Apologies for the delay folks, I was at the Battle in Seattle last night and watched the Gonzaga Bulldogs barely beat their way through the Cal Poly Mustangs for 40 minutes.
To sum up the game, I still felt like a child at heart entering Key Arena for the one time I will be able to watch the Bulldogs this season. Despite the seemingly lackluster opponent at play, once the starting lineups rang out, I was full of energy and joy. Then the game kept going at the rate it was going. By the end of the game, Gonzaga won, I left and left behind my favorite wool beanie in Key Arena.
That isn't really a metaphor, but this morning I have a rather sour taste in my mouth. A win is a win, is how the saying goes. But previous Gonzaga wins were a bit better than this one, and realistically, Gonzaga shouldn't have beat the spread -- they should have annihilated it. Gonzaga looked like garbage for the better part of 40 minutes and I lost my favorite beanie. Where is my coffee...
- The offense was absolutely dreadful outside of anyone named Kevin Pangos or Przemek Karnowski. Every other player on the team rated less than 100 according to Ken Pomeroy.
- Gonzaga turned the ball over 16 times, its second-highest total on the season. One shy of the 17 turnovers against St. John's. The thing is, the Red Storm have a great defense. Cal Poly doesn't at all. A lot of these turnovers, especially the ones coming from Kyle Dranginis, were painful to watch and made Mark Few jump up and down on the court like a child having a temper tantrum.
- Angel Nunez's nice start against Texas Southern is apparently meaningless. He didn't see the court despite Gonzaga having a few players playing poorly enough to justify a little bit of mixing up. Take out the total minutes of Texas Southern, and Nunez has seen the court for just 19 minutes in his past five games.