It’s the last briefing of February, and then things will really start to pick up steam as the tournament draws ever-nearer!
- Kendra Andrews posted a wonderful piece on The Athletic that walked readers through a Gonzaga senior’s final time taking in tent city and The Kennel.
- In a story over at NCAA.com, Brandon Clarke’s defensive prowess is deservedly highlighted, but the most interesting tidbit to me is his comments on whether he’ll test the NBA draft waters at the end of the story. It’s no surprise that he didn’t want to get into that speculation in the story, but his comment about how hard it would be to leave Gonzaga does provide some hope of a potential return for his senior season.
- There’s a great profile of Brock Ravet’s over at The Spokesman-Review on his journey from a small town to an offer from his dream school and becoming the state’s first 3,000 point scorer.
- Anton Watson is eyeing another state title with Gonzaga Prep to cap off his prep career.
- Dan Dickau spoke to The Oregonian about Gonzaga staying true to its roots despite its continuous evolution, and about the Oregon basketball program.
- Brenna Greene of KREM2 spoke to CBS college basketball insider Gary Parrish about his impressions on the Zags and the battle against the internet trolls every time Gonzaga ascends to a #1 ranking.
- BRACKETOLOGY: Gonzaga is now perched comfortably as a #1 seed in just about every predicted bracket. SB Nation’s Chris Dobbertean groups it in the West with Michigan (#2), LSU (#3), and Texas Tech (#4). ESPN’s Joe Lunardi projects Gonzaga to be joined in the West by UNC (#2), Texas Tech (#3), and Wisconsin (#4) and a potential second round matchup against Syracuse (#8). Jerry Palm of CBS rates Gonzaga as the No. 2 overall 1-seed, and projects its West region to be comprised of Michigan State (#2), Marquette (#3), and Florida State (#4). Andy Katz projects Gonzaga’s West region to consist of Michigan (#2), Kansas (#3), and LSU (#4).