“We’re rolling”: Gonzaga men showcase some of their best offense this year in NCAA Tournament | Gonzaga Men’s Basketball

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The Gonzaga men’s basketball team has stepped up their game in the NCAA Tournament, as they have showcased some of their best offense in these last two games that we haven’t seen all season long. 

In their game against Kansas, it was almost unfair, as the Bulldogs shot 60% from the field and opened the second half by hitting 11 of their first 12 shots. 

Ben Gregg, who has become an asset in this starting lineup, mentioned that as they stepped onto the court for the second half, they knew there was some magic happening. The team said to each other, “We’re rolling right now. We’re rolling.”

In their first 10 possessions of the second half, they went on an 18-5 run, taking a 61-49 lead to bury the Jayhawks. There was no stopping this Bulldog offense at that point; all the Jayhawks could do was try to stop the bleeding. 

Graham Ike was pumped after this game; this was the type of performance they were looking for in March. “It’s great, man. It feels like there’s an extra person on the floor with us, honestly. It’s crazy.”

Five players on the lineup were able to hit double-digit points. Unlike some of the games they had this season, there was no single star; each player was flowing on the court. There was great accuracy in Saturday night’s game; once you saw a Zag with the ball, you knew it was going in the hoop. 

Nolan Hickman mentioned that it was fun seeing all of his teammates make buckets and start to relax on the floor. “It’s always fun when it’s clicking. That rim, when it’s open wide for us, is always fun. You can just see it in our play; everybody’s smiling. Balls go in; you know everything’s going well.”

Offense aside, the Bulldogs defense can’t be ignored, as they held the Kansas Jayhawks to under 70 points and were able to block most of their shots in the second half. If the Zag men continue to keep up this hot shooting, there is no one in this tournament that could beat them. 

No. 5-seed Gonzaga advances to the round of 16 and will play 1-seed Purdue. The Gonzaga Bulldogs will now travel to Detroit, Michigan, for the round of 16 matchup that will take place in the Little Caesars Arena on Friday; the time and broadcast details will be announced after all the second round NCAA Tournament games are complete.

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