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Gonzaga is a No. 4 seed in Joe Lunardi’s first bracketology

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Ol’ Joe has us in Salt Lake City out in the West Region.

NCAA Basketball: West Coast Conference Tournament-Gonzaga vs Saint Mary's Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Joe Lunardi’s first bracketology of the season has the Gonzaga Bulldogs as a No. 4 seed in the West Region of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

Overall, that seems about as appropriate of a place as you can get for the Zags. There is a lot of potential in this team, as we have detailed over and over in the past few days, and there are also a few question marks as well.

Interestingly enough, this also marks a banner year for the West Coast Conference. Lunardi has Saint Mary’s comfortably settling in as a No. 5 seed, and he has BYU as a play-in No. 11 seed. Both of those seem legitimate as well. Early returns on BYU also make it seem like they could rise a bit higher.

For the Zags, however, a No. 4 seed is just right. This squad has the potential to rise even higher, although getting to the point of a No. 1 seed would require miracle collapses from some of the higher ranked squads. But, a No. 3 seed, or gasp, even a No. 2 seed, don’t seem to be senseless dreams this season.

Again, all of this is so early it is only worth taking with a grain of salt, but it is also an important way to keep your pulse on what the national media thinks of the Zags. This year, it looks like the entire nation is finally paying attention to more than just one team in our conference.