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NCAA Basketball: Alcorn State at Gonzaga James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

We’re only in the second week of the season and ranked teams are already falling left and right. The headliner, of course, was #12 Oregon getting absolutely obliterated by BYU to the tune of a 32-point shellacking at the Moda Center in Portland. #4 Michigan lost at home to Seton Hall, which will delight everyone outside of the maize and blue. #10 Illinois lost to Marquette in a road game, while #20 Florida State lost to rival Florida in Gainesville. Let’s not forget that #25 Virginia lost to Navy last week which saw it fall out of the rankings before getting steamrolled by Houston last night to drop the Cavaliers to 1-2 on the season. I love college basketball.

My bet is that this year, we see Strawther have some big games and some more role-player-like games like we saw against Texas. Then next year, he takes a leap as Corey Kispert did as a junior in that small forward role.

  • Drew Timme was so good against Texas on Saturday that he left The Athletic’s Dana O’Neil and Brian Hamilton pondering illogical and unrealized problem scenarios. That’s impressive work from Timme.
  • Eamonn Brennan had Gonzaga down at third in his Power Rankings, and behind Duke and Kansas, which was published before the win against Texas. I would hope the Zags move up in his esteem on the next go around.
  • Kyle Boone of CBS Sports thinks the Zags are as good as advertised after watching the win over Texas.
  • Not Gonzaga-related, but notable news in the college basketball landscape is the announcement that Loyola Chicago was leaving the Missouri Valley Conference for the Atlantic 10, which seems like a good conference fit for the Ramblers both from a sporting and university profile/ideology perspective. To replace Loyola Chicago, Matt Norlander reports that the MVC is eyeing Murray State, University of Texas Arlington, and University of Missouri Kansas City as additions/replacements. There’s no rumblings that this will have a knock on effect that relates to the Zags, but it’s always interesting to watch as the conference musical chairs continue to play out.