The Gonzaga Bulldogs are ready to make a deep run in the NCAA tournament behind their two stars, Kyle Wiltjer and Kevin Pangos.
Both players have been terrific for the Bulldogs all season long, but the two have elevated their games to another level so far in the tourney. Wiltjer recorded 24 points in the Bulldogs’ win over Iowa Hawkeyes tonight, while Pangos tallied 16 points. Wiltjer has been on a tear during this whole tournament, especially from the three-point line. He is shooting 66.7 percent from beyond the arc so far in this tourney, which is very impressive.
The Bulldogs do not just live and die by the long-range shots. The team also has an inside presence with Domantas Sabonis and Przemek Karnowski. Both players are very good, but their floor general, Pangos, sets them up for success on the offensive end. Pangos is a point guard that everyone wants on their team because he is a terrific passer, he almost never turns the ball over, and he is a great outside shooter.
With Pangos and Wiltjer playing at an extremely high level, the Bulldogs can literally beat anyone in the nation. The team is set for a Sweet Sixteen matchup with the UCLA Bruins, who they defeated with ease earlier in the year. A potential matchup with the Duke Blue Devils is looming in the Elite Eight, and that game might be the game of the tournament. Both teams have very explosive offenses, which would be fun for viewers around the nation.
This Gonzaga team is not heading home early, and this is the best team coach Mark Few has ever had at Gonzaga, and he can thank Wiltjer and Pangos for that.