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NCAA Basketball: Northern Arizona at Gonzaga James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

At long last, we have finally reached the end of 2020. I’m sure that I am not alone when I say that it feels like I’ve lived several decades over the last 366 days—because of course 2020 had to be a leap year and prolong the struggle. Thanks to all of you who make up the fantastic community here, and cheers to a brighter and healthier new year. On to the content:

  • ESPN’s Myron Medcalf spoke to a handful of Zags—Geno Crandall, Sam Dower Jr., Dan Dickau, and Przemek Karnowski—who have played for the program in the Mark Few era to ask whether the current squad is the best group to ever lace it up for Few. There is unanimous admiration for this team from the alums, but they also highlight the strengths of the squads they played on as well. It’s a fun thought exercise, and as the big fella jokes, I think the best way to settle the debate is for a scrimmage in the Kennel over the summer. Who says no?!
  • Now that Gonzaga easily dispatched Virginia, undefeated watch has begun. Matt Norlander examines Gonzaga’s prospects at running through the rest of its schedule before the NCAA Tournament. While it is usually a fool’s errand to discuss such talk this early in the season, the Zags certainly look primed to be the fourth team in the last 40 years to pull it off. In my mind, the only thing stopping Gonzaga from maintaining a 0 in the loss column until the NCAA Tournament is (1) the health of Drew Timme; and (2) complacency/focus. Norlander also keeps the Zags in his Hey 19 Power Rankings.
  • Over at The Athletic, Brian Bennett tackles the unenviable task of trying to put together a 68-team tournament field, and also poses interesting questions about whether the committee will seed the tournament according to geographic region if the entire tournament is going to be played in Indianapolis anyway.
  • Gonzaga is Jeff Borzello’s Team of the Week, and he thinks it has a good case to have the best offense of the last 15 years.
  • If you missed it, Alyssa Charlston had a great video chat on Instagram with Josh Perkins who gave his thoughts on the squad, spilled the beans on Killian Tillie being the team prankster, and singled out Joel Ayayi for being a pest in practice.
  • Eamonn Brennan makes the case for Jalen Suggs to be in the NPOY running in his latest Power Rankings where the Zags of course hold down the top spot.