NCAA Basketball: Gonzaga Bulldogs vs San Diego Toreros- Possible Lineups and Predictions

Published 01/28/2021, 1:00 PM EST
Dec 26, 2020; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs players celebrate after the game against the Virginia Cavaliers at Dickies Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports


NCAA Basketball action will see its best team in action again. The Gonzaga Bulldogs will be putting their undefeated record on the line against the San Diego Toreros. While this may be a mismatch, the story of the underdog is always a compelling one in NCAA college hoops.

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The Gonzaga Bulldogs are coming off a massive 46-point win over the lowly Pacific Tigers. While their inferior competition has helped their 15-0 record, they have beaten top contenders like the Virginia Cavaliers and the Iowa Hawkeyes.

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The Toreros have had a slow start to their season. They have played just eight games thus far and hold a 2-6 record over those games. They have only faced one ranked team before this, and that happened in a massive loss to the UCLA Bruins to open their season.

This game is an epic mismatch that many may write off. However, is there a way the Toreros could possibly pull off a herculean upset?

NCAA Basketball: The Bulldogs looking forward to an easy night?

The Bulldogs entered the season as number one and have not wavered from the position yet. They are proving to be the best offensive team in the country, with their starting lineup playing like elite players. Everything is working for Gonzaga this year, who are the favorites to win the NCAA tournament.

Jan 2, 2021; Spokane, Washington, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Corey Kispert (24) celebrates with guard Andrew Nembhard (3) after a basket and foul in the first half against the San Francisco Dons at McCarthey Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: James Snook-USA TODAY Sports

The Toreros are 2-6 this season. They do not have nearly the weapons to even dent the Bulldogs. Couple that with Gonzaga having the best offense in the nation, and Toreros defensive players will have nightmare assignments.

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The Bulldogs will start this game with Jalen Suggs, Joel Ayayi, Corey Kispert, Anton Watson, and Drew Timme. Meanwhile, the Toreros will start the game with Marion Humphrey, Joey Calcaterra, Josh Parrish, and Vladimir Pinchuk.

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Quite frankly, it will take a once-in-a-lifetime upset for the Bulldogs to lose this game. They out-match most teams ranked outside the top-five of the AP Top 25 Poll, let alone a lowly un-ranked team. This should be an easy and possibly big win for the Bulldogs.

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Ishaan Bhattacharya is an NBA, NCAA Basketball, and Combat Sports writer at EssentiallySports. Currently, Ishaan is pursuing a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication. Previously, Ishaan has written for The Indian Express, The Quint, Sportskeeda, and WrestleClub.

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