Gonzaga Men's Basketball 2019 NCAA Tournament Capsule


Gonzaga Bulldogs

West Coast (30-3, 16-0)

Besides back-to-back losses to Tennessee and North Carolina in mid-December, Gonzaga was perfect this season until their loss to St. Mary’s in the WCC championship game. Their biggest victory came in November when the Bulldogs beat Duke 89-87 on a neutral floor. That game proved that this is a Bulldogs team that can get to the Final Four or beyond.
Big Wins: 11/21 vs Duke (89-87), 12/5 Washington (81-79), 3/2 at St. Mary’s (69-55)
Bad Losses: 12/9 vs Tennessee (73-76), 12/15 at North Carolina (90-103), 3/12 vs St. Mary’s (47-60)
Coach: Mark Few
Why They Can Surprise:
There is not a more efficient offense in the nation thanks to the frontcourt duo of Brandon Clarke and Rui Hachimura. Hachimura leads the team with 20.1 points per game and shot an impressive 60.9 percent from the floor. Clarke adds 16.5 points and hits 69.3 percent of his shots. Point guard Josh Perkins does a great job feeding Hachimura and Clarke and he averages 6.5 assists and just 2.1 turnovers per game. Perkins also sets up Zach Norvell, the most prolific shooter on the team. Norvell averages 15.3 points per game and hits nearly 40 percent of his attempts from beyond the arc.
Why They Can Disappoint:
Coach Mark Few has a very good team. And it might be a team that can repeat Gonzaga’s 2017 NCAA Tournament success when they reached the National Championship game. This group is not quite as strong defensively as that 2017 team, but they still are very, very strong on the defensive end. Gonzaga will not force too many turnovers, but they play solid straight up defense. The team that could potentially knock Gonzaga out of the tournament will need to have a few big men who can contain Hachimura and Clarke.
Probable Starters:
Josh Perkins, Senior, Guard, 11.0 ppg, 6.5 apg
Zach Norvell, Sophomore, Guard, 15.3 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 3.0 apg
Corey Kispert, Sophomore, Forward, 8.2 ppg, 4.- rpg
Brandon Clarke, Junior, Forward, 15.5 ppg, 8.4 rpg
Rui Hachimura, Junior, Forward, 20.1 ppg, 6.6 rpg
Key Role Players:
Jeremy Jones, Senior, Forward, 3.4 ppg, 3.4 rpg
Filip Petrusev, Freshman, Forward, 6.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg
Geno Crandall, Senior, Guard, 5.3 ppg, 2.4 apg
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 89.8 (1st in nation, 1st in conference)
Scoring Defense: 64.9 (32, 2)
Field-Goal Percentage: 53.4 (1, 1)
Field-Goal Defense: 38.5 (7, 1)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 7.9 (155, 3)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 36.7 (70, 3)
Free-Throw Percentage: 77.0 (13, 1)
Rebound Margin: 6.5 (16, 1)
Assists Per Game: 18.4 (5, 1)
Turnovers Per Game: 10.2 (12, 1)
Recent Postseason Appearances:
2018NCAARound of 64 win over UNC Greensboro
2018NCAARound of 32 win over Ohio State
2018NCAARegional Semifinal loss to Florida State
2017NCAARound of 64 win over South Dakota State
2017NCAARound of 32 win over Northwestern
2017NCAARegional Semifinal win over West Virginia
2017NCAARegional Final win over Xavier
2017NCAANational Semifinal win over South Carolina
2017NCAANational Final loss to North Carolina
2016NCAARound of 64 win over Seton Hall
2016NCAARound of 32 win over Utah
2016NCAARegional Semifinal loss to Syracuse
2015NCAARound of 64 win over North Dakota State
2015NCAARound of 32 win over Iowa
2015NCAARegional Semifinal win over UCLA
2015NCAARegional Final loss to Duke
2014NCAARound of 64 win over Oklahoma State
2014NCAARound of 32 loss to Arizona
2013NCAARound of 64 win over Southern
2013NCAARound of 32 loss to Wichita State
2012NCAARound of 64 win over West Virginia
2012NCAARound of 32 loss to Ohio State
2011NCAARound of 64 win over St. Johns
2011NCAARound of 32 loss to BYU
2010NCAARound of 64 win over Florida State
2010NCAARound of 32 loss to Syracuse
2009NCAARound of 64 win over Akron
2009NCAARound of 32 win over Western Kentucky
2009NCAARegional Semifinal loss to North Carolina
2008NCAARound of 64 loss to Davidson
2007NCAARound of 64 loss to Indiana
*all team stats through 3/10