transfers we can remember in recent years.  Jonathan Williams III is a power forward who does everything.  Nigel Williams-Goss gives coach Mark Few another point guard in addition to last year’s holdover Josh Perkins.  The bulldogs can score in an up-tempo game but also a grind-it-out ballgame.   The main critique that can be made is that Gonzaga really doesn’t have a traditional small forward in the rotation.  Jordan Matthews is another awesome transfer joining Gonzaga, but he is a traditional shooting guard.  Losing to BYU in late February may have been the best thing to happen to this bunch — it guarantees not going into the big dance undefeated.  As the Wichita State experience taught us in 2014, that undefeated mark may not be an asset for the tournament.

 

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