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NCAA Basketball: Gonzaga at Brigham Young Jeffrey Swinger-USA TODAY Sports

Another week, another game lost as Thursday night’s matchup with Santa Clara is off the calendar. It looks like the season might pass without the Zags facing off against the Broncos (or LMU). I’m not mourning those lost opportunities, and the ever changing calendar may just open the door for one of the original games on Gonzaga’s schedule that was lost—a rematch with Texas Tech. Chris Beard commented after the Raiders loss to West Virginia on Tuesday night that a game against Gonzaga “could happen.” I won’t hold my breath for that game to happen, but at least there has been some dialogue about it. In other news:

Gonzaga: “I don’t think they’re as good as they’ve been defensively. They don’t have rim protection. Joel Ayayi is probably their best defender, but you can get by him. He’s not a lockdown guy. Corey Kispert is the guy you want to attack off the dribble. Jalen Suggs is good at getting steals, but he’ll take some risks. Oumar Ballo is easy pickings. You just put him in ball screens. If they turn you over it’s an automatic bucket. They can play in the halfcourt, but they’d rather not. There is no deficiency in their offense. Kispert is an elite shooter. He’s smart and scrappy. Suggs is the one guy who makes you wonder if he’s trying to get his numbers sometimes.”