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Way-too-early Bracketology: Gonzaga a No. 2 seed according to Joe Lunardi

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Yes, this is meaningless. Yes, it is still fun.

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Joe Lunardi placed the Gonzaga Bulldogs as a No. 2 seed in Spokane in his beyond-way-too-early 2020 NCAA Tournament bracketology.

First, let’s get the usual hooting and hollering out of the way. Is this bracketology pointless—yes. Does this exercise actually do anything—no. Is it still fun to think about—yes.

Lunardi is obviously high on the Zags, putting a team that lost four starters on the No. 2 line the following season is no fluke. We’ve been in a run of excellence here in Spokane recently, and the Zags don’t even pause to reload. They just keep running. In the 2019-20 season, that first weekend in Spokane will be something to look out for. If Gonzaga gets to play at home, you can basically pencil them into the Sweet 16.

Personally, I feel that a No. 2 seed is a bit high, and although the additions of Ryan Woolridge and Admon Gilder helped stemmed some of my concerns, the Zags are still overall a rather young team. As it stands now, the Zags only have four upper classmen next season (juniors/seniors) and six (!!!) freshmen. A lot is going to have to go right next season to hit that No. 2 seed.

Another very important placement in the bracketology is Saint Mary’s, hanging out at that No. 6 line. The WCC, at least at the top, is going to be much better next season. For Gonzaga to make the No. 2 seed, they can’t take too many lumps, and there is a very real chance that a goose egg appears in Moraga, at least, next season.

Those are my thoughts, what are yours? Is No. 2 too high, just right, or too low?