Gonzaga Men's Basketball 2020 NCAA Tournament Capsule


Gonzaga Bulldogs

West Coast (31-2, 15-1)

Gonzaga continues to roll right along as one of the blue bloods of college basketball. Despite losing at BYU, they cruised through the West Coast Conference. The Bulldogs are set up nicely with most likely playing the first weekend of the NCAA Tournament in Spokane before heading down to Los Angeles for the West Regional.
Big Wins: 11/28 vs Oregon (73-72), 1/18 BYU (92-69), 2/8 at St. Mary’s (90-60)
Bad Losses: 11/29 vs Michigan (64-82), 2/22 at BYU (78-91)
Coach: Mark Few
Why They Can Surprise:
Gonzaga does an excellent job of executing offensively as they can beat you with a number of different guys stepping up on a given night. The Bulldogs are averaging 87.7 points per game on the year, which ranks 1st overall in the nation. Filip Petrusev is in the conversation for the Wooden Award and for good reason as he has been dominant all year long. Corey Kispert and Killian Tillie are going to create all sorts of matchup problems for opponents along with Petrusev. Kispert and Tillie are efficient shooters that can beat you inside the paint and can step out for a three-point shot when needed. The ability to control a game through rebounding is another underrated strength for Gonzaga as they are plus 9.1 in rebounding margin. Shot selection is another reason why the Bulldogs are primed for a deep run as they have made 51.5 percent of their shots from the field. The ability to consistently knock down shots will give the Bulldogs a nice leg up on the majority of the field in the NCAA Tournament.
Why They Can Disappoint:
The narrow escape against Oregon back in November down at the Battle4Atlantis tournament showed one potential recipe for beating the Bulldogs. Oregon was able to take Gonzaga to overtime before losing 73-72 and they only turned the ball over six times, while limiting the Bulldogs to 28.6 percent shooting in the second half. The Ducks have a senior point guard in Peyton Pritchard who is one of the best in the game at running an offense so if Gonzaga sees them in the Sweet 16 that could a possible landmine for them. Brigham Young’s offensive efficiency in a 91-78 win over the Bulldogs in Provo was impressive as the Cougars knocked down 53.2 percent of their shots from the floor, including just over 40 percent from three-point range. Bottom line, keep an eye on the type of draw that Gonzaga gets for the Sweet 16 and Elite Eight as that will dictate whether or not they make it to Final Four.
Probable Starters:
Ryan Woolridge, Redshirt Senior, Guard, 10.1 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 4.2 apg
Admon Gilder, Redshirt Senior, Guard, 10.7 ppg, 2.0 apg
Killian Tillie, Senior, Forward, 13.6 ppg, 5.0 rpg
Corey Kispert, Junior, Forward, 13.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.1 apg
Filip Petrusev, Sophomore, Forward, 17.5 ppg, 7.9 rpg
Key Role Players:
Joel Ayayi, Redshirt Sophomore, Guard, 10.6 ppg, 6.3 rpg, 3.2 apg
Drew Timme, Freshman, Forward, 9.8 ppg, 5.4 rpg
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 87.7 (1st in nation, 1st in conference)
Scoring Defense: 67.7 (126, 3)
Field-Goal Percentage: 51.5 (2, 1)
Field-Goal Defense: 41.9 (113, 2)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 7.7 (133, 5)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 39.0 (7, 3)
Free-Throw Percentage: 68.7 (251, 6)
Rebound Margin: 9.1 (4, 1)
Assists Per Game: 17.1 (7, 2)
Turnovers Per Game: 11.4 (38, 3)
Recent Postseason Appearances:
2019NCAARound of 64 win over Fairleigh Dickenson
2019NCAARound of 32 win over Baylor
2019NCAARegional Semifinal win over Florida State
2019NCAARegional Final loss over Texas Tech
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 3/8