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Weekly Zag Briefing

Lots of praise for the Zags after impressive victories last weekend.

Saint Mary's v Gonzaga Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images

Another blemish-free week for the Zags after a ho-hum 38-point win over LMU and a beat down of Saint Mary’s. Accordingly, much of the news this week was in praise of the Zags.

  • Nigel Williams-Goss and Josh Perkins have been a great combination for Gonzaga.
  • Our friends over at Mid-Major Madness broke down what they learned from Gonzaga’s win over those other guys, and recapped a big weekend for Mid-Majors around the country. Note that Akron is quietly having an excellent season, and Gonzaga’s win over them in December could prove to be a nice resume-booster heading into Selection Sunday.
  • Sports Illustrated gave its college basketball analysts an opportunity to revise their Final Four and end-of-season award predictions since it’s the midpoint of the season. Seth Davis and Chris Johnson both have Gonzaga making the Final Four. While there’s no other mention of Gonzaga in the article, it’s a good read to get a feel for where other teams are at this point in the season.
  • Again, to me it’s too early for bracket watch, but if that’s your type of thing you can check out how Sports Illustrated has the top of the tournament regions unfolding here, SB Nation’s own bracketology, and where Joe Lunardi currently has the Zags as of 1/16/17. Spoiler alert: All three currently have the Zags as #2 seeds.
  • Really interesting breakdown on the history associated with being the nation’s final unbeaten team. Dating back to 1979, only three times has the nation’s final unbeaten team gone on to win the national championship. However, approximately 13 of the teams have gone on to reach the Final Four.
  • Gary Parrish at CBS Sports thinks the Zags belong among the nation’s elite. He also shared some takeaways from the thumping over SMC, including some All-American love for Nigel Williams-Goss.
  • The Gonzaga going undefeated talk is really ramping up after this weekend’s performance, with ESPN and Yahoo Sports both dedicating column inches to the topic.