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We’re down to the Final Four, and if we’re being honest with ourselves, it’s actually the Final Three since we all know what Gonzaga will do to UCLA this weekend. The Zags seemed absolutely unstoppable when they dominated a USC team that was having a dominant run through the tournament themselves up until Tuesday night. When Gonzaga faces UCLA this weekend, the Zags will not only be playing to advance to the National Championship game but also to be labeled as one of the best college teams of all time. What makes Gonzaga so dominant? Let’s take a look:
30-0. Only one of those 30 wins wasn’t by double digits. In other words, they have blown out every opponent they have faced and that includes in the NCAA Tournament where they’ve won their four games by a combined 96 points and are 4-0 against the spread. The only other undefeated National Champion with a wider average margin of victory was the 1972 UCLA Bruins led by Bill Walton and the GOAT John Wooden. Not bad company for the Zags to be in.
Timme, Kispert, Suggs, Ayayi. The Zags have four starters who could be National Player of the Year winners if they played for other schools. Inside, outside, they can get you anyway possible.
Discipline. Mark Few’s squad is the most disciplined team in the tournament, especially on defense. Before they played USC in the Elite Eight, everyone talked about USC’s elite defense, the best of the best. Forty-nine first half points later and the Zags were laughing their way to an easy victory. They don’t pick up dumb fouls, they don’t arguing with refs. These guys are strictly business and play like they’ve got a mission to accomplish after missing out on last year’s chances.
Efficiency. KenPom says that Gonzaga is the most efficient team he’s tracked since 2002. You don’t need advanced analytics to see this. Just watch them play. It’s beautiful (unless you’re a fan of their opponent.)
Do yourself a favor this Saturday night and take a seat in the sportsbook or in front of your TV and watch one of the greatest college basketball teams of all time. Well, men’s teams, that is. I don’t want to suffer the wrath of a mean Maria Taylor tweet by not clarifying!