Gonzaga Looks to Assume WCC Dominance Following Heartbreaking Defeat at Butler

Kelley L. Cox-USA Today Sports

Well, Saturday featured quite the college basketball excitement, and it ended it heroic fashion when Butler guard Roosevelt Jones beat the buzzer and buried Gonzaga at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

For the Bulldogs however, the focus once again turns back to conference play, as their continued dominance in the West Coast Conference assumes its usual expectations.

Sure, BYU and Saint Mary‘s offer their usual contention atop the conference, but there is no doubt who the favorite is for the time being. Gonzaga and BYU will square off on Thursday night, as the Bulldogs look to right the ship after their heartbreaking loss.

Despite the loss over the weekend, their is still no denying Gonzaga’s potential once March rolls around, as the Bulldogs appear to be a lock for a berth into the NCAA Tournament, despite their continued status as a mid-major.

Kelly Olynyk and Elias Harris pace the squad down low, but the potential of the Bulldogs’ success in the postseason may hinge on their guard play. Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr. are the dynamic duo in the back court, but on Saturday, the two combined for only five points.

Pangos and Bell Jr. have the ability to be dominant at times, especially from the perimeter so their is no cause for concern despite their lack of production over the weekend. Yet think about this, even despite their combined five points, Gonzaga would have won have the game had it not been for the late-game heroics in the final seconds.

Gonzaga will look to rebound on Thursday as tip-off is scheduled for 11:00pm (EST).

 

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