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  • KenPom Pre-Season Rankings Revealed

    https://kenpom.com/

    Zags #1 overall but quite interesting to see five WCC teams in the top 75:

    Zags #1
    San Fransisco (!) #34
    BYU #38
    St. Mary's #42
    LMU #69

    Three more teams in top 150:

    Santa Clara #124
    Pacific #127
    Pepperdine #147

    Followed by San Diego at #180, with cellar-dweller Portland at #330. If these numbers are anywhere close to their actual performance this would have to be the strongest the WCC has ever been.

  • #2
    So basically when we beat these teams, we will win by 15 instead of 25. Hopefully, our bench players still get valuable playing time in the 2nd half of these games.
    The NBA playoffs, a best of 7 is always better than a best of 1.

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      • #4
        And just for fun, here's every team!

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        • #5
          Originally posted by SorenTodd45 View Post
          So basically when we beat these teams, we will win by 15 instead of 25. Hopefully, our bench players still get valuable playing time in the 2nd half of these games.
          With the number of newcomers we have this year I would not assume for a second we will run the table.

          Also—if the WCC elevates itself as a conference it will help us win or lose. Let’s assume we do run the table. Wouldn’t it be more impressive to have done so with a legit WCC as our conference slate, as opposed to the opposite?

          I think it would be great for Gonzaga and for our program if these numbers hold this year and it’s nothing to sneeze at. We have been pushing for our conference brethren to step up and get better for years. It appears if may be happening at Peppl and USF. And everyone outside of Portland is appearing to be at least semi-legitimate.

          These are good developments and nothing to be dismissed.

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          • #6
            North Carolina, Louisville, Oregon and Virginia not ranked.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by ZagsGoZags View Post
              North Carolina, Louisville, Oregon and Virginia not ranked.
              Wild

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              • #8
                2021. 2022.
                1 Gonzaga. 1 Gonzaga
                20 BYU. 34 USF
                75 SMC. 38 BYU
                90 Pepperdine. 42 SMC
                93 USF. 69 LMU
                94 LMU. 124 SCU
                117 Pacific. 127 Pacific
                145 SCU. 147 Pepperdine
                195 USD. 180 USD
                321 Portland. 330 Portland

                Very similar to last season’s final KenPom.

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                • #9
                  Where is UDub?

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                  • #10
                    UDub

                    Never mind, ....went and looked....#102, how do people think that will work out?

                    High or lower at year's end?

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                    • #11
                      Averages:

                      Pac 12 61
                      WCC 109.2 Bottom two teams really hurt us...WCC goes to 72.5 without them.
                      Big East 59.4

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                      • #12
                        Four OOC games vs teams 300 ranking or more. Ouch.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by jazzdelmar View Post
                          Four OOC games vs teams 300 ranking or more. Ouch.
                          Yep.

                          Man do I wish Gonzaga knew what they were doing.

                          Ouch.
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                          Edited to say last season the Zags played four OOC games vs teams 317 ranking or more. Yet somehow they managed to muddle their way to finishing 1st (out of 357 D1 schools) in the final KenPom of the year.
                          Last edited by GoZags; 10-18-2021, 06:53 AM. Reason: Clarification vis a vis last season's KenPom
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                          List of All Americans (1st Team Top 5) and Academic All Americans (1st Team Top 5) in the same season since '00:
                          Shane Battier, Dan Dickau, Omeka Okafor, DJ Augustin, Kelly Olynyk, Nigel Williams-Goss, Corey Kispert.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by GoZags View Post
                            Yep.

                            Man do I wish Gonzaga knew what they were doing.

                            Ouch.
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                            Edited to say last season the Zags played four OOC games vs teams 317 ranking or more. Yet somehow they managed to muddle their way to finishing 1st (out of 357 D1 schools) in the final KenPom of the year.
                            Just because the Zags schedule a loaded top of the slate doesn't mean their fillers have to be absolute jobbers.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by GoZags View Post
                              Yep.

                              Man do I wish Gonzaga knew what they were doing.

                              Ouch.
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                              Edited to say last season the Zags played four OOC games vs teams 317 ranking or more. Yet somehow they managed to muddle their way to finishing 1st (out of 357 D1 schools) in the final KenPom of the year.
                              Not the point. Playing against teams like that is no fun for fans or players. Paying for season tickets to watch glorified scrimmages?

                              Scheduling these games may be good for the progress of theteam, but scheduling more competitive games would still be good basketball wise and for the fans. Which would end up better for the program in the long run.

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