5 Reasons Why Gonzaga Can Win the 2013 NCAA Tournament Title
How can the 'Zags win it all?
The Gonzaga Bulldogs are ranked No. 1 in the nation and most people would argue that they don't deserve that top spot.
Deserving or not, Gonzaga has had an unlikely run to the top of the rankings. With losses to Butler and Illinois earlier in the season, not many people believed that they had a solid enough team to make a deep run in March.
Well, it's March and that tune still hasn't changed. People have not given the 'Zags enough respect, or as they think, the respect that they deserve at this point in the season. They are coming off a West Coast Conference regular season and conference tournament championship, proving their complete dominance of the league.
The Bulldogs are looking to advance further than their longest run ever which was an Elite Eight appearance in 1999 and make their first ever Final Four.
Gonzaga was dominant in the WCC this season and for the past 16 seasons at that. They have 14 conference regular season titles and 11 conference tournament titles since 1998. The strength of teams in their conference isn't the best, but with non-conference tests such as Butler, Kansas State, Oklahoma State and Illinois, they are ready for most teams thrown their way.
Here are five reasons why the Gonzaga Bulldogs can win the 2013 NCAA Tournament and prove everyone wrong.
Junior Kelly Olynyk is the Bulldogs' best player and could be their ticket to a deep run this March. The power forward averages 17.5 points and 7.2 rebounds and has been a massive difference maker from last year's team to this season. Watch out for the 7-foot, 238-pound post player as he may be the main reason the 'Zags can win it all.
Elias Harris complements Olynyk on the other side of the paint. The two post players are almost immovable down low and could be as hard to score on as anyone in the nation. They are also one of the best scoring duos in the nation. Harris averages a solid 14.9 points and 7.4 rebounds a game this season, making for a post game that rivals any in the country.
Gonzaga's Scrappy Play
Gonzaga is a scrappy team and they have given teams fits all season long. They are the kind of team that takes no plays off and sometimes that's exactly what you need to make a solid team. If every player on the court is giving it their all 100 percent of the time, then you are looking at a team that can contend with anyone and possibly bring home their first ever title.
Mark Few is easily one of the most underrated coaches in the country. When you list the names of top coaches in the nation, it's usually guys like Roy Williams, Tom Izzo, Mike Kryszewski and Bill Self. Everyone leaves out the name of a coach who has 12 conference titles and almost 375 wins in his pocket over the past 14 seasons. Granted, he is in a smaller conference, but a guy with an .802 win percentage deserves some kind of recognition and this may be the year he gets it.
The Field of Teams is Even
This is the first year in recent memory that every team has been given an equal opportunity to win the whole thing. There is no dominant team in this year's field of 68 judging by the massive amount of upsets that occurred throughout the season. Teams that everyone thought were going to be title favorites(Michigan, Indiana, Kansas and Duke) have looked more beatable as the season went on. This tournament could be won by any team and any seed-- within reason-- and Gonzaga could be that team.