The Gonzaga Bulldogs lost their top two scorers and rebounders from last season. As a result, I figured they would be nowhere near as good as the team that earned a No. 1 seed in the 2013 NCAA Tournament. That did not stop the expectations for this team. Well, they just lost to the Kansas State Wildcats, which proves they are not national title contenders.
The Bulldogs now have two losses on the season. The first one came against Dayton. Wins against Arkansas and New Mexico State are probably the biggest ones of the season–nothing to get excited about.
Gonzaga has no marquee wins and that may remain the case all year long. With that in mind, the Bulldogs still have to play Memphis on Feb. 8 and Saint Mary’s is still undefeated.
This team still has a lot of talent and Kevin Pangos could be one of the most underrated players in the country, but this is not last year’s team. Not even by a long shot. That could be a good or bad thing depending on how you look at it. On one hand, Gonzaga was a No. 1 seed in the tourney. On the other hand, it didn’t even make it to the Sweet 16.
No matter how you look at it, Gonzaga is not a national title contender–at least not right now. Kansas State may be better than expected, but the Bulldogs were the ranked team coming into this game.
Maybe this team will prove me wrong, but until then, it is an NCAA tournament team, but nowhere near a national title contender.