Unique Statistic Foreshadows March Madness Victory For Gonzaga Bulldogs

Published 03/02/2021, 12:06 PM EST
Dec 26, 2020; Fort Worth, Texas, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Corey Kispert (24) celebrates with teammates during the second half against the Virginia Cavaliers at Dickies Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports


The Gonzaga Bulldogs remain the only undefeated team in the country now. The Baylor Bears were keeping them on their toes, but they got their first loss on Friday at the hands of Kansas Jayhawks. They are currently 24-0 and will directly play the WCC tournament semifinals now.

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The main reason for this phenomenal record is their offense. They don’t just pummel opponents with points- they do so quite efficiently. As a team, the Bulldogs currently shoot 55% from the field. This is the best percentage in the country, and no other team has ended a season while shooting over 55% in 32 years.

The last team to do it were the 1988-89 Michigan Wolverines. Led by Glen Rice, the Wolverines finished the season averaging a whopping 56% from the field. Although they missed out on the Big Ten title, the Wolverines turned it up in the NCAA tournament. They beat Seton Hall in the final to win their only title in school history.

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Can the Gonzaga Bulldogs emulate the Michigan Wolverines?

The Bulldogs entered the season as the number one team in the AP Poll and haven’t slipped at all. They were one of the favorites to win the tournament last season as well, but it got canceled. So this is the best chance they have ever had to win it.

Playing in the competitively weak WCC, Mark Few’s boys have had limited experience against ranked opponents. The Bulldogs have played only four top teams, but they have outclassed them all. They outscored the Iowa Hawkeyes, who had the best offense back then. They also thrashed the Jayhawks and showed no mercy to Virginia and West Virginia.

Jan 28, 2021; San Diego, California, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs head coach Mark Few coaches his team during a time out against the San Diego Toreros during the second half at Jenny Craig Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

While the Bulldogs don’t have a superstar like Glen Rice on their team, Corey Kispert has stepped up to become a reliable scorer. Jalen Suggs may have sealed his place as a top-5 NBA prospect, but he will be raring to get the Bulldogs their first-ever title before he leaves. Adding Drew Timme and Joel Ayayi to the mix makes them a powerhouse.

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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

Any of those four stars can win games by themselves and have proven it in the season. All eyes will be on the Bulldogs when March Madness returns in the Indianapolis bubble.

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Aaron Mathew

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Aaron Mathew is a sports analyst at EssentiallySports. A graduate in Mass Media from Xavier’s College, Aaron has been a part of EssentiallySports since May 2020 where he covers both NBA and NCAA basketball news, and has also covered NBA 2K. In the past, Aaron has worked at the Sports Desk of Mumbai Mirror.

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