Gonzaga is the authentic king of Texas. The Zags are now 3- versus groups from the Lone Star Point out this season. They also go to 3-2 in opposition to AP Best 25 groups. All the things is bigger in Spokane.
The Zags set jointly an all-all-around wonderful activity versus the #25 Purple Raiders. Followers had been pretty well aware that getting care of the ball as effectively as both equally the a few-position and free-throw capturing ended up the major issues dealing with this workforce but that was definitely not the scenario nowadays.
– 10 full turnovers, 4 in the initial half
– 13 for 31 3PT (41.9%), 8 for 10 FT (80%)
It was not just all about the Zags’ offensive performance, they were being also putting in the do the job on the defensive conclusion (specially in the initially fifty percent) and acting as a pest to Texas Tech. The Zags appeared to be acquiring a hand on almost every single move with their 6 full steals. Mark Number of has disciplined this staff incredibly properly on that side of the floor.
As for Texas Tech, it didn’t enable that the Crimson Raiders were being without having their foremost scorer in Terrence Shannon who was working with back spasms. I are inclined to consider this recreation would’ve been a ton nearer than it in fact was if he was on the flooring.
You could make the argument for a handful of unique guys to be named the participant of the recreation but my vote is likely to Rasir Bolton. He was a menace from past the arc all through the whole video game, Texas Tech wanted a entire body pursuing him at all periods. He completed with 15 points, all of them coming from deep (5 for 10 3PT). Most undoubtedly the greatest shooter on this team.
And I only have good points to say about Anton Watson. He had 10 factors, 4 rebounds, and 2 steals as a enormous strengthen off the bench. Watson was attacking the rim with drive, likely up sturdy every single and each time. He is even starting to transform into a a few-level shooter now. Anton has hit 2 deep appears to be in his very last a few games. You just can’t go away my guy open wherever on the court docket.
Andrew Nembhard essential a significant effectiveness like he had now. He has been rather tranquil offensively in his previous 3 matchups. Towards the Red Raiders, his shot was again to remaining on issue. Nembhard was locked in from deep as he finished 4-8 on three-tips. Zag fans realized he was heading to be a facilitator on offense (6 helps) but had been questioning his scoring potential as of late. Not a trouble as he had 16 factors. It is also worthy of mentioning his breathtaking impact on protection. 3 steals and 1 big block from the senior leader.
Chet Holmgren experienced some foul troubles in the early part of the 2nd 50 % and had to sit. The Crimson Raiders took benefit of this and went on a run to slice the lead down substantially. The Zags seemed to go on an offensive drought without having their freshman phenom on the flooring but fortunately, that was only for a quick extend of time. The moment he checked again in, the Zags acquired correct back in the groove of factors. Holmgren concluded the activity with 11 rebounds, the 4th time this year he has grabbed double-digit boards.
Chet Holmgren does a great occupation of checking equally his male and the ball this overall possession. The block is merely the LOL on the cake. He’s a nightmare for ball handlers in P&R and DHO predicaments. Difficult to move all-around, unattainable to shoot above. pic.twitter.com/D2x7VH6DOz
— Maxwell BaumBoards (@BaumBoards) December 18, 2021
That was some sweet, sweet revenge for the disappointing finish to the 2018-2019 Gonzaga period in the Elite Eight activity versus the Crimson Raiders. I will hardly ever forgive them for ending my senior yr at GU on a sour observe.
The 5th rated Bulldogs now increase their overall document to 9-2 as the non-conference begins to wind down. Gonzaga heads again household to welcome Northern Arizona this impending Monday and North Alabama the following week.
Arden Cravalho is a Gonzaga College graduate from the Bay Region… Abide by him on Twitter @a_cravalho